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Several ingredients go into building strong nonprofit organizations. Given the potential of what the right people in senior leadership roles can accomplish, organizations need to invest both the time and resources necessary to attract and assimilate those leaders. When attracting senior leaders, organizations have the option to lead their searches internally (i.e., through personal networks, board, and staff) or to engage professional...
Valerie Threlfall leads Listen4Good , Fund for Shared Insight’s signature capacity building program. As the founding director of Listen4Good, Valerie led the initial design of the offering and now oversees a product and program team that supports more than 550 organizations across the United States. She is also Principal of Ekouté Consulting , which advances the use of feedback to inform strategy and measurement efforts for...
  Impact Opportunity spoke with Valerie Threlfall, Managing Director at Listen4Good , about the organization’s work in supporting nonprofits in their listening and feedback efforts. In the following interview, she shares why listening and feedback are important in the sector, how an organization can get started, and best practices to follow.  Tell us about Listen4Good. Listen4Good is a capacity-building...
Virtual interviews, commonly conducted via video conference or other online communication platforms, are common for screenings and first-round interviews where the candidate and hiring entity are in different locations. This allows the candidate and hiring team to get to know one another while being respectful of the candidate’s time and other commitments, from family to their current work obligations, and without the costs associated...
When you’re looking to take the next step in your career, it’s natural to set your mind on a target company, a title, rank, or location and focus on those details as you embark on your job hunting journey. When it comes to selecting your next organization, research is paramount to ensuring that you will appreciate the culture, align with the mission and values, and work with a team you will be proud to call coworkers. With so...
“ I think I’d like to work in the nonprofit sector, but I’m not sure where to start, ” is a common sentiment among those contemplating a major career change. A great way to start any new job search—especially one that involves a significant shift in focus, such as moving from one sector to another—is to dedicate substantial time to self-exploration. While this article focuses on self-assessment and...
The important work of making a successful hire is not complete when the candidate accepts the offer. Rather, the process continues through the new hire’s first 30 to 90 days as they manage the transition into the new role. This article describes the process of ensuring a successful transition for your new team member. You may also want to review Michael Watkins’s Taking Charge in Your New Leadership Role, A Workbook...
Reaching the point of extending an offer to your first-choice candidate is exciting. Below we provide some guidance on extending offers as well as a template for writing the offer letter. The combination of multiple interviews and reference checks should give you enough information to make a hiring decision. Though you will likely want to call a candidate by phone to extend an offer live, you also need to put the offer, with full...
This is a collection of sample questions you can use when interviewing a candidate for your organization. This list should be customized to fit your organization's and the role's needs.  Sample “beginning” questions: Let’s open up with your interest in this role and our organization – tell me more about that and why your feel your background and experience are uniquely suited to being successful here....
From writing a job description to conducting interviews to extending an offer, a disciplined, rigorous search process will mitigate the risks of hiring new employees for your nonprofit or mission-driven organization. This article provides step-by-step advice from recruiting experts to help you hire with confidence. Who should be on your team and how and when should they be involved in the search process? This depends on your...
The interview is the first opportunity for the nonprofit organization and the candidate to get to know one another, so it is imperative to prepare well. Start preparing during the resume screening process by compiling a list of questions and/or issues you would like to probe with each interviewee. This article will help you get prepared and provides sample interview questions, and questions not to ask, while interviewing candidates....