Executive directors are the senior manager of a non-profit organization. They function much like a chief executive officer of a company and are given the title of executive director to highlight the fact that they work for a non-profit. In general, executive directors work with the Board of Directors to make sure the organization is operating according to its Mission Statement and oversee the budget. They may also interact with employees, volunteers and donors.
Skill Sets: Executive directors often spearhead fundraising efforts, so sales and marketing skills are key. Accounting, office software and office business machinery skills are important. They should have the ability to create and implement a budget. They must be able to lead and also work within a team. Executive directors often give presentations.
Education: A bachelors degree in business or public administration is preferred. An advanced degree such as a masters degree in business or public administration can increase desirability.
Career Path: Executive Directors typically work their way up in an organization. Intern at a non-profit and volunteer for several others. Complete a bachelors degree and consider getting a masters.