Helping clients succeed. And candidates grow their careers. In the final analysis, that’s what this enterprise is about. —Jim Wills
Wills Consulting Associates is one of the country’s leading search firms focusing on the recruitment of corporate communications, public relations, and public affairs executives.
It’s also the only one in the country whose founder and president, Jim Wills, personally manages each engagement—and combines 25+ years of communications search success with the foundation of a pre-search communications career with a FORTUNE 50 corporation, agency experience with leading public firms serving major US and international clients, and formal training as a management consultant.
We specialize in recruiting senior professionals in the broad functional areas of:
- Corporate Communications
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Crisis and Issues Management
- Executive Communications
- Integrated Communications
- Investor Relations
- Public Affairs
- Public Relations
- Reputation Management
- Social Media
Our clients include FORTUNE 500 corporations and emerging growth companies, professional services firms, industry trade associations and not-for-profits, and public relations/public affairs consultancies throughout the United States and internationally. Our industry coverage includes pharmaceuticals & healthcare, biotechnology, financial services, consumer goods, telecommunications, professional services, energy, media, and technology.
We’re a “High Touch/Low Volume” firm (a term coined by a client). And our orientation since “start-up” has been to concentrate on strategically important engagements for a relatively small and ever-evolving group of clients facing unique communications challenges. This focus guarantees Jim's hands-on involvement in each search---supported by project-specific research and administrative staff.
Jim brings to the table a 25-plus year track record in senior level communications search. This was built on a pre-search communications career with a FORTUNE 50 corporation, leading public relations firms serving major domestic and international clients, and one of the world’s premier management consulting firms, where he received training as a management consultant. He leveraged this background to enter the search arena New York City in the mid-1980s and formed WCA in Greenwich CT in 1997.
We believe that our corporate communications and public relations search clients benefit from the perspective of someone with broad communications search experience, who has worked in their profession, possesses an in-depth understanding of their functional needs, appreciates the business environment in which they operate, and is current on their internal and external communications challenges.
Candidates know that the individual who brings them into the recruiting process understands their background, skills, and experience. And most important, how those might potentially translate into client-side professional success.
The result: a consultative approach to search that has historically resulted in engagements of laser-like precision, successful clients, and candidates positioned for their next professional opportunity.