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Its content was authored by Margaret Henderson and Kurt Jenne in 2000 as the article “Hiring a Director for a Small Community-Based Nonprofit Agency: A Step-by-Step Guide.” It was copyrighted and published in Popular Government magazine by the School of Government, UNC Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA. The content is available in its original form from the School of Government.
Hiring an executive director is one of the most important actions that the governing board of a nonprofit agency will take. The board depends on its director to achieve the agency’s purposes and objectives within the constraints of its budget on a day-to-day basis—not an easy task to accomplish year in and year out. Also, the working relationship between the director and the board, the staff, volunteers, clients, funding organizations, and other service agencies can significantly influence the agency’s effectiveness and reputation in the community. But finding a great Executive Director can be a tricky process as they are senior positions, but tend not to be as well paid as in the private sector, meaning that hiring someone who is in it for more than just financial compensation, someone who is in it because of passion, is critical.