Executive Director Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Executive Director in Dillon:
"How long it would take to become competatant."
Take care of yourself.

Executive Director in Tallahassee:
"Obtaining credentialing/ licensing is paramount."
Know your job description. Make sure your job description and the Board of Directors expectations of the ED match. Make sure you set up job expectations for the people you supervise. Know the experience level, expertise, systems of therapy to be used, what grants you have and the expectations and requirements of each grant. Make sure you get up to date financial information needed to do your job.

Executive Director in St. Louis:
"Administration for Nonprofits."
Be sure to understand the administrative requirements of running a nonprofit including a great focus on the program's mission.

Executive Director in New York:
Makes no sense to do what you have to do.

Executive Director in Los Angeles:
"Mentorship and Feedback."
Ensure you have a mentor and clear, attainable goals set. Request feedback on progress often.

Executive Director in Greenville:
"Long hours low pay."
Have a good relationship with your board and don't sell yourself short.

Executive Director in Rahway:
"Build a network."
Don't wait for others to setup a network of contacts for you. Get their help, but be proactive.