Interim Leadership

Whether you are creating a new position or transitioning between staff members, it is not always possible to fill a key position internally. Interim leadership can be necessary while a search is conducted. As an executive search and development consulting firm, DRi is uniquely qualified to provide interim leadership staffing for development and communications departments.

Interim Leadership for New Development and Communications Programs

DRi has served as interim director for numerous development and external relations departments being built from the ground up. Offering off-site guidance or on-site support, and providing leadership for both stand-alone and integrated development and communications programs, we work as a partner to Boards and chief executives to build and sustain momentum, enabling your eventual full-time leader to take the helm of the strongest possible department on day one.

Our services keep all the core functions of a development and communications function running:

  • set targets, analyze progress, and deliver reports
  • initiate comprehensive revenue-generating strategies
  • keep communications strategy alert and active
  • engage leaders and Board members in significant time-sensitive opportunities
  • guide staff to cultivate and solicit donors and coach them to build their strengths
  • facilitate a transition to an internal development or communications team that our executive search services can help build

Interim Leadership during Staff Transitions

The best staffing transitions are planned, but it is not always possible to plan far enough ahead to seamlessly fill a position. DRi has the largest single network of high-quality fundraising leaders in the country—including accomplished executives who are available to hold interim leadership positions and who are savvy enough to navigate their delicate politics and to make maximal use of their opportunities. By serving as the employer of interim leaders, DRi ensures that we retain an active role in the effective management of departments and are accountable for results. The perspective of our interim staff is a valuable addition to our executive search process and helps strengthen departments for the arrival of long-term fundraising leadership.

How to Get Started

To discuss an initiative or position that may require interim leadership needs, we invite you to submit a request or to call us at 703-294-6684.