Executive Administrative Assistant

What is an Executive Administrative Assistant?

An Executive Administrative Assistant is an employee who provides high level administrative support to executives in the workplace, such as taking calls, scheduling meetings, managing executive requests, and other office duties. They may also oversee office functions and supervise lower level office employees. These employees are also commonly called Executive Secretaries or Executive Assistants in various workplace settings. This position requires someone who has excellent verbal communication skills, good judgement, and strong time management skills in order to meet deadlines.

Job Responsibilities

Executive Administrative Assistants work in a wide variety of employment settings, and their job responsibilities differ greatly according to their specific employer’s needs and policies. However, in general, these workers perform many of the same everyday functions in the workplace as secretaries, personal assistants and administrative assistants, including:

  • Answering phones calls and taking messages
  • Welcoming all visitors and interacting with them
  • Managing scheduling and appointments
  • Arranging meetings and other events
  • Managing mail/fax communications
  • Managing traditional paper and/or electronic filing systems
  • Performing basic bookkeeping/clerical duties

Executive Administrative Assistants are generally also responsible for duties over and above those typically performed by these other administrative employees, which may include:

  • Setting and managing the daily schedules and calendars of company executives
  • Preparing and/or editing documents, such as expense reports, memos and invoices
  • Creating spreadsheets, managing databases, preparing presentations
  • Negotiating with vendors
  • Order necessary office supplies
  • Managing corporate stock rooms and/or libraries
  • Managing videoconferencing, fax communications and office equipment
  • Reviewing incoming documents
  • Conducting research
  • Training and/or supervising clerical workers

How to Become an Executive Administrative Assistant

Earning a degree in office management is your best first step towards building a career as an Executive Administrative Assistant. The Office Management associate degree program at Bryant & Stratton College teaches the skills necessary to thrive in today’s technology-rich and demanding office environment. Students who complete this program will gain a thorough understanding of the roles of administrative assistants in the modern workplace, which include interpersonal, organizational, administrative, and communications skills, among others. They will also receive an in-depth education on the technologies vital to pursuing this career path, such as mobile technology and devices, electronic correspondence and virtual/wireless technology, as well as modern corporate telephone, email and messaging systems, cloud computing systems and office management programs to name just a few. The dynamic nature of the modern workplace requires an ability to adjust and remain effective.

What Can I Do With an Office Management Associate Degree?

Earning an Office Management Associate Degree with Bryant & Stratton College can help you get prepared to pursue a career and thrive on this new path. It can also prepare you for a variety of other roles in a wide range of industries. The well-balanced professional and technical education provided by this degree program prepares graduates to pursue clerical, administrative and other front-office positions in fields that include manufacturing, government and education, among many others.For more insights into building a career as an Executive Administrative Assistant or in other positions within the administrative/office management field, please visit the Business Degrees section of the Bryant & Stratton College blog. Exploring the blog and our website will give you access to a wealth of useful information that can help you in planning your path towards building a successful and satisfying career.

Additional Training/Requirements

Most employers prefer to hire candidates who have several years of work experience in a related occupation under their belts. Many meet this work experience requirement by spending some time working in lower level administrative jobs, such as General Office Clerk or Administrative Assistant positions, for instance. In many employment settings, the newly hired may also be required to complete a period of on the job training to learn skills and procedures specific to their new workplace.

Employment Settings

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, executive administrative assistants work full-time in nearly every industry, about half of all workers in the occupation are employed in healthcare; education; and professional, scientific, and technical services.

While these projections can help career-minded people evaluate potential employment fields, it is important to note that job market data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook is only intended to provide insight on occupational opportunities. It should not be construed as a guarantee of salary or job title. Neither BLS nor Bryant & Stratton College can guarantee employment in any field.

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