Thursday, March 17, 2011

Qualifications for Ronnie Willis' Administrative Assistant

Like other words in the English language, job titles morph and evolve. Some use the term "administrative assistant" to denote a secretary or even the more mundane stenographer, if there should be any of the former left.

Yesterday we commented on the opening for a new administrative assistant to Lauderdale County Sheriff Ronnie Willis. Ideally, what should Willis be looking for? Here's a good example:

  • More than five years of extensive experience.
  • Strong ability to lead and train staff.
  • Excellent ability to gather and analyze statistical data and generate reports.
  • Profound database management skills.
  • Great knowledge of general accounting principles.
  • Remarkable ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Complete knowledge of supplies, equipments and services ordering and inventory control.
  • Exceptional record maintenance skills.
  • Excellent ability to solve problems.
  • In-depth receptionist skills.
  • Deep ability to compile information and prepare reports.
  • Excellent coordinating skills.
  • Immense ability to schedule appointments and maintain calendars.
  • Profound ability to transcribe and record meeting minutes.
  • Remarkable word processing and data entry skills.
  • Excellent ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments.
  • Strong ability to compose and edit already written materials.

Now we know that cash-strapped departments can't always hire the best, and that is indeed unfortunate. We hope that Lauderdale Sheriff Ronnie Willis will highly publicize this opening and make an informed decision when hiring Betty Hooks' successor. We also hope the county commission will assist Willis in this matter. Good luck to all applicants.


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