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Leadership: Staff

Employee – Black’s Law Dictionary describes an employee as “A person in the service of another under any contract of hire, express or implied, oral or written, where the employer has the power or right to control and direct the employee in the material details of how the work is to be performed.” The IRS […]

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The board is responsible for hiring, evaluating, and, if needed, firing the executive director (ED). Though not illegal, the board should not be involved in hiring, evaluating or firing any other employee. This is the responsibility of the executive director and, if the board takes it on, they are eroding their ability to hold the […]

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Best practices suggest that it is not a good idea to have the Executive Director playing such a role within the organization, whether the position is a voting or non-voting position. Keep in mind the following precautions if the organization decides to place its executive director on the board: While it is not uncommon for […]

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The executive director reports to the board, with the chief liaison being the chair of the board. This is the body that hires the ED, monitors and evaluates that person’s performance, and directs the search for a new chief executive if that becomes necessary. The ED and the board work together as a team to […]

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One way to look at an executive director’s responsibilities is through the same lens as that of the board. In the best of worlds, the two entities operate as a team to advance the organization and its purpose. In this context, BoardSource, a national nonprofit devoted to board issues, suggests this list of executive director […]

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There are many ways to structure the evaluation of an executive director. Often the board delegates the job to a subcommittee of the board (e.g. executive team), although the whole board should have an opportunity for input. To begin the process, the board and executive director should agree on the timing and form of the […]

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