A super place to work where I had autonomy, great benefits, and flexibility.
Secretary/Bookkeeper (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON, Canada – 11 March 2013
I was the supervisor/secretary/bookkeeper/human resources/technical support representative in the busy church office. I worked for the senior and associate priests, supervised a secretary/receptionist and several volunteers and support workers.
Each day I interacted with my co-workers, parishioners, service providers, members of the Archdiocese, and members of the public. I prepared salaries for the priests, the office staff, the support staff, and members of the various church groups; prepared the bulletin for weekly Mass; prepared several financial reports to the Archdiocese and the Church; prepared checks to service providers; prepared deposits for the banks; prepared reports to the government, among other functions.
Because I had transitioned from being a manager in telecommunications for several years to a job in administration, the process was seamless in many ways. However, I was trusted to take care of thousands of dollars in church collection which I had never done before. I also learned the bookkeeping and check preparation part of the job in manual form and with minimal training, but later I upgraded to an electronic accounting database.
I thoroughly enjoyed the job. My least favourite part of the job entailed taking minutes of very long meetings.
Even though I worked as part of a team, I was solely responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office.
4.5 workdays for two months during the summer; 7 hour workdays the rest of the year.
because it was a church office there was no opportunity for advancement.