In general, assistants to the vice president act as executive-level administrative support, helping direct projects for which the vice president has oversight. Assistants to the vice president help define policies and strategies that relate to the vice president’s initiatives, helping to turn themes, concepts, and ideas into real business practices.
A number of specific tasks fall under this broad description. These include overseeing, training, and directing efforts of lower-level clerical and administrative staff members. Assistants to the vice president help organize and direct the activities of managers who report to the vice president. They also do research, write reports, respond to executive requests for information, and aid executives’ understanding of various practical aspects of the business. As part of the coordination of manager who report to the vice president, the assistant is also responsible for prioritizing and helping to allocate resources for various projects. This includes acting as a go-between for managers and executives, giving managers clarification on broader corporate strategies, business plans, and appropriate objectives for projects. Assistants to the vice president also review activity reports, sales records, manufacturing reports, and similar documentation from different departments and summarizes the information for executives. In addition to providing these types of progress reports, they also give staffing and funding recommendations.
Employers typically require their assistants to the vice president to hold a bachelor’s degree in a related field. Some hiring preference is usually extended to candidates with master’s degrees in administration or business management. The assistants usually work full time during regular business hours in an office environment. Some travel might be required.
Assistant To The Vice President Tasks
- Arrange travel and events, and draft budgets.
- Assist with other administrative activities or project as instructed.
- Prepare correspondence, manage schedule, and coordinate appointments.