My career (and life) is stuck between a rock and a hard place...
February 16,2022 at 10:58PM UTC
For the past two years, I have worked alongside my executive director in preparation for taking over for her when she retires in the near future, which is now happening by the end of this year. About 6 months ago, she hired someone to act as a program coordinator. When the director announced to our board that she will be retiring, she informed them that she believes the program coordinator and I should split the responsibilities - her to handle directing the everyday and me to handle the business responsibilities. The board approved, and was almost relieved by, this idea. In theory, I like it, too. The problem is that our company culture is struggling so much at the moment that I do not know if I want to stay with the organization. There are also a few current employees that would not react well to me receiving this promotion - and in a company of 11 total employees, every voice matters.
A friend of mine told me about an opportunity that she is aware of, and it sounds like it could be amazing. I currently have most of the skills needed to be successful in that role. I just don't know what to do... I have invested so much into preparing for this next step where I am, but I don't expect the transition to be well received. I love the mission of the organization, but I'm not sure I can fully support the direction the program coordinator seems to be moving toward.
I have left other organizations before, but I always knew that it was the best decision when I made it. I don't know how to make this decision. Any suggestions?
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