Development Director leaving? Our interims can fill in. Hire NAO!

In the event of a Development Director vacancy, NAO’s Interim Development Directors can provide experienced leadership to help keep your development on track.

What we do

Development doesn’t stop when there’s an executive transition. NAO’s team of Interim Development Directors (Interim DD) can step in to sustain and enhance your development operations to keep your organization on track. A leadership gap can have serious consequences on an organization’s relationships with donors, relationship cultivation and stewardship, fundraising campaigns and activities, grant solicitation, donor communications and ultimately on the organization’s budget.

By bringing on board an Interim Development Director, an organization can continue key development work in the short term to ensure an organization can sustain its funding pipeline. Having an Interim Development Director in place gives an organization the opportunity to focus on a deliberate, thoughtful recruitment and hiring process for your next Development Director.

Value proposition

An Interim Development Director can be placed in an organization in a fraction of the time it would take to hire a new Development Director. This allows an organization to take the time for a thoughtful and successful transition. An Interim Development Director can provide support when:

  • A seasoned development leader is needed to ensure fundraising continues while seeking a permanent solution
  • Fundraising is not meeting organizational needs and goals
  • Board and staff are unclear what their roles are in fundraising
  • High turnover is taking place in the fundraising office

What does an Interim DD do?

Fundraising cannot stop because an organization is experiencing transition. A seasoned Interim Development Director brings a fresh perspective and a sense of possibility to organizational development efforts and can:

  • Assess current fundraising needs and activities
  • Create a plan to improve and recharge fundraising efforts
  • Create a culture of philanthropy that engages staff and volunteers
  • Improve development systems and processes
  • Pave the way for future development efforts


NAO offers below market rates for Interim Executive Directors who typically work an average of 25 hours/week. Rates vary based on an organization’s geographic location, operating budget size, salary of the prior Executive Director and the scope of work. Organizations are often able to fully cover the cost of their Interim Executive Directors from salary savings.

To receive a preliminary service quote, complete and attached this consulting services request form to A member of the consulting team will be in touch with you within 3-5 business days.

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