What Is a Project Coordinator? Description, Salary, and Hiring
You’ve probably heard of a project manager, but project coordinators are also an important part of an organization’s project team. These professionals work under a project manager and help ensure projects are completed on time and within budget.
Project coordinators work in a broad range of industries, too. But, what exactly does a project coordinator do?
What does a project coordinator do?
Project coordinators are an important part of an organization’s project team. They work under a project manager to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget. Project coordinators oversee small parts of the larger project and are primarily responsible for administrative tasks.
Although the project manager is ultimately responsible for a company’s projects, the project coordinator makes sure all aspects of the project run smoothly and efficiently. Project coordinators work with various members of the project team and the client to develop a time line, create schedules, and oversee progress to make sure goals are met on time.
Project coordinators utilize spreadsheets to track budgets, dates, and other information. They organize contracts, financial files, reports, and invoices, and perform administrative duties such as ordering office supplies, bookkeeping, and billing. These professionals are also responsible for coordinating and attending meetings and developing project strategies.
What are the qualifications for a project coordinator job?
Being a project coordinator in any field requires a lot of problem-solving and multitasking. You’re coordinating multiple aspects of a project in a fast-paced and challenging work environment and communicating all the issues and risks of the project.
As a project coordinator, your job is to make sure that everyone is on the same page and speaking the same language. Therefore, it’s essential to have excellent organizational and communication skills. Because you are responsible for making sure your part of the project stays on target, successful project coordinators are self-motivated, attentive, and always follow through.
Most project coordinator positions require applicants to have a certain amount of education or work experience. In some circumstances, employers require bachelor’s degrees or certifications. However, industry experience can sometimes substitute for part of the educational requirements.
Project coordinator salary and job prospects
The median salary for a project coordinator is $49,000 a year, depending on education and experience. However, salaries vary by industry with more technical fields having higher median salaries.
While there are no estimates for the growth of project coordinator jobs, project manager jobs are expected to grow at an average rate over the next decade. A study conducted by the Project Management Institute predicts that by 2027, there will be nearly 90 million project manager jobs open.
What industries hire project coordinators?
Although a project coordinator job primarily consists of administrative tasks, specific duties can vary greatly depending on the industry. Some examples of industries hiring project coordinators include:
Engineering and Construction
Project coordinators in engineering and construction companies make sure the project meets federal, state, and local requirements. They prepare and submit permit documentation, test building materials and soil, and present their findings in bid proposals. Project coordinators are also responsible for making sure the construction site is safe.
As a project coordinator in the healthcare field, you might coordinate the building of a new hospital wing or help hire new doctors. Project coordinators could also help the hospital come up with a plan to lower response times in emergencies or oversee the transition from paper records to digital ones.
Financial services project coordinators have a wide range of responsibilities. They prepare financial reports, ensure all transactions comply with state and federal regulations, and assist with audits. They may also help pay bills, create invoices, or process payroll. Project coordinators also help streamline processes with an eye toward improving efficiency and cutting costs.
A legal project coordinator isn’t a lawyer (although some have legal training). However, they support the entire firm by keeping track of the firm’s clients. For example, a legal project coordinator may prepare and manage status reports for different cases the firm is handling, keep track of trial dates and deadlines, and coordinate calls and meetings between lawyers and clients.
Technology project coordinators help coordinate IT projects. They keep the team on track with time lines, deadlines, and budgets. They also help roll out new products and features, as well as keep track of bugs. A technology project coordinator needs to have some technical background to help them understand how new products and features fit in with existing technology.
What companies hire project coordinators?
Many companies that hire project managers also hire project coordinators. FlexJobs has several employers that hire for flexible project coordinator jobs, including:
How can I find a project coordinator job?
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Ann Rozier contributed to this post
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A version of this post was originally published on December 22, 2015.
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