As an administrator of a non profit agency you are often charged with coordinating and providing a variety of services. While the mission or purpose of non profit agencies may differ, the job of a non-profit administrator is bring different groups together in order for the agency to realize its vision.
Name: Martin Waukazoo
Position: Chief Executive Officer, Native American Health Center
Education: BS Psychology
Career Bio: Social Services Counselor, United Tribes Employment Training Center; Education Coordinator, California Indian Legal Services; Founder, American Indian Council of Contra Costa County; Consultant, American Indian Consultants; Executive Director, Friendship House of American Indians; Assistant Director, Native American Health Center; Executive Director, Native American Health Center; Chief Executive Officer, Native American Health Center.
Advantages: Building relationships with people is the best part about being a non profit administrator. As an administrator you bring your colleagues, staff, and the people you service together. Once you have accomplished that you can begin to empower all people you are working with.
Disadvantages: Building relationships can also be a disadvantage as an administrator. There will be times where you will have to discipline those very people you had working to bring together. As an administrator, your number one priority is take sure the agency is running effectively and disciplinary action can be part of that.
Advice: Be patient, do not push right away. All non-profit agencies are different, so it would wise to get acclimated to the culture of the agency. After that things will come naturally and you will be many times more effective.
How a background in Political Science will help: At a non-profit agency you will find every aspect of political science. This background will allow you to navigate through the organization effectively.