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Executive Search Services (ESS), is NC State University’s internal executive recruitment service, committed to identifying and recruiting outstanding talent to NC State. ESS conducts searches for EPA and faculty Director and higher level vacancies.  As a dedicated internal resource and partner, ESS is committed to providing outstanding search services and technical support resulting in the “best hires” for our University. 

Contact ESS
Executive Search Services
Campus Box 7210
2711 Sullivan Drive
Administrative Services Building II, Suite 110
Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-7210
Phone:  (919)-513-1963
Fax:  (919)-515-4303

Justin Lang, Director

Frank Barragan, Executive Recruiter & Search Consultant

Bona Bame, Program Assistant

For Executive Candidates

About NC State University
North Carolina State University (NC State) is a leading comprehensive land-grant institution with significant strengths in science, engineering, and technology and is Carnegie-designated as a “very extensive” research university.  With more than 33,500 students, 170,000 living alumni and over 8,000 faculty and staff, NC State is the largest university in the state.  NC State consistently ranks among the nation’s top public universities and best higher-education values.
About Raleigh and the Triangle
NC State is located in Raleigh, the capital city of North Carolina, which anchors the Research Triangle region, one of the country’s most dynamic and thriving metropolitan regions.  National rankings consistently rate Raleigh and its surrounding region among the five best places in the country to live and work.  Raleigh is situated in a central part of the state, with the Atlantic Ocean two hours to the east and the Blue Ridge Mountains three hours to the west.
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For Hiring Departments

  • Internal executive recruitment services committed to identifying and recruiting outstanding external talent to NC State
  • Targeted services for EPA and faculty Director and higher level executive searches
  • Resulting in the “best” hires for NC State via a dedicated internal resource and partner in the hiring process
  • Fee for service with significant cost savings compared to external firm fees


Search Services Offered:

  • Consultation and advice on search and recruitment strategies
  • Development of job prospectus
  • Development and provision of market data
  • Development of materials for dissemination (email, attachment)
  • Creation of contact/distribution databases
  • Creation and placement of advertisements
  • Recruitment of candidates
  • Attendance at professional conferences to market position & prospect candidates
  • Initial contact with interested parties - recruitment and screening
  • Screening of pool of candidates
  • Thorough follow-up phone screening with targeted questioning to determine qualifications, style, and fit
  • Identification of most qualified candidates
  • Provision of relocation materials and info on spouse/partner hiring assistance program
  • Presentation of candidates to search committee or chair
  • Provision of credentials and other soft factors from personal contacts with candidates
  • Status reports throughout the process
  • Reference checking of identified and non-identified persons and other knowledgeable parties
  • Administrative processing of background check
  • Communication with candidates not hired
  • Registration of hired candidate with relocation vendor
  • Post-hire “closing” meeting with hiring official

Search Committee Technical/Logistical Support

  • Support to Executive Search recruitment activities
  • Coordination of HR, Legal, and OEO participation with Search Committee
  • Scheduling of Search Committee meetings
  • Dissemination of confidentiality agreements to search participants
  • Development of prospect databases
  • Online job posting process completion
  • Placement and billing of advertisements
  • Request for relocation materials
  • Development of sample interview questions
  • Scheduling of interviews (dates, times, locations)
  • Travel arrangements for candidates
  • Airport pick-up and return
  • Interview escort
  • Secure of background check forms and coordination with Background Check Program office
  • Preparation of “no thanks” letters
  • Registration of hired candidate with relocation vendor

For more information, contact:

Executive Search Services
Human Resources
20 Enterprise Street, Suite 1

Current Searches

The University conducts searches to replace college and senior administrators.

NC State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. NC State University welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact Jessica Padgett, Executive Search Services, Jessica_padgett@ncsu.edu   (919) 515-4270; fax: (919) 515-4303.

Relocation Assistance

NC State University provides relocation assistance through our "Moving with the Pack" program.

Moving with the Pack