I have an interesting situation and I was hoping that other VISTA leaders may be able to provide helpful advice. I am new to being a VISTA leader and will be attending the training in Dec. I have been at my site for two weeks now, my VISTAs have all been great and I have an amazing site supervisor that has two previous years of VISTA experience.
The challenge I am facing concerns my site supervisor's Director. She has been giving me tasks to complete with little or no direction and then seems to be upset when I do them as I see appropriate and in alignment with my VAD but they do not match her idea of what they should be. This is in conjunction with completely ommitting the information she seems to expect me to automatically know. I want to be helpful and also set boundaries with this person, however normal professionalism does not seem to be an option in this circumstance.
As an example, this person the site Director, has sent out emails to everyone in the office with personal details about other employees that I do not feel comfortable receiving as well as sending long and confusing emails to all the employees well after office hours in the evenings. I feel like the typical tools I would use in this situation do not apply in this situation as there appears to be a lack of professionalism and rationality during face-to-face conversations.With this individual, I do not feel communication is where it should be.
I feel ultimately my responsibilties is to the VISTAs I serve and the VISTA program as well as AmeriCorps. This individual is very intense and so early in my service has me concerned that they could become an obstacle to completing my service that I may not be able to overcome.
Does anyone have helpful guidance or advice that can assist me in successfully mitigating this before it becomes a serious issue?