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Moving Up to Executive Director: Lessons Learned from My First 365 Days

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Moving Up to Executive Director will help you:

  • Understand the complex nature of nonprofit executive leadership
  • Identify the skills and characteristics of successful executive directors
  • Gain insight into the unique obligations nonprofit executive directors face
  • Manage multiple priorities
  • Prepare for the transition to your role as executive leader
  • Anticipate challenges inherent in your first year as executive director

 

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Studies have estimated that more than 70 percent of current nonprofit executive directors plan to retire in the next five to ten years. Do you have the skills necessary to fill this leadership vacuum? Are you an aspiring executive director? Are you prepared for the transition to executive leader? Do you want to know what to expect moving up to the corner office?

Successfully transition to the corner office!

Moving Up to Executive Director: Lessons Learned from My First 365 Days is written for anyone who wants to become an executive director, understand what it takes to transition into an executive leadership position, or become better prepared to handle executive responsibilities.

Becoming an executive director is a huge transition. To succeed, you must rely on your experiences, strengths, and expertise. In addition, you must learn new skills, engage in new behaviors, work well with other people, know your leadership style and be aware of your strengths and weaknesses. Be honest. Nonprofit executive leadership requires a lot. It is an all-encompassing job.

Moving Up to Executive Director will help you:

  • Understand the complex nature of nonprofit executive leadership
  • Identify the skills and characteristics of successful executive directors
  • Gain insight into the unique obligations nonprofit executive directors face
  • Manage multiple priorities
  • Prepare for the transition to your role as executive leader
  • Anticipate challenges inherent in your first year as executive director

Being an executive director is a big job. You must be proficient in leadership, finance, operations, technology, human resources, resource development, staff development, volunteer management, marketing, and strategic planning. You must have good communication skills, build teams and foster their development, collaborate with others, be insightful, have a high degree of integrity, and share your leadership.

Joanne Oppelt, though an experienced nonprofit practitioner and university professor, finished writing Moving Up to Executive Director right after completing her first year as an executive director—providing an “in the trenches” perspective that is both fresh and relevant. This is an honest book: Joanne candidly admits that, though she was ready for most of the challenges she faced in her first year, she wasn’t ready for all. But she learned, and in learning, she’s lighting the path for her peers who are moving up into the executive director role.

It is a must-read for anyone aspiring to nonprofit executive leadership.

Joanne Oppelt, Author

In resource development since 1993, I am currently Executive Director at CONTACT We Care in NJ. I am responsible for the day-to-day operations of the agency, strategic planning, budget management, marketing and community relations, and revenue expansion. I am also an adjunct professor at Kean University where I teach courses in nonprofit management and fund development.

I have written four books for CharityChannel Press:

Moving Up to Executive Director, by Joanne OppeltMoving Up to Executive Director: Lessons Learned from My First 365 Days helps the reader:

  • Understand the complex nature of nonprofit executive leadership
  • Identify the skills and characteristics of successful executive directors
  • Gain insight into the unique obligations nonprofit executive directors face
  • Manage multiple priorities
  • Prepare for the transition to your role as executive leader
  • Anticipate challenges inherent in your first year as executive director

Power Your Organization's Fundraising, by Joanne OppeltPower Your Organization’s Fundraising: How the Partnership Paradigm Will Change Everything helps the reader find new donors, improve donor loyalty, influence funders, and build enduring funding partnerships. I introduce a new paradigm for finding sustainable funding that will empower

  • Fundraising Professionals
  • Development Directors
  • Grant Professionals
  • Executive Directors

In Succeed in Your Nonprofit Funding Partnerships, by Joanne OppeltSucceed in Your Nonprofit Funding Partnerships: Analyzing Their Costs and Benefits, I tell you how to think clearly about your organization’s finances. I show you:

  • How to create budgets that keep you in the black
  • How to know if a program is carrying its weight
  • What kind of fundraising activities to focus on, getting the most bang for your buck
  • How to make sure you can pay your bills from month to month

Confessions of a Successful Grants WriterConfessions of a Successful Grants Writer: A Complete Guide to Discovering and Obtaining Funding is a down-to-earth guide to understanding funders and submitting successful proposals. It will help you:

  • Better position your proposals among the many that funders receive
  • Find out where to find what they tell you they want to know and then what they don’t tell you about what you should know
  • Understand the concept of organizational branding and its importance in getting your proposal funded.
  • Learn the questions they ask, the answers they’re looking for and how to speak language they’ll understand
  • Develop success, both at the organizational and interpersonal levels

I hold a bachelors degree in education and a masters degree in health administration. I am a Certified Grants Professional, a member of the Grant Professionals Association and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

I love writing, listening to music, and quiet dinners with friends. I live in New Jersey, USA with my husband Rick.

About the In the Trenches Series

You’ll know an In the Trenches™ book not just by its cover, but by the author’s fun, upbeat writing style. But don’t be fooled by its down-to-earth approach and ample use of sidebars. In the Trenches books are authoritative and cover what a beginner should know to get started and progress rapidly, and what a more experienced nonprofit-sector practitioner needs to move forward in the subject.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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