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/DEIB 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. Additionally, all head of school and key administrator searches include the option of engaging in implicit bias training for search committees at no extra cost.


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.