Public and Nonprofit Management — Resources

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"...public service is a stimulating, proud, and lively enterprise. It is not just a way of life, it is a way to live fully." — Lee H. Hamilton

Our success often depends on having access to the right information at the right time. On this page, we provide you with some tools and tips that may help you find a job, secure a grant, build a network of valuable professional relationships, and produce research.

If you are nearing graduation and would like to find for a job or internship in the public or nonprofit sector, consider looking for positions on http://publicservicecareers.org/,learning more about the jobs you can get with an MPA on http://www.mastersofpublicadministration.org/careers-for-students ,and using the services of the UT Dallas Career Center to polish your application materials.

If you work in a nonprofit or a government and would like to apply for an external grant, consider looking for grants and requests for proposals on Texas Connects, a unique online listing of grant funding opportunities hosted by the Public and Nonprofit management program at UT Dallas. Our faculty update this listing regularly and offer it as a free service to nonprofits and public agencies. This online listing provides funding notices in the following areas: arts, community development, counseling, evaluation, education, environment, healthcare, and social services.

If you are interested in the public and nonprofit sector research or would like to become a member of a professional association of public administrators or policy analysts, consider joining a professional or academic society of your choice.

American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)

The ASPA is the largest professional association for public administrators in North America. It is dedicated to advancing the art, science, teaching and practice of public and non-profit administration. This annual conference is held in March, proposal submissions are typically due in August of the preceding year. For more information about the association, membership, annual conference and student opportunities at ASPA visit the website: www.aspanet.org (Journal: Public Administration Review - PAR)

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Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)

The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action is a U.S.-based international association that connects scholars, teachers, and practice leaders interested in research on nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, philanthropy and civil society. The annual conference is held in November, proposal submissions are typically due at the end of March. For more information about the association, membership, and annual conference, visit the website: www.arnova.org (Journal: Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly - NVSQ)

Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM)

The Association for Budgeting and Financial Management is a section of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) that promotes the professional development of budgeting and financial management in the public and nonprofit sectors. The annual conference is held in October, proposal submissions are typically due in April. To find more information about the association, its annual conference, and resources for teaching and research in government and nonprofit finance, visit the website: www.abfm.org (Journal: Public Budgeting and Finance - PBF)

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)

The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management is dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education. The multidisciplinary annual research conference is held in November. Proposal submissions are typically due at the beginning of April. For more information about the conference, visit the website: www.appam.org (Journal: Journal of Policy Analysis and Management - JPAM)

The International City/County Management Association

ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, advances professional local government worldwide. The organization’s mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional management to build better communities.

ICMA identifies leading practices to address the needs of local governments and professionals serving communities globally. We provide services, research, publications, data and information, peer and results-oriented assistance, and training and professional development to thousands of city, town, and county leaders and other individuals and organizations throughout the world. The management decisions made by ICMA's members affect millions of people living in thousands of communities, ranging in size from small towns to large metropolitan areas.

The National League of Cities

The National League of Cities members are municipalities from across the country. A city or town joins NLC and the elected officials and staff participate in NLC's programs, activities and governance. State municipal leagues are also active members of NLC, guiding the organization's priorities and serving as an important link to cities in their state. And, NLC offers membership opportunities for members of the private and non-profit sector.

The Government Finance Officers Association

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), founded in 1906, represents public finance officials throughout the United States and Canada. The association's nearly 18,000 members are federal, state/provincial, and local finance officials deeply involved in planning, financing, and implementing thousands of governmental operations in each of their jurisdictions. The GFOA's mission is to enhance and promote the professional management of governmental financial resources by identifying, developing, and advancing fiscal strategies, policies, and practices for the public benefit.