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What Is a Senior Coordinator?

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A senior coordinator is a business professional who works directly with owners, executives and other senior personnel within a company structure. In some cases, the role of the coordinator is to advise and inform the company leadership on matters regarding the function of the business, including day to day operational procedures, sales and marketing efficiency, or matters that impact demand for the goods and services offered by the business. At other times, the senior coordinator functions as an assistant to one or more members of the executive team, performing tasks assigned by those executives.

Depending on the culture within a given company, the work of a senior coordinator may be highly specialized or include a wide range of tasks. Coordinators may be responsible for managing a number of clerical tasks for a manager or executive, such as preparing the text of proposals, speeches, or reviewing contracts with vendors or customers. An events coordinator may be responsible for managing conferences and seminars conducted by the company, under the direction of an event manager. The coordinator may even function as an executive assistant, handling a wide range of tasks that managing an executive’s schedule, arranging transportation and hotel accommodations for trips, and screening inbound telephone and email communications.

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As with most types of upper level positions, there are continuing education opportunities specifically for the senior coordinator. These are often structured as workshops, seminars, or even as classes offered at a college or university. Many coordinators take advantage of these opportunities, using the knowledge gained to improve their own efficiency and often translating what they learn into practical processes and procedures that can be used in various departments and divisions of the company where they are employed.

Since the scope of a senior coordinator position usually depends on the environment within a given company, it is important for coordinators to consider the nature of the position before attempting to secure the job. The idea is to match the needs of the company with the skill set of the coordinator, allowing both parties to gain mutual benefit and satisfaction from the business relationship. A coordinator that is trained to provide advice and educational opportunities to company owners and executives would probably not be the best fit for a coordinator position that focused more on executive assistant functions, or vice versa. For this reason, many professional coordinators will look beyond the position title and seek to learn specifics about the position responsibilities before pursuing the opportunity.

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golf07
Post 4

If you are working your way up the ranks in a company, a senior coordinator position can be very helpful.

This gives you an opportunity to show how you can manage people working under you, and keep your department running smoothly and efficiently.

This position can be a stepping stone to a higher management position and also looks good as experience on your resume. Most senior coordinator positions pay well and the amount of experience you get can be helpful for just about any type of business you are in.

AnnBoleyn
Post 3

@ALevine - The pay scale can vary quite drastically depending on the type of industry they're in. For example, a goverment position would pay far higher than a similar job in the publishing industry.

fingered
Post 2

@ALevine - You're right in a way. A coordinator, whether senior or junior, is normally lower than a manager position. Often, a coordinator will report to a manager if they work within a department. At other times, the coordinator may simply report directly to an executive if they work in the capacity of an executive assistant. A senior coordinator may have one or more junior coordinators to oversee as part of their responsibility.

ALevine
Post 1

There's always this overall impression that a coordinator's job is more of a junior position. Where does the senior coordinator's job typically fall in the hierarchy of a company? What is their pay scale like?

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