Hiring and Assessing CEOs
Boards typically conduct three assessments on a regular basis: a self-assessment, an assessment of the CEO, and an assessment of the overall performance and financial health of the organization. The Chief Executive assessment should take place annually and be based heavily on job description and agreed-upon goals. Frequently, the assessment is tied to salary increases, though the conversations about the two should take place separately. The evaluation of the organization as a whole typically takes place through regular review of financial statements and succinct, regular reports from staff members.
Hiring the CEO is an important job of the board. Typically, the board creates a selection committee, comprised of some current and past board members as well as key community members. Some chambers have the financial resources to engage a professional search firm to assist them in this process, whereas others choose to conduct the search on their own. For those chambers not using a search firm, ACCE’s Hiring Toolkit is a great resource to walk the board and selection committee through the search and hiring process.
ACCE's JobWatch Service
- Use ACCE's JobWatch service for employers and job seekers to help fulfill staffing needs.
ACCE Benchmarking and Salary Survey
- Use ACCE's Dynamic Chamber Benchmarking (DCB) platform which includes the Salary Survey and compensation data for CEOs and all employees. DCB is FREE to ACCE members and open 24/7.
Position Description Samples
CEO or Executive Director: Does the Title Matter?
Articles & Online Resources
- Three Tips for Brand New CEOs, by Mark Athitakis, Associations Now (March 2016)
- How Boards Interview CEO Candidate - by James Citrin via LinkedIn (January 2016)
- Negotiating Your Salary? Don’t Forget to Ask for Employee Benefits - Article by Kristen Pope in Brazen (7/20/2015) gives a list of benefit options for both employers and employees to consider.
- Determining Fair Compensation for Your Executive Director: What a Nonprofit Needs to Know - by Bridget Hartnett, CPA, PSA, and Ron Matan, CPA, CGMA, PSA, of Sobel & Co LLC (Winter 2014)
- Distilling the Wisdom of CEOs - New York Times article adapted from “The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons From CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed,” by Adam Bryant (2011). The book analyzes the broader lessons that emerge from his interviews with more than 70 leaders.
- Assessing and Supporting Your Chief Executive: A BoardSource Toolkit - for purchase and download from BoardSource (2010)
- Chief Executive Succession Planning: Essential Guidance for Boards and CEOs - for purchase and download from BoardSource (2009)
- Heresies Worth Discussing: Do Volunteers Matter Anymore? - by Mick Fleming, Chamber Executive magazine (Winter 2008)
- Your First 100 Days as CEO - by Art Roberts, Chamber Executive magazine (January/February 2005)
- Anchors Aweigh - by Nan Nelson, Chamber Executive magazine (March/April 2003)
- The Changeover Audit - by Ed McMillan, Chamber Executive magazine (November/December 2002)
- I Just Took Over a Chamber... Oh My God! - Chamber Executive magazine (November/December 2002)
- CEO Performance Tools from Bob Harris, The Nonprofit Center
Evaluation & Assessment Samples
Videos, Webinars, and ACCE U Resources
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