Help me figure out a job title for myself?
January 23, 2013 10:47 PM Subscribe
In my organization, we're not great at job titles. Mostly they aren't really needed. But for what I do it would be helpful, when contacting people both within and without the organization, to have a title to use that both speaks to what I do and gives folks an idea that I'm someone who is authorized to [get information/make changes to accounts and procedures/make decisions/spend money/whatever].
posted by attercoppe to Work & Money (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The organization is a medium-large church, with multiple sub-ministries spread over a handful of campuses in a smallish city. I'm the de facto assistant to the sort of second-in-command of the Facilities department, whose title, if he had one, would probably involve Special Projects. (I told you we don't do titles well.) He does a fair amount of the day-to-day operations of managing the maintenance side of the Facilities department. He also (as do I) does things like logistics for events like conferences; traffic and parking (mostly on Sundays); oversight/planning on remodels and office moves; and we generally try to prevent problems from happening and solve them when they do.
I am additionally involved in some of the other areas of Facilities (which also includes custodial, security, transportation, and room scheduling), and am increasingly our technology guy. We have an IT department - that's not me (though I do work with them too; I run and terminate nearly all the network and phone cabling). I'm the researcher/consultant for things like the proximity card access system and the computer-controlled HVAC on the building we just bought. I'm the guy that comes up with higher-tech solutions that others in Facilities don't, just because I know more about what's available to throw at an issue.
I also do quite a bit of low-level logistics work, just seeing that things run smoothly and that good communication happens; that when there is a proposed change the people who will be affected have input and buy-in, and the things and processes that will be affected won't break or be obsolete.
And coming up...I'm currently training on AutoCAD, the plan being we will get all the as-built plans for all our various buildings digital and in-house, and update them as we make changes (like the aforementioned remodeling). I also have been doing some number-crunching on growth statistics - facilities management kind of stuff like square footage of space as compared to number of maintenance personnel.
So as you can tell (if you read all that), I do a variety of things. As a group my tasks are largely related to technology and (what I refer to as) logistics. So what's a good title for me that indicates the area(s) I work in yet signals that it's legit for me to be poking into other areas as well? (Feel free to totally make up titles too, they don't have to be existing real-world examples.)