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Episode 45: 2022 SERIES – The ED Search

The Nonprofit Radio Show continues its three-part 2022 leadership series with a focus on the ED search. In this episode, Nancy and Sarah reflect on the “great resignation” and offer  thoughts on how a nonprofit might approach recruiting and hiring an Executive Director or senior staff member during these tight staffing times. They reframe the job description, as well as the questions that a search committee might ask. Ultimately, Nancy and Sarah offer insights into how to engage in a search with all of the same principles we use to build our community in general. 

Question to reflect on before you listen:
How does your organization currently go about recruiting or hiring for leadership positions? 

Discussion questions:

  1. What resonated with you about this conversation? What would you like to take back to your organization?
  2. What are your guiding principles that would guide your search for a leadership team member?
  3. How would you complete the sentence: “We seek an ED (or other senior staff person) who….”?
  4. How could you update your job descriptions to reflect outcomes over characteristics?

Word of the week: Opportunity
How do you think about the word “opportunity” related to your search for a senior leadership team member? 


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