Nonprofit Career Guide Helps Young Professionals Find Meaningful Work

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Nonprofit organizations need talented, creative people to lead and serve in nearly all areas of social, political and economic life. The Nonprofit Career Guide: How to Land a Job That Makes a Difference, offers practical strategies for gaining employment -- and recruiting new leaders -- in this vast, diverse sector.

It would be difficult to exaggerate the impact that the nonprofit sector plays in the United States

Young professionals hoping to make a difference in their careers now have an unprecedented, definitive resource for navigating the expansive nonprofit sector. The Nonprofit Career Guide: How to Land a Job That Makes a Difference, by Shelly Cryer, is the most comprehensive, up to date resource for anyone interested in employment in the nonprofit world.

The nonprofit sector currently employs nearly 14 million Americans -- 11 percent of the U.S. workforce -- and may need as many as 600,000 new leaders over the coming decade as today's leaders retire. With the increase in opportunities, and the need for talent, employee recruitment efforts and compensation packages have risen to levels previously reserved for the public or private sector.

"Charities, foundations, businesses, and governments all need to realize how our communities will suffer if nonprofit groups are not able to continue to attract dedicated workers. Many local economies depend on nonprofit organizations to provide job opportunities and attract businesses," says American Humanics President Kala Stroup. "This guide couldn't have come at a more critical time as nonprofits consider the future health of the sector's workforce and their ability to cultivate diverse, prepared, and passionate leaders."

"The Nonprofit Career Guide" provides information and specific strategies suitable for anyone, at any point in his or her career, with specific material for those entering the workforce for the first time. Its clear picture of the nonprofit landscape will also benefit educators who teach and lecture about the sector and those who provide career counseling.

Cryer offers a thorough analysis of the nonprofit sector, its growth in prominence and scope, and highlights future trends. "It would be difficult to exaggerate the impact that the nonprofit sector plays in the United States," says Cryer, adding, "Nonprofit organizations support and strengthen nearly all arenas of social, political and economic life, and operate on international, national and local levels."

As a sound, step-by-step road map for the job seeker's journey, the book includes how-to advice about job research, networking, search strategies, writing cover letters and crafting resumes, as well as keys to successful interviewing and compensation negotiation. "The Nonprofit Career Guide" gives honest information about positions in senior management, program and service delivery, administration and finance, development and fundraising, marketing, communications and consulting -- including sample job descriptions.

In addition to the road map, "The Nonprofit Career Guide" offers a sense of the size, scope, number and range of work opportunities in the nine main categories of nonprofits. Through profiles of nineteen nonprofit professionals, in positions at many different levels from organizations around the country, readers learn what their jobs are really like, what they look for when recruiting staff, and their perspectives on who excels in their type of work.

"'The Nonprofit Career Guide' details all the decisions and steps to finding the right job with the right organization," according to Bill Bentley, President and CEO, Voices for America's Children. "It provides practical advice and offers a pathway for making a career of making a difference."

About the Book
The Nonprofit Career Guide: How to Land a Job That Makes a Difference, by Shelly Cryer
Publication date: 5/26/08
ISBN 978-0-940069-59-6
Order No. 069596
Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5
300 pages
$16.95 (Discounts are available on bulk orders.)
Published by Fieldstone Alliance in collaboration with American Humanics
To order, visit or call 1-800-274-6024.

About the Author
Shelly Cryer is the founder of the Initiative for Nonprofit Sector Careers, a research and advocacy project begun in 2002 and now housed at American Humanics. The project launched the national Nonprofit Sector Workforce Coalition and through this and other programs works to cultivate a skilled, prepared, and diverse next generation of nonprofit sector leadership. Shelly's initial research was funded by The Forbes Funds and conducted in partnership with New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Shelly received a Master of International Affairs, with a concentration in public health, from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in 1997. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Duke University in 1989.

About the Publisher
Fieldstone Alliance publishes practical books--with a focus on nonprofit effectiveness, funder effectiveness, and community building. They also provide in-depth consulting expertise to help organizations, collaboratives, networks, and intermediaries with organizational assessment, management planning, stakeholder analysis, and implementation of capacity-building efforts to increase results and impact. Web visitors will find many free reports on a variety of nonprofit and community development issues. Visitors will also find back issues of "Tools You Can Use" a monthly e-newsletter which contains free management tools and ideas from their books. Visit:


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