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An executive director is the manager of an organization or corporation. This title is most often used in association with non-profits, whereas for a corporate setting the equivalent would be a CEO . An executive director's responsibilities include planning strategic approaches for the organization and working alongside the board of directors. Opportunities for career advancement in this position could include gaining the title of managing director for an organization or deciding to pursue a board of director's position that's not tied directly to a position.
An executive director's daily routine may include tasks such as:
The title of the executive director is generally reserved for non-profit organizations whereas the title of the chief executive officer (CEO) is used for for-profit businesses and, on occasion, larger non-profits.
In general, the title of an executive director is a middle-management title. It can be roughly compared to the title of vice president but would generally be considered lower than a senior vice president.
Depending on the state, it can be legal for executive directors to serve on their organizations' governing boards. In general, however, it is not viewed as the ideal business practice because it's seen as a conflict of interest. In the case of the executive director serving on the board, they would be serving as a decision-maker with their supervising power.