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Company Profile: Carney, Sandoe & Associates

Tuesday, October 2, 2018  
Posted by: Christina Mimms
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Schools usually follow a particular schedule – from August to May, the rhythm of the school year tends to be routine and relatively predictable. Within that schedule, one would hope that any leadership change would take place in June or July to minimize the disruption to the school community. But search firms such as Carney, Sandoe & Associates know first-hand that while summer transitions are ideal for schools, they don’t always take place within that timeframe. 

“Schools that run an effective search need to operate with agility, adaptability and transparency” said Devereaux McClatchey, president of Carney, Sandoe & Associates. 

Schools may find themselves replacing their head, director of advancement, or division leaders at unusual times throughout the course of the school year for a variety of reasons – a spouse’s job relocation or even an unexpected death. In those situations, many schools may jump to place an interim in the role, which may or may not work well for the community. “Interims can be a quick solution but tend to put things on hold for a year,” McClatchey said. “If possible, it may be better to look for a permanent hire and default to an interim solution as a back-up.” 

In addition to working on more fluid timelines, candidates for head of school jobs and other leadership positions are seeking the best possible solutions for their families. “The most strategic hiring committees are the ones that consider the hopes and dreams of the spouse and children as much as they consider the needs of the candidate,” McClatchey said. 

Carney, Sandoe & Associates offers three different options for schools looking to hire heads or other leaders of the school: 

  • a retained executive search, in which a school hires CS&A on an exclusive basis to recruit a specific candidate pool for a specific job (“the Search Group”); 
  • a contingency search, in which a school only pays a fee if it hires a candidate who was sent to them by CS&A (“the Placement Group”); and
  • a “Placement Plus” search – considered a hybrid version of Search and Placement – where the pool is broader than in a Placement search but no site visit or board engagement takes place.

Jobseekers for leadership positions often find positions by attending one of CS&A’s eight faculty hiring conferences, including the CS&A Women’s Institute, held annually in June, or the Diversity FORUM, held in January. These events serve as both hiring conferences and also professional development programs with highly regarded speakers and workshops.

Carney, Sandoe & Associates maintains a strong presence in the Southeast with consultants located in Atlanta, Memphis, Nashville, and Greensboro. In fact, the firm recently brought on board former SAIS Board Chair Barbara Dausch who has already started working on several searches. This past year CS&A conducted a number of retained leadership searches throughout the Southeast, including head of school searches at the Lovett School in Atlanta, the Collegiate School in Richmond, VA, and the Asheville School in Asheville, NC. 

“We love coming to the SAIS Annual Conference,” McClatchey said. “It feels like such a strong community, it’s fun and friendly, and SAIS always has great speakers.” 

Look for Carney Sandoe representatives at the upcoming 2018 SAIS Annual Conference, October 14-16, in Charleston, SC. 


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Annual Conference
October 14-16, 2018 | Charleston, SC
Drawing over 300 administrators from across the Southeast, we delve into hot topics and relevant issues.

Board/Head Retreat
October 14, 2018 | Charleston, SC
Designed to strengthen the communication and partnership between the head of school and members of the board.



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