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Okay here it is.  I feel like it is too long.  It has to be short and to the point for the recruiter, but comprehensive and eloquent if it makes it past the recruiter to the hiring committee. It still needs to be proofread too.

Gaaahhhhh it's so stressful!!!

Here's the job description: https://www.culturalsurvival.org/news/job-opening-executive-director

Spoiler for Hiden:

Dear Mr. Moran:

As an anthropologist and an indigenous rights activist, I have long admired the work of Cultural Survival and was very excited when Barbara Rose-Johnston suggested I apply for the position of Executive Director. I align perfectly with Cultural Survival’s core values, I have broad experience managing nonprofit and research programs on four continents, my expertise in visual anthropology will parlay well into overseeing CS Quarterly and indigenous media programs, and my collaborations with development directors and grant writers has offered me insight into a diverse range of funding streams and how to access them.

Very much in line with Cultural Survival’s mission, my work conducting research and overseeing programs in Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mali, Niger, and the US has been about strengthening the voices of people in the crosshairs of colonial development practices and identifying effective resistance strategies.  I’ve found both inspiration and guidance from indigenous communities I’ve worked with: Amazonian groups confronting mining interests, Saharan pastoralists confronting climate change, and Indonesian ethnic minorities facing violent political repression. A leadership role Cultural Survival would be an exciting chance to translate the political innovations of my indigenous mentors into global action, working together to confront the colonialism that has plagued us for centuries.

I write this letter from the Ecuadorian Amazon, where the pan-Amazonian confederations CONFENIAE and COICA have made great advances defending their territory, the key to indigenous livelihoods and continued existence as peoples. Their work includes the exciting things that Cultural Survival funds-- indigenous radio, alternative economies, and political advocacy in support of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)—but also a “new realities” initiative: finding ways to enroll urbanized indigenous youth in the struggle, valorizing their skills as inter-cultural mediators and uniting their class struggle with the struggles of remote indigenous territories. Like COICA has done across the Amazon, Cultural Survival is well positioned to extend its reach as a network facilitating skill-sharing, solidarity, and the scaling-up of new indigenous rights strategies.

Converting grassroots knowledge and political will into actionable advocacy has been central to every role I’ve held.  At the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) I converted a simple get-out-the-vote program into an environmental justice lobbying and leadership development program. As a facilitator of the voices of those most affected by environmental injustice, I was asked to join the board of directors of their multi-million-dollar PAC, as well as several other PACs. Some of my work in Indonesia involved designing a program to teach young homeless musicians to engage in media advocacy. At BARA, I was focused on translating Bambara and Tuareg voices into advocacy videos used to promote changes in development agency practices. At the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) I brought the voices and insights of survivors into our outreach and training strategies, building their capacity to do their own outreach in the process. I was not only a spokesperson for CAST on Spanish radio and television, I trained survivors in media relations strategies.

My work has frequently involved facilitating remote partnerships and teamwork across great geographical and cultural divides to empower bottom-up social change.  My role directing media-advocacy programs for the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA), the British Red Cross, and Oxfam America involved negotiating between academic institutions, American and European NGOs, West African nonprofits, and on-the-ground beneficiaries.  I coordinated the simultaneous efforts of staff and volunteers in 4 countries.

In addition to community relations, I also bring organizational, administrative and fundraising expertise to the table. Having managed substantial government and foundation grants for my own research and nonprofit programs, I am adept at administration and interfacing with institutional funders. At CAST, I managed our training and outreach program’s budget, including re-granting to partner organizations. I was the point person for our interactions with funding agencies like the US Office of Trafficking in Persons and the UN Office of Drugs and Crime, including annual and quarterly reports.

Frequently based in Los Angeles, my network includes a wide range of development directors, donors, and foundations in an environment very willing to give to causes like Cultural Survival. In my previous roles coordinating, managing and designing programs as well as sitting on the Board of Directors of two political action committees (PACs), I spoke at meetings attended by prospective donors, networking events, workshops and media events, communicating the life experiences of the vulnerable to the wealthy, and establishing the importance of our programs. 

I have a broad range of experience as a boundary-spanner between communities, organizations, the media, governments and foundations. I would love to put that experience to work for Cultural Survival, growing the organization, and expanding its role in the global movement for indigenous rights.


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General Discussion / Employment issues
« on: July 04, 2019, 10:19:15 AM »
ScarletBea's note: I've moved these posts from the "Depression etc" thread because I feel they address a different issue. Let's have a separate thread for employment advice (similar to the "Domestic issues" thread for stuff around the house).
I hope this is ok with the people involved?

I'm nervous about this job application for a job I really want, but that's definitely outta my league.  Can I post my cover letter here for editing advice?

General Discussion / Re: Mom or Mum
« on: July 04, 2019, 10:14:48 AM »
We all know the correct answer don’t we?

Apparently not

Short story contest for next month:


You're absolutely right of course.

I have to admit that I got carried away while writing the description and the original broad definition of employment got changed because of this. So yeah, this is about low-profile employment, peasants, villagers, etc.
Not slaves, not apprentices, not master assassins or battle mages.

I don't mind writing the story of a low profile worker, but I don't want to have to implant fake "standard mc characters" just to highlight the low key aspects of my character.

Please don't! That's probably neither fun to read nor to write. Those "standard MC characters" don't care for this story and the people in it and it should be the other way round too. (They can have a positive or negative impact, though.)

I wouldn't have minded the broader interpretation of "how these fools make money" though I think the mysterious absence of economic stress is 99% of the escapism of reading for me :)

Speaking of which could the theme be interpreted as "unemployment" with a character actively seeking employment/coping with unemployment?

...or I could just write the story I had in mind a few months back about a woman who left a kung fu monestary un China to be a cardio-kickboxing instructor at an awful chain gym in LA bc she's tired of being broke and battling evil but she's got competition with a pushy arrogant Uber powerful Zumba instructor with very strong chi that wants to push her out of her popular 6pm time slot

Introductions / Re: How did you Choose your Nickname?
« on: July 03, 2019, 06:25:54 AM »
I named myself after the famous anthropologist in @Lanko 's short stories, but then switched it to Duckly Barewood since @xiagan is basically a shaman and determined that my spirit animal is Darkwing Duck while smoking peyote in a tent and moderating the forum from his phone

1) I agree with Nora and
2) I find this topic triggering. :)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Favorite Book quote
« on: July 02, 2019, 08:57:31 PM »
"The good and the evil resulting from our words and deeds go on apportioning themselves, one assumes in a reasonably uniform and balanced way, throughout all the days to follow, including those endless days, when we shall not be here to find out, to congratulate ourselves or ask for pardon, indeed there are those who claim that this is the much-talked-of immortality, Possibly, but this man is dead and must be buried."

José Saramago from Blindness

"The things you used to own, now they own you."
"You are not special. You're not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else. We're all part of the same compost heap."

Chuck Palahniuk from Fight Club

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: A few questions
« on: July 02, 2019, 07:47:54 PM »
1. Written? Does that mean my imagination counts?

2. I feel like I haven't read enough too answer this. I'm pretty fond of Gully Dwarves from Dragonlance

3. I saw this thing where teleportation was actually just cloning and they incinerate your original body, but they dont tell anyone that's what you're actually doing when you teleport. I forget what that was from....

4. Here in tempted to talk up my own tavern... just bc I like the name

Hey, is number 3 from 'The Prestige', where Hugh Jackman actually cloned himself by Tesla's instrument and had his old bodies killed off? That's actually a spoiler for the movie, though.

Haha I'm pretty sure that's not what happened in the Prestige. No this one was interspace travel

Writers' Corner / Re: Final Edits Finished.
« on: July 02, 2019, 01:58:31 PM »
Nice job!! Never had that feeling...

It was refreshing in the latest incarnation of Spider-Man the audience wasn’t subjected to his origin story again.

Into the Spiderverse was nothing but origin stories. And it was great!

I loved that movie! (Into the Spider-verse, *not* the millennial Spider-Man with a hot aunt with no conscience as a hack for a librarian rich jerk)

I think the thing is that it was a story, with tons of powerful emotion, that just happened to have some origins wrapped in..I think every story should be an origin story of something, but the origin of what? A friendship? A vendetta? Whatever it is helps you build on the next element in your series

[JUN 2019] 2TTDFT / Re: [Jun 2019] - 2TTDFT - Discussion Thread
« on: July 02, 2019, 03:01:48 AM »
I'm on a bus. I wish I could write but I'm in a really awkward position... For the next 22 hours

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: A few questions
« on: July 02, 2019, 02:56:24 AM »
1. Written? Does that mean my imagination counts?

2. I feel like I haven't read enough too answer this. I'm pretty fond of Gully Dwarves from Dragonlance

3. I saw this thing where teleportation was actually just cloning and they incinerate your original body, but they dont tell anyone that's what you're actually doing when you teleport. I forget what that was from....

4. Here in tempted to talk up my own tavern... just bc I like the name

I just made Valerhu. Not sure what it is, but I'm happy to be one.

Having never read Feist I found that to be somewhat overwhelming

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