Year Up

Need: A Full-time Senior Director of Finance and Administration
Service: Retained Search
Industry: Nonprofit
“AMS is customer-focused, responsive to issues, eager to please and deliver, knowledgeable about our industry, and committed to our organization’s success.”
– Sue Meehan, Chief Operating Officer, Year Up


A $40M national nonprofit organization that helps young adults transition into full-time employment was looking to strengthen its finance team. The current Director of Finance was leaving and the organization was looking for a new Senior Director of Finance and Administration that could improve Year Up’s operations as well as prepare the organization for substantial future growth.


Year Up engaged AMS to perform a retained search for the position. The AMS team led every aspect of the search, from working to create and finalize a job description to pre-screening resumes and conducting interviews. AMS worked as a partner with the organization, assisting members of the senior leadership team in negotiating and extending the final offer to a candidate.


The AMS team introduced several candidates with excellent qualifications to Year Up. While all candidates had the required financial background, the leadership team selected the individual that was the best fit for their culture and had specific experience working in a growing organization. The newly-hired Senior Director of Finance and Administration has already begun to build upon the work of the previous Director of Finance by positioning the organization for future growth.