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Lean Recruitment

Get The Talent You Need

To be successful you need the best talent. But in-house recruiting and traditional firms are too expensive for most. We created our own system, encapsulated in the book Lean Recruitment, which performs as well or better than classic recruiting at 50% of the cost and 40% of the time. Better yet, the system is entirely modular allowing you to buy only the parts you need. 

Talent Management Systems

We've Got This

From startup to stable state, organizations need to retain and develop talent to stay competitive. Furthermore, leaders need to ensure their talent systems align with state and federal law as well as best practice. Unfortunately, most firms lack the time and knowledge to do it right. Enter Access HR - we create the backbone documents you need including employee handbooks and procedures, ensure ongoing compliance, and can even help you navigate individual talent issues and questions.

Career Power-Up

Get the Job You Want

Is it time for a pivot? Returning to the workplace? Seeing what options you have? Over the past ten years, we developed and refined a proprietary system for finding the value you bring to employers, helping you articulate it, and creating a search plan to get the job you want at the organization that wants you. We also provide coaching to support you from start to finish. Engagements range from $500-$1,200.


Access HR is part of the Civitas Strategies family of companies. Civitas Strategies, a management consultancy for public-serving organizations was founded in 2010. As Civitas Strategies grew, so did the human resources services finally leading to the creation of Access HR in 2017 as a vehicle solely focused on providing cost-effective human resources services. 

Lean Recruitment takes you step-by-step through our proprietary approach to recruiting. Any organization can easily follow the instructions, examples, and templates to improve their talent pipeline using existing staff.


As part of our commitment to community, US nonprofit organizations can request a free copy via the​ contact form.

Our Book: Lean Recruitment

The Principals

Gary Romano

President & CEO

Gary Romano is an award-winning strategist, author, and advisor for nonprofit leaders and entrepreneurs whose work has helped grow national and regional organizations, move startups to stable state, and bring new ideas to market. He is the published author of two books, Small But Mighty, which is helping entrepreneurs to launch and grow nonprofit consultancies, and Lean Recruitment, an innovative system to cost-effectively recruit talent. Gary is a SHRM Certified Senior Professional and has a Master’s in Urban Affairs and Planning and a Bachelor’s in Political Science. Gary is a history buff with multiple published magazine articles on ancient strategy and an ever-growing collection of Greek and Roman coins.

Alison LaRocca


Alison LaRocca has partnered with clients to recruit and develop quality talent for the past five years.  This experience informed the co-development of the Lean Recruitment model and book. Prior, Alison was an educator at Community Day Charter Public School in Lawrence, MA, educating some of Massachusetts' most vulnerable children. She has a Master's degree in Elementary Education from Merrimack College, and her Bachelor's degree from Williams College. Alison is passionate about dance and the performing arts and serves on the Albany Berkshire Ballet Board of Directors.   

Selected Clients


Take Stock in Children is one of the largest college readiness organizations in the US helping over 8,600 children move out of poverty through higher education each year. Take Stock in Children used Lean Recruitment to hire four senior and mid-level positions. They were so impressed with the results that it was shared for use by their statewide affiliate network.

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Leading for Children is an exciting startup working in communities across the country to provide the best early learning experiences for young children while creating environments where educators thrive.  Leading for Children engaged us to create their inaugural policies and procedures to create efficiencies and ensure compliance as they grow in scope and scale.


School Readiness Consulting is a leading consultancy in the areas of professional development, evaluation, and strategy. They engaged us to fill two different director-level positions cost-effectively.


Your Organization, Your Career

Access HR

Success in the 21st Century depends on talent and the competition is fierce. 

Access HR provides cost-effective solutions for both sides of the talent equation. We help organizations find and develop staff. We also guide individuals in their search for a better, more rewarding career.