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Public Sector Executive Recruitment

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At a glance

Providing executive recruitment and interim placement services to local governments, special districts, not-for-profits and school districts for more than 30 years, Baker Tilly delivers results that enhance and strengthen your organization.

Baker Tilly’s public sector executive recruitment team is comprised of people like our clients – people who previously served in leadership roles in school districts, city and county governments and governmental agencies. Team members’ knowledge of the public sector, coupled with their passion for serving this industry, means they understand first-hand the issues faced by clients in filling leadership roles and are skilled at developing solutions to address recruitment and selection challenges.

In certain circumstances, filling a position on an interim basis is the right solution for an organization. Interim hires can bring a fresh perspective to an organization, provide resources to maintain progress on important projects, provide expertise and credibility to important issues and projects and serve as a bridge until a permanent hire can be made. Baker Tilly will utilize our network of former local government employees to find candidates with the qualifications that match your needs.

Our solutions

Whether referred to as a talent war, a talent problem or some other name, the talent challenge is real. Organizations of all kinds must develop creative solutions to find, keep and develop their workforce. The public sector isn’t immune from this challenge. Baker Tilly’s public sector executive recruitment team can help your organization attract talent for important and hard-to-fill leadership roles.

In the past five years, we have completed more than 500 public sector recruitments. Examples of positions we have filled include:

  • City and county managers
  • Police, fire and emergency management chiefs
  • School superintendents and administrators
  • Finance, economic development and community development directors
  • Public works and utility directors
  • Not-for-profit executive directors

Strong data and analytics supplement our experience in the public sector, greatly increasing the potential of a good match between the candidate and the position.

We have one of the largest executive level local government candidate databases in the country, a database leveraged regularly to find candidates. With our proprietary behavioral assessment instrument, we dig deeper than prerequisite reference calls and resume review. Beyond “hard skills,” our assessment focuses more deeply on the position’s identified core competencies, leadership style and potential for success.

Other unique attributes Baker Tilly brings to your recruitment include:

  • Triple guarantee – If the recruitment takes longer than planned, we will remain with the recruitment until it is filled – without additional fees. Once placed, we provide a 12-month guarantee against voluntary resignation or termination for any reason.
  • Human capital strategies – Our team members can work with your organization to develop position requirements and address compensation and contract terms.
  • Customized approach – Your organization is unique and the recruitment to fill key leaders should be too. Baker Tilly tailors our recruitment approach to your unique needs and challenges.

By the numbers


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