Nonprofit Hiring Best Practices

December 7, 2016

Nonprofit Hiring Best Practices

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The hiring process in the nonprofit sector can be quite challenging. Every nonprofit needs a resilient, loyal and solid team in order to thrive and be successful. Many nonprofit managers lack the time and resources it takes to hire qualified candidates which makes the recruiting process more demanding than necessary. Here are few tips to help guide a nonprofit manager’s hiring process.

The right process + patience yields best result

Finding the right candidate that’s a good fit for your organization is a process that takes time and should not be rushed. Beyond having the necessary professional capabilities, the ideal candidate generates mutual benefits when they’re a perfect cultural fit for your organization. Being patient and taking time to attract and hire a suitable, qualified candidate is vital to building an organization for the long run.

Cast a wide net

Utilize all available resources to reach as many potential candidates as possible. Reach into your current network of donors, friends, and clients, use social media, and post on targeted employment websites and professional job boards to spread the word about an exciting employment opportunity.

Have a clear job description

Identify the organization’s needs and craft a precise job description. Include pertinent information such as title, reporting structure, purpose of the position, responsibilities and daily activities, required skills and company background information. Don’t forget to highlight the benefits of working for your nonprofit.

Make promoting a current employee or volunteer a priority

Responsible, loyal organizations will look internally before searching for outside candidates. Not only is this option cost effective, it rewards individuals dedicated to the cause and boosts overall morale.

For a nonprofit organization to thrive indefinitely, it must build a solid collection of nonprofit leaders, change makers and influencers within their staff.

We hope these tips help when hiring your next nonprofit superstar!

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