Executive director

Explore career information by location


How to become an Executive Director

Start off by ensuring that you are a detail-oriented person and are passionate about being the primary leadership on a team. Next, you'll want to complete your bachelor's degree in a management field or a business-related field. You'll want to complete five or more years in senior management experience. This experience should preferably be in a nonprofit setting but can also be valuable if in another setting. Try to gain industry experience working with a board of directors and with budgeting and balancing finances for an organization. Finally, you can apply for an executive director position at the organization of your choice.

What skills help Executive Directors find jobs?

  • Nonprofit Management
  • Fundraising
  • Public Speaking
  • Management Experience
  • Grant Writing
  • Leadership Experience
  • Budgeting
  • Public Relations
  • Fiscal Management
  • Financial Management
  • Administrative Experience
  • Supervising Experience

Career progression for Executive Director

Education levels for Executive Directors

3%3%5%25%63%Associate's DegreeHigh School Diploma or GEDDoctoral DegreeMaster's DegreeBachelor's Degree

Based on the requirements of Executive Director job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

Expected salary by experience

0-44-88-1212-1616-2020-24Years of experience58k66k75k83k92kAnnual salary in USD

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as an Executive Director in the United States within the last three years.

Common qualifications for Executive Directors

  • Driver's License
  • RN
  • Physical Therapy License
  • Non-CDL Class C
  • FSA
  • LISW
  • LPCC
  • CPR Certification
  • First Aid Certification
  • Certified Valuation Analyst
  • Certified Public Finance Officer
  • LPN
Frequently asked questions
Common questions about career advices for an Executive Director

What skills are required for an executive director?

An executive director should have a strong grasp on strategic thinking, be confident, have effective management skills and have the experience and background to support their ideas.

Was this answer helpful?