I greatly appreciated and valued our interim executive director as a thought partner, and his even keeled demeanor and approach to sensitive topics were extremely valuable.
Is an interim director the best option at this time? If you're looking for a new director, you're usually facing a three to four month search process to recruit and bring on a new leader. This is a time of extra work for the board, anxiety on the staff, and potential concern by your funders. As experienced interim directors we bring calm, stable leadership at a time of uncertainty. We'll step in quickly and assess things. Then we'll focus on the systems, from financial oversight to board involvement and HR that you need to be in good shape for a good transition. We'll provide leadership for the staff, and help them be sure that your programs, the essential work of your organization, can continue.
We've led hundreds of searches. We've also been executive directors and board chairs so we understand what makes nonprofits and nonprofit searches succeed. An executive transition is an opportunity to take stock of your organization and understand why your director is leaving. We can help you identify and come to agreement about the leadership needs you have going forward. We know the nonprofit community so we can help you recruit strategically and effectively. We'll lead an in-depth process to evaluate applicants, engage staff appropriately, and be sure everyone is treated in the most professional way possible. We'll help you use your time efficiently and effectively, in a way that helps both you and the top candidates evaluate if this is the right position for them. Even candidates who are not selected often comment that they feel honored and rspected by the process.
A search generally takes three to four months. Make sure that time is well organized and productive. Your staff and your new director will be grateful.
Our search consultant was a 'master' in providing an outline of each step of the way, and managed the time and process for everyone. This brought organization, order, a defined and disciplined approach and a highly effective communication style. The process was incredible and I would strongly recommend them to help with any search.
Our coach has been an integral part of my early success as an executive director, especially in helping me and our new board chair develop our relationship.
Regardless of the issue, we can provide a customized training for your board. Sometimes you may need clarity about board roles, or how to run more effective meetings. Perhaps you're not sure about the proper relationship between the board chair and the executive director. Mybe you don't understand your financial statements or how to ask people for money. We can help you become more effective as a board, and help you to have a more rewarding experience supporting an organization that you love.
Whether you need specific information or helping thinking through a staff, board, program or systems problem, we can provide one-on-one consulting help. Decades of learning community experience and hands-on nonprofit leadership have equipped us to provide the individualized help you need. A short phone conversation can help us determine if this makes sense as a way for you to tackle challenges you may be facing.
Our advisor left our executive team with actionable solutions for tackling the issues we were working on.