Executive directors provide leadership in all aspects of non-profit organizations. Job descriptions for these positions encompass a variety of responsibilities and abilities. Some requirements will depend on the work of the non-profit; others are common to all executive directors.
Executive directors are responsible for the overall management and operation of the organization. They must protect financial assets while ensuring compliance with all applicable requirements.
Most non-profit agencies require a minimum of a bachelor's degree with an advanced degree preferred. Smaller, less complex non-profits may allow experience to substitute for education.
Executive directors should have many years of experience with increasing responsibility in non-profit agencies. Experience with financial management, grant writing and grant management is expected.
An executive director must have the skills to effectively communicate, manage employees, work with a board of directors and publicly represent the agency.
The job description must state who the executive director reports to, usually the board of directors or an executive committee.