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Paul Parker, Executive Transition Services Consultant
Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Pizza, Salad, No-host Bar & Networking at 5:00
Presentation at 5:30

The relationship between Board and executive director is often subtle, complex, and variable. But this we know: Ultimately, the executive director is accountable to the Board, and the day will come when the ED leaves. Every Board has a particular duty to give support and oversight to the ED and to be prepared for a change of executive leadership at all times. This session will explore the different ways in which Boards can do this, paying close attention to the particular circumstances that can shape the relationship—for instance, your ED’s length of tenure, the way in which Board members themselves have been recruited (often by the ED!), the terms of any contract that may be in place, and the institutional values of your agency.

This can be tricky work—sensitive both for the Board and the ED, and there is no single “right way” to evaluate your executive leader or prepare the agency for a new leader. Therefore, we will spend time sharing your specific challenges and circumstances. We will then identify strategies that not only work in a variety of settings, but that actually add to the health and vitality of the entire organization.

Participants will leave this session with:

  • An understanding of the links between ED evaluation and succession planning, and why both are essential Board duties
  • An awareness of the sensitivity of the issue, together with strategies for doing the work professionally and with respect for all parties
  • An appreciation of its part in making your organization stronger and more attractive to funders
  • Suggestions to assist you in choosing the appropriate evaluation approach for your own ED—360 degree performance appraisal? Management by Objective? Self-assessment? Frequency? Link to compensation?
  • A “dashboard” of indicators to use when assessing the need for succession planning
  • And a lot of wisdom and insight from your peers!

About the Presenter

Paul Parker has been a member of the NAO Executive Transitions team for eight years, in which time he has served as interim executive director for 10 regional nonprofits, both 501(c)3 and 501(c)6, variously serving the performing arts, affordable housing, small businesses, health and wellness, and children and youth. He also has his own consulting practice, which specializes in strategic planning, nonprofit executive searches, and mediation.

Prior to NAO, Paul worked for 14 years at the Housing Authority of Portland, beginning as a temporary grant writer and ending as Director of Policy and Planning. He has served on numerous Boards, and has thrice taken a turn as Board chair. Paul was educated at the University of Oxford (BA, MA), Sheffield University, and Portland State University.

About the Network

Nonprofit Board Network offers regular opportunities in a relaxed atmosphere for you to learn about nonprofit governance, network with board members from other organizations, and meet the experts. Nonprofit Board Network gives you a chance to interact with respected thinkers and practitioners in the nonprofit world and to share information and experience.

April 9th, 2013 5:00 PM   through   7:00 PM
Ecotrust Conference Center, 2nd Floor
721 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
NAO Members $ 22.50
Nonmembers $ 25.00
Event Particulars
City Portland
NAO Event?
Topic Board Development and Governance
Presenter Paul Parker
Event Region
Programmatic Approach

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