Task: Review 3 Job Descriptions Similar to Your Dream Job


As a Career Strategist, one of the things that I often recommend to clients is to search for and review job descriptions for jobs they may be interested in. The benefit of this task is two-fold; (1) select relevant keywords for resume and cover letter updates, and (2) as a reminder and confidence booster of your skills, experiences, and knowledge. 

As I’ve said in the past, I am my own case study. I decided to tackle this task today because it has been so long since I’ve done it. I’ve been out of the job market for quite awhile. Below are key responsibilities and qualifications that I selected from three Project/Program/Senior Director job descriptions.

  • Collaborates with Executive Director n organizational direction and focus
  • Cultivates an approachable, innovative, and team-oriented program atmosphere
  • Evaluates program activities, procedures and outcomes
  • Develops team members to build talents and skills for growth
  • Supervises and provides leadership to paid staff members and volunteers
  • Demonstrated experience establishing program goals and objectives that support a strategic plan
  • Creates and coordinates relationships with key stakeholders
  • Responsible for designing and executing solutions for all activities related to the operations of programs
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Able to motivate and foster a team-oriented environment
  • Supervision, coaching, and evaluation of staff
  • Weekly progress review of curricula and enrichment activities
  • Prior experience managing and leading an after school program
  • Attend weekly Site Coordinator leader meetings
  • Ensure that project work plans are in alignment with funder requirements
  • Serve as programmatic liaison for both internal and external partners 
  • Monitor and effectively manage program timelines and resources
  • Collaborate with development team on the development of promotional materials 
  • Serve as programmatic liaison for both internal and external partners
  • Demonstrated experience working as part of a team
  • Strong program management skills and experience, particularly the ability to manage to annual goals and timelines
  • Implementation of agency’s goals and objectives
  • Convene trainers across agencies
  • Ability to engage with and facilitate learning and discussion among highly accomplished professionals
  • Leading daily/weekly staff meetings
  • Completing performance evaluations for staff
  • Robust organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to multi-task
  • Establish program indicators to measure program success, quality of services and outcomes for new programs
  • Ensure effective implementation of new and expanded programs and initiatives
  • Identify and evaluate program development opportunities
  • Promote the use of data to plan, manage, and evaluate programs, and drive quality management activities
  • Effectively implement performance process to build a high-performance workforce
  • Lead quality improvement processes
  • Oversee contractual compliance, including monitoring of deliverables, corrective action, funder reports, and program audits.
  • Establish annual program and staff goals with programmatic performance indicators and track results

Pick three job descriptions for positions you are interested in applying to and go through the same process then let me know if you found it helpful.

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Nicki Sanders, MSW, CEO, is a travel and cupcake lover with an aptitude for authentic connection and career design. She has an extensive background in developing and managing successful programs and leading high-functioning multi-disciplinary teams. She is an accomplished professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has merged her Master of Social Work degree and over 20 years of diverse work experience into a thriving business.  Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting helps businesses recruit and retain the best employees and helps women in mid-level management design the careers of their dreams.

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