The Role of an Executive Director of a Nonprofit Organization

The Role of an Executive Director of a Nonprofit Organization

What is the role of an executive director of a nonprofit organization?

Management

Includes an organization’s Executive Director and managers, but not staff or supervisors. See also definition for “staff.”

 RoleExecutive directors oversee the heads of each department in a nonprofit, including marketing, fundraising, program development, HR management and accounting. Executive directors can also oversee one or more lower-level executives in larger organizations. In addition to appearing at official events, executive directors act as a liaison between their organizations and a range of external stakeholders. Directors develop and maintain relationships with other nonprofit leaders, for example, looking for opportunities to partner with other organizations to serve good causes.