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The Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants has over 320 executive headhunters specializing in the recruitment of higher education executives in its member network. AESC executive search consultants seek people in the education industry to fill executive higher education positions including Deans, Presidents and Provosts at both private and public universities. In total, the AESC has 8,000 executive recruiters worldwide employed at more than 300 member firms. All AESC members use the BlueSteps database to source executive talent for a range of industries including recruiting for higher education positions.

Executive Search Industry Outlook Report Report

According to the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants 2013 Outlook Report produced from the responses of nearly 200 member executive recruiters, about 58% believed that the Education/Non-Profit/Public Sector industry was neutral, strong or very strong. Although only half of the respondents saw this industry as successful, another 10% viewed the sector as weak but improving. This reflects a positive outlook for the Education/Non-Profit/Public Sector industries as we move further away from the global recession.

Typical Candidates for Executive Jobs in Higher Education

Dan Parker, President of Parker Executive Search and AESC member consultant, describes the typical candidate for an executive position in higher education in the following way: The candidate should have a PhD, about seven years of experience, and a demonstrated interest and ability in leadership. Parker adds that "you'll see more non-traditional candidates becoming deans of business. They could be a retiring CEO. They may have an MBA and not a PhD. The dean role is much different in business than in Arts & Sciences or Education."

Regions with the most opportunity for Education executive positions

The global cities offering the most recruiters and executive jobs in education are: Vancouver, Buenos Aires, Sydney, Pittsburgh, Washington DC, Toronto, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Beverly Hills and Frankfurt. However, the AESC network of executive recruiting member firms includes 75 countries spanning the globe. See below to learn about using BlueSteps to gain visibility to these executive recruiters or headhunters.

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