Executive Director Advice

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

Executive Director in Seattle:
Get everything in writing up front and compensation plan spelled out with specific measurables in how your performance will be measured.

Executive Director in Douglas:
Pros: The less fortunate people we serve.
Cons: Not having volunteers show up when scheduled.

Executive Director in Sandpoint:
"Life as the Executive Director."
Pros: Working with the people in need and mentoring staff who want to get better.
Cons: The money paid and the money available.

Executive Director in Los Angeles:
"Critical thinking and communication skills."
Never stop learning.

Executive Director in Grand Island:
"A day in the life at BBBS."
Pros: Working with people, flexibility, stability.
Cons: Lack of training, support and resources.

Executive Director in Houston:
"Wisdom."
Believe in it even others don't.

Executive Director in Framingham:
"Downtown Revitalization Non Profit ED."
Pros: I am most rewarded by the work I do to support local small business entrepreneurs. I find that my efforts to connect the many communities of Framingham to its historic downtown are integral to building a successful economic future for these businesses. My goal to create a vibrant place that improves quality of life for all of the town's residents is closely aligned to my personal vision, which makes the experience fulfilling.
Cons: I am the only paid employee and I wear many hats, so there is less time to focus my energy on the community planning aspect of the job. I do all of the bookkeeping, administration and grant-writing, as well as a lion's share of the fundraising. Also, my position is of great importance to the general public, so there often is a great deal of criticism and pressure associated with outcomes that take a significant amount of time to achieve.