The AIM Program continues its series of profiles about the professional work of graduates. The goal is to explore the diversity of work of the information manager and to examine how the field is evolving.
AIM alumni who wish to submit a profile should send an e-mail to the AIM Program at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 800-824-2714, and we'll send you a suggested framework. To date, profiles have been provided by Joel Tachau ('07), Linda Ballas ('05), Peter Battan ('98), Travis Luckey ('09), Connie Atchley ('10), Michael Wright ('06), Hope Angel ('11), Brandon Gatke (’08), and Scott Fenton (’95).
What is your current job?
I am the executive coordinator for the director of Oregon Health and Science University's Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute, Beaverton West Campus and Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute, Florida.
How do you spend your work time?
I assist with the grant writing process–from applications to five year research plans; planning annual meetings; coordinating regional and international travel for the director as well as visitors to both campuses; regulatory updates; financial reconciliations and invoicing.
Do you work alone or in a small or large group?
I work mostly alone, but there are many other administrative and faculty personnel on campus with whom I interact on a daily basis depending on the project on which Iím working.
How does your job fit in to the larger organization dynamic? How does it make a difference?
I coordinate the efforts of the director of the OHSU VGTI here in Oregon as well as his office at VGTI Florida; he reports to the VP for Research at OHSU. My role is critical in ensuring that the director has more time to focus on research and vaccine development, rather than the management of the office.
How do you measure success in your role?
It ís a daily process, and it is measured in project milestones and deadlines being met and approved.
Are there more people doing this kind of work now, than there were five or ten years ago?
I see this position as having evolved from a typical managers's position, with additional responsibilities as specifically needed for this role. In that respect, I would say there are more now, particularly as we see an increase in the need and demand for information management with the increase of technology across the board.
How do you stay current in the field? (Resources, organizations, journals, etc.)
OHSU VGTI is very supportive of continuing education. I am fortunate that this is not only a healthcare/research industry employer, but an educational employer as well. I have many opportunities available to supplement my current credentials with certificates and advanced graduate degrees. I also have the opportunity to attend conferences, and membership in related organizations is encouraged.
How do you use your AIM education in support of your work?
I feel that my AIM degree was a major factor in securing this position. Each and every class that was a part of my education was useful along the way to earning my degree, and continues to play a large part in the work I am currently doing. Information management is an evolving field and the cutting-edge core courses that were a part of my education helped build a solid foundation on which I continue to build my career.
POSTED: October 8, 2012