Careers in the Nonprofit Sector

What will I do on the Job?

An ideal candidate in Nonprofit Community Development could enter the nonprofit community through several different avenues.  They could serve as a professional assistant in a wide variety of fields including advocacy, social work or other community services.  They would be prepared to assist in developing, organizing, and conducting programs engaged in community leadership, service and action. 

Depending on the coursework and cooperative education completed, the candidate could be prepared to start and operate a small nonprofit organization.  With the completion of a transfer degree, they would also be prepared to continue their education through the articulation agreement with Portland State University’s bachelor’s degree in Community Development. 

What skills will I use on the job?

The Nonprofit Community Development certificate is designed to develop your skills in areas such as understanding public policy, applying social change methods, and providing community and organizational leadership.

How much can I earn? 

Salaries vary widely depending on the type of organization, size and the position’s responsibilities.  Approximate annual salaries in the Portland Area range from $20,000 to $38,000 for social and human services assistants.

Who will hire me?

Nonprofit community development graduates are hired by entities including nonprofit community health providers, rehabilitation centers, educational institutions, and local government programs. 

Job Outlook

“Employment in this occupation in 2010 was much larger than the statewide average for all occupations. This occupation is expected to grow at about the statewide average rate for all occupations through 2020. The total number of job openings is projected to be much higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2020. Reasonable employment opportunities exist.”  Oregon Employment Department Occupational Information Center