They offered the office manager's job to me. Whether I take it or not, she's not coming back to the portfolio I'm at. They're actually offering her a promotion, to manage another portfolio, but even if she doesn't take it, she won't be returning to her old position. I think it has to do with the client not wanting her there, but that's just pure speculation on my part.
She was here today too. It's a long story. They didn't expect her until May, and they planned on making the switch before she returned. I don't think she knew any more than I did what was going on. I hope she does take that other job. She'd be good at it.
I'm flattered, and, yes, I'm going to take the job. Now that it's mine to manage, I can run it as I see fit. I've already identified and recommended some things to the partners, thinking I was merely putting in my (frequently unsolicited) two cents as a fresh pair of eyes. But apparently they like my ideas and my work well enough to pitch me to the client, who so far also seems happy with my work.
So, back to my administrative duties. But now it will be interesting to create something, instead of following someone else's protocol. What I think works, I'll keep. Other things....well, they need some tweaking.
I'm hoping to negotiate generous PTO, as well as at least one morning a week with the horses, when it's not super crazy busy. I can be in the office by noon while still getting my barn fix. I'd take lower pay in a snap in exchange. A little lower.
It's all contingent on the client. The partners are all on board already. Fingers crossed. I'll have confirmation tomorrow at 9ish. These will be interesting times.