So You Wanna Be a Nonprofit Executive Director?

Source: Joan Garry Nonprofit Leadership

So You Wanna Be a Nonprofit Executive Director?

Boards needs to know what to ask candidates. Prospective Executive Directors need to know how to prepare for their interviews. Here’s some advice for both.

In 1997, I became the Executive Director of GLAAD. When I think back to my job interview, I kind of have to laugh.

Some EDs get the job after years working as a senior fundraiser or in some other nonprofit leadership position. Not me.

I came to it from corporate America. While I was strong on strategy, communications, and dealing with people, I had no fundraising experience whatsoever. Somehow the board overlooked that. The staff wasn’t so thrilled, but that’s a different story.

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