Thursday, August 30, 2012

Up For Hire!

Hello everyone!

I am diverting from my typical blog posts to make an announcement. I was laid off from my position at the YMCA of Metro Chicago and am now seeking new employment or consulting\contract opportunities. I am still a stronger supporter of the YMCA cause and mission! I hope to find a way to still belong to the movement that has impacted my life in so many ways.

But it is time to begin a new chapter in the story that is Steve. My career has been anything but traditional. Although I have only held two jobs over the last 14 years, the number of roles that I have played in those organizations is vast. Between the big picture, best practice, national scope at the YMCA of the USA to the tactical, hands-on, one man team at the YMCA of Metro Chicago, I have a wide range of expertise.

You can learn more about me with a fun little PowerPoint!

As this change was unplanned, I am open to either finding a permanent position or working on some consulting\contract project work.  I have written up descriptions of the type of services that I can offer, but they include:

  • IT Alignment Planning and Assessment
    • Business Process Improvement
    • Software Selection
  • Digital Content
    • Social Media Planning and Assessment
    • Website Content Management System Strategy\Setup
    • Content Strategy
    • Content Creation
    • Storytelling Development
    • Listening Post and Social Media Management
  • Staff Training
  • Executive Staff Private Social Media Training

I have a vast network in the Nonprofit Technology Community that can vouch for me, my skills and my expertise, if you would like references, please let me know.

Thanks everyone for your support and I look forward to working with you!


Peter Campbell said...

Steve, sorry to hear that! Is your job search still limited to NPO, or are you looking wider? Are you going to stick to Chicago?

I'm looking at a lot of listings myself and I'm happy to refer any good ones your way. My search is national, but I'm primarily focused on DC and SF (although my hometown of Boston would be nice).

The good news is that I'm getting a strong response. I've already had a couple of promising first interviews and have others lined up. The market is better than it was a couple of years ago.

Advice (that you probably don't need): Use your network and LinkedIn. While I did get one response from a cold resume submittal, the jobs that look good to me are the ones that my friends referred me into, and that's why my degree-less resume is making it past the initial sorts. When I see a job that I want, I look to see who I might have a connection through before I apply.

Steve Heye said...

Hi Peter, No my search is not limited to NPOs at all. I have applied to some companies knowing that I can still be supportive of the NPTech community and work for a for profit!

I am also open to national opportunities but would prefer Chicago. And I would appreciate any that you want to share with me.

Yeah, I do plan to leverage that LinkedIn network that I have been building for years!

Peter Campbell said...

When I was looking to leave Goodwill (and was somewhat desperate to get out -- that job got really insane towards the end), I applied at a retail bakery chain. I sailed through two interviews, but blew the third on two questions, one of which was "why would you come work for a for profit?". I couldn't come up with any kind of believable answer. So, this time, I'm not even trying. I not only need to work for an NPO (or FPO with a strong social good component), but, that's what I'm really qualified to do. I know a lot about maximizing IT investments in restrained environments.

Of course, if the market was poorer, I'd still do what I have to do to take care of my family, and I'd balance it by joining an additional NPO board. My concern would be that working fora for-profit would make it more difficult to stay connected to the nptech community.

Beth said...

Got a blog post with a link to this post and some kind words about you! Look for it this coming week.

Dennis Evans said...

Jeff! I wish you well. Peace, Dennis Evans