Our interim ED provided needed leadership during a critical time of transition—leadership that the board and senior staff were unable to provide. The scope and deliverables were established in advance so real work was getting done. During this transition we adopted a strategic plan, met our budget goals in a tough economy, met program goals, and guided the organization through the transition to the new Executive Director. Having this skilled leadership enabled us to bring staff, Board, and stakeholders together during a time of transition to lay the foundation for us to continue our services to the community.
Neil McLaughlin, Board President
Our interim executive director is a confident and transformation leader. Her acumen and talent is inspirational. She left our executive team with actionable solutions for tackling the issues we were working on. Her energy and motivation is contagious, anyone who works with her will catch that spark and advance because of it!
Oregon Health Authority
We were very fortunate to have chosen the path of using an interim director. The experience, ability to deal with ambiguity, lead a team, involve others, and deliver on the execution of plans, was instrumental on the successful journey that followed to assess options for the future, and then execute those plans. Our interim Executive Director jumped into this challenge with thoroughness and thoughtfulness. Not only did this ensure the ‘what’ of the outcomes, but the ‘hows’ involved people, brought them along, and engaged them to be a strong part of the solution to the difficult challenge that had to be worked through.
Eric Graves, VP Elanco and Banfield Trust Board
Banfield Charitable Trust
Throughout the entire process, we were given clear and supportive communication, assistance in comparing and contrasting candidate skills. The astute understanding of our cultural needs, and broad base of organizational understanding has resulted in the hiring of a skilled and passionate leader. And, no recruitment process is complete without attention to preplanning for the arrival of a new leader. Our board was guided in developing an integrated plan for our new leader. From start to finish, having the professional support from someone with leadership knowledge, outstanding communication skills, attention to detail and a great sense of humor, made the process enjoyable as well as successful.
Joe Dana, Board and Search Committee Chair
The Grotto, Portland Oregon
Our interim executive director came on at Enlightened Theatrics at a time when we needed organizational structure in our budget, policy, staffing and vision. In the course of a year he reorganized our staff, wrote functional budgets and policies, helped to create a new strategic plan, managed the process of hiring our new Managing Director, and in general got our organization on track to being a sustainable professional theatre. He also brought a calm demeanor, confidence, and good humor to his role. I highly recommend his services to anyone in need of a competent Interim Director for a non-profit organization.
Brean Arnold, Board President