Administrative Services Manager
Administrative services managers plan, coordinate and direct a broad range of services that allow organizations to operate efficiently. They might, for example, coordinate space allocation, facilities maintenance and operations and major property and equipment procurement. They also may oversee centralized operations that meet the needs of multiple departments, such as information and data processing, mail, materials scheduling and distribution, printing and reproduction, records management, telecommunications management, security, recycling, wellness and transportation services.
Administrative services managers also ensure that contracts, insurance requirements and government regulations and safety standards are followed and up to date. They may examine energy consumption patterns, technology usage and personal property needs to plan for their long-term maintenance, modernization and replacement.TCC programs that are right for you:Business Management and Accounting Programs
Administrative services managers spend much of their day in an office, but site visits around the building, outdoors to supervise grounds keeping activities or to other facilities under their management are common. If overseeing a construction project, travel to the construction site is typical. Technology allows many facility managers to monitor equipment remotely and teleconferencing has reduced the need to travel as frequently to meet with off-site staff and vendors. About half of administrative services managers work a standard 40-hour week; most of the remaining workforce work longer hours. However, uncompensated overtime frequently is required to resolve problems and meet deadlines. Facility managers often are “on call” to address a variety of problems that can arise in a facility during nonworking hours.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of administrative services managers is expected to grow 15 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Tasks such as managing facilities and being prepared for emergencies will remain important in a wide range of industries. Facility managers will be needed to plan for natural disasters, ensuring that any damage to a building will be minimal and that the organization can get back to work quickly. Employment growth is also expected as organizations increasingly realize the importance of operating their facilities efficiently. In addition, facility managers will be in demand because there will be a greater focus on the environmental impact and energy efficiency of the buildings they manage.
Career information courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook.