An admin officer is the most senior employee within a company. She reports directly to the chief executive officer. She is responsible for the overall strategy, planning, coordination and management of business affairs of an organization. Typically, the firm's support functions, such as human resources, legal and compliance, report to her.
An admin officer provides recommendations to the chief executive officer and board of directors regarding companywide goals, objectives and policies. He develops and maintains a positive working relationship with various department heads as required to work through project development and management problem-solving. He develops, implements and maintains all corporate policies and procedures. He works closely with legal counsel. He manages all internal communication.
Admin officers are employed within for-profit and nonprofit organizations large and small, throughout all industries. Though many admin officers are promoted from within, candidates seeking this type of employment may apply directly to the company for which they know an opportunity is available. These roles may also be obtained through the assistance of recruitment firms that focus on the placement of executive-level professionals. Additionally, professional organizations such as the Association of Professionals in Business Management offer excellent resources and networking opportunities for job seekers. Niche job sites such as theladders.com post job opportunities specifically for senior-level professionals.
A successful admin officer must possess excellent interpersonal and people-management skills; depending on the size of the company, she may have many people reporting to her. Though she does not need to be a specialist, she must understand her firm's business, because she runs the departments that support it. She must have strong presentation and reporting skills, as she will be reporting to the chief executive officer and the board of directors. She must also be strategic, anticipating the needs of her clients.
The successful candidate for an admin officer's job should possess a four-year degree in human resources, law, business administration or a related field. Many employers prefer their admin officers to have obtained a graduate degree in business administration, business management or a related field.
According to Salary.com, in 2009 the average top administrative executive working in the U.S. earns an annual base salary of $298,730. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates the employment of top executives will increase by 2 percent between 2006 and 2016.