Job Opportunities: At NDNU and more

29 07 2014

Multiple Job Opportunities Open now (some closing soon – read carefully if interested!):

Logo NDNUNDNU:  Part-time Administrative Coordinator for the Professional Studies Program. Yes, working in Tabard Inn with us!  $20/hour, 20 hours/per week. Afternoons.   Important benefit:  You can take up to six units each semester (nearly) for free!  Send resume and cover letter to NDNU Human Resources.



logo Sam HouseSamaritan House:
Volunteerism is at the heart of Samaritan House. Volunteers provide a motivated, valuable and exemplary workforce at
Samaritan House. Our goal is to be the local volunteer organization of choice. The Director of Volunteers is responsible for
Samaritan House’s overall volunteer program experience, volunteer program development and activities under the general
supervision of the CEO and in collaboration with agency volunteers that may include members of the Board of Directors. This
position will provide leadership and strategic programming direction to the agency’s volunteer program while building on existing
efforts and plans. This includes forecasting, planning, outreach, recruitment, placement, orientation, training, reporting, analysis,
evaluation and support for all volunteers in the program. This position will also implement and create new strategies and
initiatives to retain and increase volunteerism. Volunteering is a key entry point for fund development at Samaritan House, and
the Volunteer Director will play a key role in ensuring the coordination of volunteering and development efforts, in conjunction
with the Director of Development.

Click HERE for the full position listing and how to apply. Note that there are other job opportunities also at that link:  Communications and PR Specialist, Director of Development, and Program Aid.


logo MidPen Op SpaceMidpeninsula Regional Open Space District, South Bay, Community Outreach Specialist.   This is an exciting role to lead and coordinate the community outreach and legislative programs.  The ideal candidate is an outgoing, energetic public and government affairs professional who can communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences, inspire members of the putlic, engage potential partners, and strengthen the legislative program.

The Community Outreach Specialist schedules and coordinates public education events, connects with local employers and partners, fosters ongoing relationships with appointed and elected officials and other external stakeholders, develops opportunities to outreach to specific cultural and interest groups, and coordinates and directs outreach volunteers.

This Full-Time postiion will work out of the Administrative Office in Los Altos and be part of a strong, proactive, positive public affairs team.  Bilingual abilities are highly desireable.

Apply here.  Salary $6,160-$7,694 monthly.  Close date August 1, 2014.


Local Legal AidLegal Aid Society, San Mateo.  FULL-TIME RECEPTIONIST

The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to
providing civil legal services to low-income residents of San Mateo County.

POSITION: The Legal Aid Society seeks a full-time receptionist. Duties include client
screening by telephone and in person, providing appropriate information and referrals, making
appointments, word processing, computer data entry, preparing and maintaining files, and other
general office/clerical tasks as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: This is a customer service position. Applicants must have the ability to
handle four incoming telephone lines, as well as walk-in clients, while maintaining a
professional and courteous demeanor. The position requires handling a high volume of calls and
clients; working under pressure; typing a minimum of 50 wpm; and strong data entry and other
clerical skills. Previous law office experience preferred. Bilingual skills in Spanish and English


CLOSING DATE: Continuous until position is filled

Send resume to:
Judith Goldstein, Office Manager
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County
The Natalie Lanam Justice Center
Sobrato Center for Nonprofits – Redwood Shores
330 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 123
Redwood City, CA 94065

Scholarship Opportunity

16 07 2014

scholarshipTakeLessons is an online tutoring resource (if you have reviews about their services, please share!) They have announced three scholarships that are open to “anyone who will be enrolled in a U.S. college or university between August 1st, 2014 and May 31st, 2015.” The scholarships are for $1,000, $2,000, and $5,000 and you don’t have to be a client to apply. Wouldn’t that be nice to add to your education fund?

Here’s who they are: “At TakeLessons, we’re all about helping students find their passion, whether it’s academic, musical, artistic, or something totally off-the-wall. And for many, heading to college is a huge step toward the career of your dreams and reaching your ultimate goals.”

About the scholarship: “If you need a little financial assistance getting there, we’re here to help! We’re excited to announce our first-ever scholarship competition, with the chance to win one of three scholarship prizes.

For more information, see how to apply here! Good luck….


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Is College Worth It For Me?

16 07 2014

NDNU adult studentsIs College Worth It For Me?

I just came across this report from November 2013 by an organization called, “Public Agenda,” called, “Is College Worth It For Me; How Adults Without Degrees Think About Going (Back) to School.

Some of the key findings:

  1. Driving Concerns: Can I afford it and can I make it work in my busy life? Adults who don’t have degree are most concerned about taking on debt and whether they can balance school with work and family obligations. Many also worry about whether they will be able to keep up academically.
  2. Top Priorities: High-quality teachers, applicable skills, affordable tuition. Adults want knowledge and skills that are directly relevant to the workplace.
  3. Most hope to take at least some classes online (but many suspect that employers don’t value online education as highly).
  4. Adults learn about colleges from people they know, advertising, and the websites of specific schools. The most common source of information are friends, family, and colleagues, as well as TV commercials and billboard ads.
  5. Few distinguish between not-for-profit and for-profit colleges, but once they understand the distinction, they become more skeptical of for-profit schools.
  6. Many believe that more opportunities to meet and talk with college experts and other adult students could help other adults like them make better decisions.


What do you think? Do these findings resonate with your concerns and questions? If you were to offer advice to someone considering finishing a degree, what would it be?

Oh, and by the way, this study shows that college IS definitely worth it.  It notes that “…public discussion today … often focuses on the undeniable fact that a bachelor’s degree does not guarantee success. But of course it doesn’t. Nothing guarantees success…”  However, “the decision not to attend college for fear that it’s a bad deal is among the most economically irrational decisions anybody could make in 2014.”

An interesting read…

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Job Opportunities at NDNU

10 07 2014

NDNUThis time, we have jobs open within NDNU to share:

1. Director of Admissions. Know anyone with strong experience with Admissions? This is a critical position at NDNU, which is positioned for growth, especially in the online and off-campus areas. See the link for more information and pass along if you know any strong candidates.

2.  Freshman Admissions Counselor.  This position will include much travel to Southern California and will be working mostly with a traditional college-age population.  If you know anyone who might be interested, please share!

3.  Human Resources Recruitment and Retention Coordinator

4.  Part Time Administrative Coordinator, Professional Studies (that’s us!)  We need someone to help with the administrative work in our office in Tabard Inn.  Work with a great group, afternoons, 20 hours a week.

For other current openings at NDNU, click here.

Thanks for sharing, as appropriate!


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Two Job Opportunities at Puente de la Costa Sur

9 07 2014


Puente de la Costa Sur (Puente), a community-based nonprofit that serves the diverse human needs of the rural South Coast of San Mateo County, has two positions open in their new family engagement initiative (see attached). The initiative is funded for two years by a major grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation of Los Altos.

Puente is partnering with the La Honda Pescadero Unified School District to put in place a series of interventions to address core “opportunity gap” issues in this largely low income immigrant community. Fully bilingual candidates with an interest in working with rural Spanish-speaking populations to improve educational outcomes are strongly encouraged to apply.

Deadline: Friday, July 25, 2014​

Here is the Project Manager Family Engagement Initiative position description: ProjectMgrECEjd
Here is the Early Literacy / Raising a Reader+ Specialist position description: EarlyLiteracyRARjd


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Job Opportunity: Executive Director of Nonprofit Housing Association

9 07 2014

NHAA search for the new Executive Director of the Nonprofit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH) is being conducted by Leadership Search Partners.   See description below and

The lack of affordable housing in major metropolitan areas is one of California’s most critical public issues. Leadership Search Partners is very pleased to be working with the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH) to conduct the search for their next Executive Director.

NPH is the voice of those who support, build and finance affordable housing in Northern California. NPH plays two important roles – building the internal capacity of organizations in the field, and improving the external environment for affordable housing.

With 750 members representing all nine counties of the Bay Area, NPH encompasses the spectrum of the affordable housing field. NPH has achieved major advances in the field of affordable housing at the local, regional and statewide level, and is recognized nationally as a highly effective advocacy group and capacity builder.

The new Executive Director will take the helm at an exciting time for NPH. The board and staff recently created a bold new vision and strategic plan that calls for NPH to play a leadership role in building catalytic, broad-based coalitions with partners in the environmental, health, transportation and education sectors. The plan also mandates strengthening political capital in order to play a leading role in securing new permanent sources for funding affordable housing as a key element of healthy, equitable, sustainable communities.

The Board of Directors is seeking a strategic leader with a passion for social equity and a keen understanding of the critical role of nonprofit affordable housing as part of a larger regional strategy. The successful candidate will be a proven leader with political acumen and in-depth knowledge of how to build political capital and public will. A strong collaborator, they will see this job as an opportunity to lead the nonprofit sector in one of the most serious public policy issue affecting Northern Californians today.

To apply, see full description here:executive_director,_nph


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Library Closed

8 07 2014

library closedA notice about the campus Library:

The Gellert Library will be closed July 18th, 19th, and 20th for carpet cleaning. We will resume normal hours at 9am on July 21st.

Best,  Mary Wegmann, Director of Library Services

NOTE that access to online library services will still be available. These are so important for research and a great resource.


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