Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A day in the life of a nonprofit worker

1. What is your name, organization and job title (you don't have to give your name/organization if you don't want to- it can be anonymous)
Program Coordinator for a Reproductive Health Advocacy Organization.

2. What is the first thing you do when you get in the office?
Triage my messages: voicemail, email, and snail mail.

3. How do you spend your lunch break?
Catching up on industry news (reading blogs, newspapers, journals), chatting with coworkers, or meeting with program constituents and colleagues at other non-profit organizations.

4. Which part of your work do you enjoy most?
I honestly love my job because I know that I'm contributing systemic solutions to systemic problems. I'm happiest when I'm working directly on solving those problems, whether it's identifying new program partners, matching a medical student with a mentor, or bringing people together to learn a new skill that will improve women's access to reproductive health care.

5. Please finish this sentence: If someone wanted my job, they would have to…..
be creative, flexible, and committed to doing whatever it takes to increase access to abortion care. Because long-term social change takes time, they would really have to be prepared for many rejections along the way.

6. What advice or tips do you have for other nonprofit professionals in your position?
Network. Learn who the people are that might benefit from your services, and reach out to them multiple times. Be persistent. And stay on top of developments in the field by reading blogs, subscribing to listservs, and attending industry conferences when possible. You never know who you might meet that could help you with your goal.

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