PhD Pathways to Nonprofit Jobs

Many PhDs have found fulfilling careers leading, sustaining, and/or founding mission-driven organizations that are working  to solve global problems in education, healthcare, climate, international development, human rights and more.

The job function at a nonprofit organization varies depending on the organization’s mission, its size, and the specific skill sets that they need. Sample titles include: Program Coordinator/Manager; Grantwriter/Fundraiser; Volunteer or Membership Coordinator; Intake Counselor; Performance Evaluator; Community Organizer; Research Assistant.

The list below includes some areas within the nonprofit sector that one can work:

Use these resources to learn about the many possible career paths in non-profit management.

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