Higher Education Specialized Search Services

Higher Education Specialized Search Services

Since 2001, the higher education segment had been an area of specialization for Summit President Carrie Coward.  Carrie has led hundreds of searches in small and large, private and public, and nonprofit colleges and universities. This specialized focus gives the Summit team a keen understanding of the structures, cultures, current issues, and trends in higher education.

Why choose Summit for your higher education search:

  • Specialized experience means that we understand the unique needs, structure and culture in the higher education industry.
  • Dedicated and knowledgeable search partners work closely with your organization to understand the nuances of your position and institution.
  • Flexible and cost effective services that you select based on the needs of your search.
  • Our commitment to diversity ensures your search will include contacting a diverse candidate pool.

What are the deliverables?

In all cases, Summit provides a slate of quality candidates that are pre-screened based on the criteria you set forth.  In addition, clients are provided with detailed reports containing competitive intelligence that has been gleaned from the marketplace. This report can be used for future sourcing as well.

At Summit, we provide transparency in all our work.  At any point in the search, we will provide reports of the work trail (individuals we have contacted and any information we have learned from the marketplace).

Do you use an applicant tracking system?

Yes, we use an applicant tracking system that enables us to be well-organized during the process.  The system tracks EEO data and we can create reports for you that contain the specifics you need for reporting purposes.

For search committee based searches, we have an option that allows for search committee members to view and rate all candidates online.  We compile the committee’s ratings and create reports that are used as decision making tools by the committee.

Why does transparency matter?

Transparency in the search process means that we provide you with data at any point during or after the project.  We are committed to partnering with clients and sharing candidate and market data openly.   You will know exactly how your search dollars are being spent and will have access to all data collected during the search process.

Who will be managing and sourcing my research project?

Each search is co-led by our President, Carrie Coward, and a lead search consultant.

Can you ensure a diverse slate of candidates?

We can ensure that we are talking to individuals who are doing or are qualified to do the job.  Our placement stats demonstrate an impressive record of diverse placements; however, the process and the candidate slate is driven by demographics by job type, geography, and marketplace. We work diligently to create sourcing plans that include diversity outreach strategies.  We track this work and share the data with you.

Do you have a defined geographical scope?

Summit works with higher education institutions throughout the US and Canada.  Many of the colleges and universities we work with have international satellite locations.  We have physical offices in North Carolina, New York, Colorado, and California.

Are there other services you provide in addition to recruiting?

We transfer our time-tested research skills and conduct primary research for clients to uncover key competitive information in their respective markets.

In some situations, Summit offers on-going leadership and management consulting services to the executives who we place.