Strategic Leadership During Transitions
Why should a nonprofit consider engaging interim leadership?
In times of organizational transition or turmoil, often due to the untimely, unplanned or involuntary termination of an incumbent Executive Director, Boards of Directors are increasingly open to securing interim leadership to stabilize the organization, sustain its programs, and alleviate donor concerns.
Importantly, an interim leader can provide the breathing space needed to find new permanent leadership, which can take many months.
What are the advantages of hiring an interim executive?
An Interim Executive Director (ED) is able to step in immediately as the process moves along. With a focus on execution and maintenance of critical programs and processes, an Interim ED is accountable for results. Nonprofits can access this interim talent without the cost of employee benefits, contracts, severance agreements, and other benefits associated with a full-time hire. Instead, the focus can be on solving challenges immediately, so the organization can concentrate on maintaining its mission focus and take the appropriate steps toward sustaining its operations and preventing further deterioration.
How is Cincinnatus equipped to provide interim leadership?
We have been engaged in several extended interim nonprofit Executive Director assignments in the past ten years. In each of these engagements, we have quickly assessed organizational needs and priorities, worked with the Boards of Directors to develop an interim operating plan, and paved the way for the appointment of a full-time E.D. We are equipped and experienced in providing interim management services and open to confidential discussions with representatives of the Board of Directors or existing, in-place leadership as to how we can help.