Executive Director Advice

Q: What is it like working as an Executive Director?

Executive Director in Houston:
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.

Executive Director in Waterloo:
"Keep a balance."
Make sure you have a good balance between home and work. You will be a better and more productive boss.

Executive Director in Petoskey:
"I cant really believe this site is asking for this."
I appreciate your desire to provide insight to potential employees but really, I don't think this should be mandator.

Executive Director in St. Paul:
"Golden Parachute."
Don't get talked out of having a golden parachute.

Executive Director in Minneapolis:
Develop the best rapport with your boss as possible, it will speed up the closing of the communications gap, assist greatly in completing projects, and make for an excellent work environment.

Executive Director in Seattle:
"The infrastructure challenges and lack of resources to addre."
Ask more questions about what you will be walking into (although in my case many weren't known).