Interim Executive Director Training

Support Center’s next Interim Executive Director Training will be held on October 17-18!

The application is currently open, and here is the application process timeline:

Thursday, August 1: Application review begins

Friday, August 23: Application deadline

Friday, September 6: Latest date for admission notifications

An Interim ED is an experienced and objective leader who is skilled at guiding organizations through transition in a limited time frame. Interim EDs are typically former nonprofit chief executives who have decided to pivot to a different type of work and have the lifestyle flexibility to take on short- and medium-term engagements.

Training and placing interims since 2006, Support Center taps into a pool of candidates when we’re working with an organization to place an interim leader. We offer our two-day training in the spring and fall of each year – admission is competitive and application-based. We also welcome applicants from other areas of the country who are looking to learn about effective interim leadership.

In forming our training cohorts, we seek a diverse group of nonprofit leaders who are:

  • Current and former nonprofit executive directors considering a career as an Interim Executive Director
  • Serving or have served as an Interim Executive Director who would like specialized training
  • Mid- to late-career professionals who now have independent consulting practices with a focus on nonprofit organizational development and leadership transition
  • Grantmakers seeking to understand leadership transitions and the important role interim executives play in supporting board and staff during transitions

Topics covered in the two-day training include:

  • How leadership transition falls within the nonprofit organizational life cycle
  • The philosophy and value of the executive transition process
  • Specific roles of the interim, board, and search consultants
  • The reality of being an effective interim executive
  • Challenges presented, and the skills and perspective required
  • Handling the emotional aspects of being an interim executive
  • Dealing with staff and board dynamics of organizations undergoing an executive transition
  • How Support Center’s interim ED placement practice works

To learn more, contact Xander Subashi at [email protected].