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ED Academy 2023 on Zoom
Friday, March 17, 2023, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT
Category: Leadership Events

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 Being an Executive Director requires you to be a "very versatile person".
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 cohort and peer learning support system.  You will meet other ED's just like you, and have ample time to learn and share with others.   

Online Course Description— Our new modernized Executive Director Academy is a cohort of no more than 15 participants 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 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

 *Course includes additional tools, assessments, and matrixes for you and your board.

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 to review what the course entails.  

Schedule of Virtual Sessions
The Academy will meet live and online on Friday's approximately every two weeks which includes an intro and wrap up session, from March 17th until June 16th in the Eastern Time Zone.
*Assignments (homework) will be required prior to each session that may consist of short informational videos, blogs, articles and resources review.

Session 1: March 17, 2023 - 9 AM - 10:30 AM (Intro)
Session 2: March 31, 2023 - 9 AM - 11:30 AM
Session 3: April 14, 2023 - 9 AM - 11:30 AM
Session 4: April 28, 2023 - 9 AM - 11:30 AM
Session 5: May 12, 2023 - 9 AM - 11:30 AM
Session 6: May 19, 2023 - 9 AM - 11:30 AM
Session 7: June 9, 2023 - 9 AM - 11:30 AM
Session 8: June 16, 2023 - 9 AM - 11 AM (Wrap-up)

Designed for—
Appropriate and relevant for new executive directors, ED's in a new role, managing directors who have been in their current position for fewer than 5-7 years and for those who want to better understand and support their Executive Directors.

Want to join, but think you're not eligible? If you're an ED with +5 years of experience and or another role and just want to talk this through, let us know here and we'll contact you or can update you of our future cohorts if you prefer.

*This is a "safe-space" and recordings are for the participants in this cohort only or for internal professional development, succession planning, and training of any new Nonprofit Network 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

Member Cost:  $699

Non-member Cost:  *$899
*Consider Membership and save today, benefits extend to your organization.

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



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