Admin Amanda Martin says being part of a small, dedicated staff makes her feel like she’s truly a contributing voice in the organization at the Tempe History Museum in Arizona. “When the position at the museum came open, I had a feeling it might be exactly what I was looking for as the next step, and that it would allow me to combine all of my knowledge, skills and creativity into a single position,” she says. “I was right.”
One of Martin’s five-year goals for the position was to become the go-to person for opinions, advice, ideas, solutions and—when needed—a good laugh. Thanks to her colleagues, she says, she’s been able to achieve that.
She says she’s always looking for ways to improve and streamline processes while enhancing communication among the staff. Being organized and effective in her job means her colleagues can focus on their own duties and expertise, she says.
“The biggest challenge I face in my position is figuring out how to prioritize and dedicate my time to all my duties,” she says. “Being part of a small staff allows me to tackle new projects and challenges, but it also means that my colleagues and I often operate beyond the boundaries of our job descriptions to make sure we’re supporting each other and that the work gets done.”
Martin has taken on more responsibility over time, and some of her duties include training and supervising the front desk staff, managing inventory, planning and assisting special events and managing the museum’s website and social media.
She says it’s hard for her to pick a favorite exhibit in the museum, especially with the galleries that rotate, but a couple she really enjoyed were The Tempe Sound, which highlighted the pioneers of the city’s music scene, and Legend City, which focused on a theme park that existed from 1963 to 1983. “I enjoyed watching our visitors connect with these exhibits and feel a sense of nostalgia when walking through them,” she says.