1. Administrative Assistant
The nitty-gritty: Can you say jack-of-all-trades? This position calls for a mixed bag of skills and an ability to roll with the punches. You'll be working with top management as well as consultants, contractors, customers and donors. You'll typically be responsible for the down and dirty clerical work from word processing to updating databases. You may be in charge of scheduling appointments, making travel arrangements for professional staff and board members, coordinating meetings and seminars, and processing registrations for workshops. Generally speaking, you'll take incoming calls, order and maintain office supplies, fulfill orders for reports, books and other materials, organize materials and hand-outs for events. The occupation ranks among those with the largest number of job openings through 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The greatest demand is from nonprofits that serve educational services, health care and social assistance, according to BLS. At the heart of it, a versatile assistant is the point person who keeps things running smoothly with a lean staff, tight supplies and a big agenda. Job description: good team player.
The hours: Part time and full time; some virtual work possible
Median hourly pay: $13.82 to $32.21
Qualifications: Computer literacy. Come armed with a broad knowledge of computer software applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Constant Contact. Core word processing, writing, proofreading, editing and communication skills are indispensable. You should be also at ease working with software for desktop publishing, project management, spreadsheets and database management. Don't panic if you aren't riding the cutting edge technology, on-the-job skills can be gleaned with the help of other employees or equipment and software vendors. Familiarity with social media, including Twitter and Facebook, is a plus. Good customer service and organizational skills, and the ability to work independently will serve you well. Employers will be on the lookout for a proven track record of getting things done, problem-solving and pumped-up energy.