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A Day in the Life of a Vice President of Operations

 
Examples from the schedule of Barbara Gunn, Senior Vice President for Operations and Government Relations, American Museum of Natural History
 
8:00
Check voice mail for any urgent messages
This could include a work project that needs attention or a personal issue for an employee, such as a problem with insurance
8:30
Meeting re temporary exhibits
Talk with people who build and plan all the temporary exhibits in the museum
9:00
Goal-setting session
10:00
Meeting with head of security for museum
Go over a new five-year program to secure collections in the public hall and review latest security technology
11:00
Phone calls and planning session
12:00
Subcommittee meeting
Meet with board subcommittee to review capital budget and review where to commit funds secured from the city
1:30
Meeting about new project: GPS system
Meet with GPS project director about plans for a wayfinding system for visitors to the museum, using BlackBerry or other device to help visitors not get lost in vast museum. Review status on new Wi-Fi system and potential software systems.
3:00
Meeting about phone system
Update on new automated phone system
4:00
Work on event planning system
Develop new tracking system for reserving space for events that utilize museum spaces after hours
4:30
Work on strategic plan
7:00
Evening event: opening of temporary exhibit
At least two evening events per month: fundraising event or exhibit openings