It can be difficult to find a job in the business world that you’re passionate about. Even if you are very good at your job, you may find yourself longing for work that is more personally meaningful to you. Fortunately, it is possible to find a job that both pays the bills and allows you to work for a cause you believe in. The nonprofit world is one place you can explore this.
Nonprofits are businesses that provide some sort of public service, and have been deemed tax exempt by the Internal Revenue Service code 501(c)(3). There are 29 types of organizations that are tax-exempt nonprofits, from arts organizations to international relief funds. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics (https://nccs.urban.org/project/nonprofit-sector-brief), more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations are registered in the U.S. This number includes public charities, private foundations, and other types of nonprofit organizations, including chambers of commerce, fraternal organizations and civic leagues. If you are looking to make the world a better place through your work, a nonprofit may be the way to go.
The most common misconception about nonprofit jobs is that they’re almost exclusively volunteer and do not pay a decent wage. While salaries vary based on the size and type of the organization, as in any industry, it is possible to make a good living working for a nonprofit organization.
Like all other companies, nonprofit salaries are budgeted into the overhead operational costs of the organization, and salaries are based on the market demand for a position as well as salaries of similar positions at similar nonprofits. And, just like in the private sector, you will find that some nonprofits have the resources to pay better than others. That, along with many other factors, will determine whether a position is a good fit for you.
How Nonprofits Find Employees
Nonprofits are unique in the way they often scout their employees. HR professionals within nonprofits generally are spread pretty thin and do not have a massive amount of time or resources to spend on recruiting. Although this is changing, it is still very common for nonprofit organizations to recruit from within.
Whether that means promoting from within (an advantage for ambitious employees) or scouting from their network of volunteers, this can make the nonprofit world feel very insular when it comes to hiring. In fact, it is often recommended that if a job seeker has a certain nonprofit they want to work for, they should volunteer for them to get a foot in the door.
But this not only limits employees (after all, one person can only volunteer for so many organizations), it can greatly limit nonprofit organizations themselves. By casting such a small net, they can easily miss out on qualified candidates who have both the right skills and background for the position as well as a passion for the work.
Bringing in Nonprofit Recruiting
Nonprofit staffing agencies can provide a huge leg up to nonprofit employers and job seekers. A nonprofit recruiter:
- Has the time and resources to conduct a thorough search
- Maintains a vast network of potential applicants across industries
- Has connections with passive job seekers, who will not apply directly to a posting
- Knows the qualities to look for in a perfect hire
- Understands transferable skills (should someone outside of that nonprofit’s scope apply)
- Can find people for hard-to-staff technical or executive roles that require specific credentials
C-Suite Assistants is particularly valuable to nonprofit employers because of our wide net of both passive and active job seekers qualified and interested in performing administrative support roles. While some nonprofit recruiting agencies work only in the nonprofit sector, because we work in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors, we can bring you not only job seekers already in the nonprofit world, but also highly qualified applicants who are looking to apply their substantial skills somewhere where they can make a difference. The candidates we work with all have administrative experience either as an executive assistant to the CEO or Executive Director or in administrative support roles in project management, marketing, event management, finance, fundraising and grant writing.
By casting a broader net in the search for candidates, we can benefit both job seekers looking to transition from for-profit employment and nonprofit organizations wanting to expand their talent pool and reach a broader selection of people.
If you are looking for nonprofit recruiters in NYC or elsewhere, C-Suite Assistants has the network and resources to match nonprofit organizations with qualified and diverse job seekers. Contact us today to find out more.
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