In honor of Labor Day, I’m going to give you a little snapshot of my job. I work on a college campus, I make no secret about that. My job title is Administrative Assistant. However, I am also the CFO of the department, and by CFO I mean Chief Fun Officer. I love making people laugh, so I strive to do that on a daily basis (as well as give myself funny titles, like CFO). But…..After some discussion with HR, we think that I should concede the Chief Fun Officer to Nadine, and in turn I am the other CFO – Chief Finding Officer. Mainly because everyone thinks I can find anything and everything. Allison says I’m the chief of google.
My job however is varied. For example, last week I assisted with setting up the graduate student reception (thus all the food on carts). Note about that, pushing a cart laden with cases of soda and trays of food across the uneven bricks of the horseshoe is hard..especially in heels. And well, its also hysterically funny, especially with the CPO (Chief Puppet Officer) – she knows who she is. Other random things I do – find stuff (office supplies, rooms, etc). I’ve gotten good at giving directions. For example, student comes in asking where 321 is, well its on the 3rd floor. Student asks “how do you get there?”. I reply with as little emotion as I can possibly conjure up that “you take the stairs to the 3rd floor, or the elevator”. In the kids defense, they had taken the particular set of stairs that only goes to the 2nd floor, then you have to come into the main hall and go through another door that will take you the rest of the way up. Other things include finding a home for all those keys, arranging flowers for the office, and picking out black & white prints for the walls.
But here is a little bit about my first few months as Ms. Lori – the history department admin!