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Schaffer&Combs Talent & Executive Search Fellowship

Talent & Executive Search Fellowship


About Schaffer&Combs:

Schaffer&Combs (“S&C”) is a a fast-growing search and strategy consultancy dedicated to the purpose driven sector. Headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Los Angeles, California, and Durham, North Carolina, S&C serves as the strategic thought partner for some of the most ambitious change-making organizations in the world.  Our clients include nonprofit organizations, for-profit companies, philanthropies, foundations, industry associations, and government agencies, based locally in the Bay Area and globally across four continents. S&C is a certified B Corporation, and is proud to use business as a force for good.

Talent and Executive Search at Schaffer&Combs:

S&C has a thriving Talent and Executive Search practice, placing individuals in diverse executive and senior leadership roles across the purpose driven sector. We also engage frequently with clients on their organizational design to help ensure success and sustainability for our placements. Recent clients include, GLIDE, Living Goods, Oakland Museum of California,  MISSSEY, Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, /dev/color, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, RSF Social Finance, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and more.   

Spotlight on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:

Over the last few years, S&C has begun a journey to elevate equity and diversity to the highest level of strategic priority and to also subject our practices to external scrutiny.  The commitment manifests in improved employee training and cultural commitments to diversity, and on the search side of our consultancy, in continually advancing approaches to diversity in recruiting, such as:

  • Techniques like blind screening and carefully designed interview approaches which assess candidates solely upon ability to succeed
  • Outreach strategies that identify traditionally underrepresented communities and candidates
  • Direct advice to our clients on sensitive but important matters, such as how to suppress subtle biases in the candidate assessment process;  We deliver this advice not from a stance of perfection, but rather as colleagues learning together

About the Talent and Executive Search Fellowship Role:

S&C’s Talent and Executive Search practice is poised for continued exponential growth in the coming 1-5 years.  S&C is seeking impact-driven, hard-working individuals to become S&C Fellows, focused on Talent and Executive Search.

Schaffer&Combs Fellows are high achievers with entrepreneurial spirits, who have demonstrated both academic and workplace excellence, in fields related to S&C’s work. The Fellowship is a unique opportunity for early-career professionals to contribute in a thriving business supporting organizations driving social and environmental change, and to help bring S&C’s Executive Search practice into new stages of growth and success.

As a Schaffer&Combs Fellow, your time will be split between client-facing projects and working with the S&C Operations Team to help the firm improve its internal processes.

Fellows take on significant responsibility in project teams and have the opportunity to attend and contribute to client-facing meetings. Having direct contact with the client is a highlight and key growth opportunity for Fellows. Equally as crucial is Fellows’ assistance with internal initiatives, including supporting business development efforts, and helping with office administration.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Client Support (50-70%)

  • Working closely with project teams, support talent engagements from start to completion
  • Assist with project management including scheduling, follow-up, meeting preparation, and note-taking
  • Prepare for and participate in client calls/meetings, stakeholder interviews, candidate interviews, etc.
  • Provide support for project team’s communication with candidates, stewarding candidates’ experience throughout the engagement
  • Coordinate high-intensity outreach campaigns across multiple executive search engagements to source strong candidates; track the progress of campaigns and share data with project team
  • Gather data through interviews and secondary research, and share insights with project team
  • Draft high-impact presentations and workplans

Operations & Internal Activities (30-50%)

  • Provide ongoing support to the S&C Operations Team to increase efficiency of functions and processes at Schaffer&Combs, with an emphasis on S&C’s Talent practice (including support of S&C’s ATS system, JazzHR)
  • Business development work, including: assisting the management team with prospect research, scheduling of meetings, and tracking of outgoing communication to client prospects
  • Support in the management of S&C social media and external communications
  • Assist with ongoing internal initiatives and firm-wide meetings, including: scheduling, taking minutes, physical and digital filing
  • Contribute to development of S&C through personal skills and interests - i.e., brand and communications, operations, business development, etc.


  • 1-3 years of professional experience
  • Solutions-oriented problem solver with a startup mentality and ability to shift between liaising with clients to managing internal initiatives while maintaining excellence across all responsibilities
  • Passion for the social sector, talent and executive search, and/or diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  • Proficient in Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Google Drive products
  • Experience using Linkedin Recruiter or conducting Boolean-based research is a plus
  • Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal, oral, and written communication
  • Strong organizational, project and time management skills with demonstrated attention to detail
  • Self-starter who is comfortable in a close-knit, team-oriented setting
  • Accountable, detail-oriented team player who displays transparency, professionalism, and humility
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the US without sponsorship


  • 40 hours per week, paid Fellowship


  • Rolling application and immediate start-date
  • Location of Fellowship: San Francisco, CA
  • Duration of Fellowship: 3 months
  • Please have your own laptop to use for the duration of the Fellowship
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