Mercedes C. Vance, senior associate, brings 14 years of higher education and not-for-profit executive search experience to Witt/Kieffer. Prior to joining Witt/Kieffer, Mercedes worked in corporate retained search. It was her commitment to organizations that enhance diversity and quality of life that brought her back to higher education and not-for-profit executive search work.
Mercedes identifies presidents, vice presidents and deans in colleges and universities on behalf of a broad spectrum of Witt/Kieffer education clients. Mercedes has a particular expertise in advancement and development search and has worked on over forty advancement searches in the last three years, serving clients across the nation. She leads searches and directs the executive search process from start to finish, including locating top candidates and supporting the research, interviewing, negotiating and follow-up processes of every successful search.
Mercedes consistently offers her clients a consultative approach to the identification and recruitment of top development candidates. She is also involved with CASE and ACE, presenting on strategic talent management subjects. Mercedes has also presented with the ACE Women’s Network on assessing readiness and planning career moves.
During college, Mercedes worked in human resources for the U.S. Department of Energy in Albuquerque, NM. Her work in human resources led her to a career in executive search. She is committed to serving not-for-profits and volunteers with a wide variety of organizations in her community. Mercedes is based in Portland, ME and may be reached through the Oak Brook office.