What's my job title?
June 6, 2014 5:46 PM Subscribe
So, along with a raise, I'm getting a new job title to recognize what my actual duties are, and I can choose it myself — but I'm no good at titles. Non-profit communications folks, can you weigh in?
Asking this anonymously because I don't need my employers seeing this:
This is the end of a process that started in November, but one major shift happened — my boss left. So now I'm doing part of his job, plus there's an outside consultant doing the other. I've been leaning toward "communication manager" or "communication coordinator" but despite seeing them in other job ads, I'm not totally sure which fits better:
I work at a non-profit and am the primary communication staffer right now; my current title is "communication associate." I do the drafting for nearly all press releases, member communications and social media. I also maintain the websites (five of them, with sub-pages), and am the primary maintainer of the member database. I manage one employee — a part-time designer — and occasionally some interns. I'm being asked to step up again and take over all of the scheduling for the department, and coordinating all that scheduling with the other departments. (Which is OK, it comes with a raise.) I don't, right now, set any broader strategies mostly because when I have, we haven't had the budget to follow through on them, and our org is currently transitioning (again) to a new ED, who starts in September.
The only proscribed title is "communication director," as they still hope to fill that position from outside. My previous boss recommended that I get it, but various internal politics weigh against that.
The other jobs I've been looking at that really seem like they'd be awesome are Public Information Officers for various governmental and quasi-governmental organizations, but I'd also be interested in a communication director position if one came up that was a good fit.