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How do I Become an Assistant Coordinator?

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  • Written By: Carol Francois
  • Edited By: Heather Bailey
  • Last Modified Date: 12 September 2018
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There are many ways to become an assistant coordinator. This is not a career that people train specifically for, but it is typically something that becomes available as an opportunity during their working career. An assistant coordinator can work in a wide range of industries, from event planning to construction project management. In most firms, the assistant coordinator is part of a team of administrative support staff.

There is no post-secondary training program to become an assistant coordinator. In general, no training is required, as the skills can be learned on the job. However, it is often in the candidate's best interests to obtain some academic credentials. They may not be specifically necessary for this role, but they will definitely be required for career advancement into other positions. A diploma or degree in administration, business, or management can all be helpful.

The most common way to become an assistant coordinator is to be hired as an administrative assistant to a project coordinator or event manager. In this role, he or she has the opportunity to see all the aspects involved in actually coordinating a project or event. Over time, the support the administrative assistant provides can grow to become dedicated project coordination assistance. This is usually when a person is asked to become the assistant coordinator.

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In other industries, the assistant coordinator role is a well-defined, distinct position. He or she is specifically responsible for following up with suppliers, arranging the movement of equipment, and related coordination. Making sure the appropriate paperwork is in place and invoices are properly reviewed and approved before payment are other responsibilities of this position.

For example, an assistant coordinator in an event planning company may be primarily responsible for the equipment delivery and coordination of the staff and time to set up in advance of the event. In addition, he or she may also communicate the set-up plan to staff on-site and resolve minor issues. All major issues or challenges are forwarded to the coordinator.

The method used to become an assistant coordinator does not really matter, so long as you are able to complete the tasks of this position. The most challenging aspect of this work is the need to constantly communicate within the team. In order to avoid duplication of work, or mistakes, the assistant coordinator and project coordinator must both have excellent communication skills and be able to resolve issues quickly, as required.

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