Nonprofit Interim Executive Director Services

Getting You to What’s Next

Interim Executive Solutions was founded to provide seasoned interim executives to nonprofit organizations in transition. We work for your nonprofit’s Board of Directors to fill a temporary executive vacancy and to help build the leadership capacity of your nonprofit for long-term stability.

Our team of nonprofit professionals also offers specific skill sets that may help nonprofits solve a particular problem or establish a new tool or capability within their organization or among a network of organizations.

Through IES, we provide interim executive management services for nonprofits, mentoring/coaching for developing leadership skills in nonprofits and workshops to strengthen nonprofit operations.

Interim Executive Solutions offers: Temporary Capacity, Permanent Impact

IES strengthens nonprofits by providing experienced nonprofit leaders to work within your organization for a limited time to assess the needs, build internal capacity, execute priorities and smooth transitions to permanent solutions.

Times of change, while potentially turbulent, can be opportunities to reassess a nonprofit’s organizational strengths and challenges, review progress towards nonprofit strategic priorities, and reengage a nonprofit’s staff and board in support of the mission of the organization and the key actions that are essential to achieving that mission.

Whether it is a nonprofit interim executive director, a nonprofit consulting project or a nonprofit advisory service, IES works as a member of your team to solve your problems and help you grow.

Why Hire a Nonprofit Interim Executive Director?

Whether planned or unplanned, transitions in nonprofit leadership provide a narrow window during which a nonprofit can evaluate whether the organization addresses these issues:
• goals of the nonprofit Board
• needs of the nonprofit’s staff
• desired outcomes for the intended beneficiaries of the services offered by a nonprofit

An effective, professional nonprofit interim leader can:
• provide an objective assessment of these issues
• establish short-term priorities that are needed to stabilize and strengthen the nonprofit
• empower and support the nonprofit’s leadership team and staff to implement those priorities

These are often actions that a permanent hire may not be able to undertake for some time because they often need to build long-term trusting relationships before acting as a change agent.

Since nonprofit interim executive directors/nonprofit interim chief executive offers/nonprofit interim leaders derive no personal, long-term benefit from their actions and recommendations, they are free to hear and process multiple perspectives on the organization’s current situation and can act more quickly in the best interest of the nonprofit and its mission. They can also provide an objective assessment of the characteristics needed of the nonprofit leader who will fill their role permanently.

How Our Nonprofit Consulting Firm Works

Prior to an engagement, Interim Executive Solutions learns about the nonprofit organization, its current situation, its needs and any concerns its leadership might have. During this process we determine whether the budget for the position is sufficient to compensate for the time needed onsite to perform the required duties. We then select one to two candidates from our team of nonprofit professionals who have the background, temperament and availability. We arrange interviews with key nonprofit Board Members and staff as needed to establish the best fit. Once an IES nonprofit Interim Executive Leader is selected, an IES Partner Liaison is also assigned to check in regularly with the interim leader and our client to ensure the assignment is going smoothly and to offer specialized expertise to supplement the organization’s capabilities if needed.

During the assignment our nonprofit professional will:

  • Interview key nonprofit stakeholders to assess the current situation
    • Report on her or his assessment of the priorities that need to be addressed
    • Engage the nonprofit’s staff in developing and executing an action plan and monitoring progress
    • Provide perspective on longer-term needs of the nonprofit in preparation for the permanent Executive Director (ED) search. Note that IES collaborates with nonprofit search firms but does not itself provide nonprofit search services.

Contact us for a free confidential consultation

Whether you are planning a leadership transition or exploring issues of governance, succession or improved operating team effectiveness at your nonprofit, tell us your story. We may be able to provide insights and strategies to help you achieve your nonprofit’s goals. Email, or call 1-855-INT EXEC (1-855-468-3932).