Monday, April 25, 2011

What are the Most Popular Nonprofit Jobs?

If you are reading this blog, then you are obviously interested in finding nonprofit jobs.  Of course, there are many types of jobs in the nonprofit sector, all of which provide a diverse range of work.  I can't tell you exactly which non profit work will be the best for you, obviously; but I can tell you some of the most popular jobs in the nonprofit world.  For your information, this information was taken from The NonProfit Times' 2010 Salary and Benefits Report.

  • Fundraising jobs are particularly prominent with nonprofits.  This shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as fundraising is a huge part of the success of any nonprofit organization.  If you have good people skills, are well versed in mathematics, or have had any success in raising money in the past, this is the type of non profit job you should consider applying for.  The kind of jobs in this field include Development Director positions.  The Development Director is in charge of developing fundraising strategies, among other duties. 
  • Philanthropy jobs are also very popular among nonprofit job seekers.  Giving is another big part of any nonprofit, and it is also one of the things that attracts people to work for them in the first place; the opportunity to do work that helps improve the lives of others is a big draw.  While browsing non profit jobs, you may notice many job titles related to philanthropy, including Annual Giving Director.  These positions are responsible for the giving programs that the nonprofit runs, like telemarketing and direct mail programs.
  • Like any company, marketing is very important for nonprofits.  As such, you will find tons of marketing jobs while browsing a non profit job board.  Marketing Coordinator is one job that you will often run into.  Under the supervision of supervisors, you would help run the nonprofit's various marketing campaigns.  You would also be responsible with coming up with marketing proposals.
  • Finally, you should expect to see a decent amount of grant-making positions.  Creating grant proposals is a huge part of the funding for the various projects a not for profit organization will undertake, so if you are a skilled writer with a good sense for numbers, this is a position you should consider.
Hopefully, this gave you a good sense of the kind of nonprofit jobs you will encounter during your job search.  There are plenty other types of jobs, of course, but these are some of the more prominent types of positions you will encounter at a non profit.

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