One of my other tasks while I was in Raleigh was to meet with my boss and determine my fate in our business. We didn’t get very far, and it wasn’t made very clear to me, but she said there isn’t anything I need to work on. This coming after running her business for two months while she was rehabbing and vacationing (and in the midst of my heart surgery). So I sent her an email later to clarify (when I continued to pry she gave me short answers or changed the subject, and I am not good with confrontation). I asked if she would need my help in the future, even if she did not need me to work on anything now. That was three days ago. I still haven’t heard! It would be very disappointing for me to end my two year position with her not even answering my emails, but who knows!
Once I realized that I wasn’t getting anywhere with my boss and continuing to get hours, I started to look for a new job. I’ve been considering my options anyway, since we moved six months ago and I do marketing. It’s very difficult to work remotely in the marketing field (unless you do social media marketing or search engine optimization)! I haven’t ruled out still working for my boss and having hours in the future, but I need to have something going on in my professional life!
One of the positions I found on indeed.com in my area (there were not many options) is through AmeriCorps, working to develop and support the CASA program in my county and three of the other surrounding counties. This is a relatively new program in this area and they need help to promote their program in order to gain more funding. In that way they can support more children in finding permanency. Whomever is placed in the AmeriCorps position will have the chance to work directly for CASA once their year contract is complete with AmeriCorps.
I applied for this AmeriCorps position Wednesday night when we returned from Raleigh. I realized that I was already linked on LinkedIn with the Executive Director so I also emailed her directly. I got an answer that night! She wanted me to come in the very next day! So I went in yesterday for an interview with her, the Executive Director of the regional CASA program, and her marketing director. The interview went very well. They basically need someone who can assist each of the four people in their office. The position will entail some marketing, some case management, some PR, administrative and database tasks. The two women that I met with are obviously very passionate about their jobs and seem to be working hard to bring this program full speed.
With the AmeriCorps VISTA program, you are basically a volunteer for a specified amount of time. You are given a living allowance, health benefits and childcare if you need/qualify. Then at the end of your contract you receive either a monetary bonus or money towards existing/future student loans. I would love to have money to pay off my loans! I don’t qualify for the child care component but the living allowance would more than cover child care expenses.
I got a call this morning from the Executive Director that I got the job! Because it is a full time position, I told her that I had reservations, especially if we get placement. She said that she had already thought that through and has come up with some ideas. So I am going in next Tuesday to discuss how we might be able to make this work!
The position doesn’t start until the end of August. It will be nice when Little One is headed back to school that I will have something to fill my days besides laundry and housework!