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A Workforce Preparedness Program for Managerial and Professional
Employment in the Connecticut Nonprofit Sector
- Dates: March 3 – June 17, 2016
- Program Fee: $2950 (financial assistance available for eligible candidates)
- Application Period: November 16, 2015 – Deadline Extended to January 29, 2016
- Acceptance Decisions: Rolling: February 8 – February 19 , 2016
- Deep Immersion in the Nonprofit Sector: All components of Encore!Hartford, from education to fellowship, are conducted in a diverse selection of Connecticut nonprofit organizations.
- Education: Sixty-Four hours of managerial and professional skill-set transition education in nonprofit leadership, program management, finance, governance, funding strategies, organizational management, program outcome measurement and job search strategies. Classes meet twice a week beginning in March, 2015 for two months from 8:30am to 12:30pm.
- Resume Restructuring and Networking: Creation of resumes that reflect transitional skills and experience applicable to the nonprofit sector, and networking opportunities to meet with sector leaders and learn more about the work of their organizations.
- Encore Fellowship: The cornerstone of Encore!Hartford is the two-month , 30-hour per week fellowship at a Greater Hartford area or Fairfield County area, as appropriate, nonprofit.
Results to Date
A five year track record.
In 2010, Encore!Hartford was launched with two objectives:
1. Reduce long-term unemployment of seasoned corporate managerial professionals aged 50 and over
2. Strengthen the Connecticut nonprofit sector, through the hiring of these seasoned professionals
Five years and 109 graduates later, Encore!Hartford has done just that.[ii]
Getting an Interview with a Connecticut Nonprofit
Employment to Date 91% (Full, Part-time, Social Entrepreneurs)
Of those employed:
Full-Time 70% [iii]
Employed in nonprofit sector 73% [iv]
Retention in sector 98%
 Individuals younger than 50 years of age, who demonstrate potential, are also considered and accepted into the program. Historically, under-50 counts for about 10% of the Fellows in each class.
[ii] Tracked results as of 5/5/2015. Participants are tracked for 1 year after graduation.
[iii] Some are still searching for full-time, but some graduates desire only part-time employment.
[iv] To date four EH Fellows accepted positions in state or town government public agencies working in the same sphere and with similar purpose as nonprofit agencies.
Sampling of Full-time Hires in Nonprofit Fields
|Chief Administrative Officer Youth
Chief Human Resources Officer Housing
Chief Human Services Officer Health
Chief Marketing Officer Disabled
Community Engagement Poverty
Community Engagement Faith-based
Community Network Builder Hunger
Development Associate Justice
Development Coordinator Domestic Violence
Director of Development Literacy
Director of Development Social Justice
Director of Development Poverty
Director of Finance Youth Intervention
Director of Programs Youth Education
Director of School Services Hunger
Director of Strategic Planning Health
|Donor Relations Manager Social Service
Economic Security Manager Poverty
Executive Director Advocacy
Executive Director Elderly
Executive Director At-Risk Youth
Executive Director Community Development
Family Liaison Coordinator Youth
Family Self Sufficiency Manger Housing
Housing Development Manager Housing
Manager of Research Public Safety
Managing Director Arts
Marketing Manager Social Enterprise
Mentor/Consultant Social Enterprise
Nonprofit Consultant Development
Organizational Development Health
Outreach Manager Arts
Youth Counselor At-Risk Youth
In the Media and Encore Fellow Testimonials
Encore!Hartford Fellow Testimonials
Hartford Courant: A Career Bridge
Forbes Magazine: Writing New Chapters
Forbes Magazine: Nonprofits…Are Your Ready to Make the Switch?
Greenwich Times: Older Jobless Can Create New Careers
Hartford Business Journal: Encore!Hartford Eases Path for Jobless Executives
Hartford Business Journal: Elsons’ Rocky Trek Led to Job Nirvana,
New York Times:How to Profit Modestly by Moving to a Nonprofit
Compensation in the Nonprofit Sector
Here is a report produced by Third Sector New England in 2014 which gives you a feel for compensation for positions in the nonprofit sector in Southern New England.
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