A role is a job category or function that relies on a specific set of skills within an organization.
People who enter public service careers through the lens of role focus initially on what professional part they want to play, based on their areas of expertise.
For example volunteer resources administrators look for opportunities to recruit and manage volunteers within a range of organizations. Grant writers seek out ways to develop an organization's resources through grants.
The next steps for a person entering public service work through the lens of "role" are to identify:
Professional associations often focus on specific roles, such as the Public Relations Society of America, American Marketing Association, and Association of Fundraising Professionals. Professional associations offer local and national meetings for networking, training, and sometimes even certification.