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senior administrative assistant Career Profile— Female, age 32 (ID #2239)

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1. Employment Profile: What exactly does a senior administrative assistant do?

  What field is your job in?

non-profit community development

  What is your job title?

senior administrative assistant

  Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for
(size and general description of what type of organization it is)

national non-profit community development organization that provides funding for low income housing throughout the USA

  How long have you been employed in this position?

8 years

  How many hours do you work a week on average?

40 hours

  Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)

I upkeep the office and make sure it runs smoothly. I also am the personal assistant to the director of the upstate new york office.

  What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.


  What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.


  Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)

health, dental, vision, life insurance, 401k, 403b, pension, flexible spending

  Do you feel you are under/well/over compensated at your current position?

Very under paid

2. Work environment!

  Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Explain

Yes it does for the most part. I work alone about 40% of the time which I love.

  Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?


  Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?


  Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it

  Please rank in order of importance from 1-8 (1- most important 8- least important) Assign each number once.

  • 2 Income
  • 3 Work Environment - co-workers
  • 6 Work Environment - supervisors
  • 1 Benefits
  • 5 Hours
  • 7 Level of responsibility
  • 4 The actual "work" you do at your job
  • 8 Job Title

3. How should someone new to the workforce get a J-O-B like yours?

  If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?

Basically I worked temp agencies and this job was a temp to perm position. Temporary agencies worked best for me. Admins are basically hired on experience and I had about 7 years experience before I got hired for this job.

  What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours? Please be specific and explain why (e.g., social skills, organization skills, technical skills)

Organizational, social, computer. Have to know your way around a computer and scheduling meetings. Must be VERY organized.

  Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?


  What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?

To take MS office classes. There are also administrative assistant classes. Perhaps business courses at the local college.

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