NLN32: Challenges of an Interim Executive Director with Ken Goldstein

ken-goldsteinToday we welcome to our podcast. Ken shares with us some of the interesting challenges he has faced when serving as an including setting priorities, building relationships with key personnel, keeping your best staff, and dealing with stress.

Ken Goldstein has been working in nonprofits and local government agencies since 1989. Since founding Goldstein Consulting in December of 2003, Ken has served half-a-dozen organizations as an Interim Executive Director, managing nonprofits through transitions, mergers, and turn-around’s. Ken has also facilitated strategic planning processes, taught fundraising and nonprofit management workshops, raised over $4 million in grants, and performed other contract consulting work.

His many years of senior management experience include: Executive Director of Sustainable San Mateo County, Assistant Director of EHC LifeBuilders, Silicon Valley Director of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, Director of Online Community Development for HandsNet, and Bay Area Director for Benevolent. He has also served on the Boards of Directors of Future Families, and Habitat for Humanity Santa Cruz County.

Ken is currently the Executive Director of Recovery Café San Jose in addition to his consulting practice. He earned a BA in Politics from UC Santa Cruz and a MPPA (Master of Public Policy and Administration) from CSU Sacramento.

The key points covered in this podcast discussion are:

  • Keeping the Staff You Want to Keep: Communication is the Key
  • Know Where It’s Safe to Vent
  • As an Interim, Identify What Can Wait
  • Nonprofit Management is a Team Sport
  • Words of Wisdom: Connect with Others

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