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The Riley Guide: Sites with Job Listings

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Job Listings

job title, keywords
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jobs by job search electronic directory of foundations and other charitable services
...a searchable directory of information on charitable organizations, provided by Philanthropic Research Inc. of Virginia. Enter a keyword in the "QuickSearch" at the bottom of the page to start, or select the Advanced Search to enter more information. You will get back a short list of organizations that match your search terms, but you must be a member to review the full reports. Basic registration is free; more advanced services and products will be charged a fee. They have reports on over 700,000 organizations, including information from the Form 990 filed with the IRS, links to websites, and information provided by the nonprofits themselves.
Global Impact
...A coalition of the US's leading international relief and development organizations. Browse by type of agency or regional location or read a list of all members. Nice feature is each profile includes the organization's overhead, so you know how much of your money goes into the field., Action without Borders
...huges list of nonprofit organizations online. Search by name or browse by location worldwide. Check out their job board, listed under Job Listing Sources for Nonprofits, below.
Nonprofit Leadership Alliance
...offers the only national nonprofit management leadership credential developed with, and recognized by, the nonprofit sector. The National Certification in Nonprofit Management/Leadership and the corresponding CNP (Certified Nonprofit Professional) designation identifies an individual as having a specialized skill-set in nonprofit organizational management and leadership. Interested in a job in this field? They have links to the job boards of their member organizations.
The NonProfit Times
.. an online version of the monthly newspaper for the nonprofit industry with selected articles and the classified ads from the print edition. You will also find several special resources here, such as their Salary Survey and the NPT Power and Influence Top 50, a list of the real movers and shakers for the past year. Job seekers will want to review their job listings, easily accessed through the search box on the left. We also have it linked with our Job Listing Sources for Nonprofits, below.
"The Official Master List of Non-Profit Events, Galas, and Benefits." Yes, you can search their directory for events sponsored by groups you'd like to support, but you can also use it to find groups that interest you and make an initial connection to members and supporters.

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Salary / Compensation Guides

Charity Navigator's Annual CEO Compensation Study
This is a good overview of CEO pay in the nonprofit sector but also offers advice to contributors on how to judge a nonprofit by how it treats its CEO. (Mega-benefits are not good.)
Bluewater Nonprofit Solutions
...provides compensation and benefits reports along with other customized surveys for nonprofit groups. Individuals who register for their free Email Newsletter & Nonprofit Resources have the opportunity to download free compensation report Nonprofit Jobs That Pay $50,000 or More.
The General Salary Guides will have additional resources.

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Executive Search Firms

AWP Group
..."connects postsecondary institutions, not for profit organizations, and related companies with people that share core values and contribute to the successful accomplishment of mission and vision." Their current searches include higher-ed administration, online faculty, department chairs, and directors and executives for non-profit organizations with a social service mission. Qualified candidates may submit their resumes to the email address noted.
The Bridgespan Group
Founded in 2000, the Bridgespan Group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps nonprofit and philanthropic leaders in the hard work of developing strategies and building organizations that inspire and accelerate social change. Part of the service they offer to such organizations is executive search, and you can review a list of their current searches and submit your credentials in response to any listing that interests you.
Based in New York City, BSBsearch offers retained executive search services based on wide-ranging experience in the not-for-profit sector. Highly qualified persons interested in exploring new opportunities are welcome to review a partial list of past placements and submit their qualifications for consideration in future searches.
Capability Company
...based in North Carolina, this retained search firm works with nonprofit organizations to help them hire the right talent for the job. They have some current searches listed on their site along with a long list of successful placements. Qualified candidates are welcome to submit a resume for consideration in future searches, and all are welcome to sign up for their free monthly ezine as well as announcements of new searches.
Commongood Careers
...established by a group of nonprofit professionals who wanted to create a better way for nonprofits to find the talent they need (and for talented professionals to find a role in the nonprofit world), this retained search firm offers affordable search services for nonprofits of all sizes and budgets. They work to source and place personnel at every level, from support staff through senior managers, and in every functional area (e.g. development, finance, management). Job seekers can review their current list of searches, and you are welcome to submit an application for each listing that interests you. (Yes, if you see 3 positions for which you are perfect, you need to submit 3 applications.) Don't see anything right now? You may submit an application to their General Talent Pool for future consideration. Commongood Careers is located in Boston but recruits for clients all over the US. Check out this marvelous article on their site titled Meeting the Nonprofit: Ten Interviewing Tips.
Dewey & Kaye (a division of ParenteBeard LLC)
This firm offers strategy development, planning, financial sustainability, facilitation, training and executive search services to the nonprofit industry. Qualified candidates interested in being considered as a candidate in their retained search engagements may submit a resume according to the instructions on the JobsWatch page. Other job seekers interested in opportunities in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia can review their current list of postings in the JobsWatch database, send an email requesting a free subscription to their twice-monthly Mosaic enewsletter, or follow their Twitter feed.
DRG: Development Resource Group
"Executive Search Consultants for the Nonprofit sector." Established in 1987, DRG "is committed to recruiting nonprofit executives who possess the experience and leadership qualities necessary to help nonprofit organizations manage change." Qualified candidates can review their list of current searches and submit a resume for consideration along with a cover letter outlining your own interests and needs, such as what types of organizations and positions interest you most and if you may have relocation issues.
...executive and senior management positions in nonprofit, public sector and socially conscious organizations. Other search firms and 3rd party recruiters from around the world also post here. Check the list of industries covered.
Himmelfarb Group
...a boutique executive search firm located in Chicago helping local, regional, and national public interest organizations find, recruit, and hire the talent they need to achieve their missions. "Our clients work in many arenas including arts and culture, education and education reform, social services, public health, housing and economic development, children and families, the environment, local food systems, and issues of urban poverty; many are involved in efforts to advance social justice." They have several current searches listed, and welcome your resume in response to a specific search. They welcome contact from highly qualified professionals interested in new opportunities, but please understand they will not respond to your resume unless you are someone they wish to consider for a search.
Howe-Lewis International
... a specialty executive search firm dedicated to the healthcare and not-for-profit communities. This women-owned firm was founded in New York City in 1975 and serves a national client base that includes colleges and universities, academic and community medical centers, cultural arts institutions, and advocacy and community-based organizations. You can review a short list of current search assignments and submit your resume for a specific listing, or if you know of someone who would be a good fit they'd like you to let him or her know about the opportunity. They welcome your resume for consideration in future searches.
Koya Leadership Partners
...based in Newburyport, MA, this is a national retained search firm focused on the nonprofit sector. They work nationally (and internationally) to find the best candidates for their clients. Qualified candidates can visit their website to review current searches and submit a resume for consideration or just contact the firm for more information.
m/Oppenheim Associates
"Our teams find great leaders for great nonprofit organizations." Their list of clients/past searches is impressive, as is their selected list of current searches. Yes, they are happy to receive resumes/CVs from highly qualified individuals interested in pursuing new opportunities. m/Oppenheim Associates is based in San Francisco but handles placements across the US.
The Moran Company
"The Moran Company specializes in recruiting executive directors and senior-level fundraisers for nonprofits. In fact, these are the only kind of searches we do." You can review a list of recently completed searches as well as a few current searches. Nonprofit and fundraising professionals will appreciate the library of articles and documents under the "Free Resources" tag in the left column. They are happy to receive to receive resumes from qualified candidates at any time, but they will only contact you if you meet the specifications for a contracted search they are handling.
Non-Profit Personnel Network
...based in Southfield, MI, this retained executive search firm specializes in working with nonprofit organizations and institutions across the US, helping them to fill mid- to exeutive-level positions with the right people. You can review some of their current searches online and submit a resume for consideration via their website. While many of their searches are in Michigan, they are not limited to this area.
Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group executive search firm for nonprofit organizations. "We work worldwide with mission-driven client organizations in the nonprofit, academic, and public sectors, as well as with the job seekers who serve them. For organizations, we offer executive search and leadership transition services. For candidates, we provide leadership development, job search strategy creation, and resume/cover letter assistance." Job seekers can examine their portfolio of clients, review a short list of current searches and, if qualified, submit a resume for consideration. You are also welcome review services they might contract from the NPAG (including resume and interview preparation as well as outplacement services), read their free Helpful Advice section, sign up for their free e-newsletters, and contact them with any questions.
Slesinger Management Services
Established in 1999, this is an executive search firm that helps nonprofit organizations in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area recruit talented people for senior management and leadership positions. While he may source candidates from around the world, the jobs are in the DC area. Job seekers can review a list of completed searches, look at announcements of active searches, and sign up for Slesinger JobAlerts, his free announcements of new searches. I encourage you to look over his section For Job Seekers and take note of the articles on Best Websites for the Nonprofit Sector and Why Qualified Candidates Don't Always Get the Best Jobs (hint -- when in doubt, follow directions).

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Job Listing Sources for Nonprofits

CareerCenter, ASAE and The Center for Leadership
... ASAE allows you to search their job database, post a resume, check on careers in associations, or request a critique of your resume for a fee. Job seekers will also want to check out the ASAE's great resources under Directories and Networking Opportunities to get a career started right.
The American Red Cross
This portal for all jobs with the American Red Cross allows you to search for current opportunities in their worldwide operations. Yes, they maintain field offices in other countries plus post announcements in countries where they have current programs in operation, such as Haiti. You do not need to fill out all the selections. Leave everything "as is" and just hit Search to see all of their listings, or select a country and hit Search to see all listings for that location (in some cases only local applicants will be considered). Full time and part time positions are included. To apply you will need to establish an account, but once this is done you can set up a job agent to notify you when openings that match your criteria are posted.
This initiative of the Bridgespan Group (listed under Executive Search Firms on this page) provides "a nonprofit management job board, content, and tools designed to help nonprofit organizations build strong leadership teams and individuals pursue career paths as nonprofit leaders." This free website posts full-time, part-time, and board of director positions at nonprofit or social enterprise organizations at a management or leadership level within the organization. You do not need to register in order to respond to the jobs posted here, but your free registration will permit you to create job alerts. They operate a nice discussion group on LinkedIn.
Center for an Urban Future
"The Center for an Urban Future is a public policy organization dedicated to improving the overall health of New York City and serving its long-term interests by targeting problems facing low-income and working-class neighborhoods in all five boroughs." You can read their many reports about issues in the city, but job seekers will also want to look at the wonderful Jobs & Classified area they host with numerous jobs in "New York's vibrant public service, nonprofit, social services, government, academic, organizing and arts sectors." Learn about the issues then find your place in the effort to make a difference!
Council on Foundations Career Center
The COF is a national nonprofit membership association of about 2100 grantmaking foundations and corporations, working to support the efforts of these organizations so they can continue to make a difference for others. This board lists numerous job openings with member and nonmember foundations. The board is open to all to use and view; you will need to register for a free account to store your resume here and/or use their Job Alert and Apply Now features, but most listings I reviewed included contact information for applications. Some very good management / senior management positions were listed at the time of review. Work for Us is a social entrepreneurship venture based in San Francisco, CA. The company was founded by Ben Rattray in the summer of 2005 to serve as the central platform informing and empowering movements for social change around the most important issues of our time.
Charity Channel
...discussion forums, book reviews, and a very nice job lead bank for nonprofits in the US. That job lead bank carries postings from executive recruiters as well as direct hires.
Community Career Center
...nonprofit jobs all over the US and ranking from support staff to chief toxicologist to executive directors.
Deep Sweep
...job board for positions in nonprofit organizations. Very nice selection of jobs. It is easy to search and to apply for positions found here, and the jobs seem very good. Jobs are divided into 6 section covering everything from Support Services to Education to Fundraising, but you can also search "All sections" or use keywords to find what you want. Nice feature -- find one job you like, and you can easily scan all other jobs in the same section or posted by the same employer. Free registration is not required to use this site, but if you do register your resume you can also set up a free job tracking and email alert service.
Dewey & Kaye JobsWatch
This division of ParenteBeard LLC offers business consulting and recruiting services to the nonprofit industry. Job seekers interested in nonprofit opportunities in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia can review their current list of postings in the JobsWatch database, send an email requesting a free subscription to their monthly Mosaic enewsletter, or follow their Twitter feed to learn about new opportunities.
The job site for, a global resource for non-profit, philanthropy and corporate social engagement professionals. The board lists numerous jobs in various nonprofit and philanthropic organizations across the US. Use of the site is free, and no registration is needed to apply for the positions listed. You can sign up for free custom job alerts.
Idealist from Action without Borders
...index of nonprofits from all over the world. They also host a career center that includes listings of nonprofit internships and consulting opportunities
JobLink from The Independent Sector
...Independent Sector is a national leadership forum, working to encourage philanthropy, volunteering, not-for-profit initiative and citizen action that help better serve people and communities. The JobLink lists jobs at member organizations across the country. All posting are active for 60 days; organizations may delete them earlier if a position is filled. Be sure to also look at the jobs available with IS itself.
Institute for Global Communications
.. a meta website for close to 400 member non profit organizations. Their link for job/volunteer opportunities takes you to the Idealist site listed above.
Nonprofit Career Network
... dedicated to the nonprofit sector of today's business and economic world. Their web site is a good source of information on nonprofit organizations and job and volunteer opportunities in the nonprofit sector. Job postings remain online until the employer notified NCN that the position has been filled.
NonProfit Connect: Careers (was The Council on Philanthropy)
...employment opportunities in nonprofit, educational, and government agencies located in the Midwest. At the time of review, this database was filled with good opportunities in numerous agencies and organizations in Kansas, Missouri, and other Midwest states. Nice note: the council reviews all listings and will reject any which do not meet their posting guidelines. The database sorts from newest to oldest. They also list internships under the In College tab.
NonProfitTimes (NPT Jobs) listed with this business publication for nonprofits. Excellent jobs too. You can search and review the jobs and much of the added resources as a visitor, but if you see a job for which you want to submit your resume, you must register (free). You can mark your resume "private" (meaning unsearchable).
...operating online since 1998, this is a leading source of nonprofit job listings for administrative, staff and professional positions. Founded by The Management Center (San Francisco, CA), this site is now operated by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.
Philanthropy News Digest: Jobs
A service of the Foundation Center, "PND's job board provides listings of current full-time job openings at U.S.-based foundations and nonprofit organizations." Jobs posted in the last 7 days are on the front page, organized by location, but at the time of review there were over 700 listings in the full database. You can search by keyword or browse by organization type, job function, or location, and the listings include fellowships and internships. Registration is not necessary to use the board nor apply to the jobs, but you can set up custom job alerts if you do register (free).
...job opportunities in professional associations and societies. While the bulk of the listings are provided by SimplyHired, this site also accepts (and gets) direct listings to its database which are then exported out to SimplyHired. You can browse by state or search by a combination of keyword, location, and distance from your current home. They've also already tagged a few Special Searches for popular locations and job categories so you don't need to repeat the basics.
...supporting "Canada's non-profit sector by connecting non-profits across the country with job seekers as well as suppliers of services and products." You can easily search the job listings, and filling out a free registration allows you to create an email alert service. No resume database.
Women in Government Relations has been relocated to Capitol Hill & Public Affairs

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Philanthropy / Fundraising / Grantmaking

APRA Career Center, the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement
APRA is an international organization for fundraisers (also called advancement researchers or prospect researchers) who specialize in research and information management. All visitors can view the job listings, and current professionals will appreciate the many resources provided by the association.
Association of Fundraising Professionals
"The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents more than 30,000 members in 225 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession." Their website includes information on their certification programs, resources to aid persons in this field, networking opportunities, and a job board.
CFRE International
"Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) International certifies fundraising professionals who demonstrate the knowledge, skills and commitment to the highest standards of ethical and professional practice in serving the philanthropic sector." You can learn about this voluntary program and the exam itself on the site.
Chronicle of Philanthropy Jobs
...employment opportunities, compensation news and trends, career information for those interested in fund raising, and much more.
Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers
There are 2 areas of the site you want to review. First, the Career Center features a short list of jobs posted with the association, along with links to job boards maintained by some of the regional associations and links to additional resources. Second, they maintain a list of Regional Associations across the US, most of whom have websites. Select a target state to find the associations representing that state (if any).
The Foundation Center
....numerous tools and resources are available here to assist you with targeting potential employers as well as review employment opportunities from the Philanthropy News Digest
Philanthropy Journal
...long established journal covering news and information in philanthropy and fundraising with a little extra attention given to North Carolina, home of the publisher. Users will appreciate the news, announcements, links to additional resources, and job listings.
Yahoo's List of Grant-Making Foundations
...extensive list with links to several foundations

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Public Policy (Think Tanks)

Charles Koch Institute
...offering professionals and students the opportunity to turn their passion for economic freedom into a career in public policy, becoming more effective advocates of the cause they believe in. There are three programs offering internships as well as full-time employment with non-profit organizations in DC and other US locations. Each includes professional development opportunities along with the hands-on training you will receive. Please review the information on each program, along with the specifics of application deadlines and ideal candidates.
NIRA World Directory of Think Tanks
The National Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA) is a policy research organization established to conduct research from an independent standpoint and contribute to the resolution of various complex issues facing contemporary society. Research topics reflect the trends of the times and span a wide range, including politics, economics, international issues, social issues, technology, and local government systems. They provide this no-frills page with links to Think Tanks and Other Policy Research Resources worldwide plus the last two editions of their World Directory of Think Tanks.
Brookings Institute
...America's oldest policy think tank. This site contains information about the institution and its work.
Education Sector
..."an independent education policy think tank devoted to developing innovative solutions to the nation's most pressing educational problems." Besides offering jobs they have internships in marketing communications as well as policy. You can review many of their reports online, including an interesting study on how to improve collegiate rankings.
The Heritage Foundation
... "a research and educational institute - a think tank - whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense." The foundation sponsors a free Job Bank for conservative job seekers and prospective employers, with a convenient online application form.
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
... "an international organization of 183 member countries, established to promote international monetary cooperation, exchange stability, and orderly exchange arrangements; to foster economic growth and high levels of employment; and to provide temporary financial assistance to countries to help ease balance of payments adjustment." Jobs with the IMF include positions for experienced economists, specialized professional area, research assistants, and other support-level areas. Although some programs like the Summer Intern Program have fixed annual recruitment cycles, the IMF accepts inquiries and applications at any time of the year. You can learn more about current openings through the "Vacancies at the IMF" link on their front page.
...includes their employment opportunities in all areas, updated monthly. Check the "Reaching RAND" section.
You may also be interested in our sections on Foreign Policy / Diplomacy, Economics / International Development, or International Agencies & NGOs.

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