Jim Zaniello is president and founder of Vetted Solutions, a boutique executive search firm specializing in association and nonprofit recruiting and consulting. He possesses a unique understanding of the executive search process, developed through more than two decades in positions ranging from nonprofit executive director to publisher of the leading tool for nonprofit executive search.
For 10 years, Zaniello conducted searches at Association Strategies, Inc., a leading Washington, DC-area executive search firm focusing exclusively on associations and nonprofits. As vice president at ASI, he oversaw all facets of the search process, from candidate identification to compensation negotiation to successful on-boarding. Throughout his tenure at ASI, he leveraged his deep network of contacts to successfully fill dozens of executive-level nonprofit positions.
Zaniello developed an intimate understanding of the complex demands of the executive office through his own experience as executive director at several associations and nonprofits. As a senior executive with association management giant SmithBucklin, he served as executive director of the OsteoArthritis Research Society International; executive director for the start-up Community Financial Services Association; and interim executive director for the American Federation of Medical Research. All three positions gave him valuable insights into the strategic, business, and leadership demands of the executive office.
Prior to his tenure at SmithBucklin, Zaniello served as editor and managing director of CEO Job Opportunities Update, the leading biweekly resource for nonprofit executive search. A frequent speaker on managing nonprofit careers and achieving the position of CEO, he has also contributed articles to a number of highly regarded industry publications.