Careers and Professional Development

As a student, you join a broad network of professionals and partners dedicated to your growth and interested in your education. We want to connect you with opportunities that spark your interest, and we want to ensure that you have the tools and resources you need to cultivate your next career move. Whether you are beginning your nonprofit career or are looking to expand your network, we are here to help you put your passion into action, increase your earning potential, and advance your career.

The faculty and staff of Nonprofit Leadership work alongside their community partners to host career and networking events throughout the year. A few examples include:

  • Nonprofit Connects Socials: in-person and virtual gatherings focused on building community with students and alumni networks.
  • Career Transitions Group: an eight-week peer group for making career transitions into and through the nonprofit sector.
  • Own Your Value, Navigating the Job Search in the Nonprofit Sector: panel of area leaders discussing some of the challenges and opportunities professionals face when navigating hiring processes and job offers in the nonprofit sector. Topics covered included salary conversations and negotiation tactics, how to evaluate and own the value you bring to an organization, internal hiring practices, and emerging trends.

Other Resources

  • Nonprofit Leadership Alumni Network: Learn more about the thriving alumni network you will join.
  • Seattle University Career Engagement Office: helps students and alumni explore careers, develop professional networks, and make plans for career and vocational development.
  • Seattle University Alumni Association: opens pathways to engagement with the university by connecting and engaging alumni, building lifetime relationships within the Seattle U community.
  • Idealist: connects people with career resources and job opportunities all over the world.
  • Washington Nonprofits: the state association for all nonprofits in Washington. They work to make sure nonprofits have what they need to succeed through learning, advocacy, and collaboration. You can find resources, training, and job postings on the website.
  • 501 Commons: offers nonprofit support, management and technology consulting, resources, and referral services.

Career Outcomes

Alumni are employed in a mix of nonprofit, public, and private sectors and often pivot into new roles within their organizations or in another area of impact within six to 12 months of graduation*. During a recent program study, 100 percent of alums reported using their skills or knowledge learned in the Nonprofit Leadership programs in their daily work. Alumni employment includes:

  • Executive Directors
  •  Directors of Volunteer Services
  •  Marketing and Communications Managers
  •  Philanthropy Associates
  • Youth Program Leads
  • Finance Managers
  • Community Engagement Managers
  • Major Gift Officers
  • Directors of Development
  • Education Program Managers
  • Directors of Operations
  • Directors of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Public Policy Associates
  • Advocacy Leads
  • Faculty
  • Nonprofit Consultants

Whether you are interested in education, healthcare, social services, community development, arts and culture, youth, the environment, foundations, or anything in-between, you will be connected to an engaged network of students and alumni working in a variety impact areas.

*Seattle University does not guarantee employment.

Contact Us

  • Ashley Miller, EdD

    Ashley Miller, EdD

    Senior Admissions Counselor
    (206) 296-5774

  • Nicole Plastino

    Nicole Plastino

    Graduate Program Coordinator
    (206) 296-5493

  • Elizabeth Dale, PhD

    Elizabeth Dale, PhD

    Program Director and Associate Professor
    (206) 296-5484