Why Retain the Search Group?


We embrace that we are consultants as well as recruiters. We bring to bear our experience and understanding as lifelong educators to all matters pertaining to a search. We understand the various constituencies at play, and can navigate the challenges and potential pitfalls.


Our size provides our partners with both the intimacy and immediacy of a small bespoke experience, while offering the resources, technology, market insight, and network of a globally-connected firm.


We have built our reputation over 40+ years, and have achieved a level of trust and respect with current and future education leaders as we’ve helped them navigate their careers over decades.


With a proven scaffolding of process and benchmarks, underpinned by powerful technology, proprietary research, and market insight, we work with schools and educational organizations to devise the best type of search for their community.


From creating and hosting our annual FORUM/Diversity and annual Women’s Institute, to our work identifying talent all over the world through our International Schools Practice, CS&A is at the vanguard of finding the very best talent regardless of gender, ethnicity, orientation, background, or professional experience.


An effective search doesn't end with the appointment. We remain your partner between the time of the appointment and the start date of your incoming leader to keep the transition on track.

R. Marks Arnold
I cannot thank you enough for guiding, prodding, and leading us through the search process. You delivered a strong group of candidates for our consideration. You brought your wisdom and experience to bear at critical stages in the process ("interview more, not less"), and acceding to your arm-twisting served us well. You were always available when we sought your counsel, and you were patient and supportive. On behalf of the Search Committee, thank you for all that you did to help us land the right candidate to be the next Saint Mary's Head of School.
R. Marks Arnold Saint Mary's School See More Success Stories