What's my Job Title?
March 23, 2014 1:55 PM Subscribe
Currently, I'm the "Office Manager" for a large, family-run restaurant that employes 170+ people. I am in charge of Design (internal/external, web, print, etc - this is actually what I have my degree in), limited PR (we have an external firm that I liaise with, I do all social media and PR asset management), Bookkeeping/Payroll/Accounts Payable, Limited HR (onboarding new employees, helping to create and maintain training materials, but no hiring/firing/discipline), IT/Tech Support, Project Management, Answering Phones/Reservations, etc etc... oh, and managing the actual office, too (ordering supplies, filing, printing menus, fixing the copier, what-have-you). I need a better job title.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (9 answers total)
I report to our General Manager and the Owners, and am considered "Senior Management" (I have one 'assistant' who.. sort of reports to me. She works on the days that I don't, and I have the freedom to assign her tasks.) I work about 55 hours a week and am on salary with benefits.
It's known to everyone that my job title is not a good descriptor of what I actually do; yesterday my boss joked that we could add "Sewing" to the tasks on my list (I had agreed to help a coworker with a quick sewing project) - because clearly I don't have enough on my plate. Har har.
I'd like to get an idea of what my job title COULD be (or SHOULD be) - I feel that when I tell people what my job title is, it in no way reflects the amount of work or responsibility that I actually have. I want to parlay a new and improved job title into something that will help me now, as well as later - if/when I decide to move on, I don't want to be passed over for jobs simply because "Office Manager" makes it sound like I was a secretary, and as much as I love the food industry, I don't want to be stuck here when it's time to make a change.
As I mentioned above, I have a BA in Graphic Design, which I do enjoy - but I'm also happy doing analytical work, and don't feel the need to work solely in my field of study. I've always thought I would make a great Project Manager at a design or ad agency, so I have considered asking to be re-titled as "Special Projects Manager" to aid on that front.
Another factor is that we are currently in the midst of a Strategic Planning process, which is going to involve some (much needed) restructuring of the management team. We will likely be bringing on a dedicated CFO/Controller, which will take the bookkeeping/AP off of my plate (they can have it, it's my least favorite part of my job currently). There has also been talk of creating a higher level "HR" position, which I will likely be considered for, if I am interested (I think I am). My boss loves to involve his staff in this process of position development and I'd like to be able to go into that conversation with a list of job duties and a great title to match, and walk out with a shiny "promotion" (and hey, maybe a raise!). They will likely be open to the idea of footing the bill for whatever (reasonable) further education or qualifications I can obtain to better fill whatever position I end up in.