The Chronical of Philanthropy recently had an article about the debate in nonprofit circles about including salary information in job announcements. As leaders of the movement to require such information have been in the nonprofit technology field — and I’m often asked to review RE database manager (DBM) job announcements — it caught my attention. I’ve also been working on my bbcon presentation for October (more on that below). The convergence of these two events for me is about who organizations hire to be their RE DBMs and what they expect these folks to do.
The work of fundraising data management has changed. We need DBMs to spend less time at their desks in front of computers and more time with their users. And we need to hire folks who can do the work of managing processes and people; participating in, even leading, meetings; learning and teaching others; and writing documentation. Creating queries, running reports, and doing mailings is not the job of the “database manager” — any power user on the team can do those tasks. If the DBM is also a power user, so be it, but there are responsibilities that someone with the role of DBM needs to be doing beyond these output tasks.
Does your organization have the right kind of person in the DBM job? Are they (you?) doing the right things as the DBM? Here are some free resources to help answer those questions:
And while you’re looking at resources, read the Chronicle article on including salary ranges in your job descriptions. Something to think about.