Office Manager / Special Events Assistant 

(Female, Age 23) from Woburn, MA

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job Title Office Manager / Special Events Assistant
Salary $33,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week 43
Company Size (not answered)
Location Woburn, MA
Years Experience 1.5 years

Career Ratings

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Years in Career 0
Education (not answered)
Income Rating 0 / 10
Interest Rating 0 / 10
Work-Life Rating 0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating 0 / 10

Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
I work for a small (5 people including myself) non-profit organization who puts on 12 special events throughout the year to fundraise for our programs. These events include golf, fishing, tennis, and ski tournaments. Typically each event requires us to reserve room blocks, set up venues, provide entertainment, and solicite donations for auctions. Another aspect of this job is to try and cultivate new donors to come to our events.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
Solicite for donation, find new donors, reserve room blocks, find entertainment, set up venues, answering phones, date entry, working with Donor Perfect and AuctionPay,office supply, etc.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
3 weeks vacation, health insurance, dental, sick time accrues 1 day for each month employed

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

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
My job does entail me to work with others in a small group on a daily bases and in large groups during special events. I highly enjoy working with others in order to get feedback and foster new ideas and opinions.

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 rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 4
Benefits: 6
Hours: 7
Co-Workers: 2
Supervisors: 3
Job Title: 5
Level of Responsibility: 8
The Actual Work: 1

Table of Contents

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?

What was the application process?
submitted resume online

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
I had one interview with the Director of Special Events and VP of Adminisration. I was hired the next day.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
What past experience I’ve had that relates to their organization and what I’d be doing, why I want to work there, if I had a chance to view their website

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
I had no training what-so-ever therefor was not properly trained for my position; I had to learn my position as things came about

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
There was no training for my position

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
I feel as though my background did prepare me for my job, in the sense that I wasn’t afraid to ask questions, I had a broad understanding about fundraising and development from previous internships.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
My internship experience definately helped me prepare for my job because I was able to learn about the field starting from the bottom and working up.

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
To research the turnover rate (if it’s high there may be a problem), ask if there will be orientation or basic training set aside for them, get a clear understanding if what’s expected of your role at events.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Definately need to be personable, outgoing, can think on their toes, is a team player, can multi-task, extremely organized, be able to expect the unexpected.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Yes I believe that a bachelor’s degree is absolutely necessary for this field/position

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
To research the turnover rate (if it’s high there may be a problem), ask if there will be orientation or basic training set aside for them, get a clear understanding if what’s expected of your role at events.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
yes because I work in such a small office I am able to gain a lot of hands-on experience which is what I wanted so that I can actually know about a lot of things in-depth.

What are your current career goals?
to obtain a masters degree in clinical social work so that I can work more closely with others.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
this is a great job for anyone who is outgoing and wants to serve those who are less fortunate then themselves.

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

Title Length Salary Description
Prior Job 1 Intern 4 months none commission on human rights, NY
Prior Job 2 Intern 3 months none public relations intern, boston

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3.8

GPA School Degree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.4 Syracuse University Communications, BS
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)
N/A Boston College Clinical Social Work, MSW

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