As an executive search and transition consultant specializing in C-level nonprofit executives, Kevin Chase gives us a unique view of the search process. When I first booked Kevin for the podcast, I thought the conversation would be a great resource for nonprofits that might be seeking an executive director or development director.
But once our conversation began to unfold, I realized that this conversation was essential listening for those seeking executive level positions and those who aspire to be an executive director one day. For the prospective executive, Kevin shares incredible advice on interviewing, providing references, and being authentic throughout the process.
His advice for organizations included:
- Determining what the organization needs from its next executive
- Including a variety of voices in the conversation about what the organization needs (instead of just board members)
- Using the search as an opportunity to get in front of key stakeholders
- The danger of looking for a director “just like” your founder or charismatic leader
- Identifying the right people to serve on the search committee
- Choosing the right person to lead the search
Kevin also offered advice for potential executives by sharing how candidates are vetted by search professionals. Some of this advice included:
- Be prepared for specific and thorough reference checks – including a 360-degree reference check
- Make sure your references are a credible
- Be honest about an executive position that didn’t work out and demonstrate that you learned something as a result of the setback
- Know yourself and look for a good fit
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