Senior Administrative Assistant

Connecticut, United States
29 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
29 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

Provides high-level administrative support within Yale West Campus to the Director of the Systems Biology Institute and to multiple faculty members engaged in academic, research and administrative activities.

  1. Coordinates faculty recruitment and on-boarding. Handles visas for faculty and research appointments.
  2. Plans and oversees detailed symposium and seminar series, events and visits with multiple department interfaces.
  3. Coordinates and takes notes at faculty meetings.
  4. Serves as the point of contact for units and provides communication and support for day-to-day activities to the faculty and lab groups.
  5. Accurately fields initial inquiries on various institute matters and provides timely follow-up to questions from faculty, students and staff.
  6. Orders and maintains equipment and supplies within the labs in conjunction with the lab manager.
  7. Plans travel, including international, and creates and processes detailed expense reports.
  8. Provides backup support to other administrative office staff as necessary.

This position requires travel to central campus to attend meetings and escort visitors.

Essential Duties

  1. Oversees and coordinates administrative, program, and office activities. Establishes, selects, implements, and coordinates office procedures and systems. Serves as principal source of information to students, staff, and faculty on policies, procedures, programs, and office activities.
  2. Oversees, instructs, and coordinates activities of support staff. Oversees the preparation of materials for grants, contracts and budgets. Monitors expenditures and reconciles financial statements.
  3. Provides editorial support for a journal/publication. Proofreads and edits material for grammatical and factual accuracy. Tracks copy through various editing and production stages. Communicates with authors, printers, and others concerned with published work.
  4. Determines administrative, facility, and equipment needs for symposia, lectures, seminars, and conferences. Assembles and arranges for necessary items. Determines sources of data. Compiles, synthesizes and manipulates data. Summarizes findings and writes reports or portions of reports.
  5. Greets visitors. Answers and screens telephone calls. Assesses nature of business. Responds to requests for information and provides assistance. Screens and responds to mail.
  6. Formats, keyboard, proofread, and edits correspondence, reports, manuscripts, grants, and other material. Assembles attachments and corresponding material. Reviews outgoing material for completeness, dates, and signatures. Composes substantive correspondence and written material.
  7. Coordinates travel arrangements. Schedules and coordinates meetings and appointments. Orders and maintains inventory of supplies. Takes minutes or dictation. Performs additional functions incidental to office activities.

Required Education and Experience

Six years of related work experience, four of them in the same job family at the next lower level, and high school level education; or four years of related work experience and an Associate's degree; or little or no work experience and a Bachelor's degree in a related field; or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Strong computer skills, including intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel and basic knowledge of PowerPoint. Proven experience with Outlook calendaring.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and manage competing priorities. Demonstrated experience in an administrative support role.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Well developed problem solving skills.Ability to work independently and exercise good judgment.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, as well as strong written and verbal communication skills. Excellent attention to detail and record of attendance and punctuality.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Ability to coordinate faculty recruitment and to plan and oversee large events. Ability to process expense reports and reimbursements. Ability to travel between West Campus and Central Campus.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Yale software (Workday Financials and HCM, FWR, Egencia, e-Ship Global). Experience with processing expense reports and reimbursements.

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The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

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