Thank you for taking the time to reply. I have read some of your articles before and do agree with you on some of your suggestions. I do think I have incorporated "Development Speak" pretty well. I also have a Fundraising Certificate and have taken many workshops.
Let me see if I can boil down my confusing question(s) to something simpler.
1. Given the previous experience I mentioned to you-sales, managment, arts admin for TINY org( wrote grants, helped w annual appeal letter, helped w two fundraising events 25% of job---the rest of job was producing concerts, grassroots marketing, volunteer coordination and office manager) what positions do you think I would be qualified for? If you were a hiring manager and saw this experience what would come to mind?
There are many different types of jobs as I had listed earlier, just curious what you would see. I know you made a transition from Sales to Development and may be more receptive to transferable skills than other hiring managers. Do you have a sense on how other hiring managers might perceive my eligibility for any of the different types of jobs- volunteers, events, marketing development etc?
2. When I consider Dev Associate and Dev Director opportunities, my preference would be to find a Development Associate position where I could be mentored and learn the ropes from a seasoned Dev Director. However I wonder if I am underestimating my eligibility for Dev Director positions? What do you think? Often positions say they want 3-5 years of demonstrated results running such and such campaign..etc etc. Honestly though- I am not in the mode of being very aggressive about persuading someone that I CAN do it, although I do think I'm highly capable. I would rather not get in over my head. I am looking for a more relaxed pace.
There's probably more that I want to ask, but in the interest of being succinct( hah!) I'll end this now. Thanks so much for your interest!