This is the fifth in a series of Virtual CAP news feeds, which can be used to support your agency’s efforts in relation to risk mitigation and meeting the CSBG Organizational Standards – full listing of Community Action Risk Mitigation Blogs.
Leadership Development and Succession Planning
Leadership development and succession planning go hand-in-hand with ensuring organizational continuity and pertains to CSBG Organizational Standard 4.5 - The organization has a written succession plan in place for the CEO/executive director, approved by the governing board, which contains procedures for covering emergency/unplanned, short-term absences of 3 months or less, as well as outlines the process for filling a permanent vacancy.
Building a Leadership Bench for Your Organization
Batter UP! Building Your Leadership Bench was produced in coordination with Brown Buckley Tucker Consulting. Specific focus areas center on developing internal leadership and provide an invaluable basis for ensuring that your organization’s leadership pool will remain diverse, accessible, and effective for the future.
Preparing for Your Community Action Agency’s Future:
Sustainability, Succession & Transition
The Community Action Partnership Sustainability Toolkit is a collection of three guides written by TransitionGuides specifically with Community Action in mind. These guides were designed to help Community Action Agency leaders strengthen the capacity of their organizations, especially those organizations that may be facing a chief executive or other leadership transition in the near future. While each of the guides can be used individually, together they are designed to help leaders strengthen their organizations and manage leadership turnover.
The first guide, Organizational Sustainability Planning, is a tool for assessing and strengthening the four areas critical to the organization’s long-term sustainability by conducting an organizational sustainability assessment and using the results of the assessment to develop an organizational sustainability action plan - webinar recording.
The second guide, Executive Succession Planning, provides an overview of three approaches to succession planning and presents a detailed approach for developing “succession essentials,” a board-adopted succession policy for the chief executive position and a companion emergency backup plan for the CEO position, but it can be adapted to other staff leadership positions as well - webinar recording.
The third guide, Executive Transition Management Guide, outlines a three-phase process for managing the CEO transition. It includes 12 ready-to-use tools to help you manage the entire process - webinar recording.
This publication was created by the National Association of Community Action Agencies – Community Action Partnership, in the performance of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services Grant Number 90ET0428. Any opinion, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.