Anyone know what a project coordinator does?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@busybride215:  first of all, congrats on getting married!  and for having a resume that is impressive enough that someone would call you about a position you didn’t even apply to!

i’m not sure if this is the standard job description, but the project coordinator in my office is a bit of a jack-of-all-trades.  she coordinates travel arrangements for higher ups, sets up meetings with clients and vendors, prepares presentations, and heads inter-office initiatives, like a new computer system roll-out.  she does a little bit of IT, a little bit of office management, and a little bit of admin and assistant type stuff.

 

hope this helps, and good luck!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@busybride215:  It depends on the context of the job, but I work for a major restaurant chain and our “project coordinator” works in the Real Estate and Development department. They manage contractor and vendor relations with architects and building contractors, they process payment applications, basically the behind the scenes work for the project manager for each new location. It is basically an admin job where they will teach you everything you need to know – based on how their processes run. 

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Mr. LK does a lot of IT project management. It’s all about creating project timelines, budgets, and staff allocation plans, and then assuring that the project team meets all of those plans/budgets/hours during the project development phase in order to assure that everything is delivered on time (preferably early), on budget (preferably under budget), and frees up staff hours to move on to the next project.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

@busybride215:  It really depends. Mr. LK’s position requires actual technical IT knowledge in order to assess whether the team has met project specifications at every step of the way. He also needs detailed knowledge of all of the regulations that apply to the project in order to assure full compliance. But not all project management positions require that knowledge. If you are paired with an IT expert who handles that side of the equation, then it wouldn’t be necessary for you to have that technical knowledge.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@lovekiss:  Your husband sounds more like a project manager. I don’t think the position OP has applied for is for a PM.

She may be working with a PM, but would likely be supporting him/her in a role similar to what @dovelovesfalcon describes.

At least where I work, PMs do everything you describe, and most of them have their PMPs (which take thousands of hours of experience etc.).

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

@canarydiamond:  He’s actually an IT guy who sort of fell into the role. His office doesn’t employ actual project managers because they cost too much. LOL So the staff have non-project management titles and learn on the job. Nothing like being tossed into the deep end and learning how swim. 🙂

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@lovekiss:  Haha I know… that happens a lot where I work as well!!

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