Director Non-Profit Organization Salary
More than half of Non-Profit Directors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $34K to $92K per year, but median earnings come to around $60K per year. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Slightly less than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. Women make up a slight majority of Non-Profit Directors (58 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Director Non-Profit Organization
The director of a non-profit organization serves as figurehead, spokesperson, and leader for their organization. They are the point person for their entire organization, serving as its representative with the board of directors, media, staff, the public, funders, and regulatory agencies. As such, this executive manager plays several crucial roles. A non-profit director must be passionate for the agency's mission and be able to articulately express its vision and advocate on its behalf. The non-profit director should possess exemplary communication skills, since fundraising and public speaking are required. The director typically works in an office staffed at least with an executive assistant; however, much of the director's time likely will be spent away from the office in off-site meetings. Most of their work is conducted during typical business hours, but attendance at board meetings and other functions may require evening hours. Some travel to industry conferences and other pertinent events should be expected.Read More...
At least a bachelor's degree in a relevant field is usually required for this position, although a more advanced degree may be required or preferred. Several years of advanced management experience and demonstrated leadership skills are typically required in the same field or a related industry. They should have a solid grasp of corporate governance, budgeting, and financial management. Depending on the non-profit organization's focus, industry expertise might be required. To be successful, a director must work effectively under pressure, be able to develop organizational strategies, and possess excellent management skills.
Director Non-Profit Organization Tasks
- Oversee the programs run by the organization, manage daily activities, and coordinate the staff.
- Act as the organization's spokesperson, participate in fundraising, and represent the organization at events.
- Administer the organization's budget, making sure funds are used effectively.
- Develop and put into practice policies consistent with the organization's vision and mission statement.
- Attend board of directors meetings, report activities, request input, and discuss recommendations from the board.
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Popular Skills for Director Non-Profit Organization
Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Microsoft Office, Organizational Development, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, Fundraising, and Microsoft Excel. Most people skilled in Budget Management are similarly competent in Organizational Development.
Pay by Experience Level for Director Non-Profit Organization
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Non-Profit Directors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $56K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $57K. Non-Profit Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $60K. As Non-Profit Directors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $64K.