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Research Specialist

Houston , Texas

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Team Size: 40 members 

Neighborhood: Houston, Texas

The role: The primary focus of the Research Specialist is to find, consider, and coordinate candidates for the searches Vanderbloemen represents. 

012A0411Meet Vanderbloemen:

Vanderbloemen helps churches, non-profits, and for-profit organizations find great staff.

Vanderbloemen is a retained executive search firm, serving churches and Christian organizations in all parts of the United States and internationally. Its central office is in the heart of Houston.

Our clients come from over 50 different denominations or types of churches, as well as Christian non-profits and relief organizations.

The firm represents churches ranging in attendance from 30 to over 70,000. Churches such as Life.Church, Central Christian Church, Harvest Bible Chapel, Cross Church, and Peachtree Presbyterian are representative of those who choose to retain Vanderbloemen to help find key staff.

While Vanderbloemen can staff any position at any size church, 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.

Growth at Vanderbloemen has been both rapid and sustained. Future growth is anticipated and planned for. This search represents one of several new positions at the firm. Vanderbloemen was also recently featured on the cover of Houstonia magazine's Best Places to Work issue:


Vanderbloemen Search Group was recently featured by Houstonia Magazine as one of the "Best Places to Work"

012A0429About the Research Specialist: 

The primary focus of the Search Specialist is to recruit highly sought-after candidates for Vanderbloemen’s clients. They do this by sourcing, recruiting, and evaluating candidates along search specific criteria. Then, after processing and interviewing candidates over the phone, they recommend high-potential candidates to Search Consultants for further review.

Regular duties include:

  • Project management

  • Candidate Recruiting

  • Thoughtful & Prompt Email Communication

  • Resume Evaluation

  • Phone Interviews

  • Candidate Coordination

  • Content Creation

  • Other duties as assigned


What you bring: 

The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Research Specialist:


A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required and seminary training is a plus but not required. While graduate-level theological training is not required, understanding of different theological positions and denominational differences is required.


The Research Specialist must have an entrepreneurial spirit and be a systematic worker. The successful candidate will likely have experience working or volunteering in a church or para-church ministry.  Proven experience in creative thinking, problem solving, and organizational development are important for success in this role.

Personal Characteristics

  • Passionate about the church and its mission, including those churches that might differ from personal theology.

  • Be joyful in serving all churches, all denominations, all styles of worship and theology.

  • Self-starter – a person who is strongly motivated and shows initiative.

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

  • Exudes a strong relational personality to potential clients.

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

  • A chemistry that “fits” with the VSG ethos and culture.

  • A strong work ethic and high energy.

  • 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.

Vanderbloemen Team CompressedWhat it's like to live in Houston, Texas:

Houston is the 4th largest city in the United States and the largest city in the state of Texas. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the city had a population of 2.1 million people within an area of 579 square miles.

Houston is the home of the Texas Medical Center, the world's largest concentration of healthcare, research institutions, and NASA's Johnson Space Center where the Mission Control Center is located.

Rated as a global city, Houston's economy has a broad industrial base in energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, and transportation. It is also leading in health care sectors and building oilfield equipment; only New York City is home to more Fortune 500 headquarters. The Port of Houston ranks first in the United States in international waterborne tonnage handled and second in total cargo tonnage handled. The city has a population with various ethnic and religious backgrounds and a large and growing international community. It is home to many cultural institutions and exhibits, which attract more than 7 million visitors a year to the Museum District. Houston has an active visual and performing arts scene in the Theater District, and offers year-round resident companies in all major performing arts.

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