Does anyone have experience writing your own job description when that position doesn't exactly exist - and basically talking yourself into a job you really, really want?
Sorry for the length - I'm trying to explain it without refering to the company obviously. It's tangentially related to this
previous question, but slightly different.
Ok, there's bad news and good news: the bad news is, the community manager marketing job I applied for has probably been filled. However, the CEO of the company got back to me, is impressed with my experience and wants to find a way to work with me in the future - perhaps a small design contract. What I'd love to do is parlay this into a full time position with the company. They're a new, very small startup in stealth mode with a good product that fills a user need, addresses a current and popular issue and has no real direct competition. Conveniently, the company's issues to solve and things to do really appeal to my skill set, strengths and previous experience (especially in disorganized startups) - areas like business analysis, biz dev (identifying partners etc.), product development (identifying compelling features) as well as design, marketing, branding and strategy. The problem is creating my own job description - I could call it 'user experience designer', but that's not exactly what UX is, and I want to create a compelling case for hiring me rather than a 'huh? what does that mean' type reaction to 'hire me as a UXer'. (not that there's anything wrong with UX!).
The question is, does that position exist, and if so, what is it called? It's almost like a Chief Branding Officer type position (see this great
presentation - for an explanation on that term)- I'm not concerned about job titles but rather saying, 'you need me, and here's what I provide and solve for you'? If that kind of position doesn't exist, how can I justify its creation? Do I make a small business case that basically says 'hire me'? I don't want to seem like I'm stepping on the feet of the marketing guy who's just been hired (although there isn't really any overlap, and I'd be more than happy to collaborate with him/her). I also don't want to seem like I'm just rushing in and wanting to stick my fingers in every pie that's out there - although truthfully I'm thinking my boss would see it as 'genuinely passionate about the product and company' (which I am - it's a great concept and I do like the CEO) rather than 'power grab/ego driven/messing around in everything'. I'm willing to do what needs to be done, and I'm hoping that shows as enthusiasm rather than 'jack of all trades, master of none'. There is one other person in the company that has a marketing background, but I'm unsure if they're actually doing anything or are just staying stealth for a bit...
One more related question - let's say I create a good job description for this dream position, noting my tasks, hinting at deliverables and milestone's I'd be meeting. Should I try and quantify or justify my salary for the position? Part of the problem I want to help them solve is securing the next round of funding - identifying VCs, creating biz plans, etc. etc. Does it seem crass to say, "here's what I should make, and here's how you'll pay for it?" (not that I'm planning to ask for lots, mind you). I can make the case that with a startup that doesn't have solid funding yet and our current iffy economy, they would be hiring a combined position - like a CMO with additional COO type duties with a complimentary skill set - rather than having to hire these separate jobs down the road.
Any ideas? Does this sound crazy? Does anyone have any experience in doing this? I'll abandon the idea if it seems ridiculous, but am curious to see if I can make it work.