Last month, I had the opportunity to share my expertise in nonprofit careers in GDH Consulting's Expert Interview series, a resource geared to IT professionals. An excerpt of the interview is below:
How do jobs in the nonprofit sector differ from for-profit jobs?
Many jobs in the nonprofit sector are actually quite similar to those in corporations. Like their for-profit counterparts, nonprofits need marketing, accounting, communications and IT staff, as well as other professionals who help the organization run efficiently. While a corporation will have a sales team, a nonprofit will employ professionals to work in their fundraising/development departments. These roles have similar functions to those of a sales team - developing relationships, meeting or exceeding goals, and maintaining budgets.
One of the main differences you'll find in the nonprofit sector is that in many cases, passion trumps skill when it comes to hiring. After speaking with many nonprofit hiring managers, I've learned that most of them make a hire due to the candidate's passion for the organization's mission and cause - the work that they do to make the world a better place. Most managers say that the skills - particularly the hard skills - can be taught, but the passion cannot be. It has to already exist within the individual...
For the full interview, continue reading on GDH Consulting.
By Victoria Crispo