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Job Profile: Administrative Assistant, Nonprofit Organization

Job Profile: Administrative Assistant, Nonprofit Organization

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Payscale, NonprofitPeople

Job Description

The larger the organization, the more administrative support occupations it needs. Advocacy, grantmaking, and civic organizations also employ bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks, receptionists and information clerks, executive secretaries and administrative assistants, office clerks, and first-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers commonly found in most business organizations.

Salary Information



Median hourly earnings of the largest occupations in advocacy, grantmaking, and civic organizations, May 2006

Education Requirements

Degrees in subjects such as social work, human services, gerontology, or one of the social or behavioral sciences meet most employers’ requirements.

As of 2006, more than 250 colleges and universities offered courses on the management of nonprofit organizations. In addition, about 70 programs offered noncredit courses in fundraising and nonprofit management and more than 50 programs offered continuing education courses. About 119 schools offered at least one course for undergraduate credit and more than 90 were affiliated with American Humanics (an alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations preparing undergraduates for careers with youth and human service agencies).

In 2006, there were more than 90 master’s degree programs, usually in business administration or in public administration, with a focus on nonprofit or philanthropic studies. About 160 colleges and universities had at least one course related to management of nonprofits within a graduate department. Of these programs, more than 110 offered a graduate degree with a concentration in the management of nonprofit organizations and about 40 offered one or two graduate courses, usually in financial management and generic nonprofit management.

Job Outlook

Wage and salary jobs in advocacy, grantmaking, and civic organizations are projected to increase 13 percent over the 2006-16 period.