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Office Host? Really?

Postby jkisha » Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:21 am

OK, I find this interesting. Here is a new position BMORG is looking to fill. Struck me as rather odd for how I always perceived Burning Man and it's mission and priorities and volunteer community etc., etc., etc. I certainly don't care how they spend their money (i.e. our ticket money), but this did raise an eyebrow. (This is a paid position.)

The Office Host will provide host/hospitality services and some administrative support to the San Francisco Burning Man office. This role will oversee hospitality duties such as meeting room setup and clean up, manage all catering and beverage needs for all meetings, inventory/stocking of kitchen supplies and snacks, meeting room supplies, and office care-taking. The Office Host will back up and support the Office Assistant with reception duties, office visitors and deliveries, and mail and package related duties, as well as support the Office Manager and other office staff as assigned with administrative and clerical support.

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Re: Office Host? Really?

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:32 am

(Psssst. I think it's just the namby-pamby modern office euphemism for "receptionist".)
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Re: Office Host? Really?

Postby 48_love » Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:57 am

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Re: Office Host? Really?

Postby Dr Helix » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:16 pm

jkisha wrote:OK, I find this interesting. Here is a new position BMORG is looking to fill. Struck me as rather odd for how I always perceived Burning Man and it's mission and priorities and volunteer community etc., etc., etc. I certainly don't care how they spend their money (i.e. our ticket money), but this did raise an eyebrow. (This is a paid position.)

The Office Host will provide host/hospitality services and some administrative support to the San Francisco Burning Man office. This role will oversee hospitality duties such as meeting room setup and clean up, manage all catering and beverage needs for all meetings, inventory/stocking of kitchen supplies and snacks, meeting room supplies, and office care-taking. The Office Host will back up and support the Office Assistant with reception duties, office visitors and deliveries, and mail and package related duties, as well as support the Office Manager and other office staff as assigned with administrative and clerical support.




What next, Official taster? Well, at least I know now where those increases in ticket prices will be utilized.
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Re: Office Host? Really?

Postby trilobyte » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:26 pm

It's neither a new position nor a fancy term for a receptionist job (well, they provide backup on reception duties). Burning Man's offices have a lot of meeting rooms that see quite a bit of action - internal department and team meetings as well as meetings with volunteer groups and outside folks (vendors, participants, etc). My own personal take (from working with Burning Man and knowing the person currently doing the job) is that they're the member of the office staff who acts as wrangler for all those spaces, making sure supplies are stocked and that people using the spaces all doing their parts to help with setup and teardown/cleanup. I'm sure there's more to the post, but that's what I've seen from my experience. The outgoing office host does a great job too, for an organization with so many things going on at any given time of day or night things run really smoothly.
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Re: Office Host? Really?

Postby Savannah » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:41 pm

"Office Host" like a more honest term for someone who does the non-clerical tasks that administrative assistants usually get stuck doing.

I'll hazard that the Office Assistant appreciates the separation.
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Re: Office Host? Really?

Postby Elliot » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:49 pm

:D
As I read it, the Office Host wears a lot of hats, including that of mail room clerk. Sounds perfectly legitimate to me.
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Re: Office Host? Really?

Postby lucky420 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:19 pm

Not gonna lie. I would love to have this job ...
Oh my god, it's HUGE!
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Re: Office Host? Really?

Postby Dr Helix » Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:24 pm

I'm holding out for lacky.
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Re: Office Host? Really?

Postby Dr. Pyro » Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:46 pm

I always thought an "Office Host" was just a glorified go-fer who was in charge of buying, for everyone working for the BMOrg, their pot.
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Re: Office Host? Really?

Postby BAS » Wed Dec 19, 2012 2:39 pm

Dr Helix wrote:I'm holding out for lacky.


HEY! That lackey job is MINE!

Oh damn! He has "Dr." in front of his name. I'm screwed!
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Re: Office Host? Really?

Postby mgb327 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 3:46 pm

Back in the day when I got "dressed up" to go to work, I had an office host. Gawd, she was wonderful.
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Re: Office Host? Really?

Postby MacGlenver » Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:13 pm

Yup, we got two of them in my office. Very necessary & nice to have. We's got shit to do!
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Re: Office Host? Really?

Postby Dr Helix » Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:45 pm

BAS wrote:
Dr Helix wrote:I'm holding out for lacky.


HEY! That lackey job is MINE!

Oh damn! He has "Dr." in front of his name. I'm screwed!


No, I believe the job is yours. At least you knew how to SPELL lackey.
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Re: Office Host? Really?

Postby junglesmacks » Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:10 pm

That reminds me.. I need to post an opening for official wiper and tapper..
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Re: Office Host? Really?

Postby Ugly Dougly » Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:19 pm

I still have an opening for an orifice assistant.
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Re: Office Host? Really?

Postby jkisha » Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:35 pm

trilobyte wrote:It's neither a new position nor a fancy term for a receptionist job (well, they provide backup on reception duties). Burning Man's offices have a lot of meeting rooms that see quite a bit of action - internal department and team meetings as well as meetings with volunteer groups and outside folks (vendors, participants, etc). My own personal take (from working with Burning Man and knowing the person currently doing the job) is that they're the member of the office staff who acts as wrangler for all those spaces, making sure supplies are stocked and that people using the spaces all doing their parts to help with setup and teardown/cleanup. I'm sure there's more to the post, but that's what I've seen from my experience. The outgoing office host does a great job too, for an organization with so many things going on at any given time of day or night things run really smoothly.


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Re: Office Host? Really?

Postby knowmad » Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:51 pm

I'd love that job, Donno If I like the Idea of Frisco but. I dono.
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Re: Office Host? Really?

Postby Elliot » Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:57 pm

jkisha wrote:For those that like to think (believe) Burning Man is not a sophisticated business operation, take note.
Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Yep. Such a large and far-reaching event could not possibly be operated by part-timers in somebody's garage. :D
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Re: Office Host? Really?

Postby ygmir » Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:46 pm

the shoes being vacated, will be very hard to fill, indeed.
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Re: Office Host? Really?

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:00 pm

Elliot wrote:
jkisha wrote:For those that like to think (believe) Burning Man is not a sophisticated business operation, take note.
Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Yep. Such a large and far-reaching event could not possibly be operated by part-timers in somebody's garage. :D

Try telling that to Hewlett and Packard.
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Re: Office Host? Really?

Postby Eric » Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:01 am

theCryptofishist wrote:
Elliot wrote:
jkisha wrote:For those that like to think (believe) Burning Man is not a sophisticated business operation, take note.
Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Yep. Such a large and far-reaching event could not possibly be operated by part-timers in somebody's garage. :D

Try telling that to Hewlett and Packard.


Bet they weren't still in the garage 25 years on... :lol:
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Re: Office Host? Really?

Postby aserendipity » Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:46 am

yes Yggy , and although those shoes sometimes kicked they were moving on in time

for sure I love that job ..,but
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Re: Office Host? Really?

Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:36 pm

jkisha wrote:For those that like to think (believe) Burning Man is not a sophisticated business operation, take note.
Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Elliot wrote:Yep. Such a large and far-reaching event could not possibly be operated by part-timers in somebody's garage. :D

theCryptofishist wrote:Try telling that to Hewlett and Packard.


Eric wrote:Bet they weren't still in the garage 25 years on... :lol:

Your logic is no weapon against my fancies! Whippersnapper!
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Re: Office Host? Really?

Postby BAS » Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:30 am

A Packard in the garage...? That would be nice.


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Re: Office Host? Really?

Postby Lord Of Ruin » Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:18 pm

jkisha wrote:
trilobyte wrote:It's neither a new position nor a fancy term for a receptionist job (well, they provide backup on reception duties). Burning Man's offices have a lot of meeting rooms that see quite a bit of action - internal department and team meetings as well as meetings with volunteer groups and outside folks (vendors, participants, etc). My own personal take (from working with Burning Man and knowing the person currently doing the job) is that they're the member of the office staff who acts as wrangler for all those spaces, making sure supplies are stocked and that people using the spaces all doing their parts to help with setup and teardown/cleanup. I'm sure there's more to the post, but that's what I've seen from my experience. The outgoing office host does a great job too, for an organization with so many things going on at any given time of day or night things run really smoothly.


For those that like to think (believe) Burning Man is not a sophisticated business operation, take note.
Not that there is anything wrong with that.


Like Trilo said, it's essentially a very busy wrangling position. For those of you in the corporate world, it's similar to a conference center coordinator.

But lest people think it's something to enable people to live in the lap of luxury... The meeting spaces are largely there to facilitate all sorts of volunteer projects and meetings. The Org in that way functions much like an incubator for those of you from the business world, enabling these disparate groups a central, supported place to do their business. The host helps make sure those spaces are untilized well, booked properly, cleaned up stocked, etc. They are present a lot so they do get asked to "lend a hand" in many, many other projects that happen year 'round.
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Re: Office Host? Really?

Postby Simon of the Playa » Thu Jan 03, 2013 7:39 am

hey Kishka.

Do we Bitch and moan when you buy your Pre-Teen boy-toys Candy?


no, we don't.


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Re: Office Host? Really?

Postby aserendipity » Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:30 am

[quote="Simon of the Playa"]hey Kishka.

Do we Bitch and moan when you buy your Pre-Teen boy-toys Candy?


no, we don't.


sit down, shut up, and here, suck on this pixie stick.[/quote]
is it delicious
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