Nonprofit employees enthusiastically support their organization’s cause and work for the benefit of our society. Those employed by nonprofit organizations diligently generate funds to assist individuals in need, support education and the arts and further other altruistic endeavors.
Nonprofit organizations are staffed by a series of coordinators and are led by an executive director. The organization’s size dictates the number of available coordinator positions. In larger nonprofits, office responsibilities are divided among individuals who hold separate and distinct roles, whereas in smaller organizations, individual coordinator tasks are less clear cut. The organization’s mission also influences its staffing requirements.
Nonprofit Coordinator Positions
Whether an organization has one coordinator or 20, the goal is the same: To raise the funds necessary to achieve the organization’s central mission.
Marketing Coordinator: A nonprofit organization only succeeds when its mission is properly publicized. To deliver the organization’s message and raise awareness, marketing coordinators organize special events, develop working relationships with community members and potential donors and create a social media, television and print media presence.
Community Outreach Coordinator: Working together, the community outreach coordinator and marketing coordinator promote the organization on a local level. They contact community foundations and groups as well as identify potential business partnerships. One of the most rewarding aspects of this position is the opportunity to connect with direct beneficiaries of the nonprofit.
Operations Coordinator: An operation’s coordinator has numerous responsibilities, including fundraising, financial management, administrative development, event management and the provision of human resources support.
Finance Coordinator: A nonprofit organization cannot complete its mission without strong fiscal management. The finance coordinator is responsible for managing the nonprofit’s financial plans, which may include a working budget, accurate financial forecasts and projections and other accounting tasks.
Development Coordinator: Like the operations coordinator, the development coordinator’s responsibilities are somewhat amorphous. These coordinators work with their peers and develop strategies that further the organization’s overall goal.
Communications Coordinator: In some nonprofit organizations, one person may be responsible for both communications and marketing, while in others these roles are separated. Communications coordinators primarily develop connections with people who can help the organization succeed. Once these relationships are formed, they must be nurtured and maintained.
Human Resources Coordinator: The job functions of a nonprofit human resources coordinator mirror those of his or her private sector counterparts. These individuals assist with recruiting and hiring, establish employee training programs, handle employment related inquiries, ensure adherence to company policy, help establish a positive work environment and are involved in disciplinary procedures when necessary.
Special Events Coordinator: Nonprofits host special events and secure sponsorships to publicize and raise money for the organization’s mission. The event coordinator’s work is integral to the organization’s success.
Volunteer Coordinator: All nonprofit organizations rely on the help of volunteers, even large, well-established organizations. The volunteer coordinator trains and manages people who have chosen to donate their time and talent.
Skillset of a Nonprofit Coordinator
Successful coordinators work well with others, communicate clearly, pay attention to detail, are self-starters and possess strong leadership capabilities. Nonprofit coordinators generally have private or public sector management experience.
Nonprofit coordinators understand that a 501(c)(3) organization operates differently than a for-profit business. The statutes and regulations that govern the management of a nonprofit must be strictly followed. If they are not, the organization can lose its nonprofit status.
Private sector employees who choose to enter the nonprofit workforce often enroll in advanced education programs. Advanced degrees, such as a Masters in Public Administration, offer nonprofit management courses to supplement students’ practical business knowledge. Those who enroll in these advanced degree programs learn the differences between managing a nonprofit organization and managing a for-profit business.
The most important trait of any nonprofit employee is a strong desire to support their organization’s mission and to help society at large.