Okay, the title of this post might be a tad of an overstatement, but not by much. Two weeks ago, I said goodbye to my former Director of Talking GOOD, Miriam ElKorchi. A senior at Goucher College in Towson, MD, Miriam worked with me for her entire senior year, but now she is setting her sites on a new opportunity -- specifically one that has a paycheck attached. Now, I'm looking to fill this exciting, door-opening, demanding, and unique position. If you're even remotely interested in what this is all about then please read on. First things first ... you need to know what Talking GOOD is if you're going to be the Director if it! Talking GOOD is a growing collection of short interviews celebrating the link between one’s sense of purpose and a desire to help others. These weekly interviews are with regular folks who go to school, raise families and hold down jobs, yet they share a profound commitment to leading purpose-driven lives, defined by causes, communities, and taking action. These individuals are “citizen-philanthropists” because they prove that one does not need money– just passion, energy, and dedication to make a difference. You can see our entire collection of interviews here.
Below I provide an overview of the position, along with a description of the ideal candidate. But first, let me paint a picture of what the last year was like for Miriam (these are my words, but I know she'd echo/confirm what I'm saying here). Miriam came to me about the internship last September as a Communications & Media Studies major (and an Art minor). She was interested in gaining experience in areas that connected elements of marketing, writing, and social media, but what really drew her to this position was that she would connect directly with and then get to promote inspiring people who do good in the world. Miriam, like many of us, is an idealist.
Miriam also liked the autonomy and independence that she had in this position. She and I would meet in person once per month at Goucher and we'd speak on the phone weekly. Otherwise, she was a one-woman show. Her "office" was a laptop and phone and she could do her Talking GOOD work whenever it fit with her schedule. To make a long story short, Miriam channeled her energy, passion, and commitment into this role and here are just a few of the benefits that she took from the experience:
- A crash course in effective writing.
- Hands on experience working with WordPress.
- The chance to collaborate with founders, executive directors, presidents, and marketing directors at dozens upon dozens of national nonprofits (and some for-profits). This includes being able to connect with these folks on LinkedIn, and obtaining personal email addresses!
- Public bylines on many of our Talking GOOD profiles. That's right ... if you do the work, you'll get the credit (see this post, and this post, and this post as examples).
- NATIONAL MEDIA EXPOSURE!! I saved one of the best for last. Because Talking GOOD has grown in popularity over the last year, our content is now being picked up by reputable news organizations. Recently, the Christian Science Monitor started to reprint select interviews, complete with Miriam's byline.
This is the kind of internship that not only helps the right student build a resume; it helps them create a personal brand identity with public validation that can catapult them into the job market. But to quote Peter Parker's Uncle Ben: "With great power comes great responsibility." Here are some of the responsibilities for this position:
1) Research and vet potential candidates for Talking GOOD. 2) Proactive outreach to candidates and responsiveness to nominations that come in through our website. 3) Manage the overall calendar and ensure that interviewees are submitting responses appropriately and on time. 4) Craft introductory language for some of the posts. 5) Set up posts on WordPress site (and soon, on our brand new proprietary website ... to be launched in September).
These are some of the important qualities that the right candidate will possess:
1) STRONG interpersonal and communication skills (a high emotional quotient). 2) Fluent and adept at using social media. 3) Idealistic. 4) Research ability 5) Strong writing skills 6) Sense of accountability, responsibility, and personal drive. 7) Anti-lazy-ish-ness.
A few more random comments about Director of Talking GOOD:
- This volunteer position is being offered for a minimum of the upcoming fall semester, but may be extended through the spring semester. Preferential consideration will go to candidates who can begin work during the summer.
- The Director of Talking GOOD should be prepared to dedicate 3-5 hours per week to this position.
- Candidates should submit a resume along with a cover letter. SPOILER ALERT: I think the letter is important ... more important than the resume in fact.
- I will want to speak with references.
Information should be submitted directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.