Shirley Associates is a leading international executive search firm placing senior level executives in non-profit and commercial jobs worldwide. We have offices in the U.S. and the U.K., and a 30+ year track record of success. We have flourished over so many years because we love what we do, and we believe in making sure that the people we place are the very best at what they do.


Since 1972, Shirley Associates has successfully placed senior executives in every functional role.  Our clients include higher education, K-12, welfare, advocacy, medical research and cultural establishments such as the University of Southern California, Northeastern University, Atlanta Ballet, Anti Defamation League, American Diabetes Association, Mills College, Junior Achievement and Special Olympics. We also serve a few very loyal, blue chip companies such as Applied Materials, FormFactor and Advanced Energy.  Most of our assignments are for repeat clients - they trust us and keep coming back for more.


Our search consultants personally implement each phase of a search and work closely with the client to ensure a successful outcome.  We limit ourselves to a few searches at a time in order to guarantee a very high degree of involvement and focus from each partner.


Each recruitment assignment is a unique challenge with distinct characteristics.  Accordingly, we tailor our services and fees to suit each client's specific needs.  Since many non-profit employers have limited recruitment budgets, we offer our services "a la carte" when appropriate.