Welcome to Interim Executives Academy

Third Sector Company management tools and service protocols represent nearly two decades of nonprofit interim executive engagements that shape an executive vacancy and transition as a highly unique and strategic opportunity for nonprofit organizations including associations, labor unions and congregations.

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Learn how an interim executive can help. The Interim Executive Explained: Meaning, Purpose and Best Practices.

Interim executives step into the leadership role, work with boards and team members to assess the state of the organization, collaboratively intervene in areas of difficulty and prepare the organization time for the permanent successor to lead.

Third Sector Company presents candidates from the Academy for organizations looking for an interim solution to their leadership vacancy. Contact us now so we can learn about your organization or circumstance.


Complimentary Introduction to Interim Executives Academy

Tuesday, August 20 | Online

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific

Interim Executives Academy - Class #20

Thursdays, October 3 - November 21 | Online

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific


Over an eight-week period, the Interim Executives Academy offers a deep-dive immersion experience online that includes lectures, cameo presenters and roundtable discussions. At the conclusion of the Academy, participants will be awarded a certificate of completion and a badge.

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Week 1- An Introduction to Interim Leadership

Week 2 -The Engagement Phase

Week 3 - The Diagnostic Phase

Week 4- The Planning Phase

Week 5 - The Intervention Phase, Pt. 1

Week 6- The Intervention Phase, Pt. 2

Week 7 - The Succession Phase

Week 8 - The Pivot Phase

Learn more about each session on the Interim Executives Academy Fact Sheet.

The graduates of Interim Executives Academy are available to work as vetted, highly-trained nonprofit interim executive directors. From the training and experience at Interim Executives Academy, the graduates are able to provide a series of 6 phases, 13 protocols and 6 interventions to ensure a successful leadership transition. They will also have access to mentorship and coaching through our leadership community of interim professionals.

To learn more about the Interim Executives Academy graduates go to Engage a Nonprofit Interim Executive.


Learn more about Third Sector Company

A nationally recognized pioneer in leadership continuity solutions including interim chief executives and chief development officers, succession planningexecutive search and professional development. Go to Third Sector Company.

Third Sector Company Team in Meeting

The recognition by Manage HR Magazine reflects over two decades of dedicated community leadership helping interim executives from a variety of backgrounds create intersectionality between the business models of nonprofit organizations with a methodical process for strategic transitional leadership. Read more about Third Sector Company's excellence in interim executive service.


Advancing the Interim Profession

The creation of The State of the Interim Profession in the Nonprofit Sector professional paper resulted from a national gathering in July 2023 that brought together aspiring and practicing interims representing diverse professionals across age, tenure of service, backgrounds, and experiences.

Authored by Nancy Bacon and Suzanne Zutter we are excited to announce the completion and distribution of a new 20-page document that provides a glimpse into the current practices of interim executive leaders challenged with advancing community impact organizations during executive transitions.

View and Download the Report

Report on Interim Profession in Nonprofit Sector

An opportunity to Grow Your Nonprofit experience into an Interim leader position

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Ruthann Howell
Seattle, Washington

Ingrid Kirst
Lincoln, Nebraska

Our Clients

Third Sector Company has proudly served over 700 nonprofit organizations across the United States since opening its doors in 2002 through Interim Management, Training, Executive Mentoring or Consultation. Here is just a small sample of the breadth of great causes and organizations that we are proud to serve.

Our Background

Since 2002, Third Sector Company has been a national pioneer in the study and advancement of interim leadership for nonprofits organizations.