I have been in my current job for 7 months. I work for a trade association, mainly responsible for external affairs (community, government, business to business, etc.).
Over the past 7 months I have come to realize that this job is not exactly what was 'sold' to me when I was interviewed. The hours are 60-70hrs per week, but I was told it would be 40-50hrs. This was due to the loss of an employee (we are an office of 4).
I have taken on duties that I am not trained to do (bookkeeping, etc.) because the President failed to take responsibility to ensure 'our house is in order' after the departure of the employee and many other issues. Additionally, I have uncovered various other organizational and management issues that I do not foresee being fixed - at least within the next 5 years. However, with that said, I planned to stay and do the best I could to help strengthen the organization.
Yet, along came a wrinkle. An acquaintance of mine who is the Executive Director of another organization asked me to come to work for her in a newly defined Director of Operations position, with the goal to groom me to take over when she retires in 3-5 years. This has put me in a difficult position. Two main issues are at hand here
1) I am hesitant to leave the current job before I reach 1 year (the potential new job has told me she will wait until my 1 year mark as long as I commit soon).
2) some of the Board members are the same for the current and prospective company.
Personally, the new job would be much better. The prospective ED is far superior to my current President, who never takes responsibility for the organization, financial issues, etc. as he is only hoping to collect a paycheck and wine-and-dine people on the company's dime. The prospective job also has a better schedule and more flexibility - I currently work 60-70hr weeks, although during the interview process I was told it would be 40-50hr weeks, which has created family issues particularly in the raising of my 6 month old daughter. The pay for the prospective job is also 10% higher.
So my questions are as follows: In light of the above, what advice can all of you give me to
1) help me decide if I should stay or go (personally, I desire to go due to better job and better situation for family, but I do not want to hurt future career prospects - I left my last job working for a politician after a year because I realized working in politics was not for me and my job before that was as a contracted position for 15 months);
2) help manage the transition with the similar Board members;
3) manage the resignation to ensure that no bridges are burned, etc.
I understand the above will generate an extensive response; however, I appreciate any advice provided. Thank you.