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September 8, 2021

I hope you had a wonderful summer and had a chance to take what I'm sure is a well-deserved break.

Like all businesses, nonprofits are struggling to hire the people they need for both direct service and administrative positions. The delta variant, child care issues, changes in how people view work, and many other variables have combined to make it a job seeker's paradise and a recruiter's nightmare. Below you'll find ten tips for finding the talented people you need for your nonprofit organization.

And with the irony duly noted, Capacity Partners is searching for an Operations Associate to join our team. Learn more below and feel free to pass the word to your networks.

Let's stay connected.

Mary RobinsonCapacity Partners Founder & President 

Ten Ideas to Help You Recruit Great Employees
in this Challenging Job Market

Just like the private sector, nonprofit organizations are struggling to fill jobs. Nonprofit Montgomery CEO Lesley McDonald said many nonprofits are telling her their number one difficulty is finding talented people to fill both administrative and hand-on positions. 

Here are ten ideas and insights from Capacity Partners to help you find the people you need to fulfill your mission.

  1. Find new ways to recruit for jobs. Just putting an ad on Idealist isn’t enough. Use your social media and other communication tools to spread the word. Encourage staff to circulate job openings on their personal and professional networks. If it’s a remote position, think about recruiting nationally, not just in the DC Metro area.
  2. Since the chances are good you won’t be able to compete with other workplaces on salary, be sure to stress the intangible benefits of working at your nonprofit. A FedEx recruiting commercial shown during the recent BMW golf tournament stressed that FedEx employees make a difference in nearly every sector of our economy; you can be sure that ad was based on expensive market research demonstrating that having a positive impact was important to job seekers.
  3. Reexamine the job to see if it can be redesigned. Could you turn a full-time position into two part-time jobs or create a job share situation?
  4. Does it need to be an in-person job or could someone work remotely and still be effective? Former CEO of the Bender JCC of Greater Washington Michael Feinstein said, “We’ve all learned new ways to work. Studies have shown people are more productive when they work from home two or three days a week.”
  5. Flexibility is key. With child care often being an issue as we deal with the fallout of the Delta variant, offering flexible job hours can give you an edge in recruiting.
  6. If it’s a project-based position, do you really need to hire someone on a permanent basis? Would an interim hire work? A person doesn’t need to work at your nonprofit for a long time to have a sizeable impact. There may be a new college graduate or recent retiree who is looking for temporary work. Capacity Partners may be able to help you with interim work, too.
  7. Could a volunteer do some or all of the job? With more baby boomers retiring every month, organizations like Taproot and Compass may be able to connect you with experienced volunteers for a particular project.
  8. Is this a time to think about whether your organization needs to be a stand-alone nonprofit? Could you combine services with another nonprofit or even merge?
  9. Consider outsourcing IT, accounting, bookkeeping, and human resources tasks to an outside firm. There are dozens to choose from.
  10. Could a consultant help you with a specific project? Many consulting firms, including Capacity Partners, provide not only advice and counsel; they also offer consultants who can execute plans and projects.

Join Our Team as our new Operations Associate

Capacity Partners is a growing, full-service consulting firm serving nonprofits primarily in Greater Washington. We provide a range of customized services including strategic planning, fundraising, board development, leadership coaching, and consulting regarding diversity, equity and inclusion. We are a dedicated and fun group of professionals who love helping our clients achieve transformative results.  

Job Summary

Capacity Partners seeks a proactive, detail-oriented, and conscientious team player with a passion for nonprofits. The Operations Associate will play a key role in supporting the firm’s operations including the specific needs of the president; in providing administrative, technical, and more advanced support to client work; and in growing our business development. The Associate will also play a key role in special projects and initiatives.

The  ideal candidate will be someone who excels at operations, loves systems, and brings an exceptional client service ethic. The top candidate must have strong oral and written communication skills with an eye for detail and a positive, “can-do” attitude.

Click here to learn more about this exciting opportunity.


Capacity Partners offers a full range of strategic and development services offered via consulting, interim staffing, facilitation, coaching, and on-site project management.

Organizational Assessments
Retreat and Meeting Facilitation
Implementation Planning

Equity Audits
Two-Part Equity Planning

Capital Campaigns
Feasibility Studies
Wealth Screening
Major Gifts Strategies
Grant Writing

Board Training and Counsel
Governance Structure
Board Engagement Strategies
Board Assessment

One-on-one coaching
Small group coaching packages

Executive Search 
Interim Staffing
Management Assistance


Capacity Partners is a consulting firm based in Bethesda, MD, dedicated to strengthening the impact of nonprofits. We blend best practices and original thinking to guide nonprofits to achieve transformative results.

Mary Robinson
President & Founder

Laura Apelbaum
Jeanine Cogan

Louise Stoner Crawford
Julie Crudele
Kristen Engebretsen
Michael Feinstein
Amy Ginsburg
Debra Liverpool

Steve Longley
Margo Reid
Joan Schaffer
Amy Selco
Daniel Wacker
Sara Watkins
Barbara Wille



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