THE WHEN & WHY OF INTERIM NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP
Have you noticed a trend lately of more nonprofit organizations hiring interim executive leaders after an Executive Director (ED)/CEO departs? Your eyes are not deceiving you! More and more nonprofit organizations are benefiting from bringing on an interim leader during a time of transition. While sometimes it makes perfect sense to hire a new Executive Director to take over from a departing ED, in many instances it can be advantageous to first bring on an Interim ED for a period of time.
WHEN TO CONSIDER AN INTERIM LEADER?
There are some situations where interim leadership just makes sense. One is the departure of a founder or long-term Executive Director/CEO. Imagine how difficult it would be to an incoming ED to fill the shoes of a long-time, beloved leader immediately after their departure! Bringing on an interim leader can provide a little time and space that will ultimately allow the next ED/CEO to thrive.
Another situation where an Interim ED can be useful is when the organization is considering a major strategic shift. Perhaps the Board of Directors wants to use the departure of a long-time leader as an opportunity to explore a major change for the organization, like a merger or a strategic shift in programs. An interim leader can help the Board explore those options and even help steer the organization during an important pivot.
There are various other situations in which hiring an interim leader might be advantageous. We interviewed three different Seattle-based nonprofit organizations who brought on Valtas Group consultants to provide interim leadership. Here, we share with you their thoughts on why interim leadership made sense for their organizations, and how it shaped their trajectory.
STORIES FROM THE FIELD
Wondering if bringing on an interim director from the Valtas Group might be the right move for your organization? Please drop us a line or give us a call. We are happy to have a confidential conversation about your organization’s unique situation.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Prior to her work with Valtas, Laura proudly served as the Executive Director of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility for five years, leading the organization through a substantial reinvigoration. She helped rebuild programs, solidify and expand partnerships, and attract new financial support. As a result, the organization started its fifth decade on strong footing to meet its mission of abolishing nuclear weapons and stopping climate change. In her role as Executive Director, Laura was responsible for all aspects of the organization, including fundraising, staff management, and strategic planning. Learn more and connect with Laura here >
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