After serving with AmeriCorps at Seattle Works, Ben McCarthy was hired to manage two leadership development programs.
What do you do? At Seattle Works [an organization that connects volunteers and develops emerging leaders], I manage and facilitate two leadership development training programs: one for nonprofit and government commission service (The Bridge), the other for volunteer project management (HandsOn Leadership). I also manage Seattle Works’ alumni network, LeadNOW and plan our election-season events.
How did you get that job? I started as an AmeriCorps member, which is a national service program. Over the course of the past year, I guess I impressed them because they hired me full-time after my term of service.
What’s a typical day like? Let’s take this past Wednesday: I started my day on a call with a corporate client who is sponsoring a customized Bridge for their employees; I then moved on to writing up notes from a LeadNOW committee meeting; wrote a blog post; and met with a volunteer faculty member to discuss upcoming changes to our training curriculum.
What’s the best part of the job? Assisting emerging leaders in putting what they’ve learned in our classes into practice. I love having the chance to help them grow as leaders in the community.
What surprises people about your job? I would say that people are surprised by how much Seattle Works does with so little. We are a small and mighty team who all enjoy each other, work really well together and have fun with what we do.
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