Tip #1: Remember that people give to people.
executive director series
A lack of information often requires executive directors to be flexible, resourceful, and innovative during the first three to six months on the job.
There are a lot of misconceptions around what it takes to really succeed as a leader of a nonprofit.
During my fellowship, the executive director served as my mentor. Yet in the 12 years since I had that position, I never had the same mentoring experience again with a senior level staff person.
While we rely heavily on volunteers, sometimes we don’t always manage volunteers the right way.
As an executive director, you need to understand how every aspect of the organization works.
You can’t do all of this work by yourself.
The way you do fundraising has changed. The demands on our sector to be able to demonstrate our impact has changed.
Kelly Blandford Bah, is the executive director of Sustainable Sandhills in Fayetteville, North Carolina, a position she found on Idealist. Her journey began as a Peace Corps member in west Africa.
Gregory Cendana—Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)—shares his tips for pursuing an executive director position.