Past time to evaluate your new Executive Director?

So, it’s now six months after your Board hired a new Executive Director and you still haven’t conducted a performance review.

What are you waiting for?

You owe it to your new ED and to your organization to complete this review ASAP.

As a Board, this interim evaluation can answer the questions that should be on your mind about this new hire:

  • What impact has this Executive Director had in their first months in office?
  • How well has the ED fulfilled our expectations at this point in time? (Caveat: How clearly were those communicated to the ED at the time he/she was hired?)
  • How is this Executive Director perceived among key stakeholders outside of our organization? Inside of our organization?
  • Have we established the ideal relationship between the Board and the Executive Director? What do we need to do to create that?
  • Is this an Executive Director we want to keep? If yes, what can we do to ensure that happens? If not, what are our next steps?

Your new ED is likely hungry for formal feedback. A well-constructed review also provides an opportunity for your new ED to answer some questions of his or her own:

  • Is this job all that I expected? Is it a position that I want to continue serving in?
  • What does the Board appreciate about my performance to date? My staff? Other constituents?
  • Are there areas for improvement in my performance?
  • What is working well about my relationship with the Board? Individual board members?
  • What can be improved in the way we work together? How?
  • What does the Board want me to accomplish in the next year? Over the next five years? How does this mesh with what I’d like to accomplish?
  • What do I need from the Board to succeed in this position?

You’ll find a sample review process in our free Toolbox.

2 responses to Past time to evaluate your new Executive Director?

  1. Sandy Rees

    Great stuff Gayle! I’m astonished at how many nonprofit EDs never get an evaluation at all. I think if more Boards would do this, they could head off a lot of problems.


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