Executive directors typically act as senior managers of organizations and businesses. Their responsibilities and duties can vary depending on where these professionals work; however, most duties are universal. Executive directors help to design, develop, and implement strategic plans to help their company work in a cost- and time-efficient manner. They are also responsible for overseeing day-to-day activity for the company, as well as developing future plans.
The executive director is in some ways the leader of the organization. It is the responsibility of the director to report to the chairman of the board on a regular basis. Although the board may give suggestions on how to improve the organization, it is the sole responsibility of the director to decide if those suggestion will be implemented or not. This role requires good leadership, organization, and motivational skills. These directors are in charge of motivating their members and helping the organization develop its company philosophy. It is also the job of the director to stay on top of what is going on within the company and its staff. The executive director must also keep track of the budget, company assets, and other resources to use them to their full ability. These directors must be able to adapt to changes and know how to manager people with different backgrounds. To become an executive director one typically should obtain a college degree in a program such as accounting, marketing, finance, or information technology.
Executive Director Tasks
- Develop, maintain, expand and promote departments, services and offerings.
- Analyze operations to enhance efficiency and meet strategic goals.
- Supervise department heads and conduct performance reviews.
- Direct and track operational budget decisions to increase strategic reach and report findings to the Board of Directors.
- Establish and maintain working relationships with the press, partners, the community and clients.