Evaluating the executive director is a basic responsibility of the board that needs to be carried out every year. It does not need to be a process that you dread, though. Below is our suggested process to evaluate your executive director in 7 steps.
1) Gather perspectives from all Board Members.
2) Allow the Executive to evaluate him/herself on the same criteria as the board
3) The Executive Committee (or Board Chair) should examine all of the data collected to explore similar themes. It is also important to understand and explore unique information.
5) The Executive Committee and/or Board Chair should personally deliver the feedback to the Executive Director and allow for dialogue and discussion. The ED should have an opportunity to provide input on the goals and outcomes. Together, determine deadlines, check-ins and how the goals will be evaluated.
6) Executive Committee and/or Board Chair will report on the results of the meeting with the Executive Director and share any amendments or changes to the goals, objectives and outcomes.
7) Full board should evaluate the process and make appropriate notes and recommendations for improvement of future evaluations.
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