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There are some who claim there are too many lawyers in the world. Yet in the nonprofit sector, that hasn’t always been the case.Lesley Rosenthal, author of Good Counsel, wrote in her latest blog post that nonprofit legal jobs used to be all but non-existent. The legal counsel at NYC-based Lincoln Center consisted of just her and an executive assistant. Keep in mind that this is not some tiny organization; it’s one of the largest and most successful performing arts centers in the world.Times have changed since then, and executive directors have been convinced that it’s absolutely necessary to have a sizable legal counsel within the organization. As you might expect, this kind of job is in high demand. Rosenthal suggested the following tips to land one of these coveted positions:
You can read the rest of Rosenthal’s blog post on her website.
- You need to build up your resume. Accumulate experience drafting and negotiating contracts. Study nonprofit law, governance, and compliance basics. You should also gain an understanding of how business laws and regulations apply in the sector, and how they differ.
- Do volunteer work and/or serve on a board.
- Build your network through social networking, bar associations, and legal education programs. Send your resume to search firms that specialize in nonprofit job searches.
- Request informational interviews and ask your contact for suggestions about others you should meet.
- Show your passion for the cause. For example, get involved with relief work in a troubled area, raise money for the mission, etc.
- Keep up-to-date on the latest news from the sector. The NonProfit Times is a a pretty good source for this (hint, hint). This is also a good way to determine which organizations may be hiring in the future.
Whereas the for-profit world spends a great deal of money on promotion, nonprofits have comparably fewer resources with which to work. Even so, organizations can still reach wide audiences through their promotions.
The former treasurer of the Ronald McDonald House Holiday Cruise was sentenced to 30 months in jail after being convicted of stealing thousands of dollars from the charity’s fund.
The Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, Calif., one of the largest food distribution agencies in that county, has found a new CEO.
The United States has eased financial sanctions that will allow U.S. nonprofits to do humanitarian and development work in the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar.
Hold it right there: Before you accept that job offer, you should be sure that the position is everything you dream it will be.You should never accept an offer without doing some questioning. It can be tempting to just say “yes,” especially if you’ve been out of work. You don’t want to be kicking yourself later for not taking all the proper precautions. Here are five questions you should ask the hiring manager before taking that job:
- What will the typical work day be like for me? Job seekers are often hung up on job titles rather than the actual work. It’s important to get an answer straight from the horse’s mouth about what your typical day will entail.
- What is the management style of my boss? You should be sure that your personality will fit with your supervisor’s style. Know yourself before you take employment under a boss with whom you won’t mesh.
- Are there any major changes in the works for the organization? Change isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, it can often be the best thing to happen to a nonprofit. Upheaval can create a lot of stress, however, and that isn’t something you will necessarily want.
- Will I be able to learn new skills throughout my employment? It’s always a good thing to have an opportunity to grow as an employee. Being able to learn new skills will help keep you fresh and make the work day less monotonous.
- How many people have held this position in the past few years? Knowing whether there has been constant turnover in the job you are applying for will give you insight into how stressful it could be. Keep this in mind before accepting the offer.
New York authorities have accused the former manager of a Long Island, N.Y.-based Head Injury Association (HIA), a nonprofit health agency, of stealing the IDs of more than 50 brain injury patients in an effort to get better tax returns.
The April 15, 2012 edition of The NonProfit Times has been released! If you haven’t already received it in the mail, you can take a look at some of its content on our website.
When the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced that it was going to start auditing 403(b) plans for the 2009 tax year, the notification, for the most part, received scant attention. After all, it’s pretty common for the IRS to start up a new audit cycle several years after the close of a particular tax year.
What does a 90-years-dead Italian economist know about modern nonprofit fundraising? Plenty, according to Josh Whichard, Jeffery Hunt and Kevin Shulman, who spoke about a principle developed by Vilfredo Pareto in the early 20th century, popularly known as “the 80/20 Rule.”