CEO/ED/President Job Descriptions

The Executive Director, Small Organization and President, Medium Organization job descriptions represent classic profiles of executive directors/presidents/chief executive officers at organizations with revenues less than $20 million. The roles entail a breadth of honed cross-functional skills including board management and development, fundraising, program management, development and expansion, staff management, and operations management. As organizations become increasingly large and complex, a shift occasionally occurs whereby the chief executive role becomes focused solely on external relationship management, primarily with funders, the media, government, and organizational partners.

Each sample job description is intended to be a jumping off point, and likely will need to be tailored to meet the particular needs of your organization. Feel free to use and tailor these descriptions for your needs.

Executive Director (Small Organization)

This sample job description shares how one smaller sized, growing, multi-site nonprofit organization configured the role of executive director. The executive director is responsible for general management as well as designing a national expansion plan. There also is a heavy emphasis on program evaluation.

President (Medium Organization)

This sample job description shares how one medium-sized nonprofit organization configured its president role. The president focuses on the core functions of the organization to enable it to achieve its long-term vision. Areas of focus include: strategy, finance, board management, fundraising, and program delivery.