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Staffing Beyond the Accidental Techie

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Staffing Beyond the Accidental Techie

  1. 1. Staffing BeyondThe AccidentalTechiePresented by Lisa Colton,Founder & President Darim OnlineLisa@darimonline.org434.977.1170
  2. 2. Agenda• What is an accidental techie?• What function do they serve?• When do you outgrow it?• How staffing models are shifting.• Where is your need, and how to get there.
  3. 3. TheAccidental Techie
  4. 4. The Accidental Techie“In the field of nonprofit technology, anaccidental techie is an individual who hasgravitated toward responsibility for anorganizations information technologyinfrastructure, even though his or herprofessional training or job description didnot include tasks of this kind.” -Webster’s Online Dictionary
  5. 5. How Accidental Techies DifferLearning curve is too steep – You love the challenge and want to learn!Perceived risk is greater than potential reward – You’re always trying new things, reflecting, evolving!Don’t see how “rules of the game” are changing – Evidence of “new rules” are in front of you daily!Don’t extrapolate beyond the technology itself – You know technology isn’t the magic bullet!
  6. 6. TheOrganizational Need
  7. 7. Ultimate Goal Help your organization evolve for success in the digital age -- for its own sake and for the sake of the people you reach and impact!
  8. 8. Used to be changewas riskier thanthe status quo Today, not changing may be more risky.
  9. 9. Assisting Co-Workersand Volunteers
  10. 10. Working as a Coordinated Team To Get Somewhere
  11. 11. StaffingConsiderations
  12. 12. WHAT SKILLS AND CAPACITY DO YOU NEED TO START SHIFTINGHOW YOU DO WHAT YOU DO?
  13. 13. Adjusting or Developing Job DescriptionsProgram Directors Social Media Managers Community ManagersNetwork Weavers
  14. 14. WHAT SORT OF TRAINING ORSUPPORT DO YOU NEED TO SHIFT THESE ROLES?
  15. 15. Go Beyond The Technology Alone: John Fitch’s Steam Engine
  16. 16. Go Beyond The Technology Alone: John Fitch’s Steam Engine

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