Executive Director 101 - VIRTUAL

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Set yourself up for success as a new executive director.

Executive Director 101 equips first-time executive directors with practical skills and knowledge to succeed in their role.

In this three-day virtual workshop, you learn key concepts and develop a 12-month plan for success. Learn the essential components to the executive director role to make the learning curve more manageable.

Program Details

Dates & Time: Mon May 4; Wed May 6; and Fri May 8 2020 | 9:30 am -11:30 am
Location: Virtual / Online Learning via Zoom 
Price: Member - $210; Non-member - $249

Is Executive Director 101 Right for You?

Audience: New Executive Directors (or Chief Executive Officers, Artistic Directors and Managing Directors etc.)

You are an ideal candidate if you:

  • Are within the first 12 months of your first executive director role
  • Are starting an executive director role in the next few months

For more experienced executive directors seeking ED-specific training, we highly recommend applying to our next cohort of Executive Lab.


Come away with tangible tools, ideas, and practices to apply in your first executive director role.

  • Create a 12-month plan to support success in your role and organization
  • Delve into the key competencies of an executive director, and learn how to align them with your personal leadership strengths
  • Expand your network and connect with fellow executive directors new to their role
  • Learn from a seasoned Executive Director that can draw on their professional experience

Learning Objectives

  • Gain broad knowledge of the technical requirements and competencies of the not-for-profit executive director role
  • Learn best practices in leadership and human resources, mission impact, governance, and operations
  • Create strategic goals to support your success as a first-time executive director


Day 1

  • Leadership (with extra content around leading in times of change)
  • Governance

Day 2

  • Program and service management
  • Community and public relations
  • Human Resources (with extra conversation around supporting your team)
  • Administration

Day 3

  • Fund Development (with extra conversation around resources available at the moment)
  • Financial Governance

Overview of the Course

Role of the Executive Director

Understand the eight competencies of your executive director role:

  • Governance
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resources
  • Fundraising
  • Program and Service Management
  • Community and Public Relations
  • Administration
  • Leadership

Self and Organizational Assessment

Assess personal and organizational competencies across each of the eight performance domains. Participants will review their personal strengths, their position description, and the life-cycle stage of their organization – and discover both strengths and opportunities for their 12-month plan.

Managing Challenges

Participants will share common challenges (eg. managing team or board conflict) and discuss strategies for conflict resolution.

Your 12-month plan

Participants will develop 12-month plans for their personal and organizational development, with support from the facilitator and feedback from peers.

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Date: May 4, 2020 9:30 am
Online / Virtual
Vancouver, BC
City of Vancouver
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Anastasia Gaisenok

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Anastasia Gaisenok is an experienced not-for-profit leader, educator, and innovator. An immigrant from Eastern Europe, she settled on unceded Coast Salish Territories in 2003 and has worked in the not-for-profit sector ever since, focusing on education for social justice and systems change. Anastasia has led and managed the work of coalitions and organizations in various roles, including that of an Executive Director. She is now utilizing her rich experience and a diverse skillset in her independent practice through Green Amber Consulting. Anastasia holds a BA in Anthropology, an MA in International Studies, and a Certificate in Evaluation for Social Change and Transformational Learning from Simon Fraser University.


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