Interim executives help during a leadership vacancy by stepping into the role, working with boards and team members to assess the organization's state, collaboratively intervening in areas of difficulty and preparing the organization time for the permanent successor to lead.
The Interim CEO can provide a strong link in your succession plan, build stability, encourage team members and support the executive search while continuing the smooth delivery of service to the community.
Our professional interim executives offer several benefits, including:
Jeremy Pepper, Board of United Way of Amarillo & Canyon, TX
The recognition by Manage HR Magazine reflects over two decades of dedicated community leadership helping interim executives from a variety of backgrounds create intersectionality between the business models of nonprofit organizations with a methodical process for strategic transitional leadership. Read more about Third Sector Company's excellence in interim executive service.
The entire goal of a transition leader is to advance an organization’s community purpose.
"Our interim cared deeply about the organization and its success and handled a lot for us." Arun Baheti, Board Member of Program for Torture Victims, Los Angeles, CA
Interim CEOs foster processes and structures that support people to build new capacities to make their own best decisions to further evolve the cause.
"Our interim was just what FishWise needed at its moment of crisis. She brought strong Executive Director skills to the board, the leadership team, and the organization as a whole. But more than her 'hard skills', she brought the 'soft skills' that were even more important. She has a unique combination of sincere empathy, a commitment to listen deeply, and a willingness to collaborate with strong personalities to find a path forward." George Leonard, PhD, Board Chair of FishWise, Santa Cruz, CA
Demonstrating well-defined leadership processes that are evidence-based and measurement-oriented is a core principle of an interim leader.
"We walked them through creating a new budget, outsourcing their financial management and developing financial transparency. Finally, we set them up to apply for state and federal grants! And we raised money while we were in process." Arthur Padilla, Interim Executive of Peace Community Center, Tacoma, WA
Interim executives can build authentic diversity, inclusion, equity and access by identifying and addressing preconceptions that exist in an organization’s culture through shared learning and awareness.
"I feel truly blessed to have been connected with our Interim ED, and this connection wouldn't have been possible without Third Sector Company. I also learned so much from the Board Chairs Academy." Victoria Gazulis, Board Member of Challenge Day, Concord, CA
Every Third Sector Company interim candidate receives comprehensive interim executive training through Interim Executives Academy, an 8-week program that teaches seasoned nonprofit executives to follow a methodical transition management process.
Week 1 - An Introduction to Interim Leadership
Week 2 -The Engagement Phase
Week 3 - The Diagnostic Phase
Week 4- The Planning Phase
Week 5 - The Intervention Phase, Pt. 1
Week 6- The Intervention Phase, Pt. 2
Week 7 - The Succession Phase
Week 8 - The Pivot Phase
Learn more about each session on the Interim Executives Academy Fact Sheet.
Academy graduates will also have access to mentorship and coaching through our leadership community of interim professionals.
United Way Next and Interim Executives Academy are working in alliance to create a pipeline of highly trained Interims CEOs who as former United Way executives can provide interim placement and support services to local United Ways experiencing a transition in CEO leadership.
There are 37 former or current United Way executives that have graduated from Interim Executives Academy. This collective:
Doug Yeiser is a United Way Next Member and Academy Graduate, serving as Interim CEO, United Way in San Luis Obispo. Learn more about the partnership of United Way Next and Interim Executives Academy.
Jeffrey R. Wilcox, President & CEO, presents the common issues that nonprofits face when executive leaders transition out of their roles and the strategic benefits of an interim executive director.
Interim Executives Academy represents nearly two decades of Third Sector Company’s experiences in developing, testing, and refining interim management tools, service protocols, leadership models, and training curricula to support interim leaders of community impact organizations, associations, and congregations.
Jeffrey R. Wilcox, President & CEO, presents an overview of how to conduct a good interview for an interim executive director to help a nonprofit organization in transition.