Interim Executive Directors

Is your organization facing a leadership gap? Concerned about continuity of services, communication between board and staff teams and other challenges to your nonprofit’s viability?

ESC offers the Chicago area’s first and only pool of highly experienced and trained Interim Executive Directors. ESC’s nationally-recognized Interim Executive Director Service began in 2006 from a recognition that turnover at the top in many nonprofits was increasing across all sectors and that this trend was likely to continue through 2015 and beyond.

ESC’s Interim Executive Director Service, makes it easy for nonprofits to engage a highly qualified executive on a temporary basis while the Board takes the time required to conduct a proper and thorough executive search. Consisting of more than 30 nonprofit executives, each one is experienced and exceptionally qualified to serve in this capacity. Each has at least five years at the highest level of management as an executive director and completed an advanced training program.

Nancy Fuhrman, ESC's Vice President of Consulting & Professional Development, explains the program's features, the experienced professionals who make up the Interim referral pool, and the leadership gaps this service fills with important benefits to the organization:

Under the service, ESC will refer two to three carefully selected interim candidates to a nonprofit client for interviews and selection. Terms of the interim engagement, including hours and compensation, are negotiated directly between the nonprofit and the selected candidate. The average interim placement lasts from six to nine months, but some can extend more than a year if the organization requires it.

Contact ESC for more information about Interim Executive Directors and how they can stabilize organizations in flux and position them for success. Request a no-obligation proposal from ESC.


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