Nonprofit organizations work to assist those in need, improve their community, and change life for the better around the world. It could be medical research to cure disease, providing aid after a disaster, feeding the less fortunate, or one of many other worthy causes. Regardless of the reason, to make these positive changes happen, nonprofit organizations must make money, invest properly, and meet government nonprofit regulations.
As a manager in a nonprofit organization you are ultimately responsible for implementing successful business practices within the company. It’s a rewarding position where you can feel good about what you’re doing while leading a company to success in this unique business model. Managerial positions in the nonprofit industry vary from standard positions in human resources, marketing, and finance, to specialized positions in departments like fundraising, event planning and research and development. Working in a nonprofit can prepare you for positions in many different types of business settings.
Responsibilities of a nonprofit manager can include
- Leadership – Like any business, nonprofit organizations need knowledgeable and experienced leaders who can inspire confidence in employees and make informed and ethical decisions.
- Unique Business – Depending on what type of nonprofit you’re involved with will determine your direct managerial responsibilities. It’s not uncommon to have to deal directly with sponsors, researchers, other companies, and the public while working towards fundraising goals or major company events.
- Human Resources –The wide variety of nonprofit organizations and the broad scope of work being done makes the HR department of a nonprofit company a unique place. Finding the right candidates for employment is an integral part of achieving success.
- Marketing – Nonprofit organizations must raise money to support their work. Marketing plays a major role in increasing public awareness and in the fundraising effort. A good marketing campaign can make a major difference in the bottom line.
- Ethical Decision Making – Work in a nonprofit organization must remain ethical and in the best interest of the cause. When donations are involved, managers must make sure they get to their intended destination.
- Additional Responsibilities – Team building, event planning, marketing campaign development and implementation, finance, accounting, adhering to government regulations and more.