Staff Recruitment
Search Support

Helping you and your organization build your team and hire talented staff!

The team at Rooted Edge Consulting (originally Sarah Bennett Consulting) has helped hire close to 100 staff members for mission-based organizations across the U.S., including Waxman Strategies, Mighty Earth, Virginia Conservation Network, Mothers Out Front, Fight for the Future, and more. Our team can directly support your search in one of two ways:

  • Hire our team to coordinate your search

  • Consulting calls with our founder, Sarah Bennett, to provide counsel and coaching while your organization runs your search in-house

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Interested in working with us? Contact the Rooted Edge team:

  • Drafting and editing job descriptions, designed to recruit strong candidates and incorporating strong DEI best practices;

  • Developing a job posting plan;

  • Posting widely on job boards and listservs;

  • Creating recruitment materials, including: sample social media posts, outreach email and talking points on the job; criteria docs for effectively evaluating candidates; phone screen and interview questions for all stages;

  • Reviewing applications;

  • Conducting phone screens;

  • Coordinating the interview process with the hiring manager, including decision-making on candidates advancing; drafting interview questions; scheduling interviews;

  • Outreach to generate candidate leads;

  • Implementing DEI best practices in your recruitment searches;

  • Reference calls;

  • Communicating with candidates throughout the process;

  • Sending declines;

  • Meeting as much as needed with clients to strategize around the direction of the search;

  • Other tasks as needed.


NOTE: You don’t need to go with all of these services, but we recommend utilizing as many as possible.
Also, we no longer take on projects which ONLY involve sourcing (calls and emails for candidates). We offer this as one of our services, but find we do our best work when we are involved in a few stages of the process.

What will it cost us to hire you to coordinate a search?

We bill by the hour for each hour our team spends on the search, invoicing on a monthly basis. In most cases, a search will generally cost between $10K and up to $22K over the time it takes to make your hire. The total cost of the search depends on a number of factors, including the number of services you need, how challenging a role it is to fill, if the search is local vs national in scope, and how senior and specialized the position is. We prefer to bill by the hour because you’ll pay for exactly how much time you get, and are also happy to provide an estimate for how much your search will likely cost after hearing more. Also, if a project-based approach is better for you, we are happy to discuss that.

If you are interested in hearing more and figuring out if this is a good fit and can work within your budget, please reach out so we can connect and talk more. We can also email you with additional details on our rates and more too. We'd love to hear from you!

Schedule time with Sarah Bennett for advice / counsel / coaching on your search:

It may be better organizationally for your team to run its own search, but that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from our experience and counsel. If you want to get some insight as you launch your search, need some advice through challenges, could use some fresh ideas, consider scheduling some one-on-one consulting time with Sarah. She is available for just one or two consulting conversations when needed or to hold regular coaching calls throughout your search. We offer a 20 minute free introductory call and consulting time for your first chat with Sarah and, going forward, Sarah bills $150/ hour for recruitment coaching. We’d be excited to partner in this way if this could be a help to you on your search! Please fill out the interest form or email team@rootededgeconsulting.com to set up an introductory call or with any questions.

We also offer training sessions on the following:

  • Writing job descriptions

  • Building Your Candidate Pool: Postings, Networking, and Conversations

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Recruiting, Overall Best Practices

  • Reviewing Applications: Best Practices & How-To

  • Reviewing Applications: Best Practices & How-To

  • Making Reference Calls

If you have staff on your team who could benefit from sharpening their staff recruitment skills and best practices to help make your talent searches more effective, please reach out. Training sessions pricing ranges between $75 and $100 per session and we’re happy to be in touch to provide more details.

We provide support around the following services involved in a search:

“I also wanted to give a special shoutout to Sarah Bennett and team for their work throughout the process. They were excellent, incredibly responsive and transparent, and courteous.”

Candidate, Waxman Strategies
(Rooted Edge Consulting client)

"Sarah's ability to capture and relay the full measure of job candidates is unparalleled.
She has incredibly keen instincts about how a person will 'fit' within an organization.
Perhaps most valuably, she was able to help ME figure out what I needed for my open positions—she helped me articulate my 'dream hires' and then she went and found them!
I wholeheartedly recommend Sarah. She is the best recruiter with whom I've ever had the pleasure of collaborating.

Jill Beckwith
Senior Director of Philanthropy
Mothers Out Front

Partner with our team at Rooted Edge Consulting to coordinate your search and find your next hire:
When we partner with nonprofits and take on a search, your organization works closely with Sarah and a Rooted Edge Consulting staff member to bring our expertise to the project and save you time by coordinating your search. We have hired for just about every position you can think of at a mission-based organization, including operations, communications, development, grassroots organizing/ campaigning, policy, leadership roles, and more. Running a search effectively takes a lot of time and we believe partnering with us not only helps you protect your time, but also ensures your search is run effectively with strong attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices.