In the nonprofit sector, there are many opportunities to work for causes that matter to you while also earning an income. Many nonprofits are constantly exploring ways to become more diverse and inclusive. Some of their strategies include developing a diverse pool of candidates for job positions, considering how to recruit and retain individuals of color, and creating a welcoming environment that values a variety of perspectives. Specifically, many nonprofits are looking to incorporate the perspective of individuals of color as staff members. There are many opportunities for you to get involved in the nonprofit sector in a staff capacity.
List of Resources
You can find information about jobs that are available in the Metro Denver nonprofit sector through the following resources.
- Colorado Nonprofit Association's nonprofit job board (http://www.coloradononprofits.org/)
- Council on Foundations (http://www.cof.org/)
- Idealist (http://www.idealist.org/)
- OpportunityKnocks.org (http://www.opportunityknocks.org/)
- Regis University's nonprofit job board (http://www.regis.edu/)
- Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group's free monthly newsletter, filled with helpful tips, a feature article covering a topic central to your nonprofit job search, announcements of new job searches they are conducting, as well as information regarding their job seeker consulting services, to more than 17,000 job seekers. This newsletter is meant to help you in your search, it will always be free, and you can sign up at www.nonprofitprofessionals.com/newsletter_sign_up.htm
Tips for Finding a Job
- Think about your transferable skills. Simply put, what are the skills that you have acquired during any experience in your life -- jobs, school, parenting, hobbies, sports, etc. -- that are transferable and applicable to what you may want to do professionally. For example, being personable, writing effectively, communicating with diverse audiences, working in a team environment, and strong speaking ability are all skills that can help you be successful in the nonprofit work environment.
- Consider nonprofits doing work in your area of interest. Check job boards for opening positions. Ask yourself how a nonprofit will help you give back to your community and help you gain valuable skills.
- Practice your interviewing skills - practice makes perfect. Keep your résumé up to date - include past job and volunteer experience in the nonprofit sector. Write an engaging cover letter - it helps to paint a fuller picture of who you are and what you can contribute to an organization.
- Interview the organizations. Interviewing is a two-way street. Employers will ask you questions to see if you are a good fit for their organization. Interviewing is also a good opportunity for you to ask questions of them to make sure their organization is the right place for you.
- Consider your professional goals. How can an organization help you achieve your goals and support your professional development?
- If you are applying for a position, ask how the position is being funded.