I currently work 20 hours per week as Grants Coordinator for a nonprofit organization I love. I’ve been here 9 months. My job is deadline-driven so my schedule is very flexible, depending on deadlines. The culture is beautiful, the organization is well-run, I just feel like I’ve found my work-away-from-home.
At the time I was hired, I was told it would be a part time gig, which is good because I (ostensibly) would have all this extra time to work on my fiction. Things didn’t exactly go as planned. First I had major emergency surgery, then seizures and haven’t been able to drive for the past 5 months, and was on a terrible awful medication that I just kicked this week, but they’ve been really great about it, and I’ve been cranking out grants rather miraculously considering all the challenges I’ve faced.
We have had major turnover at my job lately. Our CEO left, my boss just quit, and we just replaced someone else in my department who quit (there are only 4 of us on the development team, so losing two people is huge.) I suspect the major reason for turnover is that we changed buildings to a new location, making the commute harder for people, and that when some people left it created a chain effect as people were additionally burdened with new tasks. As far as I can tell there’s no far-reaching drama or terrible things going on.
Because of all the turnover, a huge amount of burden has fallen on our Sr. Director of Programs and our Manager of Financial Operations, so I’ve been getting stuff thrown on my plate I wouldn’t ordinarily do. They are currently my direct supervisors and as far as I can tell they love the work I’m doing. I’ve also floated some ideas to them about streamlining the grants process by working on the systems side to integrate grant protocol with the way finances are actually managed, and they are very enthusiastic. I just look at where I’m at right now and I see a bigger picture, a greater need that needs to be filled, but I can’t realistically fill that need as a part-timer.
So I’m wondering, with all the turnover, would now be a good or bad time to suggest going full time? Having a super flexible schedule is nice and all, but I have found I do less well with less structure, and if I really look at times I’ve been happiest in my life, it’s been working my ass off writing grants. The Sr. Director of Programs is often burdened with the government grants and other things I am totally qualified to do but that just aren’t considered a regular part of my domain. I was thinking of proposing that I start taking on more of her stuff and a more prominent role generally in grants management, including foundation relations. The idea would be to ease her burden and ease the burden of whoever becomes my next boss.
I was thinking of going in Monday, pulling our Sr. Director of Programs (she is also interim CEO) aside and just making the pitch that I can accomplish more and help more with more hours. Is that a presumptuous suggestion? Should I just wait for them to broach the subject? With everything going on a part of me feels it’s inevitable they are going to ask me to go full time. I’d rather do it sooner than later, but they might not have reached that point where they’ve considered it.