Now Accepting Applications for the Interim Executive Director 2017 Cohort

Click here to learn more about our Interim Executive Director Pool Program.

Send resume or CV to Margo & Elior ApplyToESC@ExecServiceCorps.org by Saturday, February 18th. No phone calls, please.

Interim Executive Director Job Description

Position Title: Interim Executive Director/CEO

Collaborates with: Board Transition Committee, Staff/Team Members, Executive Service Corps (ESC) Transition Team, Interim Executive Director Program Coordinators, and applicable ESC Consultants

Reports to: Board of Directors

General Responsibilities: Provide the skills of a highly-experienced leader to give strong, effective, but temporary leadership to an organization experiencing a leadership gap. Ensure that the organization remains stable and keeps moving in the right direction. Relieve the pressure on the board to rush through the hiring process. Give the organization time to resolve issues prior to the hiring of a new executive.

Specific Duties:

1. Work as a change agent and attend to the “special needs” of the client organization during the transition process:

  • Pay attention to stakeholder anxieties about the transition and the future of the organization
  • Target communications with wary funders and other supporters/stakeholders
  • Enable the board to stay focused on its transition and search duties
  • Create excitement about fresh possibilities for the organization’s future

2. Maintain the standard executive arena by overseeing finances, keeping fundraising goals on track, monitoring the program operations, supporting the managers, and attending to normal board and staff/team member needs

3. Build and maintain positive relationships with the board of directors and staff/team members including:

  • Address relevant board issues and challenges
  • Deal with the board and staff’s sense of urgency while providing level of stability
  • Work with the staff/team members to boost morale
  • Ensure organizational stability in all areas of operations and structure

4. Set up the organization for future success including if serving as a temporary transitional Executive Director/CEO. Activities should include:

  • Perform an organization assessment; identify key areas for attention
  • Perform a financial assessment
  • Address the critical organizational issues
  • Make any repairs needed in the organization’s system
  • Define the expectations and help the board plan for the successful transition for with the board and staff and if applicable, the incoming permanent Executive Director/CEO

5. Previous long-term successful experience as an Executive Director/CEO

  • Direct work with board of directors
  • Breadth of organizational experience
  • Honored administrative skill set and time-tested wisdom
  • Unafraid to address hard issues head on and make tough decisions
  • Strong recommendations

6. Quickly establishing rapport, developing relationships, and building trust with the board of directors, staff/team members, funders, and other stakeholders

  • Establish and maintain parameters of assignment with the board
  • Allowed the board to focus on its role and responsibilities
  • If applicable, give the organization the space, time, and structure it needs to choose new leadership wisely
  • Apply broad range of skills to bring stability to potentially successful situation
  • Foster a team environment
  • Lead, nurture, and energize staff leaders
  • Communicate in a thoughtful, respectful, and appropriate manner

7. Coping with Uncertainty and Change

  • Steady, unifying presence in time of transition
  • Comfortable with managing in an emotionally charged environment
  • Turn potential for crisis into an opportunity for positive change, renewal, and orderly transition of leadership
  • Assist board of directors and staff/team members in focusing on positive change, renewal, and orderly transition of leadership
  • Assist board and staff in focusing on positive organization outcomes through the transition process and building/reinforcing stakeholders’ confidence in the organization’s future

8. Expediently understand the Organization’s Operations, Culture, and Stakeholders

  • Quick learning curve
  • Listen actively
  • Hear the concerns of staff and board
  • Quickly assess situations, identify problems, and hit the ground running
  • Effectively evaluate organization’s funding streams and financial health

9. Sophisticated Business Management Skills

  • Budgeting and financial management experience
  • Ability to read and interpret standard financial statements including profit and loss statements, year to date actual and year to date accrual statements
  • Knowledge of applicable legal issues including nonprofit secretary of state filings, nonprofit reporting requirements, and human resources issues
  • Technical competence with current business platforms
  • Understanding and appropriate professional use of social media platforms

10. Successful History of ethical Fundraising

  • Strict adherence to of the Association of Fundraising Processionals’ Code of Ethics for Fundraisings
  • Understanding and implementation of the Donor Bill of Rights
  • Proven track record of success in fundraising
  • Understanding of local foundation community
  • Competence in donor management platforms
  • Adherence & understanding of legal requirements for fundraising reporting and acknowledgement
  • Commitment to the confidentially of donors and their gifts

11. Commitment to helping nonprofit organizations thrive

  • Singular focus on core purpose/mission
  • Help board clarify direction
  • Prepare for future direction and change

12. Ability to Succeed as Team Leader or Member

  • Thrive as a manager of your staff/team as well as your board of directors
  • Ability to let it go at the end of your service as an Interim Executive Director, if applicable
  • Support the transition to a new permanent Executive Director/CEO, if applicable

Optional Beneficial Background:

  • Prior experience as an Interim Executive Director/CEO
  • Consulting experience in the nonprofit sector
  • Understanding of change management dynamics
  • Knowledge of the cultural dynamic of staff changes
  • History of working with a wide variety of work styles and organizational cultures