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Nonprofit Social Service Directors

Work Environment

Many social services directors feel that the emotional satisfaction is the best part of the job. In addition to the emotional benefits gained from working directly with clients, there are also the benefits from close relationships with colleagues. Nonprofits make great employers because of the positive work environment that they promote; nonprofits are typically humanitarian, responsive to stress, and supportive emotionally. However, these organizations are almost always run on tight budgets, and directors may have to deal with the constant threat of cutbacks or even closure. This can be stressful, and the director must concentrate on the "business" aspect of the work by getting funding, keeping costs down, and meeting with legislators or potential donors. Directors interact with many different people throughout their workdays and must be able to handle a variety of social situations. The tone of the work environment—dedicated, creative, community oriented—is often set by the director's actions. Working hard and long hours promotes commitment to the job by everyone.

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