MyCareer@PND

PND is pleased to offer articles of interest to jobseekers and prospective employers. To submit an article for consideration, e-mail Mitch Nauffts at mfn@foundationcenter.org.

Perceptions of Diversity in the Nonprofit Workplace

Allison Scott, Dana Hagenbuch, James Weinberg, Robert Schwartz  |  January 11, 2012

This article is a summary of The Voice of Nonprofit Talent: Diversity in the Workplace, a report produced by Commongood Careers and Level Playing Field Institute that draws on a survey of 1,638 current and former nonprofit employees to gauge the state of the sector in providing diverse hiring practices and work environments....

Making Smart Investments in Human Capital

Dana Hagenbuch, James Weinberg  |  December 8, 2011

This article is a summary of Making Smart Investments in Human Capital, a report co-authored by James Weinberg, founder and CEO of Commongood Careers, and Dana Hagenbuch that draws on a series of four regional convenings organized by their organization earlier this year. At those meetings, nonprofit executives, HR practitioners, evaluation experts, and funders sat down to discuss best practices, challenges, and emerging issues related to the subject of hiring and cultivating nonprofit employees. Over two hundred attendees representing a hundred and sixty-two organizations participated in the conversations....

How Can I Become a Nonprofit Fundraising Consultant?

Tony Poderis  |  July 14, 2011

The world in which nonprofit organizations and institutions work and operate has changed dramatically since the global financial crisis and economic downturn began to unfold in 2008. And while the economy finally seems to be on the mend, many of the consequences of the downturn are here to stay. As a result, leadership in the sector will have to be provided by people who themselves have adapted to significant and substantive change, and who are able and willing to think strategically about incorporating change into the operational core of their organizations....

Leadership for Change

Gayle Brandel  |  May 25, 2011

The world in which nonprofit organizations and institutions work and operate has changed dramatically since the global financial crisis and economic downturn began to unfold in 2008. And while the economy finally seems to be on the mend, many of the consequences of the downturn are here to stay. As a result, leadership in the sector will have to be provided by people who themselves have adapted to significant and substantive change, and who are able and willing to think strategically about incorporating change into the operational core of their organizations....

Hiring Guidelines for Today's Nonprofits

Gayle Brandel  |  April 28, 2011

Nonprofits are hiring again. Organizations are emerging from the economic turbulence and market changes of the past two years and are looking for strategic ways to renew and enhance their capacity to provide services by bringing back and — in many cases — adding staff.

An Optimistic 2011

Gayle Brandel  |  March 15, 2011

It isn't too early in the year to identify a positive trend for the nonprofit sector in 2011. After widespread cutbacks and holding actions during the economic downturn, nonprofit organizations and institutions are hiring again. As noted in soon-to-be-released annual salary surveys conducted by Professionals for NonProfits in three markets (metropolitan New York, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C.), not only are nonprofits beginning to hire, they're also raising salaries to compete for the talent they need....

Tips for Creating a Concise Resume

Naheed Elyasi  |  December 15, 2010

Not long ago, job seekers followed the resume golden rule: No resume should exceed one page. However, today's job seekers are finding that rule no longer applies. PNP's Naheed Elyasi offers some tips designed to bring your resume up to date....

Job Seeking 101: The Importance of Benefits

Naheed Elyasi  |  November 3, 2010

When considering a new position at a nonprofit, most job seekers focus on the mission of the organization and the salary offer but pay little or no attention to the benefits the organization provides to its employees. Benefits, however, are a crucial component of any compensation package and should be one of the things you consider when evaluating a job offer....

Weathering the Storm: Managing Through Tough Economic Times

Commongood Careers  |  September 30, 2010

The current global economic crisis is having a clear and significant impact on the nonprofit sector. While mission-driven organizations have seen mounting demand for their services and predict that the demand will continue to grow, they are also extremely concerned about the philanthropic environment and worry about how they will be able to support an increase in services with an expected decrease in revenue. How can organizations deal with the strain presented by the current economic situation? First and foremost, they need to ensure that the organization remains financially viable during the economic downturn. Unfortunately, this will most likely mean staffing related changes because such costs represent about 70 percent of an average nonprofit's budget....

Alternatively Structured Roles and the Baby Boomer Workforce

Commongood Careers  |  August 4, 2010

Much has been written and discussed about the social sector's leadership gap, as well as the potential for retiring Baby Boomers from other sectors to play a role in addressing the growing need for talent. In reality, however, many organizations are slow to recruit and hire from this seasoned workforce, and in those instances when they do, are seemingly meeting with mixed success....

Nonprofit Career Profile: Business Operations

Commongood Careers  |  June 29, 2010

As more and more nonprofits adapt entrepreneurial philosophies of operating efficiently while scaling their programs, career opportunities in business operations are on the rise....

Getting Your Foot in the Door: Opportunities for Recent Grads

Commongood Careers  |  May 13, 2010

While some industries have direct inroads for recent graduates, entry-level opportunities in the nonprofit sector can be harder to navigate. This article shares the inside scoop about entry-level positions at a few rapidly growing organizations....

Conversations with Social Entrepreneurs

Frances Kunreuther, James Weinberg  |  March 31, 2010

The societal, economic, and political landscape looks very different in 2010 from that which existed just a few years ago. Faced with a range of new realities, social entrepreneurs feel that they are approaching an "inflection point," or a moment of dramatic change for their organizations and movement. Commongood Careers and the Building Movement Project convened "conversations" in four cities with a group of two hundred leaders from innovative nonprofits to discuss this pivotal moment in social entrepreneurship....

Talking the Talk: A Social Entrepreneur's Glossary

Commongood Careers  |  February 24, 2010

Like any field, the nonprofit sector has its own language that helps workers define who they are and what they do. As a newcomer, it can be hard to understand the nonprofit vernacular, but there's no need to cue the horrifying flashbacks to sixth grade English vocabulary lists. This article will get you started with some of the words that leading nonprofits use to describe their work....

Stories from the Recession: Hired in '09

Commongood Careers  |  January 27, 2010

The recession that began in December 2007 has grown into the longest stretch of high unemployment in the past quarter century. The Bureau of Labor Statistics' November 2009 data shows that nearly 8 million jobs have been lost during the recession. There has been much discussion about the face of unemployment in America, but there has been little attention paid to successful job seekers. What set them apart? What did they do differently? Here are four profiles of professionals, each at a different stage in their career, who have successfully secured new positions during the recession.....

Constituent Today, Staff Tomorrow

Commongood Careers  |  December 31, 2009

Some of the most valuable staff roles at a nonprofit are filled by constituents such as former volunteers, corps members, fellows, alumni, and clients; this article will guide you on how to translate your demonstrated commitment to an organization into a paid job there....

Nonprofit Career Profile: Fundraising and Development

Commongood Careers  |  November 18, 2009

Development professionals looking to move to the next level in their careers need the right mix of experience and education; this article explores the qualifications and experience needed to get ahead....

Uncommon Talent: Impacting Early Literacy, One Book at a Time

Commongood Careers  |  October 14, 2009

Earl Martin Phalen, CEO of national early literacy program Reach Out and Read, describes how the program meshes pediatric care and reading to help children and their parents be prepared for that first day of kindergarten....