Career Story: Office Manager For A Charitable Organization

Office Manager For A Charitable Organization

Job Title: Office Manager

Type of Company: My company strives to fill the critical and unmet needs of people affected by war and conflict who have fallen through the net of humanitarian assistance. We do this by targeting individuals, families and groups of people overlooked by existing aid programs. We also work to raise awareness of these vulnerable people.

Education: BA, International Relations and Economics, Boston University •• MBA, Finance and International Management, Boston University

Previous Experience: I started in Finance, which allowed me to finance my education while working full-time.

Job Tasks: I make sure the organization's grunt work gets carried out. So each day is different than the one that came before it. I order supplies, call donors, organize fundraisers and P.R. events, do some bookkeeping, pay bills, respond to questions from the public and much more

In a small and growing organization like ours, everyone does a bit of everything. So I sit in on most of the meetings that happen at the organization, getting great exposure in the process to where the company has been and where it is going. And because I don't have much experience, I am able to learn a lot about refugee issues. It has been amazing exposure.

I believe an office manager position for a small organization is a great jumping off point for someone ambitious, since it provides learning and exposure to the company you love.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: There are infinitely more good parts to my job than than there are bad. I love being part of an organization that I believe in. Although the day-to-day work isn't glamorous, it gives support to my colleagues that are out there saving lives. I love the variety of the work, as well. I never get bored because each day is a new challenge. Being very busy and being kept on my toes is what makes me happy and I am ecstatic to be a part of this organization.

Job Tips: The most important part of my job is being organized and flexible and those are hard things to prepare for. Either you are or you aren't. I would just say that if you really love a growing organization, take whatever position you can to get your foot in the door and then wow them at every turn. I would also recommend joining small organizations because they allow you to be on the front line, taking part in important decisions and growing in ways not possible at larger organizations. You can really effect change.

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