How to Hire Nonprofit MarketingYour strong response to The Truth Behind Nonprofit Marketing Help-Wanteds strengthened my conviction to dig further into hiring and job/project hunting practices in our field. So many organizations wear blinders when hiring, that there’s a lot of room for improvement—true low-hanging fruit!

As always, I learned so much from you and other members of the Getting Attention community who shared experiences and other comments on this post. Thanks in particular to Marina Dawson, marketing and community coordinator at CharityVillage, who reached out immediately to share a valuable resource with us:

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Nancy Schwartz on June 3, 2014 in Jobs and Hiring | 2 comments
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betterworkaheadwebAssociate Video ProducerMarketing Graphic Designer,  Online Campaign Strategist, Online Campaign Strategist-Latin America, Public Relations Specialist-Bilingual and Web Designer, The Human Society (Gaithersburg, MD)

Associate Director of Digital Communications, Boston Children’s Hospital Trust (Boston, MA)

Community Relations Specialist, Color of Change (Oakland or New York)

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Nancy Schwartz on June 2, 2014 in Jobs and Hiring | 1 comment
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Flickr: Zennie AbrahamWhen I heard that Maya Angelou had passed away this week, I was saddened, humbled and hugely appreciative.

Unlike most writers (especially poets and memoirists) or activists, Dr. Angelou made herself and her perspective accessible and relevant to all. She did so by shaping her writing around the same sensations and feelings each one of us experiences, bridging the gap between her life and point of view, and ours:

Human beings should understand how other humans feel no matter where they are, no matter what their language or culture is, no matter their age, and no matter the age in which they live. If you develop the art of seeing us as more alike than we are unalike, then all stories are understandable. (via Harvard Business Review)

There’s so much I learned from Angelou, so many ways and times she inspired me. Today, I want to share her storytelling secret sauce with you…

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Nancy Schwartz on May 29, 2014 in storytelling | 2 comments
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What if...you and your colleagues labored for years to fund, design and (finally) open your highly-visible museum (or cause/issue-focused organization)?

What if—because the museum’s reason for being is so close to folks’  hearts and heads—the design and build is highly scrutinized for the many years it takes to launch?

And what if, when the museum finally opens, it gets hammered with criticism because….you’ve been creative, resourceful and realistic in terms of budget needs and sustainability, building in revenue streams from a good restaurant, a gift shop and private event hosting ? Or—really—because the museum’s focus is SO sensitive.

This is exactly the position that The National September 11 Memorial & Museum finds itself in right now. What would you do? 

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Nancy Schwartz on May 28, 2014 in Crisis Communications | 19 comments
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interviewweb150Associate ProducerMarketing Graphic Designer, Online Strategist and Web Designer, The Humane Society
(Washington DC)

Communications Intern, Marketers without Borders (Toronto, ON)

Communications Intern, Rising Tide Capital (Jersey City, NJ)

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Nancy Schwartz on May 27, 2014 in Jobs and Hiring | 1 comment
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 Nonprofit Marketing JobsThe Range of Nonprofit Marketing & Communications Job Descriptions I see is Incredibly Broad…

As I vet dozens of nonprofit marketing and communications jobs for our weekly jobs post, I get a good sense of what organizations like yours are seeking in their marketing and communications hires. This is key stuff for all of us—these roles and responsibilities are our lives, present and future—and I’ve become intrigued by the incredibly varied range of experience, skills and personal characteristics that organizations are looking for to fill a very broad range of roles.

In response to this increasingly varied (fragmented, you could say) range of nonprofit marketing and communications roles, I’m inspired to dig into these help-wanted calls to action—assessing the range of skills, personal qualities and experience called for; and their relationship with reality.

How to Hire the Right Nonprofit Communications Help

Hire the Right Nonprofit Marketing Help
Hire the Right Nonprofit Marketing Help

Most Help-Wanteds are Unrealistic

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Nancy Schwartz on May 22, 2014 in Jobs and Hiring | 4 comments
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Find-A-Job-webCommunications Advisor, Doctors Without Borders, (New York, NY)

Communications Director, Service Women’s Action Network (Washington DC)

Communications and Marketing Manager, SACNAS (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Nancy Schwartz on May 19, 2014 in Jobs and Hiring | 2 comments
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carolGuest blogger, Caroline Avakian is the founder & CEO of SourceRise, a social enterprise connecting journalists to nonprofit subject matter experts and sources, and managing partner of  Socialbrite, a social media for nonprofits consultancy and digital learning hub.

Conference season is ongoing these days. So I was particularly pleased when, at the recent, Harvard Social Enterprise Conference, keynote speaker and Echoing Green president, Cheryl Dorsey, shared some valuable hints to us attendees on conference participation best practices.

Here are the helpful tips I learned—all easy to manage but packing a big punch. Bet that you’’ll be glad you set these in motion when you return from your next conference.

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Guest Blogger on May 15, 2014 in Professional Development | 3 comments
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Associate Director of Communications & MarketingHelp-Wanted2-150x150, GO Project
(New York, NY)

Communications and Membership Coordinator, The Leapfrog Group (Washington DC)

Communications Director, Service Women’s Action Network
(NYC or Washington DC)

Communications Manager, Feed My Starving Children (Coon Rapids, MN)

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Nancy Schwartz on May 12, 2014 in Jobs and Hiring | 1 comment
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juliebrownGuest blogger, Julie Brown, is the program director at the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation. Julie is intrigued by storytelling, and the opportunity it offers to inspire donors and volunteers to act.

We’ve all seen them: social media pages or websites for grassroots nonprofit agencies that appear to have been designed by a student or a well-intentioned volunteer.  And those of us who appreciate the power of storytelling are left to wonder why an agency with such amazing stories overlooks the opportunity to leverage them into donations or volunteers.

More often than not, the lack of investment in nonprofit marketing is fueled by a lack of resources:  financial and talent.  Nonprofit agency directors are so busy serving people that they can’t find the time or money to invest in quality marketing and storytelling initiatives.
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Guest Blogger on May 8, 2014 in Budgeting | 5 comments
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