I decided I better make a blog entry before I forgot how. Seriously, I just haven’t had any writing inspirations. I was going to blog about how horrible my old job was but my mind isn't ready to go back there so instead I’ll write about my new job.
On September 26, 2011 I started a new job with the Department of Health & Social Services, in the Grants and Contracting Section. My title is Grants Administrator I, which is a range 14 but after a year you flex to a II, which is a range 17 so that’s a nice little jump. I am a 14J though, so that’s the equivalent of a 17C so my jump won’t be too significant but that’s okay. At least I won’t be in longevity anymore.
Although I am called a Grants Administrator that is not what I do. What is do is function as a leasing officer. I am the only one in the section that deals with leases and DHSS has about 80 active leases in 30 different communities. The Division of General Services has the procurement authority to lease, DHSS does not, so I am the liaison between DGS and the our divisions. Whenever anyone wants to move entirely or just gain or lose space, I am called upon. When a lease is not renewed, I am called upon. I keep a huge spreadsheet that maintains all the current numbers and keep the divisions up to date on what square feet they have and what they are paying. Whenever construction work needs to be in the buildings we own and occupy, I hire contractors and engineers and abatment people.
In a year’s time, I will go before a couple of department people and be tested. You get all the questions beforehand and can have whatever notes and written material you choose to have with you but it’s still a test and an oral one at that. Because I don’t work with either grants or contracts (although I understand I will eventually be doing some contract work) I will have to study hard. Most people can rely on their experience but I won’t have that advantage.
I am really excited for this opportunity. I am way out of my comfort zone and my skill set but it’s exciting and new. Some days when I get home at night my brain hurts! My supervisor is brand new as well so she isn’t much of a resource for me but the section chief is training me and my predecessor is also a great help. I am writing a desk manual as I learn so at the person following me will have some kind of guide.
The people here are great. There is very little turnover and everyone seems to be truly happy in the positions. The division I came from was just the opposite…..people were miserable and demoralized and in the last month about half the staff quit so that staff that is left is carrying an extra heavy load. It’s amazing what a toll that takes on people individually. I feel so much lighter and happier and ever so grateful. I am thankful for fresh starts.