The Valtas team has been incredibly fortunate to identify and hire a consulting team of Interim Executive Directors (IED) with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We are frequently asked what it takes to be a successful Interim Executive Director.
There are many overlapping skills between someone who serves as an executive leader in a nonprofit and a consulting Interim ED or CEO. There are also a few key differences between a regular Executive Director role and an IED. Each nonprofit has some variability and nuance – different types of business models and program delivery, staff size, and funding complexity all impact the role of a nonprofit leader.
Most organizations that need an Interim Executive Director are in the midst of change. IEDs bring a toolkit of not only understanding change management principles, but being able to guide and steward staff, board, donors, and stakeholders through what can be difficult transitions.
Here are the three areas that Interim Executive Directors must excel at to help guide leadership transitions:
Interim work can be challenging but is also incredibly rewarding. Dropping into a new organization during a time of great change and organizational stress takes a unique skill set.
Valtas team members are fortunate to have served as leadership stewards in over 30 transitions. As we continue to grow our team, we are thrilled to be able to support many nonprofit organizations in building a strong foundation for futures for all.
About the Author
Christine has served as an Interim Executive for 15 organizations over the past ten years. She’s led the development of a wide variety of strategic and business plans and has also led executive hiring efforts for clients across the country.
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