Interim Leaders Serve as Safety Net During COVID Crisis
The need for Senior Living interim leadership has been skyrocketing due to the COVID crisis combined with the ongoing talent shortage that has challenged the industry for years. Because of this talent gap, Interim executives are in high-demand and considered safeguards when it comes to maintaining leadership stability and organizational success.
Hiring an interim executive allows Senior Living organizations and communities to take stock, think about the role, make necessary changes, and then recruit the right permanent leader. Interim consultants can play a key role in assessing the position and making suggestions for what to look for in the next hire. Interims give insight into leadership that Senior Living needs today.
When should you consider Interim Leadership?
-When an executive departs suddenly
-When there’s no immediate successor
-When you need to minimize business disruption and keep the momentum going
-When your team is stretched too thin and needs a hand
-When speed is a top concern
-When you’d rather “try before buy”
-When you have a tight budget and an interim solution could buy you the expertise you require at the right price
What should you look for in an Interim Leader?
Interim executives should be highly experienced within Senior Living and be able to hit the ground running in order to make a seamless transition. Many interims are later in their careers and therefore, have experienced a little bit of everything, which makes them good at stepping right in and managing a tough situation. They also offer strategic advice as they bring different points of view and fresh ideas.
When considering an interim leader, it’s important to also look at their soft skills. A good interim executive wants to make a difference, has passion for the industry, offers compassion to both staff and residents, offers creative solutions, and will have a positive and supportive effect. They should also understand the organization’s culture, mission, and team, and work successfully within that context.
What should the Board of Directors expect from an Interim Leader?
-High degree of communication and collaboration
-Competent handling of financial details
-Calming presence and steady hand
-Ensuring operations continue without interruption
-Smooth transition from Interim Leader to perm leader
What are the most popular senior living executive interim placements right now?
If your senior living organization is short-handed and your team stretched too thin during this COVID crisis, hiring an interim professional is a viable solution and great safety net. Many communities are opting for short-term coverage while they seek to permanently fill a vacant key position. Interim leadership can be critical to minimizing business disruption and maintaining organizational stability and success.
ABOUT JULIE RUPENSKI
Julie Rupenski is the Founder, President & CEO of MedBest, opening the doors in 2001. Since then, Julie has gained national recognition for providing top talent solutions exclusively for the Senior Living Industry. Her specialties include filling C-Suite, Vice President, Regional, and Property level positions.
Julie has an in-depth knowledge of the Senior Living Industry. She previously worked in operations for both Senior Housing and Senior Living prior to founding MedBest. Today, Julie makes it her personal and professional mission to place qualified people in health care positions where they have the greatest impact.
Julie’s industry articles and interviews have been published in Provider Magazine, Argentum Quarterly, LeadingAge Magazine, Florida Health Care Association Newsletter, PULSE, Florida Assisted Living Association Magazine, ASPIRE, Florida Senior Living Association Newsletter, Pennsylvania Health Care Association Newsletter, Virginia Assisted Living Newsletter and LeadingAge Florida.
Julie earned her degree in Gerontology at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida and continues to cultivate her career through senior living conferences, forums, trade shows, and expos.
Contact Julie Rupenski at firstname.lastname@example.org / 727-526-1294.
MedBest is a national Executive Search Firm exclusive to the Senior Living Industry established in 2001. We recruit and acquire exceptional senior care talent, permanent and interim executives, for all types of Senior Living Organizations and Communities across the US including Assisted Living, Continuing Care Retirement Communities, Independent Living, Memory Care, and Skilled Nursing Facilities.