Could you help me pick a new job title?
January 5, 2005 10:12 AM Subscribe
Could you help me pick a new job title? [mi]
posted by putzface_dickman to work & money (21 answers total)
I work for a ten person government agency in the US that oversees government funded construction projects at non-profit facilities. I've been here 5 years, and have mostly held the title Information Systems Director. Because we are small I do manage network & servers, and spend a lot of my time doing application development.
I've designed and built what we call 'The Intranet' that uses a web interface, but is essential a business process management and business intelligence tool. The director monitors project status and project manager performance through the intranet. Other than authoring / reading correspondences all of the project management work done in the office is either completed or logged on the intranet. It is a thing I'm proud of.
But, more and more I create a spec and have a consultant code. That's because I am monitoring and driving our progress through an operating plan that came out of a formal strategic planning process. I am authoring publications that teach local groups to improve their construction project planning and management. I am creating a strategic framework for the communications plan the Community Relations Director will oversee. I am researching and developing the criteria that will be used to assess the financial health and operational stability of the non-profits we oversee. I am redefining our internal business processes to better serve our mission and customers. I am coaching the project managers on how to move from a reactive management model to a model of constant assessment capitalizing on the intranet tools.
So, I'm not moving to a bigger office or anything, it's possible to see this change as a bout of egotism. I just don't think it serves me, my agency, or my work for me to be considered "the computer guy" anymore especially as I am asked to represent the agency with big wig community leaders. I think I deserve the title Assistant Director, but it won't be given to me. I like what I'm doing, but I won't be here a whole lot longer, so I want something that will help get me a director job as a strategic thinker probably related to technology.