I work 25 hours per week as a Marketing Coordinator. I’m the only person who does marketing at this organization, a health food grocery store. My duties include in-store signage for store and deli from templates and original designs, website updating, email marketing, all social media content, coordination duties for a donation program, tabling at events, planning/executing/facilitating events in-store, putting coupons in point of sale program, designing and executing direct mail programs, and a million other things.
Prior to my arrival, there was a very part-time person covering social media and email. Before that person, it was a Marketing Manager position with 40 hours. The store is in financial decline, so they cut my position/hours/pay to save money. When I applied and interviewed, the job was 35 hours up until they offered it to me—then it was 20. Since then, they’ve added the 5 to make it 25 hours per week. Coordinator level pay is two levels below Manager.
I am constantly stressed and overwhelmed. There is not enough time for me to complete my tasks ever. I think I hate this job, and I definitely have not built any worthy or healthy relationships with my co-workers. I want to stick it out a year or until I have another position, as I already have a year gap on my resume.
I have informed my boss several times that my workload is overwhelming. He is infuriatingly invalidating, just reminds me I’m doing a great job and to get done what I can. Then literally asks me for my work at our next “Weekly Check-in.” I’m always staying late and having to adjust my schedule, because work pops up throughout the day and I don’t get things done by my scheduled out time. And he sent an email to the mgmt team and me about being “accountable” to our schedules. I could scream! If people stopped springing last-minute projects on me because of their poor planning, then I could go home on time and not cut shifts at the end of my week because I ran out of hours.
My question is… My boss has asked me to develop an in-depth yearly marketing plan. I presented an outline, but he wants more. I don’t think he has any clue what kind of big project this is, and I don’t want to do it poorly. How many hours can I expect this to take? He wants it done by next week, but I’m not feeling this is feasible with my extremely limited hours. What do I do?
Also, would it be appropriate to ask to be a Manager? I feel like this work is creeping well beyond the scope of Coordinator-level duties…
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