|Down below is my list of favorite internet shortcuts to job sites and search firms.
This is another area of my site where I'd especially appreciate corrections or suggestions about places to look or
recruit, so let me know if you have either!
Having not so long ago been on the job hunt myself, I re-arranged these by richness of offerings.
See the bottom for a few I have not had time to analyze & describe yet.
And I just added a "Death of Manners" rant to my Screeds page. :-)
Date / Freshness: these links could have deteriorated some. They are a couple years old, but most times will get you
close to the right sub-page within a site. Mea culpa update work is in my queue.
|General Prospect Research & Screening Tips
|First off, Guidestar is invaluable in the job search. You must sign up, but it's free, and you can pull a
copy of the nonprofit's Form 990 (if they are a 501(c)(3) public charity). From the 990 you can tell what
You might also be interested in looking them up on Charity Navigator or Wise Giving Alliance, but
frankly I'm a little sick of the sanctimoniousness of these self-appointed watchdogs, I'm not sure
they're good for the sector, either. Finally, of course, once you get serious, don't fail to run names of
organizations and leaders through Google, Google News, the press (SFGate.com) and Google
Finally, searching on the website of your State for the corporate status can show you some detail
about whether the entity is active and in good standing. In California, that site is
|Job Listing Sites
As with many parts of life in the Bay Area, Craigslist dominates in this area. And as always, it's fast,
and easy to search. In my case, I can search on keyword "finance" and can toggle between San
Francisco only, or all Bay Area (or click on the entire Jobs category, use keyword, and click on the
"non-profit" box and hope the searcher selected it). When I hire, though, I'm no longer so thrilled with
Craigslist because so many applicants dash off their materials with all kinds of errors and typos.
Other areas of Craigslist, such as buying and selling things, have begun to attract scammers.
Perhaps because of this, it also makes sense to check other sections of Craigslist with keyword
"nonprofit" (such as the Finance jobs section in my case); many employers seem to post there and
not in nonprofits.
YNPN, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, is a great source of hires, I know that much. When I
was hiring paralegals in the late 90's, we often found our best candidates here. YNPN has chapters
in other cities as well. The YNPN Career Center is searchable by Title, Position Type, Organization
Type, and Region. (Note: as of Dec 2009, and Sep 2010 the Career Center page appears broken).
Idealist.org is an international site intended to activate potential applicants and NGO professionals
and not just for job searching. They recently made the job searching a little harder to use, but not
impossible. The link above gets you to advanced search which offers the usual variables.
Back in the day, Opportunity Knocks was called Opportunity NOCs ("Nonprofit Organization
Classifieds) and it rocked! (Still does!) It was *the* site for Bay Area nonprofit jobs (and before the
web was a newsletter you could subscribe to). It was sponsored by the Management Center, a local
C3 "management service organization" like CompassPoint (see my Resources - Technical
Assistance page). When Management Center folded, Opportunity NOCs was one of its only viable
assets and it sold it to a charity in Georgia which seems to be doing a good job of running it, and
developing it as a national site. It now boasts many of the best and most comprehensive listings in
California. Searchable by Location (nicely implemented on location), Keywords, Category (org type),
Function, and Pay Range(!) (Pay Range doesn't often work because employers are shy of disclosure).
|NCG Job Bank
Northern California Grantmakers, NCG, is the primary association of grantmakers, both private
foundations and public charities. Foundations can be difficult to work for, so do your due diligence!
This service provided by the Foundation Center (libraries in several cities including San Francisco -
(see my Resources - Information & Publications page) - is growing and has a nice list of offerings.
You know an employer is on the ball with their search when they get their job on here and not just on
Craigslist and one of the other usual suspects. Janet Camarena, director of the San Francisco
Foundation Center (along with her whole staff), is a nonprofit sector treasure!
On my Resources - Information & Publications page, I virtually PRESCRIBE Chronicle of a subscriber
(right?), then you'll have no problem accessing these listings, which are only open (I think - cookies
and all - they pop right up for me) to subscribers. As one might predict, the positions are skewed
towards development, but it's a good list, and national if you're getting itchy about moving.
REDF is part of the new wave of "social venture" funders but is by all accounts very thoughtful and they
use their page to post openings not just at REDF but also at the charities they support.
Net Impact works to encourage social responsibility in business. It is a paid-access-only site that I
have not accessed, but expect that for a fairly nominal membership fee, you can find for-profit
business jobs with organizations that are managing for the "triple bottom line" of social responsibility.
|CAN - California
I wish that somehow CAN were more robust on these listings, but it's worth a quick check. This is a
link to their main page, but it's not hard to find the job seekers listings (at this writing, 4 jobs total).
Society of Association
ASAE seems to be the new full name of what was once the American Society of Association
Executives. This is a good source of Trade Association jobs, which are famous for paying well but
serving rather narrow interests (by definition). Searchable by Industry (Org Type), Category (job field),
never know, and did I say "pay well?"
I haven't a clue who these folks are, but occasionally this site produces a local job that's not listed
anywhere else(!). Searchable by location, member organization (it must be a sort of trade
association of nonprofits), primary skill, title, and keyword.
Opportunity Finance Network used to be called National Community Capital Association and I think
before that used to be called the National Association of Community Development Loan Funds
(branding and re-branding over-fascination?...or am I just living too long?). This is a good site for
economic and community development jobs, all over, but often interesting ones in the Bay Area. It is
the leading association of Community Development Financial Institutions ("CDFI") so I guess an
obsession with branding might bo with the territory.
|Courtney J. Meyer, Menlo Partners Staffing
Courtney works across industries, placing finance, H.R. and admin folks of all stripes;
she has a good sense of organizational nuance, is seemingly honest, and aware of
finance & accounting searches & temps, not just nonprofit; current searches not shown
impressive list of "selected" active searches; San Francisco focus
finance & accounting searches & interim, not just nonprofit; current searches not shown
Lori Lam, Robert Half International (Oakland Office)
www.roberthalf.com, email is firstname.lastname at roberthalf.com
insightful Robert Half accounting & finance recruiter with strong interest in nonprofits
assortment of nonprofit jobs, some in Bay Area, some East Coast
Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group
occasional San Francisco jobs; mostly NE US; good job seeker advice whitepapers
nonprofit executives; national; current searches not shown
used to have a San Francisco office; appears that Mark Oppenheim left under his new
The 360 Group
good representation & reputation among SF funders; pretty good list; very cold
responsiveness to me, but perhaps that was my fault. Note: as of 12.29.09 the site is
down; it says "temporarily disabled" so I have not removed the listing
|City and County of San Francisco
University of California at San Francisco (San Francisco's largest employer)
ABAG - Association of Bay Area Governments
|Specific Interesting Employers
organization and expanding, now formed as "Alliance Member Services" or some such.
Alliance for Justice http://www.allianceforjustice.org/about_AFJ/jobs/index.html
Alliance for Justice is the voice in Washington for progressive nonprofits and they do some of the best
work around (see Resources - Information & Publications page). This links to their own job openings
and they in turn link to each of their progressive member organizations. AFJ's California staff has
been growing from one to now three or so.
|Jobs Search - Nonprofit Sector
|New Job list ideas (thanks be to Ruth Masterson)
|My dear friend and former cohort Ruth Masterson (now at the Association of Small Foundations on at least an interim basis) provided her
own working search list as a supplement. She's on the East Coast and is a nonprofit international policy maven, so these are a little
different. I will eventually digest and annotate them. For now it's a raw list with some overlap, and no live links (you'll need to cut and
paste or google). I haven't decided if I'll keep the DC-centric sites.
Associated Grantmakers http://www.agmconnect.org/jobs/
Board Source http://www.boardsource.org/AboutUs.asp?ID=25
Chronicle of Philanthropy http://philanthropy.com/jobs/80/
Community Career Center http://www.nonprofitjobs.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=main.sjob
Council on Foundations http://www.cof.org/Network/jobdescriplist.cfm?navItemNumber=2218
Forum of Regional Association of Grantmakers http://www.givingforum.org/about/jobs.html
Foundation Center http://fdncenter.org/pnd/jobs/
Independent Sector http://www.independentsector.org/members/joblink.html
National Council on Nonprofit Associations http://www.ncna.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.viewPage&pageId=139
Nonprofit Career Network http://www.nonprofitcareer.com/resource/searchdb/searchdb.cfm?
Nonprofit Jobs Cooperative http://www.nonprofitjobscoop.org/searchJobs
Nonprofit Oyster http://careers.nonprofitoyster.com/c/search.cfm?site_id=78
One World http://us.oneworld.net/job/list/professional//?JobTitle=&CareerSector=11&CountryBasedIn%5B%5D=-1&RestrictPackage=0&Search=Search
Opportunity NOCs http://www.opportunityknocks.org
Philanthropy Journal Online http://www.philanthropyjournal.org/page15412.cfm
Professionals for Nonprofits http://www.nonprofitstaffing.com/search_jobs.asp
Urban Institute http://jobs-urban.icims.com/urban_jobs/jobs/candidate/job.jsp?jobid=1309&mode=view
Soros Foundations/Open Society http://www.soros.org/about/careers
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers http://www.washingtongrantmakers.org/WG/Employment/Nonprofit/Nonprofit_Index.asp
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www.ServiceLeader.org - resources for volunteers and those who manage them. Surveys, job lists. Also information about “Virtual
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www.VolunteerMatch.org - Enter your zip code and get matched with local Non-Profits who need you. Free for volunteers.
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I had this posted under recruiters, below, and with the description "development oriented recruiters'
resource," but as of 12.29.09 it looks more like a regular job board serving the nonprofit sector so I
moved it up to this section, and as of 9.10 even further up! Decent selection, and some jobs not
How to find a good
|Blue Avocado (see my External Resources / Information page), has published a great, short 21-
question Nonprofit Bookkeeping Test to help with hiring and sorting out who really knows the field.
What's particularly great about it is that the 'answer key' is framed in terms of where the person being
between "staff accountant" and mere "bookkeeper" but some folks equate "accountant" with CPA).
(Of course one downside of my posting this, as one waggish colleague of mine writes at the end of
>I especially like that this is multiple-choice, which might help weed out folks in a first round. I have a
few standard questions that I ask people to get a sense of their level, from basic stuff like accruing an
expense and splitting mortgage payments between interest and principal to more advanced stuff like
cost allocations and temporarily restricted net assets. But I like that this whips through a lot of topics
quickly. Of course, soon every bookkeeper in America will have seen this specific iteration….<
And for some of my best searches, for senior positions, I have gotten great use from essay questions
to those who make the first "cut," because ability to write clearly and on-demand is part of financial
management. This test is not the final or only answer, but is a great way to screen for knowledge
about specialized nonprofit accounting theory (and some general accounting theory mixed in).
|ultimate success in the position, and have articles here for download (with attribution - from various
1. (the best of all three here): Fernando M. Tarnogol's excellent, pithy & concise "The 10 Most
Common Job Interview Questions And The Reasons You Should Not Use Them",
2. "The Eight Types of Interview Questions" from some site called CollegeGrad.com that I found
through the Google, and for the really geeky of you, what I bet is the underlying research to the above
3. "The Validity of Employment Interviews: A Comprehensive Review and Meta-Analysis," McDaniel
et al, Journal of Applied Psychology, 1994.
|Interviewing is an Art
What questions are
predictive of actual
success once a
candidate is hired?
This is a project of the recruitment arm of Bridgespan, a relatively new player in the nonprofit world,
coming from the bigtime consultancy world (offshoot of Bain and Company). The Bridgespan Group
site also contains useful, thoughtful articles on the evolving role of the CFO.