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Why A Career in Nonprofit?

Why should you join Nonprofit Leaders Student Association?

NLSA is the University of Memphis chapter of Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, the national certification organization. Together, we prepare you to work in the nonprofit sector.


Why should you work in the nonprofit sector?

The nonprofit sector is a thriving arena where individuals develop long term careers and report high-levels of satisfaction. A career in the nonprofit sector enables you to change the world while earning a living.

Increased growth and competition for qualified staff has encouraged competitive salaries and benefit packages in the nonprofit sector.

Just as in the for-profit sector, nonprofit opportunities vary greatly and salaries can range from $30,000 to $90,000 and greater.

Top leaders of nonprofit agencies can earn up to a national average of $60,000 to $80,000, while lower level nonprofit managers can earn $45,000 to $55,000.

There are thousands of nonprofit agencies in the Mid-South that serve in a variety of areas such as the arts, social welfare, and community development.

Several nonprofit agencies in the Mid-South have employed NLSA (Nonprofit Leaders Student Association) students in internships and full-time positions.

Mid-South Nonprofit Careers

  • Public Relations
  • Budget Analyst
  • Public Policy
  • Behavioral Health
  • Youth/Adult Counseling
  • Marketing
  • Community Development
  • Grants/Project Management
  • Health Care Administration
  • Volunteer Management
  • Advocacy

Nonprofit Employee Characteristics

  • Effective communication Skills
  • Ability to work with diverse groups
  • Strong work ethic
  • "Mission" Oriented
  • Initiative
  • Responsibility
  • Problem solving skills
  • Cross-cultural understanding
  • Ability to self-motivate
  • Ability to prioritize

How does NLSA prepare you to work in the nonprofit sector?

The NLSA competency requirements provide the framework for a curriculum that meets the needs of nonprofit agencies and gives students a competitive advantage in job seeking.

Students from various majors can benefit from the skills developed by the NLSA program. Majors appropriate for the human service field include:

  • Business/Accounting/Finance/Management
  • Anthropology/Cultural Studies
  • Education (health, physical, childhood, higher)
  • Criminal Justice/Criminology
  • Human Relations
  • Psychology/Counseling
  • Social Work/Sociology
  • Communications/Journalism/Public Relations
  • Urban/Human Studies
  • Nonprofit Administration
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