Who is a typical ESCC Consultant?
There is no “typical” ESCC consultant. Some have been executives, managers and owners in various for profit businesses. Others have been professional services providers. And still others have served with government agencies, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations.
What are the most important skills an ESCC consultant needs?
The most important skills are the ability to listen, to relate to the client, to analyze and synthesize materials and information, and to communicate effectively.
What is the role of consultant?
Our consultants work in teams on assignments for a wide variety of nonprofit clients facing operational challenges. We meet with the client’s staff and/or board to understand what the organization is attempting to do, how it works, and its issues, challenges, and opportunities. We then gather information, meet with stakeholders and conduct research. After this phase, the team meets to develop conclusions and recommendations to present to the client.
How are consultants assigned to projects?
Consultants are assigned to projects based on results of a Skills Inventory Assessment, as well as observations of senior volunteers during training, and personal considerations or experiences in the nonprofit community.
How does ESCC prepare new volunteers for consulting?
Few of ESCC’s volunteers have experience as consultants when they join our organization. We provide training to all our volunteers by offering a variety of courses conducted by ESCC senior volunteers.
What other volunteer opportunities does ESCC offer?
In addition to consulting and coaching clients, you may choose to help with internal projects, such as: IT, marketing, and market research.
How do I join ESCC?
The process for joining ESCC is simple. Fill out membership application and submit a resume. The applicant is then interviewed by the Director of Operations and another staff member. After the interview, the applicant will be invited to attend a three-hour orientation session. If there is still mutual interest after the orientation, the applicant signs on as a volunteer consultant and begins attending training.