Career Path: Nonprofit Administration

Want to make a difference? Passionate about a cause or organization? Pursue a purposeful career in nonprofit administration.

​​​​​​​What Does a Career in Nonprofit Administration Look Like?

You will organize events, recruit and direct volunteers, and build relationships with donors to fundraise and establish partnerships with businesses and supporters. Nonprofit administration typically involves running communications and public relations efforts and planning, directing and execution of volunteer efforts. You may also be in charge of financial planning, including responsibilities associated with accounting, fundraising, and allocation of funds. 

Professionals working in nonprofit administration typically do the following:

  • Build a public image of the nonprofit through public relations, social media, press and community relationships.
  • Network with community, business and government partners.
  • Recruit, interview, train and supervise volunteers and staff.
  • Manage financial aspects of the business, including fundraising.
  • Research, analyze and influence policy.
  • Mobilize volunteers and community partners.
  • Organize and oversee events.

You will find that your day-to-day responsibilities vary consistently. Different nonprofits serve different populations and have varying levels of funding, so you may find yourself wearing many hats, or you may have volunteers or staff to which you can delegate. 

What Are the Most Common Nonprofit Administration Job Titles?

When working in this field, you will probably find employment opportunities with one or more of the following job titles:

  • Community Organizer
  • Nonprofit Director
  • Nonprofit Manager
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Director of Volunteer Outreach
  • Fundraiser
  • Volunteer Resource Manager
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Development Director
  • Program Manager or Director
  • Advocacy Director
  • Community Relations Director
  • Marketing Manager or Director
  • Communications Specialist 
  • Executive Director

What Education is Required to Work in Nonprofit Administration?

The vast majority of employers require a bachelor’s degree, but some only require an associate’s degree or certificate. In some cases, a master’s degree will also be expected. You will need to demonstrate leadership capabilities and the ability to work independently. You should have deep knowledge of communications, business principles, volunteerism, finance, and organizational skills. 

What is the Employment Outlook for this Career Path?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for those working in nonprofit organizations is growing at a rate of 10% per year, which is faster than the average rate. North Carolina leads the way, with a job opportunity forecast of 15%. 

As of 2016, nonprofit social and community managers earned a median salary of $62,740, public relations managers earned a median salary of $101,510, and fundraisers earned a median salary of $54,130.
Looking for nonprofit job listings or internships? Explore Idealist.org and the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits to find nonprofit internships and job opportunities near you. 

Ready to Get Started?

If you’ve always wanted to work for a nonprofit, a degree in Leadership in the Public Sector is the perfect foundation for this rewarding career path. Apply today to get started.

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