In his book "Managing a Nonprofit Organization," Thomas Wolf explained that most applicants want to know as much as they can about how a nonprofit hires employees. Why is this important to them? It allows them to set reasonable expectations about when they should hear back. The clearer your policies, Wolf wrote, the less chance there will be misunderstandings.
Wolf recommended that your job description should answer the following questions:
- How are employees hired and is there a formal process with public notice required?
- Are current employees given first preference for a job vacancy?
- Is there an affirmative action policy?
- Is hiring done solely on the basis of competency and qualifications?
- Is every prospective employee allowed to see a job description?
- Is there an official training period?
- Do temporary or permanent part-time employees enjoy the same rights and benefits as full-time employees?
- How often are salary ranges and job classifications reviewed and by whom?