It’s been some months since I’ve blogged – I’m sorry about that! But I promise there’s a good reason: I’ve been busy learning and growing in a brand new role in a brand new city. I accepted a new position: Associate Director of Development at a theater nonprofit. I started there on August 19 and have been getting to know the ropes and my role in the development team.
I was attracted to this position because I was ready and craving the next step in my career. Over the past few years, I have gained multiple direct reports and realized that my favorite time at work was working with these folks. I really enjoy thinking about how development teams work and I was looking for a new step that would allow me to contribute to that most thoughtfully.
And that’s where my current job comes in. This brand new position was created to inject capacity into a department where everyone is working at 150% and no one is able to step back and plan (sound familiar?). I am able to serve as the liaison between the development director and the rest of the development staff, manage daily operations, and assist the development director with department strategy. I was excited that this nonprofit identified the need for this kind of role and happy I could fit in to help.
I am learning a tremendous amount at my new job, and the possibilities are endless about what I could write about here. In addition to the development operations, I get to focus on developing the people in our department, which I love – a nonprofit is only as good as the amount of happy people working for it.
So thanks for being patient with me, and I hope you’ll read the coming posts as I navigate through my new role. It’s not always going to be pretty, but it’s always going to be honest. I appreciate you understanding that.
It was a pleasure to meet you and your colleagues last week to discuss online fundraising strategy. Lots to do and lots of fundraising opportunity in the next 2 months!
It was a pleasure to meet you as well, Michael! Just today we were discussing many of your suggestions in our communications team meeting. Thank you for your time with us and for stopping by my blog!
Hooray! So glad to hear from you and your blog again. I saw your new job post on LinkedIn so I figured you’ve been head down fighting the good fight. Would love to connect with you sometime. Glad things are going well.
Thanks so much, Glen! I would love to hear more about your new project as well! Are you in the Bay Area often? Message me on LinkedIn (I can’t remember if you have my email – if so, feel free to message me there) and perhaps we can schedule something. Thanks for the note and for stopping by my blog!
Congrats! What city does your NP work within?
Thanks! I’m in the Bay Area and the nonprofit I’ve been at since August is in Berkeley. Where are you?
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