K&A is a comprehensive search firm. Our services sidestep the extensive costs and lack of control that often accompany the recruiting process. Instead, we offer a consultative approach that is mission-oriented and focused on improving overall outcomes for the institution; recruiting is therefore a means to an end, rather than an end in itself.
Our long experience in higher education has allowed us to develop extensive, trust-based networks and relationships through which we can identify and motivate the best possible candidates, including highly qualified professionals who are not (yet) looking for a new position and have not been reviewing advertisements or job announcements. We believe that the most successful searches are based on a solid understanding and appreciation of institutional priorities and goals. Only that understanding can produce the right “match.” We work closely with clients to find candidates who fit the mission, learning goals, characteristics, and requirements of each institution. We can secure pools of strong and well-matched candidates who will not only succeed in their new position, but also advance the mission and goals of the institution.
The scope of work done by K&A in executive searches varies, depending on an institution’s needs, internal capacity, and requirements. Recruiting assistance may be performed independently or linked to a divisional or departmental review, reorganization, or strategic planning process. Often, a review prior to the recruiting process enables an institution to better define its needs — and, therefore, to recruit and hire a candidate who can address those needs effectively. Having the “right” person in a leadership or management role facilitates collaboration and can help build stronger bridges between classroom and out-of-class learning experiences to promote student success.