Executive Search Group

The Executive Search Group (ESG) is the University of Virginia’s internal search firm. We conduct searches at a fraction of the cost of outside firms and place quality at the center of everything we do.

We have proven experience recruiting executive leadership talent – Provosts, Executive Vice Presidents, Vice Presidents, Deans, Associate Deans, Executive Directors of Foundations, Managers and other senior professionals – for the University of Virginia community.

As search professionals, the insights we bring, the advice we impart and the solutions we provide can have a significant impact. We recognize these are important responsibilities and take them seriously. We hold ourselves to the highest levels of honesty, integrity and accountability.

As UVA employees ourselves, we understand the cultural nuances that enable us to find the best possible candidates for each specific need, placing an emphasis on recruiting individuals from outside the apparent candidate pool. We invest fully in the training and development of our people and in technology, and we pursue a relentless dedication to quality work.

Our search process is thorough, efficient and tailored to meet the needs of each client. Our goal is to maximize the time of search committees and hiring officials while providing the best possible candidates.

We draw our energy and creativity from working together. Partnering with ESG is a truly collaborative experience. A team is assembled to support your search, which includes a lead and support recruiter as well as an experienced researcher. Our rigorous search process starts by gaining a thorough understanding of the strategic and operational goals of your school and department.

We partner with you to determine the qualities that will enable someone to be successful in the specific role. Focusing on these underlying qualities allows us to take a broader, more creative approach in identifying potential candidates, which is particularly important as traditional silos are dissolving and new disciplines are emerging.




                    
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