From 2010-2012, I was lucky enough to be the Director of Design & Communication at YWAM San Francisco.
Youth With a Mission is a global Christian Missions Organization, with hundreds of locations that all work autonomously from one another. Working with YWAM is unique when compared to a traditional working situation. In addition to any work done for the organization, each member raises their own funding for their time in the org. So, in a sense, while an aspect of my work was creating material for organizational fund raising, I was also doing the work of raising my own funds, both logistically meeting with people, and through continued correspondence about what I was contributing to the organization.
My role as Design & Communications Director for YWAM San Francisco included numerous tasks, everything from print media design and production, to event organization, email marketing, website SEO and copy creation, and even internal file system management for ease of communication between departments. From email marketing campaigns to informational brochures for outreach programs, while collaborating with others within their programs, I was responsible for designing every piece of media, as well as implementing campaigns and production.
During my time, I was a one person department in charge of all design & communication work within the organization, with occasional interns and partnership across programs. Because of this, it was a hugely foundational experience in learning a plethora of important skills. Though my work there was nearly 10 years ago and my design skills have grown significantly since then, it was still an extremely valuable experience in understanding and balancing the numerous roles I was responsible for in a demanding work environment.