The Interim Executive Director (IED) Solution
Nonprofit Boards Increasingly Embrace Interim Executive Leadership During Executive Transitions
Transitions of nonprofit chief executive officers – whether the position is called Executive Director, President, or CEO – continue to cause nonprofit boards worry and anxiety. A CEO transition can lead to one of the most vexing periods for a nonprofit. Funder and staff concerns and community confusion often take the organization off-course and can stall out the success of even the best organizations.
However, when professionally managed, a chief executive transition can be one of the most valuable periods of time in a nonprofit’s life cycle. Important new approaches can be explored, alliances and merger opportunities can be investigated, and the board can reconnect with critical stakeholders through the transition process.
Increasingly, nonprofit board leaders are choosing the Support Center ‘s Executive Search services and the placement of a professional Interim Executive Director (IED) to guide the organization through its transition period. An IED works with the organization and its board to seek a harmonious ending for the departing CEO and a healthy, focused beginning for the new one.
An interim not only stabilizes the organization through the transition but also provides the board with the time needed to carefully examine the aspirations and direction of the organization so that the new leader can effectively move the organization forward.
With the help of local and national foundations, the Support Center has helped to prepare a large pool of interims that stand ready to step up and help organizations navigate the potentially rough waters of executive transition.
The next Interim Executive Director Training will be held on March 28-29, 2019.