What's it like to be an Assistant Vice President?
Assistant Vice Presidents help a Vice President in fulfilling a number of high-level tasks for a specific department that meet the organisation’s goals such as planning strategies, delegating tasks and facilitating executive meetings. Assistant Vice Presidents often have several years of experience in their chosen industry, making them experts in leadership and management, business administration and various forms of communication. They also tend to be efficient problem solvers, decision makers and most importantly, multitaskers given the nature of tasks they handle on a day-to-day basis.
Tasks and duties
- Handling communications and information management of the department.
- Providing solutions to high-level risks and issues the department may encounter.
- Developing initiatives that continuously meet the business targets.
- Preparing and delivering reports or presentations on behalf of the Vice President.
- Monitoring adherence to company policies, regulations and guidelines.
- Managing the performance of staff and ensuring smooth daily operations.
- Performing ad hoc duties as required by other executives or other departments.
Most Assistant Vice Presidents have many years of experience in their industry, as well as relevant qualifications and training.
Complete a bachelor degree in business, communications or a related field. If you already have a particular industry you plan on entering, a degree in that area is also worth considering to gain relevant knowledge and skills.
Gain experience in your chosen industry and seek opportunities that allow you to lead people, projects or processes.
Pursue upskilling, training opportunities or a postgraduate degree. As executive-level positions require you to be flexible and knowledgeable in different aspects of a business, this additional exposure will help you boost your portfolio even further, as well as help you grow essential Assistant Vice President skills like communication and leadership.
Continue to build industry experience. Before becoming an Assistant Vice President, you normally need several years of managerial experience.