Pros: people, healthcare, flexible schedules, cultural environment
Cons: it wasn't based in san francisco.
I became involved with Habitat via a volunteer position I was recruited to on their Development Committee. We built four homes for tornado-affected families and manged to raise $600,000 in six months to get them home for the holidays. Shortly after that I was asked onto their Board of Directors. I was then on the search committee for a new Development – more... and Communications Director. I couldn't pass it up. I wanted to walk through the door there every morning. No one was beyond taking out the trash or handling emotionally challenging situations involving people who really, really needed a home. It was a fantastic team and I would work there again in a heartbeat. The management style was best described as coaching. Our ED expected us to come to her with what we needed her to do. In my case, that was finding and scheduling prospective funders. The hardest part of the job was working with so many folks in need. Avoiding mission creep with the desires of potential funders could be challenging as well--but nothing that was insurmountable. During a typical day I would work with board members, committee members, our web hosting company, members of the community and staff to secure funding, plan and execute events and spread the word through our marketing. The entire staff was supportive when I told them I was moving. I am still working for them pro bono because I care about them as people and about the mission of the organization. – less