and Associates LLC, a retained executive search firm, was established in 2007. Jerry Baker, the President of the firm, has been an executive search consultant since 1976.
The firm is committed to the principles which have always been the hallmark of its practice: safeguarding the integrity of a thorough search process, respecting the value and importance of confidentiality, honoring the trust that our clients place in us, treating every prospective candidate with dignity, and adhering to the highest ethical standards.
The members of the firm have extensive backgrounds in retained executive search, collectively bringing some 60 years experience. The professional staff of the firm have conducted some 850 searches for a diverse corporate and non-profit clientele. Our searches include engagements for clients in many industrial, service, and non-profit sectors of the economy. Our higher education practice is one of the most highly regarded in the country.
The President and owner of the firm is directly responsible for the successful completion of every assignment. Our smaller client base allows us extraordinary flexibility in identifying target organizations from which prospective candidates can be identified.
It is essential that we devote meaningful time with our clients at the beginning of each search, even those organizations with whom we have worked for many years. We must have a clear understanding of the client's needs and requirements in order to represent the organization accurately and aggressively. An agreed upon written position is finalized early in the search process and is used extensively throughout the search with individuals who are sources of information as well as with prospective candidates.
Every search begins with original research. Even though we have been in contact with thousands of individuals over the years and maintain an extensive database, we insist upon fresh, creative research early in an engagement in order to guarantee that we have current, thorough, and deep information regarding the discipline for which we are recruiting.
It is likewise mutually advantageous that we stay in frequent communication with our client during every phase of the search. It is helpful that a person be identified as the client representative with Baker and Associates, even though the hiring decision is most often made with the observation and input from a larger number of individuals.
Our candidate presentation is most often one where a confidential website is created which is accessible by members of the client organization who have been approved to access that information. The maintenance of confidentiality throughout the search process is required and is insured through this private website.
The professional fee for an executive search assignment is most often one-third of the first year's total cash compensation. The professional fee is invoiced in three equal monthly increments: at the beginning of the search and 30 and 60 days thereafter.
In addition to the professional fee, direct expenses of an engagement are invoiced on an out-of-pocket basis. These include internal administrative costs, communication costs, research, advertising, reproduction and delivery service, creation of a secure website, background investigation services, as well as travel and interviewing expenses.
It is the policy of Baker and Associates LLC that we will not actively recruit a person from a client organization for a period of two years following the completion of the last engagement for that client.
Our firm is committed to the goal of equal employment opportunity as established by various federal and state laws and regulations. As such, we will not discriminate against any individual for employment because of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.