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Manager Office

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
October 30, 2016

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Paula Monahan

**A Delaney Crescent, Toronto, ON M6K 1P9 647-***-****

Administration Coordination Organization Communication

Combining management experience with her strong interpersonal skills and an ability to accomplish objectives effectively, Paula brings significant administrative, organizational and communication skills to any task. She has been the religious superior, formation director and treasurer of a Roman Catholic monastery in England with an annual budget of over a million pounds sterling and assets in excess of 10 million pounds. She was also the office manager of the monastery’s printing business, which had annual sales of up to 750,000 inventory items and a distribution area covering the whole of the United Kingdom. She has extensive experience in the academic and research world at post-graduate level. Paula is happy to turn her gifts both to senior management positions and to the day-to-day administrative tasks of a busy office.

Personal Strengths

Experienced and organized administrator and office manager

Exceptional communication skills (written and oral)

Meticulous attention to detail

Ability to deal with a wide variety of people with courtesy, warmth and discretion


Office Skills Day-to-day office management: responding to telephone, e-mail and mail courteously and professionally; use of Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and QuickBooks (invoicing and receipts); accurate hard copy and electronic filing, database management; overseeing office supplies; outstanding writing, proofreading and minute-keeping skills

Administration Experience supervising office staff and external workers; meticulous attention to detail; organization and time-management skills; ability to take initiative and be a team player; ability to systematize and prioritize; dependability; flexibility; good judgment; eagerness to listen and learn; resourceful at problem-solving

HR Skills Formal and informal (one-on-one) teaching and mentoring experience in a variety of settings and with very diverse individuals; experience in conflict resolution and dealing with problems of a highly confidential nature; tactful and diplomatic; genuinely interested in others’ points of view and willing to adapt as necessary

Career History

2015-2016 Parish Secretary/Administrator at St. Francis of Assisi Parish Church, Toronto

2009-2010 PhD Candidate and Research Assistant at the University of Toronto, engaged in background

research, editing and proofreading of a professor’s book manuscript

2009 PhD Candidate and Teaching Assistant for course in ‘History of Science’ at the

Institute for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST), University of Toronto

2006 PhD Candidate and Teaching Assistant for course in ‘Psychology of C. G. Jung’ at the

Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, UK

2004-2006 Student-Faculty Liaison Committee department member, at both MA and PhD levels, at the

Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, UK, including Dean’s interdisciplinary committee; responsible for reporting policy issues to student body and for relaying comments and issues raised by students to faculty and Dean; also appointed as sole departmental student representative on 4-yearly external departmental review board

1998-2001 Community Superior of Carmelite Monastery, Quidenham, Norfolk, UK – taught and mentored new community members; taught and organized professional development for permanent community members; oversaw extensive estate (140 acres) including church, chapel, manor house, rental properties, farm and forestry lands, printing plant; provided ongoing liaison with estate employees, tenants and numerous visitors and correspondents

1988-1998 Formation Director of Carmelite Monastery, Quidenham, Norfolk, UK – as head of a formation team, held overall responsibility for training of new community members, including teaching, curriculum development, one-on-one mentoring, ensuring appropriate academic and psychological resources, confidential assessments

1986-1988 Treasurer of Carmelite Monastery, Quidenham, Norfolk, UK – oversaw complex community finances, including computerized book-keeping, paying employee wages, collection of rents from tenants and farm and forestry lands, budgeting for capital projects and day-to-day expenditure, preparation of end-of-year accounts for professional audit; responsible for annual budget of approximately one million pounds sterling and assets in excess of 10 million pounds

1984-1986 Printing Works Office Manager of Carmelite Monastery, Quidenham, Norfolk, UK – allocated and supervised staff, with an accent on team work; maintained day-to-day running of precise, detailed product output under time constraints; introduced computerization of accounts, sttock-taking and retail distribution records; increased annual sales to 750,000 inventory items, with distribution across the whole of the United Kingdom

1981-1984 Graphics Department Manager, Printing Works of Carmelite Monastery, Quidenham, Norfolk, UK – engaged in computerized typesetting, production and correction of galley proofs, type and photo page design, editing, proofreading

1980 Bilingual Clerical Assistant, Government of Ontario tax rebate programme – worked

in a team environment to ensure timely issuing of rebates across the province; fluency in French, clerical skills, tact and superior written and telephone communication skills were all required


2010-2014 PhD Studies (ABD) – University of Toronto, Psychology of Religion

2009 Master of Arts – University of Toronto, History of Psychology

2005 Master of Arts (with distinction) – University of Essex, Colchester, UK, Psychology

1980 BA (with distinction) – Université-de-Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium, Philosophie


– Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council J.-A. Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship

(‘Super-SSHRC’) for doctoral-level research at the University of Toronto

– Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) for doctoral-level research at the University of Toronto

– University of Toronto Graduate Fellowship and entrance year Coburn Award for MA year at the

Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST) at the University of Toronto

– Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC = SSHRC equivalent) UK Graduate Scholarships for both MA and PhD

studies at the University of Essex, UK

Language Skills – intermediate to advanced French; basic German, Greek and Latin

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