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"...another reason I'm intrigued with the hanged of Salem, especially the women, is that a number of them aroused suspicion in the first place because they were financially independent, or sharp-tongued, or kept to themselves. In other words, they were killed off for the same sort of life I live right now but with longer skirts and fewer cable channels." Sarah Vowell, The partly cloudy patriot.


A poll-less poll

I'm too lame/lazy to create an actual poll - but would appreciate your votes. I have a meeting on friday to talk more about the job I was offered. The supervisor said that it was an "administrative support" position. Is this just a euphemism for secretary?


At 5:22 PM, Blogger Propter Doc said...

I think we have a couple of people with that job title and their job description includes assisting with grant writing, organizing special events (like awards ceremonies), coordinating budgets and similar. They support the research group in an administrative capacity.
That being said, it would depend on the research group.

At 6:16 PM, Blogger Lina said...

I would say secretary, but I know nothing of such matters.

At 6:59 PM, Blogger post-doc said...

I'd say secretary too - writing, ordering, organizing, paperwork and the like is what I know of our admin folks. But each one has a special niche depending on their supervisor.

At 8:41 PM, Blogger Ursa said...

Yeah: secretary-plus. Old-fashioned secretary positions are rare now. This is a spot that would have been seccy a few decades ago, but since word processing and voicemail came into being, other stuff gets added in, most of the time. Depends on the company/institution. Could include some more exciting parts. Ask about how well the job desc is defined. Sometimes you can shape it a bit if you *want* to add in anything specific, or are hoping for certain responsibilities. The word 'support' might suggest this kind of flexibility, or, they are being super duper p.c. (Because admin. asst. is the new seccy.)

At 9:35 PM, Anonymous twirly said...

around these parts grant writers are considered "admin support"

At 11:09 AM, Blogger Seeking Solace said...

I would say that it is a PC way of saying secretary.

At 2:07 PM, Blogger Clio Bluestocking said...

Yep, secretary.

At 2:12 PM, Blogger dr four eyes said...

Depending on how large the organization/program is, yes or no.

I've worked some admin asst jobs (mostly as a temp worker in college/grad school) where I was very secretarial--answer phones, type/transcribe/edit docs, file, etc. At one job, I spent several hours removing staples from paper so that it could be recycled. I hated that job.

But I've worked other admin asst jobs ("program assistant") where my duties were much more substantial and integral to the program. Duties included substantial writing projects (that required research), budget mgmt, program coordination, etc.

When you meet, you might ask how much of the job is clerical (phones, filing, etc) and how much is more substantive duties.

At 12:08 PM, Anonymous sheepers said...

Secretary, but possibly with some grant-related duties, or other administration-related things (scheduling of classes, payroll, etc.).

At 3:41 PM, Blogger The History Enthusiast said...

I would echo other opinions and say that is sounds like a version of secretarial work.


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