Pros: working with professionals and academians
Cons: limited career advancement opportunities
• Financial Management: Manage operational budget, including general accounting AP/AR, daily transactions, cost control, payroll, reimbursements purchase requisitions & orders, travel and entertainment expenses, contracts with external clients, professional services, and events.
• Prepare for internal audits & ensure financial compliance
• Develop annual/quarterly budgets for department staffing including, Student Employees, Graduate Assistants and Part-time faculty
• Provide budget direction/advice to chair and department faculty
• Administration: Assist chair in day-to-day operational decision-making and problem-solving for staffing, payroll, office policies and procedures, & processes and guidelines aimed to improve the quality and productivity of the department
• Hire, train, mentor, and coach six to ten student employees and six Graduate Assistants as needed in the dept.
• Plan, generate and manage annual department undergraduate and graduate course catalog; planning of roughly 260 classes each year taught by about 60-70 full-time and part-time faculty
• Promote classes, workshops, & programs to increase awareness and class enrollment
• Event planning and coordination of special events, workshops, seminars, and quarterly meetings
• Point of contact for adjunct faculty- coordinate annual orientation and quarterly class evaluations & screen potential candidates
• Manage & update department’s website, software licensing, and contracts with Market Research companies
I learned a lot about the tenure process, academic policy, the career of professors and teaching and many other areas of academia which I learned to admire and now I respect a lot everyone in the teaching profession. The hardest part of the job was to try to please everyone, which is almost impossible. I also enjoyed working with everyone in this profession because teaching is one of the most beautiful and hardest professions.