Executive Director Academy -2023

  • Friday, February 03, 2023
  • 9:00 AM
  • Friday, March 24, 2023
  • 11:30 AM
  • 6 Online Sessions
  • 12



Being an Executive Director requires you to be a "jack of all trades" - in addition to building and managing impactful programs that move the needle, you are also required to:

  • Manage complex finances (including managing donations and grant funds), 
  • Appropriately support the board of directors who simultaneously look to you for guidance and direct the vision and mission of the organization (don't forget recruiting and training your board)
  • Recruit and supervise volunteers and staff, including complying with multiple laws and requirements to ensure employees are treated fairly
  • Fundraise and write grants to support your organization
  • Evolve in your own understanding of equity and social justice.

You need help and this academy will provide you the basics, giving you a foundation of understanding, steps to implement it all and strategies to fit it all into the day. 

We will also discuss self care and burnout avoidance strategies - for you and your team.  

The Executive Director Academy builds a co-hort and peer learning support system.  You will meet other ED's just like you, and have ample time to learn and share with others.   

Course Description

Our new modernized Executive Director Academy is a cohort of no more than 15 Executive Directors or managing directors who have been in their current position for fewer than 5-7 years.  This deliberate and consistent gathering of people who have similar tenure in their positions as ED's aims to accomplish the following:

  • Ensure clear understanding of the complexities of the role and awareness of the fully developed skill sets necessary for success
  • Build relationships among peers and networks within the community
  • Problem solve and learn from one another

Prerequisite to the Academy:  To ensure that this is the course for you, once you express interest you will be contacted by one of the facilitators to answer your questions about the Academy and what the course entails.  

Schedule of Sessions

The Academy will meet online every Friday for 8 weeks which includes and intro and wrap up session, from Feb. 3rd, until March 24th 2023 in the Eastern Time Zone.

Assignments will be required prior to each session that may consist of short informational videos, blogs, articles and resources review.

Session 1: February 03, 2023 - 9 AM - 10 AM (Introduction)

Session 2: February 10, 2023 - 9 AM - 11:30 AM 

Session 3: February 17, 2023 - 9 AM - 11:30 AM

Session 4: February 24, 2023 - 9 AM - 11:30 AM

Session 5: March 03, 2023 - 9 AM - 11:30 AM

Session 6: March 10, 2023 - 9 AM - 11:30 AM 

Session 7: March 17, 2023 - 9 AM - 11:30 AM 

Session 8: March 24, 2023 - 9 AM - 10:00 AM (Wrap-up)

*Register today to reserve your spot.  

Designed for

Appropriate and relevant for executive directors and/or managing directors who have been in their current position for fewer than 5-7 years. 

Want to join, but think you're not eligible?

If you cannot attend these dates or if you're an ED with +5 years of experience, or want to talk this through let us know here and we'll contact you or keep your name on file for our future cohorts.

If sessions are recorded they are for our internal use only. This is a "safe-space" and recordings are for internal professional development, succession planning and training of any new staff. 
We have a system in place for people who may "miss a session" and those options for session makeup can be found on our 
Academy Expectations webpage

Consider becoming a Member and save today.

Member Cost:  $675

Non-member Cost:  $875

Payment in full is required 2-weeks prior session one to secure your place
in the academy cohort. 
*A minimum of 10 participants required for each academy.

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2800 Springport Rd.
Jackson, MI 49202
Phone: (517) 796-4750

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