The Most Unusual Jobs in the Charity Sector
The charity sector is a weird and wondrous place. Much like charities themselves, it’s purpose-built to fix the problems we see in society. And, when it needs to be, it’s flexible, reactive and – perhaps most importantly of all – totally innovative. This is never more apparent than when it comes to some of the unusual job titles we see being recruited for in the sector (and trust us, we see a lot of them!).
Whilst the skills you may gain in the private sector certainly are transferable, if you’re new to the sector then it can be hard to know where to begin. If you don’t know what’s out there, how can you know what to look for? After all, in the words of our very own lifestyle coach and career-shifter, Bruna De Palo, ‘you don’t know what you don’t know’.
We asked our followers on social media for some of the stranger job titles they’ve held over the years, and amongst them was a ‘Volunteer Facilitator’, ‘Fruitful Coordinator’, and a ‘WoW Project Manager’. And yes, your guess is as good as ours as to what some of those entail.
So how can you go about finding some of these weird and niche job opportunities in the charity sector? A great way to start discovering is to simply search for something that interests you (history, football, art, etc.) and see what comes up. You never know what interesting roles you may come across.
In this post, to celebrate International Day of Charity, we asked our staff members for some of the unusual job titles that stood out to them over the years. Here are some of our favourites!
Wish Granter, Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity
Ever thought you could have a career as a fairy-godmother? In the charity sector, you really can! Not only can your dreams come true, but you can dedicate yourself every day to turning the wishes of seriously ill children into a reality. Job satisfaction level surely doesn’t get much higher. – Jamie, Senior Account Manager
Caregiver, Ape Alliance
This one might sound straight-forward, but those in your care will be 100 New World Monkey’s. And you’ll be in charge of their physical and emotional wellbeing, as well as organising and monitoring their socialisation. Monkey party planner anyone? Sign us up! – Claire, Product Manager
Storyteller, Multiple organisations
Whilst we mean this less in the gather-round-the-fireside sense and more in terms of branding and communications, it’s still an amazing role for the right person. Conveying the message of the charity you’re supporting clearly and effectively is a powerful skill. This is another role to keep an eye out for as it pops up repeatedly. You’ll be utilising the tools you already possess, but to spread the word about charities saving the rainforest, freeing children from slavery, or providing running water to remote villages around the world. All in a days work, right? – Judith Jones, Senior Account Manager
Talent and Celebrity Partnerships Officer, Multiple organisations
This is a role that exists at many different organisations, so if the glitz and glamour of the rich and famous speaks to your soul then it could be one to keep an eye out for. Your responsibilities will include having an in-depth knowledge of popular culture, the ability to develop and maintain relationships with your idols, and pitching new ways for your celebrity contacts to help your charity reach more donors. – Robyn Archard, Social Media and Marketing Executive
Head of Historic Properties, English Heritage
This one is for all the wannabe Elizabeth Bennetts out there. If you’re into your period dramas and fancy yourself strolling around an English country manor, then this could be the dream role you never knew existed. You’ll manage the running of the properties, bring to life the experience for visitors, and convey your own enthusiasm to nurture a passion for heritage spots in others. – Bruna, Partnerships and Engagement Manager
Fundraiser, Mermaids UK
With this one it’s the cause, as well as the great charity name, that will make you want to apply. Mermaids UK support gender-diversive and transgender children to navigate any issues they may face and reduce feelings of isolation or loneliness. In the charity sector, the chance to play a part in tackling societal issues you’re passionate about is what makes job satisfaction so high. – Jules, Account Manager
We hope some of these have inspired you to search for the lesser known roles in the sector. Share with us below some of the stranger titles you’ve come across! Want to explore some of the more unusual jobs available in the charity sector? Take a look at our current jobs and volunteer opportunities and see what speaks to you.
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