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Vanderbloemen

Executive Search Consultant - Chicago


Chicago, Illinois

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Snapshot

Team Size: 20+  

Office Location: Chicago, Illinois

The Role: The Executive Search Consultant will serve as a point person for executive searches at the firm, as well as for developing new relationships and connecting with clients in the Chicago, Illinois region.

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Meet Vanderbloemen:

Vanderbloemen serves churches, schools, nonprofits, and Christian businesses through innovative staffing, compensation, succession, and consulting solutions. 

Founded in 2010 by William and Adrienne Vanderbloemen, the company was started out of a deep passion for local churches that would have pastoral vacancies for years, thus minimizing their effectiveness in their communities. After pastoring for 15 years, and then working as a corporate Executive Search Consultant, William believed there was a better way to help churches move through this transition.

Fast forward to 2020, Vanderbloemen now has nearly 24 full-time staff working out of our offices in Houston, and we’re currently looking to place consultants in Atlanta, Chicago, and Orange County, California. We have successfully completed more than 1,000 searches in 48 of the 50 states in the U.S and eight countries around the world.

While Vanderbloemen can staff any position at any size organization, the bulk of our work is made up of searches for senior-level staff. 

Searches involving Senior Pastor succession are an area of particular expertise. In addition to search work, the firm also provides services in staff consulting, succession planning, and compensation analysis.

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Vanderbloemen Search Group has been recognized by Houstonia Magazine as one of the "Best Places to Work."

About the Executive Search Consultant: 

Vanderbloemen is expanding its footprint into the Chicago, Illinois area. The Chicago-based Executive Search Consultant will be on the ground floor of growing our work across Chicago and the upper midwest. 

The Executive Search Consultant will serve as a point person for executive searches at the firm, as well as developing new relationships and connecting with clients in the area. The successful candidate will be responsible for seeing a search through from beginning to end, providing concierge-level service to our clients and earning their respect as a trusted advisor in hiring and succession planning. The ability to execute quality searches on or ahead of schedule with excellence is paramount to success as an Executive Search Consultant.

As the firm grows and expands, the successful candidate will show an ability to creatively expand their role, creating new processes and systems for improving our services. 

The Executive Search Consultant will be a vital part of expanding our ability to help the Kingdom by becoming the premier source for talent solutions among churches, Christian non-profits, Christian schools, values-based businesses, and private family offices.

The ideal candidate already has a network of relationships in the Chicago, Illinois area and has likely worked in and around churches for years. They will be highly adept at developing trust and nurturing relationships.

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Responsibilities:

Searches -- Be the primary “face” for Vanderbloemen in carrying out our search work in your region. 

  • Demonstrate a high level of discernment for finding where candidates “fit” within active Vanderbloemen searches.

  • Learn the Vanderbloemen systems and offer creative input on improving those systems.

  • Manage 12 or more active searches at a time and execute those searches in accordance with your training and our uniform systems.

  • Proactively engage with difficult searches and identify potential candidates.

  • Create new systems for research related to searches.

  • Demonstrate proficiency in interviews (Zoom and in-person) and enhance the current process by creating new systems for interviews.

Client Relations -- Build relationships with pastors, non-profit executives, and Christian school leaders in your region, both current and future clients. 

  • Work closely with Senior Executive Search Consultant and Vice President of Business Development on planning and hosting regional roundtables on a routine basis with the purpose of networking, hosting, and providing Vanderbloemen thought leadership for these practices.

  • Collaborate with the Vice President of Business Development and Marketing Manager on creating local/regional videos and social media featuring this region.

  • Serve local Christian organizations by building relationships with churches and Christian non-profits in the regional area as requested by senior leadership. 

  • Build relationships with organizations who are considering utilizing Vanderbloemen services by hosting regular business development meetings.

  • Develop relationships with current and former Vanderbloemen clients through regular visits.

  • Meet monthly goals for business development and relationship activity (emails, phone calls, texts, visits, meetings, etc).

  • Maintain administrative database management for business development in this region.

Overall

  • Build strong relationships with the Vanderbloemen team and contribute to the Vanderbloemen culture.

  • Be able to keep up with a travel schedule away from home, including occasional weekends, that averages two to three nights away per week (the first 90 days may include extensive travel and time in Houston for training and onboarding).

  • Assist other Executive Search Consultants as needs arise.

  • Write and submit content regularly as a resource to church leaders.

  • Serve on ad-hoc teams from time-to-time to help Vanderbloemen solve problems or take steps into a new market or product offering.

  • Work full-time for Vanderbloemen (other jobs must be approved).

  • Lead non-search jobs for Vanderbloemen as needed, such as consulting, training, teaching, etc.

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What You Bring: 

Education

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is preferred. Seminary training is a plus.

Experience & Skills

The new Executive Search Consultant must have an entrepreneurial spirit and be an organizational builder. The successful candidate will likely have extensive experience working in a large church, para-church ministry, and/or Christian nonprofit. He or she will have proven experience in leadership, creative thinking, problem solving, and organizational development. They are likely known by others to be organized, detail-oriented, relational, self-motivated, and high-capacity.

Personal Characteristics

  • Already lives in the Chicago, Illinois region. The ideal candidate would have connections throughout the city and surrounding areas.

  • Is passionate about the Church and its mission, including those churches that might differ from personal theology.

  • Is a self-starter; a person who is strongly motivated and shows initiative.

  • Although has likely led in large organizations in the past, is content joining the team in a non-leadership position.

  • Exhibits a spirit of flexibility and is willing to accept and lead through change.

  • Has high relational skills and can thrive in any room, whether sitting with a candidate or in a boardroom of a large organization. 

  • Has a demonstrated high level of integrity, guided by a sound set of moral principles.

  • Has the ability to engage our clients with a mix of professionalism, compassion, and wisdom.

  • Has the organizational and administrative ability to keep up with hundreds of details for each search and client relationship without missing key dates or dropping balls (Executive Search Consultants do not have administrative support).

  • Has a chemistry that “fits” with the Vanderbloemen ethos and culture.

  • Has a strong work ethic and high energy.

  • Is technologically savvy, likely the early adopter of new apps and devices.

  • Is a team player and team builder who focuses on the good of the entire organization and can inspire others to work together to achieve organizational excellence.

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