Executive Search

Executive Leadership & Advancement 

RA has an extensive network of contacts and vast professional knowledge in the fundraising industry. We provide valuable assistance to institutions in search of qualified development and executive professionals. RA has worked with over 1,250 institutions. We have observed firsthand why certain individuals succeed as the CEO or the Chief Advancement Officer of a nonprofit, and, conversely, why others fail. Our process focuses on finding and launching the right fit for your organization’s future.  

“More than any other advancement professional organization that I have worked with, Ruotolo Associates invested the appropriate time required to understand our business, our vision, and mission and methodically demonstrated a commitment to the very swift timeline and objectives, which is precisely what is required to be successful. And they were. They quickly mobilized their team, methodically engaged new candidates from prestigious institutions, efficiently evaluating candidates’ capacity along the way. They captivated senior management and busy board members as active participants in an effective and encouraging way. Their ongoing mentorship of our new CAO will help ensure their success, longevity, and ultimate positive impact on Waveny LifeCare Network’s philanthropic goals.”

Russell Barksdale, Jr., PResident & CEO, Waveny LifeCare Network

Current Searches


Director of Mission Advancement
Congregation of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary (Stockbridge, MA)

The Director of Mission Advancement works with Marian Fathers leadership to plan, structure and implement a comprehensive Mission Advancement program. These elements include major gifts, planned giving, grants, special events, print and electronic communications, and overall administration of the Mission Advancement Office.

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Ruotolo Associates Philanthropic Counsel Since 1979

Philanthropic Consultant – Senior Level
Ruotolo Associates Inc. (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)

Ruotolo Associates (RA) is seeking Senior Associates to provide on and off-site service to clients in the areas of capital/major gift campaigns, pre-campaign studies, development program assessments, and executive searches. Positions available for full and project-based engagements.

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Successfully Completed Searches

Sacred Heart High School

Sacred Heart High School (Yonkers, NY)

Sacred Heart is seeking an academic leader with the experience and skill to collaboratively advance an academic vision of excellence and the energy and empathy to lead a group of talented and dedicated teachers, staff, and students.

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Senior Director of Development Operations
University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary (Mundelein, IL)

University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary is seeking a Senior Director of Development Operations to drive efforts to engage constituents; broaden and deepen the relationships within the University community and advance the work of the Office of Development through the meaningful contribution of gifts and talents.

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Director of Development
Buffalo Zoo (Buffalo, NY)

The Buffalo Zoo is seeking an entrepreneurial and experienced Director of Development whose values and accomplishments align with the Zoo’s intentional paradigm of collaborative leadership, dynamic improvement and creative impact.

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Chief Advancement Officer  Waveny LifeCare Network (New Canaan, CT)

Director of Development  The Passionists of St. Paul of the Cross Province (Rye Brook, NY)

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR  Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Naples District Council (Naples, FL)

Director of Development Operations  Archdiocese of Newark (Newark, NJ)

HEAD OF SCHOOL  Saint Vincent Academy (Newark, NJ)

DIRECTOR OF MISSION ADVANCEMENT  Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception (Stockbridge, MA)


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR  Summit Speech School  (New Providence, NJ)

DIRECTOR OF MISSION ADVANCEMENT  The Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius  (Danville, PA)