Career insight

  • [How I Work] Connecting the dots with students, staff, and a new Chicago office
    It’s a challenge managing a network of school partnerships for the D.C. metro public school system – add a second city, and this complex job can get considerably more involved.
  • Beth Kanter,an internationally-acclaimed trainer, speaker, and author, most recently of The Happy Healthy Nonprofit has tips on better self-care, just in time for the hectic holidays.
  • Add volunteering to your job search efforts: It can give you the exposure and advantage you need to get a job somewhere you love.
  • Author and coach John C. Maxwell asserts that "leadership is influence": influence on your team, your peers, and, ultimately, on your organization. But how do you gain influence? Maxwell’s 5 Levels of Leadership outlines a step-by-step guide to follow.
  • Congratulations, you've been promoted into a management role. So, what happens next? Just because you have the new job title doesn't always mean you're ready to be an effective leader. Here, Work for Good CEO Karen Beavor shares 7 mental shifts you need to make in order to conquer a tricky career...
  • At The Samfund, Chief Operations Officer means balancing the long view and the day-to-day—making sure programs are efficient and effective, collaborating with the team on strategy, and figuring out how to help even more people overcome the financial aftermath of cancer treatment.
  • At the national headquarters of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the organization’s Senior Talent Acquisition Strategist looks for job candidates with the flexibility to succeed in a quick-moving, always-adapting enterprise, and the values to uphold organizational standards of integrity, accountabi...
  • For nonprofit employees, it’s an ongoing challenge to weigh the benefits of committing to a cause-driven organization, given the budgets and resources of their for-profit counterparts. If a for-profit can buy the interest of job-seekers with a better salary, how does a cause-driven organization c...
  • At an organization raising funds for kids through not one, but two, annual bicycle races—involving a total of 255 miles and 575 cyclists—it takes sensitive leadership and hawk-eyed attention to detail to be Bike Tour Director and Producer.
  • Being the Associate Director of Education at a children’s theater is a matter of developing curricula, prepping artists to become teachers, and writing material for both in-class programs and on-stage performances.
  • Doing your homework, articulating your commitment, and a few other tips for making a positive impression from the Chief People Officer at KIPP New Jersey, where staffers count freedom, professional development, and a celebration billed “The Best Night of Your Life!” among the benefits.
  • When you’re a Service and Volunteerism Manager, you’re not just responsible for directing the volunteer experience, but for understanding departmental needs, building cross-sector relationships, and even managing grants.
  • A faith-based organization with an entrepreneurial approach to fighting poverty looks for people with kindness, flexibility, and enthusiasm, then rewards them with the same.
  • You know you need a mentor, but you may not know how to get one. Don’t be daunted: Aaron Hurst, guru of the Purpose Economy, says that your next mentor is probably closer than you realize.
  • There are many reasons for seeking a mentor. Purpose Economy guru Aaron Hurst outlines four types, each answering a different set of career challenges. Which one is right for you?
  • Consider yourself inspiring? Don’t be afraid to get profound. Got a strong sense of humor? Feel free to crack wise. Build your reputation online, taking the lead of social media guru Beth Kanter.
  • National 4-H Council, the nonprofit fundraising and marketing partner of the nation’s largest youth development organization, has committed itself to building the best workplace possible, with a board of directors just as interested in employee engagement as its Senior Vice President, Talent and ...
  • Social media provides an easy connection—and in some cases, instant interaction—with other leaders in your field. Start a conversation: it’s fast and effective, especially with help from guru Beth Kanter.
  • Lauren Banta Holloway has been serving as Associate Director, Individual Giving for the North Texas Food Bank since 2013, helping raise the annual budget ($19.6 million in 2016) that funds Food Bank operations. We spoke to her over the phone from her Dallas offices.