Seeking some additional thoughts to help gain some clarity.
May 12,2021 at 5:11AM UTC
Basically, I am curious how others would react to the situation.
Sorry this is pretty long winded.
Began working at a small non-profit for around $3 less hr than I typically earn. I did this because the values aligned with mine. I enjoyed my work immensely. I'm very good at what I do. Fast forward 9 months and shortly after Covid hit. The contract that paid my salary was cancelled a year early. (The cancellation was through no fault of our own the government agency providing the contract/funding cancelled the contract with all the providers for this service.)
The agency Executive Director let me know (against Board of Directors decision to withhold info) within a couple days of learning the contract was canceled and informed me that at the end of the month I would be let go. E.D. thought it was morally and ethically the right thing to do - to give me advance notice so that I could take whatever steps I needed to provide for the welfare of my family.
At this time I was working about 50 hours a week and being paid for 36. In addition I also worked a part-time job on the weekends to make ends meet. At the end of the month I was informed that a new position had been created for me because they did not want to lose the skills that I brought to the table.
I accepted the position but due to the role I requested a different title which would have put me in an executive leadership position that nobody had ever held at the agency. I quit my part time job and began working 70-80 hrs per week while getting paid for 40.
The extra hours were, as I explained to my family, an investment in my future. The organization had been ran for over two decades in a very limited manner by former ED's. It was not set up for growth. I believe that they enjoyed the respect and power that goes with the title of executive director but as long as the organization remains small they could keep the board of directors at an arm's length and not be under a lens or have to answer questions they didn't want to. The could pretty much reign over it autonomously.
The current ED, while having many years of experience in non-profit was new to being an ED. I come from a corporate background and also from owning my own business. I've only been in non-profit for 8 or 9 yrs. The ED and I wanted to see the organization grow, so we began working closely to do that.
Throughout covid we lost more funding and a significant portion of donations. By Christmas time we had to decide which employee we were going to terminate and we didn't want to terminate any of them. We both took a cut in hours and had a staff meeting and took away hours so that we could keep everyone.
2 weeks later the ED was informed that there had been some serious mistakes made by the accountant. What it came down to... there had never been any money to cover the expense of keeping me on when that contract had been canceled. So my position had to be terminated immediately.
Since January, I have continued working without pay, in hopes that we would be able to find funding and I would be able to be re-employed. In March the Ed gave notice. A new ED has just started last week.
They have decided to start fresh with a "clean slate".
To be frank the whole situation is really hurt me emotionally. I feel like an idiot for wasting my valuable time.
Yesterday when meeting with the new ED, I was informed that a special program of mine would no longer be mine and that they were going to find a replacement to run the program. They have relieved me of all duties with the exception of continuing social media.
To me it's a kick in the teeth.
I'm sorry this is so long but I can't have this conversation with any colleagues locally.
This is the part I need thoughts on:
The program that I've been removed from is kind of my baby. It's a therapeutic wellness program for women that I facilitate. I facilitated it for 2 years before coming to this organization.
When I wanted to implement the program I had been brushed off then the next time I brought up the program again and I was told that if I found funding for it that I could do it. So I found the funding for it - a whole Year's worth.
I feel like they have no right to run the program because it isn't their program. This is not a program that I created for the agency during agency time. This is a program that I brought with me.
It has never been implemented in this area and due to the nature of it, I have concerns about just anybody being hired to facilitate something that they know nothing about.
I would rather them use the funding that I found for something else. I don't want them to implement the program due to the potential of causing harm or creating a bad name name for the program.
I think I'm being petty, I don't want it implemented because it's not theirs to implement.
Two former colleagues of mine from a different area tell me that I have every right to be angry and that what they are doing is unethical and unprofessional.
So, I just wanted some thoughts on this.
Thanks in advance.
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