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DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, IN-DEPTH: The Pros & Cons Of Working For A Nonprofit

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Tany, the development director of an after school enrichment program, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and her work-life balance. She tells us that it can be a challenge working at a nonprofit because you won't be making the same amount of money as elsewhere, but there are pros to it as well.

Degree: Plant Sciences
Job Title: Development Director
Employer: After School Enrichment Program (ASEP)

Job Summary: Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program

Job Description

Preschool and childcare center directors are responsible for all aspects of their program. They direct and lead staff, oversee daily activities, and prepare plans and budgets.

On-the-Job Training

None

Certification Requirement
Required by the Council for Professional Recognition.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$25,000 - $90,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Physically demanding, Home, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Leadership ability, People skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills

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<span m='13260'>teachers,</span> <span m='13830'>working</span> <span m='14190'>with</span> <span m='14910'>contractors,</span> <span m='16030'>working</span> <span m='16309'>with</span> <span m='16450'>students.</span> <span m='17130'>So</span> <span m='17410'>it's</span> <span m='17520'>a</span> <span m='17590'>little</span> <span m='17780'>bit</span> <span m='17920'>different.</span> <span m='18760'>I</span> <span m='18900'>like</span> <span m='19170'>being</span> <span m='19440'>able</span> <span m='19790'>to</span> <span m='19960'>have</span> <span m='20230'>that</span> <span m='20440'>dynamic</span> <span m='21720'>aspect</span> <span m='22840'>and</span> <span m='23950'>learn</span> <span m='24320'>new</span> <span m='24430'>things</span> <span m='24690'>every</span> <span m='24880'>day.</span> </p><p><span m='25750'>I</span> <span m='25860'>think</span> <span m='26050'>the</span> <span m='26130'>nonprofit</span> <span m='26840'>world</span> <span m='27350'>is</span> <span m='27750'>challenging</span> <span m='28360'>in</span> <span m='28520'>some</span> <span m='28760'>ways,</span> <span m='29060'>because</span> <span m='30120'>sometimes</span> <span m='32140'>you</span> <span m='32280'>don't</span> <span m='32659'>get</span> <span m='32850'>to</span> <span m='33220'>make</span> <span m='33510'>the</span> <span m='33600'>same</span> <span m='33830'>amount</span> <span m='34090'>of</span> <span m='34180'>money</span> <span m='34430'>that</span> <span m='34580'>other</span> <span m='35010'>organizations</span> <span m='35790'>do,</span> <span m='36120'>just</span> <span m='36310'>because</span> <span m='36620'>of</span> <span m='36740'>the</span> <span m='36820'>nature</span> <span m='37180'>of</span> <span m='37260'>the</span> <span m='37360'>work.</span> <span m='38930'>So</span> <span m='39040'>I</span> <span m='39150'>think</span> <span m='39380'>sometimes</span> <span m='39870'>the</span> <span m='39950'>most</span> <span m='40140'>challenging</span> <span m='40570'>part</span> <span m='40850'>is</span> <span m='41990'>the</span> <span m='42380'>unequal</span> <span m='42980'>playing</span> <span m='43290'>field</span> <span m='43570'>financially.</span> <span m='44500'>But</span> <span m='46100'>you</span> <span m='46180'>have</span> <span m='46320'>to</span> <span m='46430'>weigh</span> <span m='46700'>in</span> <span m='46900'>the</span> <span m='48352'>pros and</span> <span m='48836'>cons on</span> <span m='49320'>that one.</span> </p><p><span m='50290'>I</span> <span m='50390'>think</span> <span m='50590'>for</span> <span m='50710'>me</span> <span m='50920'>a</span> <span m='51180'>key</span> <span m='51440'>decision</span> <span m='52010'>was</span> <span m='52290'>going</span> <span m='52490'>to</span> <span m='52540'>college</span> <span m='53170'>and</span> <span m='54230'>getting</span> <span m='54510'>the</span> <span m='54590'>basic</span> <span m='54950'>skills</span> <span m='55370'>that</span> <span 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m='89220'>jobs</span> <span m='89570'>a</span> <span m='89700'>week,</span> <span m='90040'>or</span> <span m='90150'>something</span> <span m='90480'>like</span> <span m='90680'>that.</span> <span m='91200'>And</span> <span m='91380'>then,</span> <span m='91510'>eventually,</span> <span m='92560'>the</span> <span m='92670'>right</span> <span m='92910'>person</span> <span m='93350'>will read</span> <span m='93620'>your</span> <span m='93750'>cover</span> <span m='94020'>letter.</span> </p><p><span m='95080'>I</span> <span m='95150'>think</span> <span m='95320'>you</span> <span m='95380'>have</span> <span m='95530'>to</span> <span m='95630'>be</span> <span m='95780'>strong</span> <span m='96200'>with</span> <span m='96910'>going</span> <span m='97140'>into</span> <span m='97290'>interviews.</span> <span m='97840'>And</span> <span m='97920'>I</span> <span m='97990'>think</span> <span m='98230'>you</span> <span m='98340'>have</span> <span m='98540'>to</span> <span m='99190'>have</span> <span m='99420'>maybe</span> <span m='99680'>somebody</span> <span m='100780'>take</span> <span m='101000'>a</span> <span m='101050'>look</span> <span m='101270'>at</span> <span m='101330'>your</span> <span m='101470'>resume</span> <span m='102060'>and</span> <span m='102690'>see</span> <span m='103065'>if</span> <span m='103440'>you</span> <span m='103600'>can</span> <span m='103800'>tweak</span> <span m='104060'>it</span> <span m='104120'>a</span> <span m='104150'>little</span> <span m='104350'>bit</span> <span m='104560'>just</span> <span m='104660'>to make</span> <span m='105100'>it cater</span> <span m='106590'>to</span> <span m='106730'>what</span> <span m='106960'>you're</span> <span m='107160'>really</span> <span m='107370'>trying</span> <span m='107560'>to</span> <span m='107640'>do.</span> <span m='107900'>So</span> <span m='108030'>I</span> <span m='108100'>think</span> <span m='108360'>really</span> <span m='108830'>utilizing</span> <span m='109380'>your</span> <span 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