Nonprofit Executive Director Skills

Nonprofit executive skills on sticky notesTwo weeks ago we challenged you to look at your skills and knowledge to consider what areas were in need of improvement.  But what if you are unsure what areas you should consider. In other words, do you know what you don’t know?

Well consider these areas for one of the more commonly held positions for our readers – The Executive Director.

Important skills include:

  • Create an annual budget, including regularly monitoring the budget to maintain accountability and ensure fiscal responsibility
  • Provide leadership and management direction for the organization’s administration, strategic planning, fundraising, and supervision of staff.  Often, you will include coordinating staff assignments, fostering teamwork, setting expectations, providing performance feedback, and encouraging personal and career development opportunities.
  • Design and implementing a strategic business plan
  • Increase and strengthen leadership development by cultivating volunteers/donors for key roles and responsibilities in the organization and create involvement to ensure continuity of and future leadership.
  • Work with relevant staff and leadership to develop and execute a strategy to maintain and/or increase the organization’s fundraising capability.
  • Work closely with board members, current donors and staff to identify, cultivate, steward and solicit new donors.
  • Ensure proper office operations, communications, and resources are available for staff and leadership.
  • Prepare/supervise necessary progress reports and documents for board meetings and attend all meetings.
  • Work with the development team to ensure grant process aligns with the organization’s overall goals and specific targets.

The fact that this looks a bit like a job description is not coincidence.  You may not be strong in every area required for your job but that just highlights your areas of potential improvement.  Work on yourself and your work will improve.  If you are not sure how to start, give us a call.  We can help you focus your resources to get the greatest impact on your growth.

And look for a similar document for development professionals in the future.