Nonprofit organizations hiring entry-level talent often face a difficult catch-22. Organizations search for candidates looking to enter on the ground floor, but they also want applicants who bring relevant professional experience. This reality creates frustration for first-time job seekers and nonprofit organizations alike.
For organizations seeking entry-level candidates who also possess demonstrated experience, leadership development programs can open up a vast talent pool. Nonprofits that rely on these programs as sources for talent find candidates who have been tested in challenging environments and who have come out of their years of service impassioned and committed to the social sector. Because of the skills and experiences that participants in these programs gain, more organizations are looking to leadership development programs as "the new entry level."
This article will discuss a few of the major leadership development programs serving the social sector as well as share some real-life examples and recommendations for how organizations can leverage this unique talent pool.