Top 10 Responsibilities of a Nonprofit Executive Director

If you are an executive director of a nonprofit organization, then this episode is for you! You may feel overwhelmed with wearing 25 hats of responsibility in your nonprofit. According to The Nonprofit Fixer Sean Kosofsky, it does not need to feel or be this way.

I have Sean Kosofsky on the Grant Writing & Funding podcast to discuss executive leadership for nonprofit organizations.

You are going to get so many goodies to overcome challenges that you might (probably) have with onboarding, engaging your board of directors, fundraising, and time management to manage all of your responsibilities.

What We Discuss In This Episode:

  • Different grants available
  • How to overcome executive director challenges 
  • Employment contracts for executive directors
  • New board member churn
  • Board member term limits
  • How to create a calendar for tasks
  • Why an ED should outsource
  • How to know what to focus on 
  • Sean’s focus on executive directorship

About Sean

Sean Kosofsky is the NonProfit Fixer and has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 27 years. Sean has worked in the areas of policy, communications, grassroots advocacy, direct service, development, management and served on numerous boards. He has raised millions of dollars for causes, candidates, and campaigns. His work has appeared in news stories around the world, and he has offered webinars or blog posts through AFP, Candid, Idealware, Bloomerang, Wild Apricot, and Pamela Grow’s Motivate Mondays.

He has worked on a wide range of issues including LGBTQ equality, reproductive justice, voting access, bullying prevention, climate change, and more. He offers coaching, consulting, training and free tools at his website and courses at

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