A Head of Community Engagement is responsible for the direction and operational leadership of the org. relative to marketing, public relations, fundraising tasks, events, and more.
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What’s It Like To Be Head of Community Engagement?
What does your role involve?
I collaborate with our many and varied partners. I look to ensure our partners and community are happy with our work and understand the value of what we do. My most important skills are social skills.
What does a typical day look like?
On a typical day I am contacting partners, making zoom meetings, writing report on the results of specific projects and looking for new opportunities to meet new partners.
What hurdles did you overcome?
I needed to learn to self-promote. I would have advanced in my career more rapidly had I been comfortable with emphasising my contributions earlier on.
What’s one thing you love about your job and one thing you would leave behind if you could?
I love the people I work with and the freedom I get. I get to live in my truth and learn something new every single day and make myself a better person too. One thing I haven’t loved is working full-time hours, so I’ve cut back to four days a week. I’d also probably give up having to work in the mornings if I could. I’ve always told my bosses that I don’t love project management, but it’s an essential part of what I do and it breaks up the intensity of dealing with complex ideas all the time, so maybe I’d keep it after all.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Sometimes I still struggle to get out of bed, but I know that when I do, I have exciting projects to work on. Sometimes that’s enough of a motivator. I really love that what I do has the potential to change the world for the better. I love making lessons that challenge racism, homophobia and sexism and teach us to better care for our planet. It’s something I’m really proud of.
What is your superpower??
Killing with kindness
What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
Use your personal values and ideals to define success (not societal values). Pursuing your curiosity is the key to contentment. And also, people are not as worried about what you do with your life as much as you think they do right now. The people around you really just want you to be happy.
Tell us your fave quote…
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”