Administrative Professionals step into the spotlight
This article is by Corinne Easter, Administrative Specialist with the King County Office of Risk Management Services
Today King County is celebrating its superhero Administrative Professionals at the third annual Administrative Professionals Recognition Event at the City of Seattle’s Bertha Knight Landes Room from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., located at 600 4th Ave in Seattle. All King County employees are invited to attend this exciting event and help us celebrate this special day (please review the HR Bulletin regarding employee attendance at County-sponsored events).
The fourth Wednesday of every April is National Administrative Professionals Day. King County recognizes this day and has taken it a step further by implementing an innovative program specifically focused on administrative professionals. At the request of Rhonda Berry, Public Health’s Deputy Executive of Operations, and with Whitney Abrams’s, King County’s Chief People Officer, sponsorship, the King County Administrative Professionals Development and Recognition Program (APDRP) was created and operates to support and recognize employees year-round. The APDRP is gaining momentum each year. So, who are administrative professionals?
“Administrative professionals work in a variety of classifications such as fiscal specialists, health program assistants, customer service and in many other areas,” Theresa Roscoe, Career Support Services Manager explains. “We look more at core roles, responsibilities and skills sets, rather than job titles.” The Program supports this vast audience and aims to provide development and recognition to support employees in meeting their career goals. Each department is asked to identify one administrative professional as a representative on the Administrative Professionals Advisory Committee (APAC). Members from human resources, management, and union labor representatives are also at the table to bring a holistic perspective and work together to identify employee needs, provide services, resources, and training.
The Program acknowledges that many times administrative professionals work behind the scenes to make things happen. This is why the program strives to make these professionals feel more confident and valued as partners in the organization. Lili Stansberry, of Career Support Services, states, “Employee development is a key component to this goal. Depending on the employee, they may require honing their professional skills, or transitioning into a completely different position.” Although an employee may be unsure about the career path they want to explore, the Program provides resources and opportunities to help them discover and move forward in pursuing their interests. Many administrative positions have common skills that are overlooked. The APDRP helps them identify these talents and utilize them in pursing the employee’s desired career goals.
Another crucial element of the Program is bringing administrative professionals out from behind the scenes and recognizing these shining stars at the annual event. Each year, the APAC hosts an event where employees are honored for their hard work, dedication, and excellence. This year’s nominees will be acknowledged at the event, as well as being acknowledged within their individual departments. Each department will receive certificates of recognition and gold pins for each of their nominees to be recognized outside of the event. This year is expected to have the largest attendance in the Program’s history. Cyndi Schaeffer is the keynote speaker with Harold Taniguchi, DOT Director, and Donna Rodgers-Yates, Public Health Administrative Professional, as the MC’s.
The APAC is always looking for feedback and welcomes all comments. More information about the program can be found at www.kingcounty.gov/administrativeprofessionals or by contacting them at AdministrativeProfessionals@kingcounty.gov.