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A Workforce Preparedness Program for Managerial and Professional

Employment in the Connecticut Nonprofit Sector

Tracie Cloutier


Encore!Hartford Curriculum:

  • 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.

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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[1]

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

Prior to Encore!Hartford less than 10%.  After Encore!Hartford over 95% interview rate.Circle

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%

[1] 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



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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.

TSNE Compensation Study

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For questions regarding application information, contact Linda Friedman, Program Director, at or call 860-570-9282 OR click here.

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