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Purpose of RFP

The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) is seeking the services of a search firm to help us recruit and hire our next permanent CEO. SDWP is a $38M, approximately 150-person, quasi-governmental and non-profit organization focused on workforce development services in San Diego. We serve job seekers and employers through career exploration, work readiness training, occupational training, job placement, subsidized wages and employer engagement. SDWP partners with the San Diego Consortium, a joints powers authority formed by the County of San Diego and the City of San Diego.  SDWP’s CEO also serves as the Executive Director of the San Diego Consortium.

Pursuant to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), SDWP serves as the designated Workforce Development Board (WDB) for both the County and City of San Diego. The organization is in a transitional phase and is now in process of searching for a permanent CEO. A Joint Personnel Committee (JPC), comprised of members of SDWP’s Board of Directors, whose majority is comprised of members from the private sector, and members of the San Diego Consortium’s public Policy Board, has been formed to lead the search process and make the final hiring decision. The JPC is now looking for a search firm that has the expertise, experience and resources to assist in identifying and recruiting a qualified permanent CEO for the organization.

SDWP extends its gratitude to Irvine Foundation for their generous contributions to our RFP. Irvine Foundation support plays a pivotal role in advancing our objectives which encompasses a spectrum ranging from SDWP’s values, mission, and vision to strategy.


  1. Based on the provided job description for the permanent CEO position, develop and implement a speedy, national recruiting strategy to identify and attract qualified candidates.
  2. Screen and assess candidate resumes and applications, conduct initial interviews, choose top 5-7 candidates and provide written summaries of each candidate’s qualifications and suitability for the JPC to interview next.
  3. Facilitate the next stage of the interview process for the JPC, including scheduling, coordinating logistics, and conducting background and other reference checks.
  4. Assist with the offer and acceptance process as needed.

Questions and Answers About the RFP

All questions about this RFP must be emailed to with the name of the RFP in the subject line and we will respond in three business days.

Submittal of Proposal

SDWP must receive proposals no later than 05/10/2024 by 5:00PM

PDF versions of written and signed proposals should be sent to with the title of “SDWP CEO Search Firm RFP.” Late proposals will not be accepted.

To learn more and for the full submission process, please download the SDWP Permanent CEO Search Firm Services RFP documents.

The San Diego Workforce Partnership is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to equal opportunity in its contracting process. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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