Once upon a time, chief executives remained in their position for a decade or longer. The average tenure for a nonprofit executive director has declined dramatically over the past two decades. In today’s fast-paced nonprofit job market, the best executive directors often get lured away by better offers in their first few years. Additionally, the wave of baby boomer executive directors reaching retirement age has compounded the transition crisis in the nonprofit sector.
Whether planned or abrupt, executive transitions can disrupt the progress of even the best organization. In fact, case studies have demonstrated that organizations without a transition plan often slide backward — their budgets shrink, their best staff leave, and the pressure to fill the chief executive position results in a bad hire.
To help nonprofits manage the inevitable executive director transition, Successful Nonprofits® provides both transition planning and interim executive director services.
Executive Transition Planning Services
The right time to begin planning for your executive director’s departure is right now. Even if your chief executive is completely content and shows no indication of leaving, their life circumstances may change quickly. And these changes may prompt their departure sooner than you think.
Interim Executive Director Services
Sometimes the best transition plan includes bringing in temporary leadership. Whether to cushion the retirement of a beloved leader or to address pain points, our goal is to set your next permanent executive director up for success.