In many cases, executive directors transition out of their role without much notice. When that happens, a nonprofit can be left in a very vulnerable situation without leadership in place. An interim executive director can help keep the ship afloat until you can thoughtfully hire your new leader.
Having an interim ED in place can also help with an outsider's perspective to help improve processes and policy in advance of your permanent hire. The interim can also tackle tough operational changes during the transition.
Here are some tips for hiring an interim executive director:
Determine if the interim can apply for the permanent position in advance of the contract.
Establish flow of authority and decision-making process.
Keep your staff and stakeholders advised of the timeline and process.
This leadership role is crucial in the health of your organization. The better the plan, the better the outcomes.