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Common Questions

If you don't see your question below, check out the topics to the right.

New to Idealist? Some ways to get started.

Have questions about searching the site? Find tips here.

What kinds of organizations can have pages on Idealist?

I'm a third-party recruiter. How do I post on behalf of my client?

How much does it cost to post a job on Idealist? 

It's free to sign up, search for opportunities, connect with others, create a page for your organization, and post action opportunities, events, and volunteer opportunities.

We do charge U.S.-based nonprofit and government organizations $90 for each job posted (for social enterprises, consultants and recruitment firms, it's $110) per location for up to one month. We also charge U.S.-based organizations $25 for each internship ($35 for businesses). If you'll be posting more than a few jobs or internships, be sure to check out Job and Internship Packs for reduced rates.

My organization is already on Idealist. How can I become an administrator? 

To become an administrator of your organization's page, you'll first need to log in or sign up as an individual. Then, search for your organization from the search bar, go to your organization's page, and scroll down to click on the "Become an administrator" link near the bottom of the page.

You can see a video showing this on our YouTube channel: How to Become an administrator

You'll have the option to send a request to your page's existing administrators or to let us know if the listed administrators are no longer with your organization, in which case we can approve you as an administrator internally. If you're sending the request to Idealist staff, make sure you're logged in with an organization email address (like so that we can easily authenticate you.

How do I post a listing? 

To get started, click "Post A Listing." If you're logged in and an administrator of your organization, you'll begin by choosing the type of listing you wish to post. If you are the admin of multiple organizations, you can choose which org you're posting on behalf of.

(If you are logged in, but are prompted to become an administrator or add your organization, then most likely the email address you logged in with is not connected to your organization as an administrator.)

When creating a listing, remember that you can always save it as a draft and come back to it later, or click "Publish" if you're ready to make it public. Before you can save a Draft, though, make sure all the required fields are filled out-- otherwise your draft might not successfully save. You can always find your draft again in your organization's Dashboard.

If you'd like to post on behalf of your organization and your organization isn't on Idealist yet, click here.

How can I repost a listing? 

When you repost a listing, you create a new copy of the listing. This costs a job posting fee, and your listing will go to the top of the recently posted job listings as go out in email alerts to job seekers.

Log in and hover over the drop-down menu at the top right of the page, and click the name of your organization, to get to your organization's Dashboard.

In the Listings tab, scroll down to the listing you want (if it's already hidden or expired, it'll be lower on the page, in the Inactive Listings section). Then click on the name of the listing you'd like to repost.

You should see a link on the left side of the screen to "Repost/Use as template." (You can use the "repost" icon in the listing preview in your dashboard as a shortcut to creating a new copy.) When you are happy with your listing, click on "Publish" at the bottom of the page.

How do I edit or remove a listing from the site? 

Log in and hover over the drop-down menu at the top right of the page, and click the name of your organization, to get to your organization's Dashboard.
Make sure the Listings tab is selected.

Scroll down to your Listings; Active listings will be near the top, and Inactive ones lower on the page. Click on the name of your listing to go to its page.

If you'd like to edit your listing, click on the gray "Edit" button near the top of the page (or, from the Dashboard, use the pencil icon). Make your changes, then click Save.

If you'd like to hide or delete your listing, click on "Remove" in the Admin Tools section on the upper left side of the listing's page (or, from the Dashboard, use the X icon). You will be given the option to hide or to delete your listing. If you choose to hide your listing, you will be able to reactivate it at a later time; if you delete your listing, you will not be able to retrieve it later. Usually hiding is the better option!

Why is my job or internship hidden when it has more time? 

It's most likely that your job or internship was hidden from public view because it had an Application Deadline that passed. When you set an Application Deadline, our site automatically hides the listing the morning after whatever date you've specified.

In order to unhide it, you'd need to edit the listing to remove or change that date, and then publish it again.

You can find and edit your listings from your organization's Dashboard. Make your changes, then Save at the bottom of the listing. Finally, click the link to Publish your listing on the upper left corner of the page to make the listing public again.

You do not have to include a date in the Application Deadline field. If you leave it blank, the listing will run for the remainder of its 30 days without interruption.

(Please note that if you *repost* a listing from the Dashboard, you create a new copy of your listing, which does cost another posting fee. Use the instructions above to make your existing listing public again.)

Can I refresh my listing so that it appears at the top? 

Idealist does not offer premium listings or any sort of float-to-the-top feature; all listings on our site are treated the same. To make your listing more searchable, see our great tips on improving job listings here:

The only real way to refresh a listing so that it appears at the top of search results, is to repost a new copy of it. The new copy will appear near the top of search results, and will go out in email alerts. In the case of job or internship listings, this will also cost an extra posting fee. For best results, please keep one copy of a job listing visible to the public at a time.

Can you find me a job or volunteer opportunity that matches my requirements? 

We can't personally find an opportunity for you—after all, we have hundreds of thousands of members! So you're going to have to do a little bit of work yourself. But we've tried to make that as easy as possible with our tools for searching and bookmarking, as well as Email Alerts and saved searches.

To start searching, enter a keyword or multiple keywords into the Search bar on the top of the page. Then use the categories on the left to browse the organizations and the listings they have posted (jobs, volunteer opportunities, internships, events, programs, and resources). Click here for more search tips.

Also, be sure to take a look at the resources that Idealist offers to those looking for a job, internship, or volunteer opportunity.

Good luck in your search!

How do I create, update, or cancel my Email Alerts? 

To create an email alert:

Log in and conduct a search using the search features at the top of any page. Once you see search results, narrow your results if you'd like by clicking on the filters on the left side of the page. When you're satisfied with the search criteria, click "Save this search" Name the search, if you'd like, and check the box that says "Email me daily with new matches!", then click Save. You will only receive an Email Alert when new listings matching your saved criteria are posted.

To edit your existing email alerts:

To use an existing saved search as a template for a new Email Alert, log in and put your mouse over the arrow on the right side of the green "Search" button. Click on the name of your saved search to run it.

On the results page, you'll be able to edit your keywords and the search that you originally ran. Change the search criteria as you'd like. Once you're satisfied with the new search results, save the search by clicking on the green Get Email Alert button to receive daily emails. This will create a new Email Alert.

To remove the original email alert, hover over the green Search arrow again, and click on "See all my saved searches." Click "Delete" next to the old saved search.

You can also visit your saved searches/email alerts via your personal Dashboard-- just look for the drop-down menu under your name in the top right corner, then click Dashboard.

To remove an email alert:
Log in and hover over the arrow on the right side of the green "Search" button. Select "See all my saved searches" from the drop down menu. Or, look for the drop-down menu under your name in the top right corner, then click Dashboard. Click on "Turn off this email alert" next to the alert you'd like to stop receiving. Once it's turned off, you'll see the option to turn it back on if you'd like to do so later. You can also simply delete the alert, which will also remove the saved search.

Can Idealist help with funding my project or organization? 

We aren't a grantmaking organization, so unfortunately, we can't help you directly. However, you can use to search for and connect with organizations that might be interested in partnering with you or supporting your work.

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