Nic Hill

Nic Hill

Business Development Manager


Service Year

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Hurricane Katrina hit and I felt like I needed to go help but had not idea where to event start with that desire. I decided to wait for another opportunity to present itself.
Was offered a job working for Teach For America on the Development team (I knew nothing about Development). Learned how to fundraise, event plan, process donations, project manage, and so much more!
2 years later I went to NOLA on an Alternative Spring Break trip and worked with AmeriCorps members to finish a home. I decided to do just 1 year of service then return to my original career plans.
Moved to NYC (to fulfill a childhood dream) and worked for City Year's Development depart. leading a team of corps members in organizing volunteer fundraising events for corporate partners. SO FUN!
I joined AmeriCorps NCCC and spent 2 years leading teams in service across 10 states in projects that ranged from trail building to constructing homes to disaster response and more.
Moved back to DC and went to work for a DC public schools through a connection made at Teach For America. Created a program that made it easier for public and private groups to partner with schools.
At the end of my service, I decided I couldn't return to my original career plans but wasn't sure what I wanted to next. Moved to Seattle on a whim and started exploring careers in the service field.
Came to Service Year Alliance through connections made at DCPS to partner with corporations to make a year of service feasible for anyone interested.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Tallwood High School
Bachelor
George Mason University

Career

Business Development Manager

Partner with corporations to make a service year a common opportunity for all young Americans.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Entrepreneurship
Building Things

Day to Day

Everyday is a little different. I work in an office and my role is very "intrapreneurial" in that I get to create new ways of approaching the traditional role of a business development team, brining in new partnerships. Most of my days are spent in meetings and calls with partners around the country focused on ensuring our relationship remains on track to achieving our shared goals.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

The best way that I've learned to do my work is through talking to others that have been doing the work longer than I have and learning from their experiences and best practices. I've also found fellowships, conferences, and even online groups to be helpful tools in acquiring tools that contributed to my professional development and success.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Schedule informational interviews, as many as you can! Get a variety of advice and ideas around next steps and then implement the one that makes the most sense for you.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
graduate
Graduate
Business/Commerce, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"You shouldn't work for nonprofits, you won't make any money, the field is unstable, and the goals are unrealistic."