Hiring Corporate: What Nonprofits Need to Know

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Recent seismic economic shifts, increased board savvy, a retiring but still active baby boomer population, and an increased focus on planned career trajectories available to ambitious nonprofit …

Recent seismic economic shifts, increased board savvy, a retiring but still active baby boomer population, and an increased focus on planned career trajectories available to ambitious nonprofit professionals have changed the landscape of hiring in the sector. Hiring from the for-profit sector is on the rise, and search committees and hiring managers who want to hop on this trend look to this growing pool as a way to further broaden their pipeline of available talent. However, smart search committees and hiring managers need to determine first whether or not the corporate transitioner is right for them.

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  • 1. Hiring Corporate: What Nonprofits Need to Know Laura Gassner Otting October 19, 2011A Service Of: Sponsored by:
  • 2. INTEGRATED PLANNING Advising nonprofits in: www.synthesispartnership.com • Strategy • Planning (617) 969-1881 • Organizational Development info@synthesispartnership.comA Service Of: Sponsored by:
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  • 4. Today’s Speaker Laura Gassner Otting President Nonprofit Professionals Advisory GroupAssisting with chat questions: Hosting:April Hunt, Nonprofit Webinars Sam Frank, Synthesis PartnershipA Service Of: Sponsored by:
  • 5. Hiring from the Corporate Sector: Knowing the Candidates, Knowing Your Organization More and more, our firm is being asked: “What about hiring people from the for-profit sector?” LAURA GASSNER OTTING, Founder and PresidentNonprofit Professionals Advisory Group LLC© 2011 NPAG LLC. All rights reserved.
  • 6. Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group About Us The Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group was founded from the simple notion that every organization, regardless of its budget or geographic footprint can better fulfill its mission with a highly-tailored, innovative, and strategic approach to acquiring and retaining its most important resource: talent. Designed to operate with ‘new economy’ savvy, the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group offers traditional executive search and leadership transition packages tailored to our clients’ various needs. We are committed to passing along our knowledge throughout our process so that our clients’ internal capacity and independence is enhanced. 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. For both organizations and candidates, we supply professional and organizational development in person through our customized training programs and online with our groundbreaking, complimentary “NPAG U” webinar series. Our team members are personally dedicated to our clients’ missions and together offer more than 40 years of executive search experience in addition to the wealth of perspective, expertise, and networks they offer from previous careers in the nonprofit, academic, public, political, and private sectors.Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group LLC© 2011 NPAG LLC. All rights reserved.
  • 7. Laura Gassner Otting About Laura Gassner Otting is Founder and President of the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, a retained Us executive search firm dedicated to building the capacity of nonprofit organizations, associations, institutions of higher education, the public sector and the professionals who make them run smoothly. Prior to forming the group, Laura served as the senior vice president of ExecSearches.com and as vice president at Isaacson, Miller, one of the largest search firms in New England. Laura served as a presidential appointee for the White House Office of National Service and a program officer for the Corporation for National and Community Service, where she was part of the team that created the AmeriCorps, and as a member of the Clinton/Gore Transition Team and 1992 Election Team. She holds a Master of Arts in Political Management from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. Laura serves on the boards of College Bound Dorchester, AmeriCorps Alums, and the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program at Brandeis University, and is the Clerk and Governance Chair of the board of Newton Montessori School. She has served as a member of the board of Camp Starfish and the Alumni Board of the Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University and as the founding board chair of both Strong Women, Strong Girls and the Boston Choral Ensemble. Laura is the author of Change Your Career: Transitioning to the Nonprofit Sector and is widely quoted for her expertise in mission-driven work in publications including The New York Times, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Money magazine. Laura can be reached at 617-527-9661 or LGO@NonprofitProfessionals.com.Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group LLC© 2011 NPAG LLC. All rights reserved.
  • 8. Change Your Career: Transitioning to the Nonprofit Sector The Book“Change Your Career … offers an invaluable perspective from her work inexecutive searches to all those considering a move from success in theworld of business to the wide-open world of making a difference.”-Marguerite W. Kondracke, President and CEO of America’s Promise“Change Your Career is a wonderful resource for everyone from those justgetting started in the nonprofit sector to those well along the path.”- Wendy Kopp, President and Founder of Teach for America“If you are looking for a more fulfilling career, Change Your Career is thebook for you.”- Alan Khazei, Co-Founder and Former CEO, City Year“Laura Gassner Otting will help you catalyze a lifetime of experience andlearning into a deeply meaningful second, third or fourth career.”-Marc Freedman, CEO of Civic Ventures“Laura Gassner Otting has created the perfect compass for anyone whohas ever considered taking a journey towards work that is fulfilling andmakes a difference in the world.”- Michelle Nunn, Co-Founder and CEO of the Hands On NetworkNonprofit Professionals Advisory Group LLC© 2011 NPAG LLC. All rights reserved.
  • 9. Who Transitions? The People And Young Experienced Baby Rising Stars Everyone Professionals Executives Boomers ElseNonprofit Professionals Advisory Group LLC© 2011 NPAG LLC. All rights reserved.
  • 10. Motivations for Career Change Why Move? Passion for Organization’s Geography Mission Organizational Brand Scale of Impact Leadership and Colleagues Scope of Position Growth Potential and/or Skill Salary/Benefits DevelopmentNonprofit Professionals Advisory Group LLC© 2011 NPAG LLC. All rights reserved.
  • 11. Skills that Transfer Well Opening Up 1 • Leadership and influence 2 • Managing up, down and sideways 3 • Delegating with kindness while demanding accountability 4 • Adaptability and openness in management style 5 • Ability to manage a broad portfolio of responsibilities 6 • Knowing how to get to yes 7 • Managing dotted line relationships 8 • Delivering impressive results 9 • A long term view 10 • A distinct passion for the work of the nonprofitNonprofit Professionals Advisory Group LLC© 2011 NPAG LLC. All rights reserved.
  • 12. Preparations? Is s/he ready? Volunteer Board Education Homework Record ExperienceNonprofit Professionals Advisory Group LLC© 2011 NPAG LLC. All rights reserved.
  • 13. Understanding Your Organization Should You Hire? Friendly Nonprofits • Already adapted business practices into daily work • On the precipice of great change, at a key moment • Use words like entrepreneurial and cutting edge • Actively recruit change agents • Seek out new and inventive funding modelsNonprofit Professionals Advisory Group LLC© 2011 NPAG LLC. All rights reserved.
  • 14. Understanding Your Organization Should You Hire? Unfriendly Nonprofits • Interested but have yet to adapt best business practices • Chasing changing whims of philanthropic community • Small, grassroots, hands-on, direct service weighted • Slow pace of change • Long-tenured board and staffNonprofit Professionals Advisory Group LLC© 2011 NPAG LLC. All rights reserved.
  • 15. Retaining Transitioners Keeping Good HiresAnnounce the person’s background AND their passion.Discuss your personal expectations of success.Engage other champions.Assign them an internal buddy and an external mentor,.Predict possible idiosyncrasies, hot button topics, impactful words, and sacred cows.Do whatever you can to help them from making missteps, but whenthey make them, and they will, be available to help reduce the timebetween the failure and its fix.Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group LLC© 2011 NPAG LLC. All rights reserved.
  • 16. Resources NPAG’s Article Library: Hiring from the Corporate Sector Searching for a Search Firm Wednesday Webinars: NonprofitWebinar.comNonprofit Professionals Advisory Group LLC© 2011 NPAG LLC. All rights reserved.
  • 17. Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group LAURA GASSNER OTTING, Founder and President 617-527-9661 LGO@NonprofitProfessionals.comNonprofit Professionals Advisory Group LLC© 2011 NPAG LLC. All rights reserved.
  • 18. Find listings for our current season of webinars and register at: NonprofitWebinars.comA Service Of: Sponsored by: