Request for Proposal: Recruiting Firm for Executive Director Search

May 27, 2024

Introduction: The Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) is seeking proposals from qualified recruiting firms to assist in the identification and recruitment of a new Executive Director.

Background: CCEDNet is a values-based, non-profit association committed to connecting people and ideas for action that builds local economies, strengthens communities, and benefits everyone. We have members throughout Canada, including organizations, networks, and individuals who are strengthening sustainable and equitable local economies. Members are active across many sectors such as community development, social enterprise, rural development, co-operative development, employment development, and housing.

We are committed to the values of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Dignity, Self-Determination, Solidarity, and Local Control. Together, we are working towards sustainable and inclusive communities directing their own social, environmental, and economic futures through our Theory of Change.

Scope of Work: The selected recruiting firm will be responsible for the following.

  • Conducting a comprehensive search for qualified candidates for the position of Executive Director.
  • Developing and implementing a recruitment strategy to attract diverse and highly skilled candidates.
  • Establishing criteria for potential candidates through a stakeholder consultation process, including the development of a job posting and evaluation and assessment criteria.
  • Screening and assessing candidate applications based on defined criteria.
  • Supporting the interview and selection process, including coordinating interviews with the CCEDNet hiring committee.
  • Providing guidance and support to the hiring committee throughout the selection process.

Requirements: The ideal recruiting firm will possess:

  • Experience in executive search and recruitment, preferably within the non-profit sector.
  • Demonstrated expertise in sourcing and attracting top-tier talent.
  • A commitment to justice, access, inclusion, diversity, decolonization and equity in the recruitment process.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills in English and French.
  • Knowledge of community economic development principles and practices is an asset.
  • Demonstrated relationships and meaningful connections to grassroots and community-based organizations is considered an asset.

Proposal Requirements:

  • Company name (including GST number and incorporation number if applicable), and contact information (address, email, phone number, and website).
  • Name and position of individual who will oversee the project, as well as project team members (if applicable) including brief professional biographies and an explanation of interest in this work.
  • Outline of previous experience:
  • Providing consulting services, including Executive Director recruitment processes.
  • Working with organizations in the non-profit sector.
  • Utilizing a variety of online techniques and platforms to meet deliverables.
  • Sample list of past and current clients including any relevant commentary on outcomes and impact of this work.
  • Description of your approach to this work:
  • Identification of which deliverables you can address.
  • Your consultation approach to centering the experiences of Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQ+ individuals, and religious minorities.
  • Work plan describing methodologies, approaches, timelines, and roles and responsibilities for how the work will be accomplished.
  • Description of anticipated risks and difficulties, and proposed strategies to address them.
  • Confirmation of willingness to work alongside internal board and staff members to achieve the deliverables, if applicable.
  • Expected compensation and other estimated costs including a breakdown of the proposed budget by deliverable.

Proposals should be submitted to our Hiring Committee at .


  • Proposal Submission Deadline: June 10, 2024
  • Selection of Firm: June 17, 2024
  • Project Commencement: June 21, 2024

Budget: The budget for this project is $10,000 – 15,000 CAD.

Evaluation Criteria: Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated understanding of the project requirements.
  • Experience and qualifications of the firm and its team members.
  • Proposed approach and methodology.
  • Cost-effectiveness of the proposal.
  • Ability to meet proposed timelines.

Contact Information: For inquiries or additional information, please contact our Hiring Committee.

Attn: Hiring Committee


Conclusion: CCEDNet is committed to selecting a recruiting firm that shares our values and vision for community economic development. We look forward to receiving proposals from qualified firms that can help us identify an exceptional candidate to lead our organization into the future.