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July 14, 2012 8:42 AM Subscribe
Small nonprofit job-search-filter: can a job application/interview be confidential if everyone knows everyone else?
I work for a great company that does a lot of good in the community. I am not satisfied with my role in the company, however, and don't see a whole lot of growth/change in my role over the medium term at least. A local nonprofit that my company partners with on some projects has an open position that is a good match and would have me feeling more like I'm doing meaningful work.
The problem: the acting director of the nonprofit serves on my current company's board of directors, and the president of my company serves on the nonprofit's board of directors. I work directly with my president on projects and have met the nonprofit's acting director on several occasions. The nonprofit has maybe a dozen staff so even if the acting director doesn't open the mail, whoever gets my resume is going to recognize my company name as my current employer.
Would it be crazy-foolish for me to apply for this job? Does the board of a small nonprofit get involved in hiring for non-executive staff? (The job is grants management/oversight/reporting.) Is there any way to apply for this job without my current company's president/my boss finding out?
I mean, after a conversation with them if it looks like a good match and we start talking details, I would be first in line to tell my president and give him as much notice as possible, etc. But I don't want anyone to know I'm applying for jobs unless I'm actually being offered jobs! Is that possible in this scenario, and if it is, how to go about it?