Prior to looking for new remote opportunities in the nonprofit sector, it is important for you to note that it might not be for everyone. While remote working can give you immense flexibility, it can also easily lead you to things like over-working and isolation.
If you are a type of person that needs to be social during work hours, make sure to surround yourself in an environment where it provides you that need. Be intentional about finding local coffee shops or shared spaces near by.
More and more people are able to work remotely because there are a lot of amazing tools out there. While each organization will probably have different preferences, they will most likely use popular video conferencing, live chat, and some kind of donor management software. Here are some popular ones:
Whether you work remotely or not, communication can be a challenge. Learn to be concise and to the point with your text communication. Make an effort to connect with your teammates.
When you work from home, you will be interrupted—a lot. Whether it is your pet or a family member, it is going to happen more than you think. On top of that, most remote workers I know tend to overwork as well. I think it is because it's harder to turn the switch off when you are working from home. I am still trying to figure this one out for myself.
All that to say, good time management will be key here. Having a good task management system helps me personally. I also make sure that I drop everything when my clock hits 5 pm and the alarm goes off.
Not all organizations are keen on remote working. If you do discover nonprofits that are hiring remotely, make sure to do some research about them. There are a lot of organizations out there that require so many things from candidates while paying next to nothing. Word of advice? Don't work for them.
If you happen to discover an organization that interests you, learn what they value as an organization, alongside with their mission and vision. Research what kind of people work there, the tools they use, the key players in hiring, etc. If you do some digging, you will be able to find valuable information about the organization. Make sure their values match with yours. This will also give you a good road map if you are the type of person they are looking for. Don't just consider the salary range, learn about their people and values.
Well, I am bias on this one. I think https://nonprofitremote.com is the best place to look for nonprofit remote jobs and discover organizations that are hiring remotely.
Find a system that works for you to organize your job searching progress. I personally love using airtable and notion to organizae my thoughts. The point here is to track your progress. I created a template for you to start in airtable. Click on
Copy base link on the bottom right.
Two is better than one. Job searching can be lonely sometimes. Join our slack online meetups, so you are not alone in this remote job searching journey.