Hiring Strategy

Help Common Ground Healing Arts build a team of talented and passionate people to help their organization meet its goals with a comprehensive recruitment strategy.
Common Ground Healing Arts
Charlottesville, VA, USA
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Charlottesville, VA, USA


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Posted April 17th

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What We Need
  • Recommendations on both styles of recruiting (active vs. passive) and proper channels to pursue candidates
  • Guidelines for hiring process, including order and number of interview rounds, reference checks, and general best practices for an inclusive interview
  • Effective interviewing techniques and clear, consistent standards for evaluating candidates
  • Tips for negotiating details such as compensation package and title
Additional Details

Common Ground is looking for an Executive Director to lead us into a new, post-Covid phase that prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion both within the organization and in the services we provide our community. We are in the process of updating our by-laws, and also rebuilding our board after the pandemic prompted major turnover; we're looking for guidance in how to recruit and select the best possible candidate.

What We Have In Place
  • We currently have two board members dedicated to this process, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have a written job description and partial funding for salary,, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $5,776 , allowing us to fund operations!

Common Ground is currently being led by a small board of directors comprised of practitioners and supporters of CGHA's work, but none of us has expertise in nonprofit management. We need a leader who can manage operations, supervise the organization, and center our mission of addressing health inequity. A qualified ED will insure that Common Ground can continue, and free up board members to focus on fundraising, outreach, and other priorities.

Project Plan

Prep: Information Sharing
  • Volunteer Manager shares current or past job descriptions used, as well as relevant materials such as internal policies and procedures already in place
Milestone 1: Audit of Existing Policies
  • Professional and Volunteer Manager meet to discuss current hiring processes, including how candidates are found, interviewing principles, hiring steps normally taken, and overall hiring philosophy
Milestone 2: Analysis & Recommendations
  • Professional identifies key areas of improvement, and recommends ways to improve current processes
  • Volunteer Manager provides feedback to Professional
Milestone 3: Draft Hiring Strategy
  • Professional drafts strategy, which thoughtfully lays out all areas of the recruiting process
  • Strategy should include guidelines and actionable steps to implement recommendations
  • Volunteer Manager provides any feedback, which Professional incorporates into final draft
Milestone 4: Draft Job Descriptions & Recommendations for Hiring Channels
  • Professional drafts up a job description template the Organization can use
  • Professional recommends appropriate hiring channels for the Organization based on budget, and assists in any setup necessary to list job descriptions
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About The Org

Common Ground Healing Arts
Our Mission

To provide complementary healthcare services--yoga, acupuncture, meditation, massage--on a pay-what-you-can basis to the entire community; to promote, through outreach, access to these services for underserved populations including the Black, Latinx, and immigrant communities, LGBTQ+ people, disabled and nontraditional yoga bodies, and a diversity of backgrounds and experiences.

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