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NONPROFIT SPECIAL ASSISTANT: Combining Education & Communications

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Samantha is the special assistant to the founder of Students First, and a jack-of-all-trades at her organization. She works on various special projects that need extra help. In college,where she majored in communications, she worked at a before- and after-school program at an elementary school, so with her current job at an education nonprofit marries those two passions of her life.

Degree: Communications
Job Title: Special Assistant
Employer: StudentsFirst.org

Job Summary: Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants

Job Description

Secretaries and administrative assistants perform routine clerical and organizational tasks. They organize files, draft messages, schedule appointments, and support other staff.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Recommended by te Legal Secretaries International.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$20,000 - $55,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Home, Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Organizational skills, People skills, Technical skills, Written communication skills

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m='10560'>jack-of-all-trades</span> <span m='11670'>from</span> <span m='11890'>one</span> <span m='12100'>day</span> <span m='12290'>to</span> <span m='12460'>the</span> <span m='12580'>next,</span> <span m='13020'>depending</span> <span m='13410'>on</span> <span m='13540'>what</span> <span m='13710'>is</span> <span m='13870'>moving</span> <span m='14350'>for</span> <span m='14470'>our</span> <span m='14620'>organization</span> <span m='15390'>and</span> <span m='15490'>what's</span> <span m='15710'>important</span> <span m='16230'>for</span> <span m='16360'>our</span> <span m='16430'>founder.</span> </p><p><span m='18020'>That</span> <span m='18280'>can</span> <span m='18410'>range</span> <span m='19000'>from</span> <span m='20220'>working</span> <span m='20610'>with</span> <span m='20780'>our</span> <span m='20900'>state</span> <span m='21360'>teams</span> <span m='22100'>and</span> <span m='22920'>hearing</span> <span m='23260'>legislation</span> <span m='23880'>that</span> <span m='24000'>we</span> <span m='24100'>have</span> <span m='24350'>moving</span> <span m='25310'>across</span> <span m='25890'>our</span> <span m='26170'>18</span> <span m='26610'>states.</span> <span m='27520'>That</span> <span m='27750'>means</span> <span m='28210'>also</span> <span m='28630'>working</span> <span m='29480'>in</span> <span m='29980'>Sacramento</span> <span m='30660'>at</span> <span m='30800'>our</span> <span m='30950'>headquarters,</span> <span m='32220'>with</span> <span m='32369'>our</span> <span m='32549'>teams</span> <span m='32950'>here.</span> </p><p><span m='34300'>And</span> <span m='34470'>then</span> <span m='34640'>just</span> <span m='34860'>doing</span> <span m='35130'>special</span> <span m='35510'>projects</span> <span m='36150'>which,</span> <span m='37220'>as</span> <span m='37380'>you</span> <span m='37510'>know</span> <span m='37800'>in</span> <span m='37970'>high</span> <span m='38150'>school,</span> <span m='38870'>things</span> <span m='39130'>come</span> <span m='39400'>up</span> <span m='40730'>and</span> <span m='41080'>you</span> <span m='41210'>kind</span> <span m='41410'>of</span> <span m='41500'>have</span> <span m='41700'>to</span> <span m='41990'>fill</span> <span m='42210'>the</span> <span m='42310'>gap</span> <span m='42640'>sometimes,</span> <span m='43120'>especially</span> <span m='43510'>working</span> <span m='43870'>in</span> <span m='43970'>a</span> <span m='44030'>big</span> <span m='44220'>organization.</span> <span m='45030'>So</span> <span m='45210'>I</span> <span m='45310'>think</span> <span m='46320'>looking</span> <span m='46850'>for</span> <span m='47030'>areas</span> <span m='47630'>where</span> <span m='48480'>there</span> <span m='48680'>is</span> <span m='48800'>a</span> <span m='48860'>need</span> <span m='50220'>can</span> <span m='50320'>make</span> <span m='50540'>you</span> <span m='50660'>really</span> <span m='50860'>successful.</span> </p><p><span m='52210'>Throughout</span> <span m='52560'>college,</span> <span m='52970'>I</span> <span m='53050'>worked</span> <span m='53450'>at</span> <span m='53570'>a</span> <span m='53610'>before-</span> <span m='53970'>and</span> <span m='54030'>after-school</span> <span m='54560'>program</span> <span m='54920'>that</span> <span m='55060'>was</span> <span m='55260'>actually</span> <span m='55840'>on</span> <span m='56070'>site</span> <span m='56340'>at</span> <span m='56500'>an</span> <span m='56610'>elementary</span> <span m='57190'>school.</span> <span m='57890'>So</span> <span m='58160'>I</span> <span m='58310'>had</span> <span m='58540'>a</span> <span m='59110'>lot</span> <span m='59310'>of</span> <span m='59410'>experience</span> <span m='59940'>working</span> <span m='60220'>hands-on</span> <span m='60550'>with</span> <span m='60800'>children</span> <span m='61250'>and</span> <span m='61640'>at</span> <span m='61900'>the</span> <span m='61990'>school</span> <span m='62370'>level.</span> </p><p><span m='63320'>I</span> <span m='63430'>was</span> <span m='63630'>going</span> <span m='63960'>to</span> <span m='64459'>college</span> <span m='65069'>for a</span> <span m='65269'>Communications</span> <span m='66070'>degree.</span> <span m='66810'>So</span> <span m='67040'>my</span> <span m='67740'>biggest</span> <span m='68210'>challenge</span> <span m='68470'>was</span> <span m='68900'>finding</span> <span m='69230'>something</span> <span m='69570'>that</span> <span m='69670'>I</span> <span m='69720'>can</span> <span m='70010'>kind</span> <span m='70190'>of</span> <span m='70310'>marry</span> <span m='70660'>the</span> <span m='70780'>two.</span> <span m='71070'>So</span> <span m='71300'>my</span> <span m='71430'>passion</span> <span m='71850'>for</span> <span m='71970'>education,</span> <span m='73050'>as</span> <span m='73210'>well</span> <span m='73490'>as</span> <span m='73640'>my</span> <span m='74180'>knowledge</span> <span m='74730'>in</span> <span m='74850'>the</span> <span m='74930'>communications</span> <span m='75680'>field.</span> </p><p><span m='76340'>So</span> <span m='76580'>I</span> <span m='76680'>think</span> <span m='77020'>that</span> <span m='77250'>coming</span> <span m='77590'>here</span> <span m='77840'>to</span> <span m='77950'>Students</span> <span m='78350'>First</span> <span m='78700'>was</span> <span m='78920'>a</span> <span m='79480'>blessing.</span> <span m='80390'>And</span> <span m='80850'>it</span> <span m='80900'>was</span> <span m='81320'>the</span> <span m='81410'>best</span> <span m='81670'>opportunity</span> <span m='82350'>to</span> <span m='82480'>use</span> <span m='83240'>one,</span> <span m='83540'>my</span> <span m='83670'>passion</span> <span m='84170'>and</span> <span m='84420'>two,</span> <span m='84750'>my</span> <span m='84880'>knowledge.</span> </p><p><span m='85265'>What</span> <span m='85650'>I</span> <span m='85730'>wish</span> <span m='86040'>I</span> <span m='86340'>knew</span> <span m='86730'>when</span> <span m='86870'>I</span> <span m='86930'>was</span> <span m='87130'>younger</span> <span m='88050'>is</span> <span m='88170'>that</span> <span m='88290'>you</span> <span m='88380'>don't</span> <span m='88610'>need</span> <span m='88760'>to</span> <span m='88870'>know</span> <span m='89090'>everything.</span> <span m='90030'>My</span> <span m='90260'>first,</span> <span m='90860'>I'd</span> <span m='91080'>say,</span> <span m='91260'>four</span> <span m='91500'>to</span> <span m='91590'>six</span> <span m='91920'>months</span> <span m='92310'>within</span> <span m='92640'>an</span> <span m='92720'>organizational</span> <span m='93440'>setting,</span> <span m='94260'>I</span> <span m='94360'>just</span> <span m='94590'>soaked</span> <span m='94870'>up</span> <span m='95030'>everything</span> <span m='95640'>I</span> <span m='96000'>could,</span> <span m='97530'>specific</span> <span m='98210'>culture</span> <span m='98660'>to</span> <span m='98890'>the</span> <span m='99030'>organization</span> <span m='99690'>you're</span> <span m='99810'>working</span> <span m='100220'>for,</span> <span m='101250'>little</span> <span m='101760'>idiosyncrasies.</span> <span m='103100'>All</span> <span m='103280'>those</span> <span m='103560'>things</span> <span m='103950'>you're</span> <span m='104150'>going</span> <span m='104330'>to</span> <span m='104430'>learn</span> <span m='104820'>when</span> <span m='104950'>you</span> <span m='105890'>find</span> <span m='106170'>the</span> <span m='106240'>right</span> <span m='106490'>job</span> <span m='106780'>for</span> <span m='106900'>you.</span> </p><p><span m='107430'>So</span> <span m='108170'>soak</span> <span m='108470'>up</span> <span m='108620'>what</span> <span m='108780'>you</span> <span m='108940'>can.</span> <span m='109400'>You</span> <span m='109540'>don't</span> <span m='109750'>have</span> <span m='109870'>to</span> <span m='109990'>know</span> <span m='110130'>everything</span> <span m='110660'>stepping</span> <span m='111420'>into</span> <span m='111760'>your</span> <span m='111890'>first</span> <span m='112220'>day</span> <span m='112400'>on</span> <span m='112500'>the</span> <span m='112590'>job.</span> <span m='113670'>And</span> <span m='113860'>just</span> <span m='114180'>keep</span> <span m='114360'>your</span> <span m='114450'>confidence</span> <span m='114750'>up.</span> </p>","file":{"id":378776,"video_id":"3378196901001","name":"2326-Samantha-AssistanttoFounder1","duration":116077,"thumbnail_url":null}});