In order to provide our interim leader with some useful information, the Leadership Advisory Committee planned to have an exit interview with Joe on Dec. 28, conducted by Rob Eigenbrod, Tracey Kelley, Paulo Ribeiro, and Anne Wallman. These members will also be serving on the search committee for a permanent leader. For the exit interview, we had carefully crafted questions for Joe based on his experience as leader of this congregation. We believe it will be useful, both in hiring and providing direction, for a subsequent permanent leader, as well.
A little more about our process: The Leadership Advisory Committee reviewed the responses collected by the Task Force on the State of the Society. This was an anonymous survey from 2017 and small groups of members engaging in talk-back sessions. The talks took place over 2018 and early 2019. Results were presented in May 2019 at the Membership Meeting, including a summary of members’ comments on the state and nature of platforms, Sunday School involvement, social events and making friends, political activity and attention to causes, having a sense of purpose and self-fulfillment. Task force members were Sarah Glisky, Lisa Hirschman, Sarah Jack, Susan Lesh, Rolando Perez, Lisa Schwartz, and Andrew Tuliszewski.
The Leadership Advisory Committee reviewed these survey results in the hope that this self-evaluation guides the committee in choosing an interim leader who comes closest to meeting the wishes of our members.
The Leadership Advisory Committee has interviewed (on Zoom) three interim leader candidates after receiving their letters of application, video presentations, and resumes. Next, we will be checking references. As of this writing, Dec. 17, we believe we are close to recommending one or two of the candidates to be considered by the Board of Trustees. The Board will make the final decision on selecting both the interim leader and the permanent leader.