Does Your Organization Have an Emergency Leadership Transition Management Plan?

Emergency leadership transition management has been on my mind ever since the tragic, untimely death last month of Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., z”l, may his memory be for a blessing, the 12th  president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.  As soon as shiva—the seven days of … [Read more...]

Afraid of Choosing the Wrong Executive Search Candidate? You Should Be.

Hiring a new executive director or other senior position? Most nonprofits assume it will be some work, but within their board/staff’s skills.  They believe they just have to follow some basics steps: create a job description post it on the major sites screen the candidates interview … [Read more...]

Getting Ready for the New Year

On the first day of the New Year, I found a few things that gave me pause for thought as I clear the decks and begin getting ready for the New Year. At the end of the year, most organizations judge their success by one question: Did we meet our budget goal?But growing future giving means … [Read more...]

A Lesson for Nonprofit Boards and Executive Directors from Uber

The fact that Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick, has resigned is a major headline this week.  The CEO, has been under fire for what the New York Times reported. “The company has been exposed this year as having a workplace culture that included sexual harassment and discrimination, and it has pushed the … [Read more...]

Interview Questions Explained by A Nonprofit Executive Search Firm

As a nonprofit executive search firm, we work with many executive directors and board members to find the ideal candidate for their organizations.  We guide them on how to create a process designed to attract the best candidates, review potential candidates, understand best practices for interviews … [Read more...]

10 Ways To Make Your Executive Search Successful

10. Set a salary scale that is appropriate both to the job and to the market in which the executive search is being conducted. No one wants to overpay a candidate. But your pool of qualified applicants will diminish with each step down the ladder from the appropriate salary range. In many cases, you … [Read more...]

Why Nonprofit Executive Search is Not as Easy as One Would Think

Often our clients believe that they can undertake a search on their own—deploying their resources to understand the opportunity and describe it in a fashion that is appealing.  Then all they need do is list it on any of a dozen or more web sites and social networking services and wait for the ideal … [Read more...]

Behavioral Interview Questions for a Nonprofit Executive Search

We have been doing nonprofit executive searches for more than a quarter of a century.  Over the years, we have learned how vital selecting the right candidate is…in fact, employee turnover is the single largest expense that any organization is likely to experience. Screening candidates for key … [Read more...]

Analyzing your Nonprofit Before Your Next Hire

In this column, I have previously talked about organizational and development assessments as a tool to understand your development skills or prior to a capital campaign, but recently we have employed this type of assessment at the beginning of an executive search. Why? We use this tool when … [Read more...]

Why is Nonprofit Employee Turnover So High?

Development professionals are known for high turnover rates. Ironic considering the percentage of their job that they spend developing relationships. So what accounts for the constant change? Why is nonprofit employee turnover so high? And, what can you do about it? Turnover might not be the … [Read more...]