Administrative Assistant in Landscape Architecture, Weitzman School of Design (Hybrid Eligible)

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Administrative Assistant in Landscape Architecture, Weitzman School of Design (Hybrid Eligible)

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The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

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Posted Job Title
Administrative Assistant in Landscape Architecture, Weitzman School of Design (Hybrid Eligible)

Job Profile Title
Administrative Assistant B

Job Description Summary
Provide administrative support to the department chair, coordinators and department and school academic communities in a fast-paced academic environment requiring excellent organization and communication skills, flexibility in managing a variety of administrative and event tasks.

Primary responsibilities will include managing the chair's appointment calendar and meeting schedule, assisting the chair, department coordinators and other Weitzman staff with research center administrative needs, grants, special projects, events and student-led initiatives, as well as a range of departmental communications, programmatic, financial and operations responsibilities.

Candidate will have an active, hands-on role in managing events, including setting up for evening lectures, class meetings and reviews, arranging and accepting deliveries of catering and other hospitality services. Some evening and weekend hours are required for this position.

The candidate should be self-motivated, have a positive, high-energy, service-oriented attitude in supporting a variety of university communities and the general public, and be able to communicate effectively and confidently to manage a varied workload and ongoing projects throughout the academic year. Excellent interpersonal skills are needed for a diverse academic community of students, faculty and staff, and the high energy and willingness to work in an administrative team dedicated to improving the educational and work environment of department and school are required.

Job Description

  • Assist the Department Coordinators with all aspects of managing the MLA program and activities throughout the academic cycle
  • Provide administrative support to the Dept. Chair, including scheduling meetings and maintaining the Chair's calendar
  • Provide assistance to the coordinators with departmental communications, event posters, brochures, listservs, website updates
  • Provide Administrative support to the Department Faculty, including classroom and pinup space reservations
  • Provide administrative support for the Chair's special projects, LA+ journal, and student-led activities
  • Manage front desk and respond to all general inquires whether in-person visitors, phone calls, email/other online platforms
  • Provide event support for special events and course related activities.
  • Respond to inquires from prospective applicants, arrange meetings with faculty and students, give tours of the facilities
  • Provide assistance to the coordinators with clerical and financial tasks as needed
  • Perform additional duties as needed


High School diploma/GED and 3-5 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience, are required; Associate's Degree and 3-5 years of experience preferred.

The candidate should be self-motivated, have a positive, service-oriented attitude in supporting a variety of university communities and the general public, and be able to communicate effectively and confidently to manage a varied workload and ongoing projects throughout the academic year. Occasional evening or weekend work hours will be required for event support.

Working Conditions:
Office, Library, Computer Room

Physical Effort:
Typically sitting at a desk or table

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hybrid Eligible - This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule with a work week that is divided between working onsite and working remotely.

Department / School
School of Design

Pay Range

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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