About The Book
I have helped a number of charities interview and employ new Database
Managers. The first time I did it, two things hit me: first, I was quite
surprised at how I, as a “database person”, really could tell
if someone else was also a “database person”. I found that
if I asked the right questions, dug a bit deeper where necessary and gave
an interviewee a chance to express themselves, then I could soon tell
if someone did have the experience or the potential to be a Database Manager.
The second thing I learned straight away was that just because someone
has the skills to be a Database Manager, it doesn’t mean they will
necessarily fit in with your team or your organisation. In fact, the very
first time I helped a charity with their interviews, after the first candidate
which I liked, the Development Director told me that it didn’t matter
how good that individual was, they simply wouldn’t work well with
So, everything I discuss in this book has that significant caveat to it:
I will try to show you what a great Database Manager looks like and how
you might be able to employ one, but everything else which you would normally
do when interviewing anyone for any post – from sifting through
resumes and CVs through to agreeing a salary which your charity can afford
- still holds just as true as ever!
Who this Book is Intended For
This book is intended for people who work for charities who need to employ
a database manager. You could be an existing Database Manager looking
for an assistant, a Fundraising or Membership Manager who needs someone
to look after their database, or an Operations Manager who needs a new
Database Manager and so on.
You do not need to be a technical person to apply many of the ideas in
the book, although there is no point in denying that it might well be
difficult for you to fully decide if someone is a good Database Manager
if you cannot understand some of their slightly more technical responses
to your interview questions. In which case, having someone on hand who
can offer advise on that can be a great help; very often, the outgoing
incumbent can be an option or someone from your IT staff; and I know other
charities who have used trustees, other technical staff from their charity,
or a manager from another charity even; and of course consultants like
myself can help with the whole process.
Because I am writing it for charities and nonprofit organisations, there
is a slant in some parts of the book towards fundraising and membership
because such areas are so central to nonprofit organisations. But you
should be able to use it just as successfully for any Database Manager
you want to employ in your charity.
I hope you find it useful.
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