The New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA), the largest professional organization serving the needs of Garden State CPAs, was recently selected by The NonProfit Times as one of the country’s “50 Best Nonprofits to Work for in 2012.” The NJSCPA was ranked 7th among the 50 organizations honored and 3rd among small employers (15-49 employees).
Founded in 1898, the Society employs a professional staff of 39 people. Representing the majority of New Jersey CPAs in public practice, industry, government and education, the NJSCPA supports members in fulfilling their professional responsibilities and achieving success through leadership, education, networking and community involvement initiatives.
The nationwide annual survey and award program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in the non-profit sector, benefiting the industry's economy, its workforce and businesses. Other organizations honored include the Wounded Warrior Project (#1), Make-A-Wish Foundation of America (#14), Solar Energy Industries Association (#21) and Playworks Los Angeles (#33).
NJSCPA Executive Director Ralph Albert Thomas noted, “We are pleased and excited to be included among this group of nonprofit leaders. It really validates what we’re doing as an organization. I always say that our talented staff is the Society’s most important asset, and I am delighted that the we’ve been recognized for our efforts to reward and encourage the outstanding team we have working here.”
In one of the survey’s two open-ended questions, NJSCPA staff members were asked “What does this organization do that makes it a place where people would want to work?” Responses included:
- “I believe the organization from top to bottom cares about the people who work here…I am proud of working here and what we accomplish on a daily basis.”
- “The NJSCPA is a fantastic place to work. The organization values hard work, talent and work-life balance.”
- “The organization tries extremely hard to create a work environment that staff enjoys working in.”
- “There is open communication and open door policy with management.”
According to the publisher of Nonprofit Times, the assessment was a two-part process. In part one, employers completed a questionnaire about nonprofit policies, practices and demographics. In part two, employees completed a confidential survey of approximately 72 statements they rated on a five-point agreement scale. The results were analyzed and categorized according to eight core focus areas: leadership and planning, corporate culture and communications, role satisfaction, work environment, relationship with supervisor, training and development, pay and benefits and overall engagement. The information collected from the two instruments was then combined to produce a set of data, which survey analysts used to determine the strengths and opportunities of the participating nonprofits, and to assign rankings.
For more information, view the full report or visit Nonprofit Times' website.