Cindy Joyce to Present at Lean In Boston Chapter!

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Cindy Joyce, Founder, Pillar Search on Promoting Yourself on Social Media

Social Media can be daunting. Between websites, blogs, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and more, the opportunities to engage online are endless. How do you focus your efforts? In this discussion, Cindy outlines:

  • The Brand of YOU
  • Knowing your Audience
  • How to Build Credability with Content
  • Building Relationships

Cindy Joyce is the Founder of Pillar Search. With over 20 years of experience in recruiting and human resources, Cindy has a proved ability to build and maintain professional relationships. She has worked and volunteered at some truly great organizations including City Year, Lois L. Lindauer Searches, Junior League, Harvard Law School, FundQuest, Acadian Asset Management, and Dress for Success. Based in Boston, Cindy works on local and national executive searches.  Her human resources experience has afforded her an opportunity to work with clients in both non-profits and for-profits, with an emphasis on improving employee productivity and promoting a strong organizational culture. 

Elaine Varelas, Managing Partner, Keystone Partners on Career Boosters and Busters

We all share the desire to achieve career success, but as women the challenges that we face in the workforce are unique and the things that we need to do to drive career success are not always obvious. Additionally, many of us do things to derail our career and we don’t even know it. In this interactive session, Elaine Varelas will review the top career boosters and busters and show you how to avoid these insidious career derailers, while making changes (big and small) that will boost your career to the next level.

Elaine Varelas, Managing Partner of Keystone Partners, has over 20 years experience in career consulting and coaching development, and has worked with numerous executive management teams to improve organizational effectiveness. She has expertise in successfully resolving complex career management issues, including workforce planning, redeployment and multi-site restructurings. Elaine also serves as Treasurer of Career Partners International, LLC, a network of independently owned career management firms which Keystone co-founded in 1987.

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Human Resources Opportunities with Year Up Boston, a Best Nonprofit to Work For!

Year Up, a valued client of Pillar Search, is hiring!  Year Up is an award-winning national 501(c)3 organization striving to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults ages 18-24 with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Through a one-year intensive training program, these young adults complete a unique combination of rigorous, hands-on technical and professional skills training, college credit, and corporate internships. With an annual operating budget of $90 million, Year Up served over 2,700 students in 2015 nationwide.


Director of Talent Acquisition:

Associate Director of Scouting & Sourcing

Temporary Recruiter (2 openings):


To apply, please follow the links above.

Pro Bono Posting: Director of Institutional Partnerships Job with Ms. Women’s Foundation

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About Ms. Foundation for Women:

The Ms. Foundation for Women fights to keep women’s rights intact, to keep lawmakers in check, to protect and fortify our fragile successes, and to secure the same rights and opportunities for all women in the US — especially those whose voices are muted because of their economic realities and everyday challenges.

We fight to eliminate barriers for all women. Because to secure a better future for ourselves, our families, our communities, this is a fight we can’t afford to lose.

Position Summary

The Director, Institutional Partnerships strengthens and expands institutional fundraising efforts to increase revenue. This position works with outside foundations, corporations, the CEO, the VP of Development and program staff internally to manage and implement a strategy for development of new and sustained revenue in all program and operational areas.  This position reports to the Vice President of Development.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Maintain and expand support for the Ms. Foundation’s programs and initiatives, including prospecting, proposal and report writing, relationship management, and tracking
  • Conduct strategic planning, in partnership with senior leadership, in order to grow new foundation and corporate funding sources as well as sustaining existing ones
  • Work closely with program, communications and advocacy staff to strategize on, develop content for, and execute development strategies and proposals for foundations
  • Manage the prospect portfolio and ensure that cultivation and solicitation strategies are carried through by relevant staff and board
  • Track proposal and reporting deadlines and departmental performance against goals
  • Identify, research and pursue new funding sources and supervise research staff towards this goal
  • Develop annual foundation fundraising strategies and forecasting in assigned program areas, including the development of new initiatives as needed
  • Supervise and/or execute relevant grants administration, including participation in tracking grant financials, narrative and financial report preparation, as well as developing budgets, timelines and project deliverables
  • Participate in the maintenance of strong donor database records
  • Work with department Directors on individual prospects for foundation or corporate gifts
  • Work with program and executive staff to communicate Development needs for proposals and work with the other departments to develop effective programs that will be attractive to funders
  • Develop a deep understanding of program content and organizational priorities to ensure integrity and quality of proposal writing
  • Manage an institutional funding calendar that includes an expanded slate of institutional funder opportunities
  • Supervise staff to meet department goals
  • Develop briefings on the progress of the Ms. Foundation’s programmatic initiatives for institutional funder updates and ongoing communications
  • Develop prospect lists and briefings for senior staff trips to new cities
  • Manage and strategize on institutional communications and mailings
  • Travel for program and development-related activities as needed

Qualifications and Requirements

The ideal candidate will be a feminist with a passion and commitment to the Foundation’s mission. While no one person will embody all the qualities enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional abilities, attributes and experiences:

  • Minimum of 5-8 years of experience in foundations/institutional grant writing and development for a non-profit organization or charitable foundation
  • Proven systematic experience in prospecting and growing new sources of revenue from foundations
  • College degree required, advanced degree preferred
  • Ability to forecast revenue accurately and maintain an expense budget
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
  • Ability to educate other staff on what specific elements are needed to deliver programmatic outcomes
  • Extensive experience working with or for a grant-making foundation, and existing relationships in the New York foundation funding community
  • Demonstrated superior writing and organizational skills
  • A keen ability to synthesize large amounts of information from leadership team members and program staff into a cohesive, compelling and executable funding proposal
  • Experience in managing, developing and revising budgets for grant proposals
  • Superior Excel, Word and PowerPoint skills
  • Intellectual curiosity and the ability to learn quickly, ask probing questions and synthesize information from an array of sources in order to determine next steps
  • Ability to successfully execute multiple, simultaneous projects on time and with quality results
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and to work collaboratively
  • A commitment to the mission and values of the Ms. Foundation for Women
  • People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

To learn more about the Ms. Foundation for Women, and to apply for this position, please submit a detailed cover letter and resume:

The Ms. Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, marital or veteran status, or sexual orientation.

New Search Announcement! Associate Director of Business Development for Year Up, A Best Nonprofit to Work For!

Pillar Search is pleased to announce the search for Year Up’s Associate Director of Business Development in San Jose, CA



Year Up is an award-winning national 501(c)3 organization striving to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults ages 18-24 with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Through a one-year intensive training program, these young adults complete a unique combination of rigorous, hands-on technical and professional skills training, college credit, and corporate internships. With an annual operating budget of $90 million, Year Up served over 2,700 students in 2015 nationwide.


Year Up takes three approaches to closing the Opportunity Divide. Their core sites are based on their founding program model – direct service programming where facilities, staff, infrastructure, academics, and all other aspects of the program are managed by Year Up staff. The Professional Training Corps (PTC) is a community college based model that provides an opportunity for students to engage in meaningful workforce training. In this model, students are dual-enrolled in the community college and Year Up; technical skills are taught by college faculty, while Year Up staff provide professional skills and other wrap-around services. Lastly, their Employer Based Solutions are created in collaboration with employer partners; custom solutions are developed to meet critical business needs and solve for skills gap challenges in the marketplace.


Consistently voted one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For by the Nonprofit Times, Year Up is a rewarding place to work. Their staff is passionate, supportive, mission-driven, and committed to positive change and continuous learning. They set high standards for both themselves and their students, and live by a set of core values that reflect an unshakable belief in the talent and full potential of young adults. The work they do is life-changing, and they know that their team is the greatest asset in achieving their mission.



Reporting to the Regional Director of Partner Relations – West, the Associate Director of Business Development – Bay Area, CA is a key member of Year Up Bay Area’s Corporate Engagement team – the epitome of hard business skills in a mission-driven setting. S/he will connect top corporations in need of entry level talent with professionally trained, high-potential urban young adults.  The Corporate Engagement team, responsible for generating approximately 60% of our annual budget and connecting alumni with post-program career and education pathways, is seeking an additional member to reach tangible targets in developing and following leads, closing sales, and connecting grads with professional jobs.

To be successful in this role, you will desire to leverage your demonstrated for-profit revenue generation and career placement experience in a mission-driven social enterprise.  As an ideal candidate, you are someone who understands sales and thrives in environments that require you to build and maintain relationships.  You have a knack for networking and can speak passionately about Year Up’s mission and the students we serve.

In keeping with Year Up’s values, the Associate Director of Business Development will also have the opportunity to interact with students as a mentor, group facilitator, and advocate, participating in building a positive educational environment.

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  • Revenue Generation and Outcomes Business Development:
  • Lead business development and acquisition by building new corporate partnerships for internship seats and alumni hiring to top companies in the Bay Area while maximizing all opportunities and making recommendations on the various solutions, partnerships, and volunteer opportunities Year Up offers
  • Develop and implement Business Development strategy that generates internship revenue through the acquisition of new corporate partnerships and leads to increased alumni hires through partnerships with staffing agencies and hiring managers
  • Engage with C-level executives and decision makers at all organizations, from Fortune 500s to start-ups and small local businesses in a variety of settings from one-one-one meetings to large events
  • Develop and leverage a database of qualified leads through referrals, telephone canvassing, face to face meetings, cold calling, direct mail, email, and networking responding to territory assignments
  • Create and conduct effective presentations and proposals that identify Year Up’s innovative model and past successes for solving entry level talent needs at partner corporations through internships and alumni hires
  • Ensure alignment between graduate skill-set and hiring partnership development, as well as between internship partnership, role development, and intern skill-set
  • Maintain accurate and comprehensive records (in of activities such as sales calls, presentations, closed sales, and follow-up
  • In conjunction with the Director, develop annual business plan detailing activities to follow during the year, which will focus the candidate on meeting or exceeding sales quota
  • Relationships Management (External):
  • Build and drive our strategy to engage multiple special interest groups within partner segment to deepen partnerships and grow pipeline
  • Plan and implement corporate partner events aimed at deepening engagement, including convening corporate champions across industry verticals
  • Embrace the mantra of “high expectations, high support” in interactions with corporate partners and interns
  • Staff and Students Relationships Management (Internal):
  • Facilitate collaboration across functional teams, specifically, development, academics, and career services
  • Work closely with program leadership to ensure students strategically align with corporate partners needs
  • Create greater understanding of the internship program to all Year Up staff members
  • Site Team/Learning Community Member
  • Serve as an advisor/mentor for a small number of current students
  • Join and sometimes facilitate weekly group sessions with students
  • Participate in staff meetings and trainings 



  • Minimum of 4-5 years of experience preferred
  • New business sales and account management experience strongly preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree typical/preferred
  • Successful achievement of a minimum of $1m in sales targets
  • Demonstrated successful track record in a direct sales capacity
  • Demonstrated ability to generate leads and close business
  • Documented strengths in meaningful relationship building, management and growth
  • Strong networking skills and the ability to move comfortably and credibly in the community
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills to ensure alignment across several teams
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • A professional and resourceful style with the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative and manage multiple tasks and projects at a time
  • Ability to thrive in a fluid, dynamic organization with a minimal amount of direction
  • Ability to plan, introduce and lead a process that enables high quality growth
  • Ability to lead, willingness to be led, and comfort with situational leadership
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office required; experience preferred
  • A passion for working with urban young adults, an unshakable belief in their potential and a strong commitment to the mission of Year Up
  • Understanding of the Opportunity Divide and its drivers
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion



  • Salary: Competitive and commensurate with education and experience
  • Benefits: Competitive package including 100% healthcare coverage, dental, and 401(k) match
  • Vacation: Three weeks paid vacation in first year of employment; four weeks after initial year
  • Professional development: Funds available to support staff in achieving career objectives



Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume to Cindy Joyce of Pillar Search at Note that applications without a cover letter and salary expectations will not be considered. We respectfully request no phone calls.

New Search Announcement! Director of Admissions for The Landing School of Boat Building

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Pillar Search is pleased to announce the search for the Director of Admissions for The Landing School of Boat Building in Arundel, Maine.

This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced Admissions professional with a passion for education and experience using innovative student recruitment and admissions techniques.

“The Landing” is a short stretch of the Kennebunk River in Arundel, Maine where The Landing School is located. It was once an internationally famous shipbuilding area and the home of more than 20 shipbuilding firms dating back to the 1600’s. In December of 1978, the first class of 9 students at The Landing School launched a Chamberlain dory-skiff, reviving the boat building trade along The Landing.


Today, each of The Landing School’s ten-month-long programs culminates in a diploma for students who successfully complete their courses within the high standards set by the faculty. In 2009, the State of Maine Department of Education and The School’s accrediting agency, ACCSC, approved The Landing School as a degree-granting institution. A student who successfully completes two technical programs and 15 credit-hours of general education courses is eligible to receive an Associate’s degree. The Landing School has been recognized by ACCSC as a 2014 ACCSC School of Distinction / ACCSC School of Excellence.


Education from The Landing School reinforces and preserves traditional design and construction methods while advancing the art of boat building, design and maintenance through the integration of modern techniques and contemporary materials. The marine industry values this unique training and has lauded The Landing School internationally with a reputation for graduates of exceptional quality.


The Landing School seeks students who are not “usual”, who are not satisfied with the status quo; they look for passionate students who imagine vividly and want to create cool things. Their students have come from forty-one U.S. states and ten countries. They are high school graduates, college graduates, second career seekers, veterans, and adult learners.


Within the transformational environment of The Landing School students find strengths they had not imagined. The practical skills offered by our curriculum are designed to provide graduates not simply with a better job prospect but more importantly with a rewarding career in the marine industry as an innovative designer, boat-builder or systems technician. Graduates of The Landing School are able to work professionally on today’s vessels and imagine tomorrow’s, pushing the boundaries of the industry’s evolving technology while understanding and appreciating the rich maritime traditions of the past.


As an employer, The Landing School offers a supportive community of faculty, staff, and fellow students who all work together to regularly achieve the impossible.


For more information about The Landing School of Boat Building, please visit


Like many of Maine’s coastal towns, Arundel (once part of nearby Kennebunkport) first prospered as a shipbuilding center and fishing village, and later became a destination for summer residents. Today, Arundel is one of Southern Maine’s fastest growing communities. Its current population is approximately 4,200.


The Opportunity:
The Director of Admissions will drive the development and implementation of strategies to recruit and attract students to the School. Key responsibilities include:

• Actively recruit and enroll a diverse and academically excellent student body in a timely and efficient manner
• Develop effective and personal communication plans for recruitment
• Improve and increase efficiency in academic admissions operations
• Counsel prospective students regarding admission to The Landing School
• Represent The Landing School at on-campus and off-campus functions, including college fairs
• Serve as the primary contact for prospective and admitted students
• Respond to phone and web generated inquiries and guide applicants through the admissions process
• Interview prospective students (in person and by phone) to assess fit
• Guide international applicants in following steps to achieve proper documentation to attend school in the U.S.
• Manage the recruitment budget & procure the resources necessary for recruitment function
• Broaden resources, support and participation in services for veteran, military and associated student populations


Overview of the Ideal Candidate:
Candidates must possess demonstrated knowledge of the admissions process, including recruitment/yield and strategies, admissions review cycle, application processing and applicant communication strategies. In addition, the ideal candidate will be:
•Analytical, data-informed, goal-oriented, and results-driven
•Able to make data-based decisions with functionality in data analysis and reporting
•Comfortable with heavy phone and email volume
•Experienced with all Microsoft Office programs
•A systems thinker with strong database skills
•Able to work effectively as a team member but also independently to achieve goals
•Willing to occasionally travel locally and out of state, work some weekends and evenings
•High energy and ethical


Knowledge of the marine industry is not necessary but a plus.


The Landing School is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.


For Immediate Consideration:
This search is being managed by Pillar Search. To apply, please send your cover letter and resume, including salary requirements, to Cindy Joyce at
With personalized service and proven results, Pillar is your partner in executive search and human resources consulting. With over 20 years of experience, Pillar provides national retained search services for exceptional non-profits and foundations and early-stage or rapid growth for-profit firms. All share the characteristic of desiring top talent who want an occupassion, not just an occupation. In addition, Pillar offers human resources consulting services, which was born of clients requesting help on projects beyond executive search, and includes human resources audits, creating a handbook, assessing organizational design, training, team building, and employee communications. A woman-owned business, Pillar is based in Boston, MA, and works on both a local and national level.  Please click to contact Pillar.