Duties of assistants to the director vary widely on the hiring organization and open position. Generally, these professionals help the director in accomplishing goals and implementing strategies. The position usually requires substantial day-to-day involvement in overseeing and guiding operations. Communication between the director and divisions within the company is often made through the assistant director, so organizational and communication skills are essential. The assistant to the director may have to act in the place of the director under certain circumstances, so they must be capable of filling this position temporarily. Assistants to the director generally work in an office setting under the direct supervision of the director. Hours vary depending on the needs of the employer and director; while these individuals typically work during regular business hours, overtime and/or work during other times of the day may be needed.
A bachelor’s degree in a related field of study is generally needed for this position. A master’s degree - or other additional education - may be needed as well. Industry-specific specialized education may be needed as well. Assistants to the director should be proficient in basic computer software such as the Microsoft Office suite, as well as have excellent multitasking and interpersonal skills. They must be capable of working well independently, as well as in a team setting with other professionals in their organization.
Assistant to the Director Tasks
Draft reports and communications to convey key information to diverse audiences.
Oversee implementation and coordination of programs, overseeing day-to-day operations.
Greet, welcome, and collaborate with the public, staff, and oversight bodies.
Support the Director with operations and compliance, including daily scheduling.
Track, file, and quality control documentation and databases, including making back-ups.