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What makes a community management job in the for-profit sector different from a community management job in the non-profit sector, and how should I decide which is better for me?

Are there differences? If so, what is the implication for you as a working professional? What should our students consider when making a decision of where to submit their resumes for those entry-level jobs? What should working professionals looking to make a career change consider?

_This is part of a question series for CMX Summit to highlight exciting careers in community management. If you are interested in a career in community management, now would be a good time to ask a question of your own!_ #community-management

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Lauren’s Answer

Hi Jared, nice to see you on here! :)

CSR Assoc. here for a for-profit company! It depends on the job definition, to some in the for-profit space community manager means connecting and building relationships with non-profits that will be non-profit partners for the corporation. To others, community manager can mean that you are connecting people within the corporate community to non-profits.

In the non-profit sector I imagine it can also have multiple meanings, but either way, I think for both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, the main point of your job is connecting people to non-profits or connecting people and companies to your non-profit. You have to be good at networking and building relationships, as well as personable.

As someone mentioned earlier, you might have more perks and better pay at a for-profit company, which might be the case sometimes, but sometimes there is red tape, and hoops you have to jump through to get things done, leadership buy-in etc. You might have more flexibility and freedom in a non-profit, and many are very well funded!

Hope this helps :)

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Ha (Windy)’s Answer

They are different. If you want to work for non-profit sectors, there are so many jobs, such as fundraising, event planning, external relations, accounting, marketing, etc. You will have opportunities to work directly and indirectly with clients, and support a cause that you passionate about.

You can also work for corporations that have corporate social responsibility program. You can support nonprofits in different ways, through grants, employee engagement, etc.

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Laura’s Answer

A community management job in the for-profit sector definitely has its perks! One being better pay and benefits. You also get to touch a lot of different organizations which is my favorite part! Non profit work is rewarding but you definitely won't get paid as well and you are focused on your mission only.