Wednesday, February 28, 2007

NPSL, Drupal 5.1, and Organic Groups


I am setting up Organic Groups in an instance of Drupal 5.1 for a project I'm working on with a largish group of non-profit organizations.  While I've set up, configured, and managed several Drupal sites--they have all been 4.7.  I've dabbled with 5.1 a bit and it is very slick.  It probably is far better suited to non-profit use than the older version of the software.  The reason is intuitiveness. 

I've written in the past that for Arts non-profits (and non-profits in general) to adopt Web 2.0 applications heavily, the interface must be highly intuitive.  To date, many are simply to confusing.

Setting up Organic Groups was different in 5.1 than in 4.7.  It took a little longer than I expected, but now that it is done it is a very nice module.  Once configuration is complete, it becomes a very easy tool to use.

How can non-profits use OG?  Well simply put, an organization may have a public face.  They may also have a private face that they choose only allow a small circle access.  This could be a private area for trustees, board members, staff, or volunteers.  You could set up a whole separate site for these individuals, but with OG you don't have to.  You can create a role that only they access--meaning the general public need not even know that this sub-site exists.

I have set up OG as a support site for multiple clients.  I can see all the postings, site requests, bugs, and projects for each of the clients.  Each of the clients only sees their own information.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Associate Director



Associate Director for Finance and Administration

Western State Arts Federation

The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) is a 501(c)3 regional arts service organization dedicated to the creative advancement and preservation of the arts. Based in Denver, Colorado, WESTAF fulfills its mission to strengthen the financial, organizational and policy infrastructure of the arts by providing services and programs to the thirteen state arts agencies in the West.

WESTAF seeks bright, highly productive, and qualified applicants for the position of Associate Director.  The Associate Director works closely with the Executive Director, Board and staff, and is directly responsible for all financial and administrative operations of the organization, including:

General Financial Management:

·       Develops and oversees annual budget

·       Monitors program activities and projects to ensure financial goals are met and organization remains fiscally stable

·       Oversees WESTAF financial management procedures and recordkeeping systems

·       Coordinates and directs the completion of an annual external audit

·       Oversees investment plan to ensure that investments maximize return within board-established risk parameters

·       Communicates regularly with WESTAF’s Treasurer and Trustees to ensure Board is kept apprised of all fiscal developments

·       Supervises the oversight of all external contractual relationships

Earned Income Project Financial Management:

Personnel Management:

·       Assists in the identification of personnel needs; recruits and assists in the selection of staff

·       Supervises administrative staff

·       Designs and manages performance evaluation systems

·       Develops and implements salary administration, incentive programs, and the employee benefits package

·       Manages cross-functional staff to ensure communication and collaboration

Grants Administration:

·       Oversees grants administration process for the distribution of WESTAF grant funding

·       Prepares and formulates relevant materials for external grant applications (including


·       As a member of executive management, works with Executive Director and Board to evaluate programs and develop new initiatives designed to address the needs of WESTAF’s constituency.

Reports to:  Executive Director


·       Ability to work well in a small, dynamic office with project teams

·       Ability to juggle multiple projects with limited support staff

·       Must have excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills

Benefits:  Salary commensurate with experience and includes excellent benefits, such as health insurance, retirement plan, bonus program, transit pass, vacation, sick leave and holiday leave. 

To apply:  Applications will be evaluated immediately, with an anticipated start date of April 15.  To assure consideration, application materials must be received by March 21, 2007.  Please send a cover letter, resume, salary requirements and references to WESTAF at:


                  Associate Director Search

                  1743 Wazee Street, Suite 300

                  Denver, CO   80202

                  Or via e-mail to:

No Phone Calls:  Please note that inquiries regarding additional information about this position will not be accepted.  Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

WESTAF is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the belief that each individual is entitled to equal employment opportunity.



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