Executive Director Boot Camp Promo Video

Stepping into an Executive Director role can be scary, stressful, and really hard. There's no instruction manual. You might worry, "What If I fail?" or “What if I’m not prepared?” or worse, “What if I mess things up?”

In my 20s, I was a full-time civil rights activist working for a brilliant guy. He was my boss, best friend, and mentor. But, he was not the best at being an Executive Director. Meetings were a mess. No one had job descriptions. Accountability was lacking. It was frustrating. It turns out, I learned a lot about how to run an organization by watching it be done wrong.

So, when I got my first Executive Director job, I didn’t want to make the same mistakes. I wanted to excel at management and leadership, not just activism. I was terrified that I wasn’t ready or that I would mess things up. Worse than that, I had terrible imposter syndrome.

Did I have the skills? The temperament? The right training? I wish there had been a quick primer or course for me back then. That’s why I am committed to making sure other emerging leaders have what I didn’t: a carefully crafted and framed body of wisdom and skills to prepare people for a really important job. There is no manual or training when you arrive as an ED. This course fixes that.

After my class, I promise you it won’t be sink or swim. Instead, you’ll soar. You’ll impress your board, your staff, your stakeholders, and even yourself. And, you can put this course on your resume. It may get you better jobs or better pay.

You won’t need to read any books. You won’t need to get an advanced degree. I’m giving you a shortcut to start with a solid foundation from day one. I’ve been in nonprofits for 25 years and served as Executive Director for four organizations. I’m ready to share what I’ve learned with you.

If you are ready to:

-Take charge of your career and make more money

-Grow your skills and confidence

-Say goodbye to nagging doubts and imposter syndrome

-Change the world – by running the place!

-Become an expert (or Rockstar), not just another non-profit leader

You’ll learn about board development, governance, finance, fundraising, compliance, operations, HR, leadership challenges unique to nonprofits.

No theory. No icebreakers or wasted time on fluff. Transform your career.

Enroll today.

Just to give you a taste of just a few of the 20+ Tools you'll get in the course:

Grab my Executive Director Tool Kit

*This course is just shy of 6 hours long

Your Instructor

Sean M. Kosofsky, MPA, The Nonprofit Fixer
Sean M. Kosofsky, MPA, The Nonprofit Fixer

Hi, I’m Sean, and I'm the Nonprofit Fixer!

I’ve worked in nonprofit organizations since I was 16 (over 27 years).

I love nonprofits. I study nonprofits. I also lead and fix nonprofits. Whether its local, state or national - or charitable or political – I have helped grow and develop organizations of all kinds. I've served as an Executive Director for 5 organizations. I am a coach and consultant for boards, executive directors and activists of all stripes. I’ve worked in communications, victim-services, civil rights, environment, policy, bullying prevention, lobbying, management and much more.

I learned how to run a nonprofit the hard way – by watching someone do it poorly. I’ve also been thrown into the deep end and told to sink or swim. I don’t want that to happen to anyone else, so I have made it a commitment to my business to train people how to effectively fundraise and manage organizations for maximum impact. I’m nationally known and respected, and I’m a really swell guy (just wait, you’ll see!).

Best of all, I cut through the BS. My tools and trainings are straight-to-the-point, immediately useful, and chock-full of tips and tactics you can start using today.

Sean Kosofsky has been raising money for a wide variety of causes, community projects, political campaigns, and much more. He is a published author of "Fundraising Power Pack"

I live in San Francisco with my husband Travis and my adorable dog Harry!

Course Curriculum

  Module 2 - The Agony and the Ecstasy of Being an ED
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  Module 5 - Don't Fudge the Numbers: Financial Management is a Breeze (Finance)
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  Module 8 - Get the Right Technology for Results
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  Module 9 - How You Run the "Physical" Place (Operations)
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  Module 12 - Communicate to The Public Like a Pro (Communications)
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  Module 14 - Common ED Mistakes
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  Module 15 - Wrap up
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ED Boot Camp has provided greatly needed clarity to the rarely clear-cut and oftentimes ambiguous ever-changing responsibilities of an ED of a nonprofit. Sean is able to lay out these responsibilities in a manner that is honest, straightforward, and engaging. Sean invites you into the conversation and leaves you feeling competent and ready

-Taryn Gal - Managing Director,
Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health

I just completed the Executive Director Boot Camp. My business is growing and moving into managing larger organizations. This course gave me the confidence and tools I needed to know so I can make that leap from small organization management to larger state wide or national organizations with confidence. It also gave me a lot of tools and ideas that I can improve on. Thank you so much for your assistance!

Monique Ochoa, President,
Plan-it Satisfaction

The ED Boot Camp gave me confidence that I am on top of all of the various areas of compliance and reporting that I am responsible for. I truly appreciated the straightforward content that obviously comes from years of experience in the field.

Sue Samaniego - Director of Foundation,
Colorado Northwestern Community College

Being a nonprofit executive director can be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences of one's career. On the other hand, the tremendous scope and enormity of the job can be isolating and overwhelming. Sean's extensive knowledge and experience helps me better understand what I should be responsible for as a leader and more importantly, what needs to be delegated to others. His "Executive Director Bootcamp" is easy to understand and is serving as an essential coaching tool in my professional development.

-Brandon Fried, Executive Director,
The Airforwarders Association

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
You have 1 year to complete the course. I want you to get results and you want to get results. If I give you lifetime access you may never take the course. You have 12 months so get to it!!
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I don't want you to be unhappy! But here's the deal. I want you to actually give the course a try. If you complete 4 modules of the training and you still aren't happy, I will guarantee a full refund. But if you purchase the course and never try, the offer is not valid. We think this is fair. We spent a lot of time creating the course and we want you to try it. Again, the course if free if you aren't happy after giving it a try. You have 10 Days to request a refund.

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