Deerfield Associates

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“Nightingale has enlisted Doug Cooney and Deerfield Associates for both our CFO and Director of Institutional Advancement search. In both cases Doug presented a deep pool and he thought long and hard about which candidates would serve our school’s particular need at a given moment. If there is a rock to be turned he will find it. He also supported our school by keeping us on track in our search. A Head of School is pulled in many directions at any one given time. Doug understands this as well as any consultant I know. He is tireless in his efforts and is immensely respectful of the candidates he recruits, and the school that he supports. I was proud to have him representing Nightingale.”

Paul A. Burke
Head of School
The Nightingale-Bamford School
20 E. 92nd Street
New York, NY 10128Read the full endorsement


“Saint Andrew’s School of Boca Raton, Florida recently concluded our search for a new Director of Institutional Advancement. At the start of the search process we interviewed a handful of search firms and we chose to work with Doug Cooney and Deerfield Associates. We could not be more pleased with the job that Doug and Deerfield Associates did on our search. From day one Doug was hands on and directly involved with every aspect of the search. Doug visited the School and spent considerable time getting to know the mission and culture including meeting with senior faculty, staff, trustees and myself. He worked hard to gain a thorough understanding of our institution and specific needs. Deerfield brought us a group of highly qualified candidates and we couldn’t be happier with both the process and the results of the search. It was truly a national search. As a new and incoming head of school, I was fortunate to have Doug’s experience, guidance, and expertise in the service of our school. I would recommend that any school undertaking a development search talk with Doug and his colleagues at Deerfield Associates.”

Ethan Shapiro
Head of School
Saint Andrew’s School
Boca Raton, FloridaRead the full endorsement


“Deerfield Associates, Doug Cooney, Julie Miller and their team, did a thorough job of getting to know Vermont Academy. Doug arrived on campus and found ways to get a cross-section of VA life, speaking with administrators, students, and faculty. The pool of candidates we received from Deerfield Associates had variety and was very strong. Julie’s work interviewing the candidates and some of their references enabled us to have a comprehensive e-file before we even started interviewing ourselves. The timeline and process that we worked with were supported by and, in many ways, defined by Deerfield Associates as they helped us along to keep momentum. I would give Deerfield Associates my highest recommendation for their expertise, organization, and leadership of hiring processes for administrators.”

Dr. Jennifer L. Zaccara
Head of Vermont AcademyRead the full endorsement


“Dear Doug,

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and your search firm for your recent search for a new Director of Institutional Advancement here at Flint Hill School.

In each of my presentations making the announcement, I have applauded you, your team, and your company. I have worked with lots of wonderful consultants over my long career and I have you and Deerfield Associates at the top of my list. The materials we received, the reference checks, the follow-up with candidates, etc. …it was all personal, professional, and impactful. Thank you for working so closely with us and for being so direct, available, and supportive. Your approach made a daunting process become exciting and rewarding. It was a truly national search as our candidate of choice is moving from Minnesota to Virginia! And please share my deep respect and appreciation to your entire team!!! It has been a very impressive experience.”

John Thomas
Headmaster
Flint Hill School
Oakton, VARead the full endorsement


“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Deerfield Associates. As a candidate, you understand that the client is the school, but it’s so refreshing to work with a firm who takes the time to learn about your needs and interests in a way that supports a great outcome for both the school and candidate. Throughout the process, Doug offered coaching – which was terrific since I’m not a candidate very often! His sense of humor, directness, caring, and industry knowledge made it a pleasure to work with him and his team. He was clearly deeply committed to his client. Because of the time Doug must have taken to really get to know the school I felt sure I understood the hopes and dreams of the school and its leadership – an ideal position to be in when starting a new job. As I make the move from Minnesota to Virginia I am very excited to have worked with Deerfield Associates on this great professional opportunity. If I’m in the position to hire a search firm, they would be at the top of my list.”

Meredith Cook VanDuyne
Director of Institutional Advancement
Flint Hill School
Oakton, VARead the full endorsement


“Working with Doug and Deerfield Associates was tremendously rewarding to find our new Chief Financial Officer, not just for the outcome but perhaps even more, for the process. To say that Doug is attentive to detail is an understatement and it gently pushes schools to do the same. Most important, he truly extends himself to the people involved in the search process and the benefits to the school as a result of his efforts are tangible. First, he gets to know the school inside out and as part of that, he gets to know all of the key stake holders. On the candidate side, the process can be unnerving and Doug kept them engaged throughout and feeling positively about us so that by the time we were ready to choose, we were fortunate to have a number of strong finalists. Our candidate of choice was in higher education in the mid-west, a truly national search. Now a few months out, we are thrilled with the partnership that has already emerged with the successful candidate and feel that Deerfield Associates is a resource to which we will return when the need arises.”

Molly King
Head of School
Greenwich Academy
Greenwich, ConnecticutRead the full endorsement


“Having interviewed a number of top national search firms, Milton Academy selected and hired Doug Cooney, Principal of Deerfield Associates to conduct a search for a new Chief Advancement Officer. Excellent references from prior clients, as well as Doug’s thoughtful and disciplined approach affected our choice. Doug’s firm prides itself on seeking out new talent, professionals who are not necessarily engaged in a job search. Deerfield Associates’ reputation is providing excellent candidates and conducting a professional and discrete recruitment process.
Doug and his team developed a deep pool of highly qualified and experienced advancement professionals in a timely manner. Doug was most accessible and brought a balanced approach to the search process. I relied on Doug and always felt at the helm of the search. We met and interviewed qualified candidates from around the country and from a variety of well-known institutions including colleges, universities and independent schools. Milton identified and hired the right candidate in Lisa Winick, an accomplished professional at an independent school outside New England. I later learned that for nearly a decade, Doug had known and cultivated Lisa Winick as a candidate.
Doug’s search firm reaches far and wide, and among educational institutions, it enjoys respect. Doug presented himself as a talent agent who seeks out the best candidates and the right fit for the school. I am happy with the outcome of our search and can enthusiastically recommend Deerfield Associates.”
Sincerely,

Todd B. Bland
Head of School
Milton AcademyRead the full endorsement


“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Lauren C. Fredette as King’s incoming Director of Development. As Director of Development, Lauren will lead our efforts connected to fundraising, alumni affairs, and many of our institutional events. I want to thank the many administrators, trustees, and parents who were involved in the interview process. I also want to thank Doug Cooney, of Deerfield Associates, whom we hired as a consultant to manage the search. Doug’s oversight of the process, insight into the search process, and access to candidates, were all outstanding.”

Thomas B. Main
Head of School
King School
Stamford, CTRead the full endorsement


“As both our new Chief Financial Officer/Dean of Business Affairs and our new Director of Advancement start on Monday I wanted to reach out to personally thank you for the commitment you have to Whitby throughout both processes. I appreciate the time you took to get to know our school and our needs and then how you guided us all through the recruitment process. We are delighted with our new hires and appreciative of all your expertise and insight.

Thanks again Doug,”

Bryan Nixon
Head of School
Whitby School
Greenwich, ConnecticutRead the full endorsement


“As a general rule of thumb, I don’t write testimonials for consultants, but with Deerfield Associates, I gladly make an exception to that rule. Over a period of years, Mercersburg Academy has secured the services of Doug Cooney and Deerfield Associates for three separate high level searches: Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations, Assistant Head of School for Advancement, and Assistant Head of School for Enrollment. In all three instances, I could not have been more satisfied with the approach taken toward these searches; the end results were excellent on all three fronts. The things that most distinguish the firm’s work, in my view, are the excellent stable of candidates presented, the personal attention provided both to the school and the candidates, as well as the thorough follow-up on both sides of the equation. I can recommend Deerfield Associates most enthusiastically.”

Doug Hale
Head of School
Mercersburg Academy
Mercersburg, PennsylvaniaRead the full endorsement


“We hired Deerfield Associates to conduct our CFO search and were very pleased throughout the search process as well as with the outcome. There was a real sense of partnership throughout. Doug Cooney was more than a search consultant; professional, and sensitive throughout, he served as a wise and respectful guide and coach in the process of narrowing down our search and refining our thinking about who would best succeed and grow in this position.”

Maureen Fonseca
Head of School
The Masters School
Dobbs Ferry, New YorkRead the full endorsement


“Having spent 12 years in this industry, following a 20+ year career in financial services, I have dealt with many search consultants and can unequivocally say the services you and your firm provide are the most professional and of the highest integrity that I have experienced during my career.”

Timothy R. Stanton
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Assumption College
Worcester, MassachusettsRead the full endorsement


“If you ever want to know how good Doug Cooney is at his job, just call me!! A true professional who really knows the business, Doug is organized and an effective communicator. He fully comprehends both the hiring client needs and that of the candidate. He lets you know where you stand and the next steps. He knows a “good fit” when he sees one.”

Wally Halas
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Fairfield University
Fairfield, ConnecticutRead the full endorsement


“Doug Cooney did an exceptional job as the consultant for our search for a CFO and later for a search for a director of advancement. He developed an impressive pool of candidates and communicated very well with them and me on both searches. He was professional, patient, persistent, optimistic, and well connected. Most important, he made it possible for us to hire outstanding professionals.”

Drew Casertano
Headmaster
Millbrook School
Millbrook, New YorkRead the full endorsement


“From the first encounter, every phone call was executed as scheduled, documents were received well in advance, and communications were always clear. I think what I liked best about the process was working directly with Doug. He is, in short, a straight-shooter. I fully understand dealing with an experienced head can sometimes be intimidating, but Doug read me very well and gave me excellent practical advice at many junctures. Basically, he stretched my horizons.”

Dr. Stephen M. Clement, III
Headmaster
The Browning School
New York, New YorkRead the full endorsement


“It was a personal and professional pleasure to work with Deerfield Associates again. Throughout our search for a new Director of Advancement, Deerfield Associates was a standout for clarity of process, depth of candidate pool, and thoroughness of placement from start to finish. Of particular highlight was the extraordinary care taken in understanding both the significance of school culture and the match with the candidate pool. Both the candidates and the school were extremely well served by the thoughtfulness and skill of Deerfield Associates. We have retained Deerfield in the past for two other positions, Campaign Director in 2011 and Chief Financial Officer in 2008. They have my highest of recommendations.”

Bodie Brizendine
Head of School
The Spence School
New York, New YorkRead the full endorsement


“When the position of Vice President for Institutional Advancement became vacant, I knew that this search was going to be critical for the College. The College needed to fill the position with someone who would change the orientation of the division by placing more emphasis on fund raising. It was also crucial that the chemistry between myself and the new Vice President was compatible.

Deerfield Associates and Doug Cooney employed an unconventional approach to this search which was not what I had been accustomed to from other searches with which I had been involved. In building a pool of viable candidates, Doug Cooney identified various individuals with whom I would meet for breakfast to help him get a better sense of what I was looking for in the Vice President for Institutional Advancement. This was extremely beneficial since it helped me to prioritize the qualifications that I considered to be essential for the holder of this position. Through these conversations, Doug was able to bring to the search committee candidates with whom I had already met and that had my preliminary approval. This helped to advance the search in a timely fashion and gave me the opportunity to learn more about those candidates that I was most interested in pursuing. Working with me initially and then bringing the search committee into the process made it possible to advance as finalists only the candidates that were under serious consideration by me, ensuring a successful outcome.

Throughout the process Doug kept me informed of his conversations with the candidates, along with any issues or concerns that the candidates had expressed which would need to be addressed. Doug provided useful advice when it came time to negotiate with the candidate of choice and paved the way for me to make the offer.

I was completely pleased by Doug’s professionalism, his extensive network, and his diligence in identifying candidates. It was clear that he and his associates put in much time and effort in this search. What I particularly appreciated was the fact that he did not try to impose his views on the right type of candidate, but always took his direction from me and what I wanted in the person who I ultimately hired. He was very sensitive to the type of institution Assumption is, the challenges that the new Vice President would face, and our mission as a Catholic institution and the role that played in this search. I highly recommend Doug Cooney and Deerfield Associates not only because of the excellent hire that resulted from this search, but most especially because of the unique approach he and his firm employ which is very effective.”

Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D.
President
Assumption College
Worcester, MassachusettsRead the full endorsement


“I wanted to send a belated thank you for your gentle persistence and thoughtful encouragement regarding the Fessenden search. I would not have pursued it if Susan hadn’t continued to reach out to me and, looking back, I am very grateful that you didn’t take my no as a no. As they say in fundraising, No is never No, it’s just not now 🙂 It was certainly a whirlwind but as I think about the new opportunity, I am excited not only for me but for my family. I am very excited to succeed Elizabeth and build upon the well-run operation that she created. I also look forward to being a part of the senior administrative team and work closely with Dave. As a family, we are also thrilled to join the Fessy community overall. My husband is already asking if we can move on-campus, and my son left his admissions visit last week and went back to his current school and said, “I’m going to a new school next year and there’s no girls there.” So, now that I’ve had a moment to reflect, I just wanted to thank you both for what I think will be a great change and new beginning for the “other” Cooneys.”

Ki Cooney Perry
Director of Advancement
Fessenden School
Newton, MassachusettsRead the full endorsement


“It is a pleasure to commend Deerfield Associates for their outstanding placement service.  When I was initiating a job search, Doug Cooney spent significant time with me, even at a moment when the firm did not have an appropriate position that fit my qualifications. The firm’s personal touch and attention to detail, as well as knowledge of the field, are excellent. Deerfield Associates stayed in close touch and a couple of years later contacted me with a superb professional opportunity  in an international setting.  I am now happily settled and working in London.”

William J. Vaughan
Director of Advancement
The American School in LondonRead the full endorsement


“Doug Cooney is a man of sharp insight and deep integrity. He sincerely cares about his clients and the candidates he presents. He conducts himself with complete professionalism. Having been an unconventional, career changer candidate, I was impressed with how well Doug could articulate and discern the personal qualities and attributes that would lead toward a successful career in education. I trust Doug, value his judgment, and highly recommend his services.”

William M. Clark
Managing Director, Leadership Giving
Dartmouth College
Hanover, New HampshireRead the full endorsement


“I would like to express my sincerest appreciation to you for your help and guidance throughout the recruitment and interview process here at Mercersburg Academy.  I feel honored to have been offered the position of Assistant Head of School for Enrollment here at the academy.  It is a great school with incredible programs, a strong sense of community and a spectacular campus. Thank you for your genuine interest in me as an admission professional and for your frequent follow-up during the interview process. Your input and counsel was of great value to me during my meeting with the Head of School, Doug Hale, in Philadelphia and my subsequent visits to Mercersburg’s campus. I look forward to staying touch and updating you on my progress here in the Admissions Office at the academy.”

Tommy Adams
Assistant Head of School for Enrollment
Mercersburg Academy
Mercersburg, PennsylvaniaRead the full endorsement

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