This or That: Which Executive Director Role Would You Prefer?

Job Description #1:

You don’t need prior executive-level experience — we just need someone that considers themselves as a “work-horse” and who is willing to work hard for not a whole lot of money. You should also be a master negotiator who can get even the most stubborn people on board with your plans.

You must also be willing to be on the floor, serving our clients, training staff, and being out within the community, cultivating relationships to bring in new donors and change our organization’s reputation.

Fundraising experience? Hope you have that too. You’ll be organizing events and be responsible for bringing in all sponsors and event guests. You must be willing to go door-to-door to local businesses to see if they’d like to contribute to silent/live auction items.

We’re also hoping you have grant writing experience as you are solely responsible for writing, implementing, and reporting for all of the grants which consist of 60% of our overall budget.

If you think you’re ready to take on a challenge and make less than $40,000 per year then this executive director role is perfect for you!

P.S. You must also be ok with a never-ending to-do list and be willing to be the building caretaker 🙂

Job Description #2

The perfect executive director for us will be able to take the lead, delegate tasks and make decisions to propel our organization forward. Your to-do list is small but powerful in moving the needle toward organizational growth. 

Most of your time will be focused on cultivating strategic funder and donor relationships to ensure sustainability under the guidance of our full grants management firm partnership.

We want to make the work that you do within the community have the highest return on your time; making it as potent as possible. You will have the opportunity to connect with your community, gaining a deeper understanding of the needs of those you serve.

Other perks: 

You have a full-functioning staff and partners that are focused on sustainability and growth to support operations. 

If you’re a true leader who’s ready to drive our organization forward, then you’re the perfect fit for this job.

Which organization’s ED posting sounds more appealing to you? 

#1 or #2?

Our goal as a grants management firm is to get as close to the role described in the second posting where the focus is building long-term fundraising solutions where you, as the ED, can make the work that you do more powerful. 

We understand that you may be functioning as the ED described in role number one. Unfortunately, the industry standard and expectation is that you, as the ED, must be a jack/jill of all trades and be able to wear as many hats as possible.

This is a road that is not only unsustainable for the organization that you represent but also leads to burnout and high turnover.

We will work with you and other key leaders within your organization to streamline the grant funding process and get you to a place that frees up your time to do the most important work of your organization’s mission, saving you loads of staff time and salaries in the process.

Think you’re ready to partner with us? We would love to hear from you.

Take the next, first step toward growth and time freedom by booking a consultation call with us today. 



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