Help me come up with the perfect job title!
July 14, 2014 7:54 PM Subscribe
I work at a fast-paced, startup non-profit. I have been there for six months and have quickly moved up the ranks from administrative assistant to director of community engagement. This is great news, except that I don't want to accidentally be a community engagement person for my entire career. There are a few significant changes happening in the next two months (new CEO, new grant, new responsibilities), and I want to take advantage of this opportunity to broaden my skill set and give myself a new title. Help me figure out what my new title should be and how I should ask for it?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Despite my M. Ed. in public policy (which I'm starting to think is entirely useless), my work has been in community engagement. While it's important, I don't feel that community engagement is the best long-term fit for me - I want to broaden the scope of my work to include more policy-based and less task-based work. I took a chance at this new organization to take on new work and show that I can do more than community engagement.
And they have!
My interim CEO has appointed me to a director-level position doing community engagement, and if a new grant gets approved this week, she wants me to be responsible for the following as well:
- run the membership services department
- run a regional conference for 500 attendees
- manage our communications: website, social media, e-blasts, two PR firms, etc
It's sort of the "hey, this random work needs to get done and it doesn't really belong anywhere."
I want to be grumpy about getting left with a laundry list of random crap to do, but I'm thinking that this is an opportunity to get a new title and ask for a raise (more responsibilities = more pay). I could use it as a way to finally ditch the community engagement titles and diversify my resume'.
What title should I ask for that incorporates all of those random things and doesn't include "community engagement" in it? And how do I advocate for that title while reassuring others in the organization that the community engagement work will continue to get done?