It seems one of the hardest assignments in any organization is hiring the right person for the job. Many organizations report that finding a great director of development seems a daunting challenge.
Executive Directors or board members often confide to me that their last development director didn’t work out as well as they hoped. When I probe a little deeper into how they came to select that individual, I’m not surprised. Predictably, the decisions to hire the unsuccessful individuals were based on reasons that had little to do with the competencies for successful fundraisers.
Many board members participate in the process of hiring development staff. As a cautionary service, I thought I’d share with you my top ten list of tempting, but ill-advised reasons for selecting your director of development.