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|Interim CEO Services:
are many times in the life cycle of a nonprofit organization when it is
appropriate to hire an interim CEO (or executive director) instead of
bringing in permanent leadership:
Interim staff leadership during
a period of transition gives a board of directors the time necessary to
make appropriate strategic decisions. The use of a consultant as
interim brings additional industry experience to the table in guiding
the board through the strategy setting and transition process.
- The loss of a long-term leader or founder,
- A change in strategic direction,
- Time to review long-term strategy,
- A financial or other management crisis that requires special skills,
- Consideration or negotiation of a merger.
I have served as an interim executive director for several different
organizations, each with a unique situation. Here are a few examples of the successful
results I have achieved through Interim Leadership:
To discuss the needs of your organization, please contact me at ken at goldstein.net
or by phone at 408.396.3677. If I feel we may have a fit, we will
arrange an initial meeting at which we will discuss your organization's
situation and needs and create a personalized plan.
- Two of my interim
assignments resulted in successful mergers. One of a small,
single-program agency into a larger regional organization, and the
other of a mid-sized multi-program, single-topic agency into a larger
regional organization. In each case I served as part of the negotiating
team, protecting the interests of my client, and managing
communications to staff, as well as managing day-to-day operations of
- A third assignment began
with merger negotiations, but for strategic reasons the merger
agreement was never completed. At that time the focus of the assignment
became stabilization and sustainability of the organization before
beginning a search for a new, permanent executive director.
- With another
organization, I was asked to bring it back from the brink of bankruptcy
after mismanagement by the previous executive director. My focus here
was on bringing in new funding, re-negotiating a building purchase
agreement, cutting the operating budget by 20%, and rebuilding the
board from four to eleven members, before beginning the search for a
new, permanent executive director.
- In one situation was
I asked to investigate, analyze, and then implement, a plan for bankruptcy and
an orderly shut down of operations. Before proceeding with the
shut-down, I held private interviews with all stakeholders, including
funders, clients, board members, and others in the community, as well
as other nonprofit leaders who had gone through bankruptcies.
Rates: An hourly rate is
usually preferable, with interim assingments usually being about 24-30
hours/week for a period of 6-9 months. My rates are fair and
competitive, and I try to discount for small, newer organizations.
Geographic Limitations: The nature of interim CEO assignments limits them to Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties.