Nonprofit Social Service Directors

Nonprofit Social Service Director Runs a Board Meeting

Nonprofit social service directors, also known as nonprofit directors, nonprofit chief executive officers, nonprofit administrators, or social and community service managers, are at the top rung on the agency's ladder. No matter what area the agency specializes in—health care, services for the aging, or youth development, for example—the director is the individual who spearheads the organization's efforts, operations, and progress. A director's duties may include hiring and managing staff, fund-raising, budgeting, public relations, and, depending on the agency, working directly with the clientele served.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Nonprofit Directors, Nonprofit Chief Executive Officers, Nonprofit Administrators, Social and Community Service Managers
Duties Assess community’s or clients’ needs; design and maintain programs; supervise staff; develop and maintain budgets; analyze effectiveness of programs; secure funding through grant-writing and fund-raising efforts
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • English
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
Experience Internship; several years of experience for directors
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Business Management
  • Financial
  • Leadership
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • National Director
  • State/Regional Director
  • Nonprofit Social Services Director
  • Social Worker/Counselor
  • Volunteer

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