Archive for June, 2016

5 Tips for Hiring a Director of Development

CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund produced an excellent report entitled Under Developed: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising about the high turnover of fundraising professionals and the reasons that contribute to this situation in the nonprofit sector. Nearly one in three executive directors were “lukewarm about, or dissatisfied with, the performance of their current development directors”. A quarter of all executive directors surveyed reported the previous director of development was fired. Since directors of development are crucial members of nonprofit management teams and are responsible for executing the strategy to raise the money that keeps an organization’s doors open, it is critically important to have an alignment between the organization and the individual in this position. When seeking to hire a new director of development, executive directors, board member and others should be mindful of the following: 1)    Most development professionals are enthusiastic and motivated by different missions on a personal level. It is imperative that board members, volunteers and donors get a sense of the energy and passion of a director of development as it relates to the mission of the organization. Seek professionals who have an interest in the mission of the…

What to Do When You Can’t Wait for New Staff

The reality of increasing demand for programs and services, a competitive talent market, and a limited internal pipeline hits many nonprofit organizations especially hard in the third quarter. Given that the average recruitment timeframe is growing longer as the demand for talent heats up, what happens if you find that you need additional staff for a busy third quarter or for early 2017? There are practical and flexible approaches to help you accelerate the hiring timetable, find the best people, and stay on track. Temporary Staff Hiring a “temp” is a fast, affordable, and efficient way to get the job done with experienced, on-demand talent. Nonprofit temp professionals can bring critical experience to your organization in accounting, mid-level administration, data entry, development, special events management, marketing and IT. Temp-to-Hire Temp-to-Hire programs allow you to fill a position immediately with a strong candidate that you are seriously interested in hiring permanently, but would like to see in actual performance before making the commitment. This gives the organization and the individual an opportunity to decide if the culture and skill-set fit without delaying programs, deliverables and financial goals. Fast Track Search This latest trend in hiring practices allows nonprofits to go from…