Administrative Assistant - Dedman School of Law - (DED00000388)

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About the Position:

This role is an on-campus, in-person position.

The Administrative Assistant position performs a wide variety of administrative tasks for several faculty members at the law school, including clerical support, publication support and editing work, travel planning, meeting set up logistics, scheduling, processing reimbursements, exam support, classroom support (attendance and seating charts), and other duties. 

Essential Functions:

  • Provides clerical support including keyboarding, composing and editing letters and other documents, copying, scanning, creating and maintaining filing systems, responding to emails, and disseminating information.

  • Utilizes multiple technical applications including word processing, electronic calendar, email, and internet as needed by various members of the faculty (including research using the internet). 

  • Prepares class attendance charts and creates photo seating charts; works with faculty and other staff to coordinate dissemination of and tracking of final exams, and provides information to students and faculty regarding final exams as directed; assists faculty with preparation of final exam and semester grades using excel.

  • Edits faculty articles for submission to various publications and otherwise prepares them for submission; mails reprints to faculty's list of colleagues.
  • Arranges meetings and travel arrangements for conferences, seminars, symposiums and other events. 
  • Covers time out of the office for other administrative assistants and provides overflow support to other administrative assistants as needed. Other duties, as assigned. 
  • Coordinates travel reimbursement and other expense reimbursements. 




Education and Experience:

A high school diploma, or equivalent is required for this position.

A minimum of one (1) year of office administration or support experience is required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate broadly across the University and develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of constituencies. Must also demonstrate strong written communication skills.

Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions. Must also have strong organizational, planning and time management skills.  

Candidate is expected to have proficiency in grammar and writing.  Ability to maintain paper and electronic files is a must.  The candidate should have the ability to work independently and anticpate issues, but also be under the supervision of several faculty members as well as the Assistant Dean for Administration.

Software requirements: high level competency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Physical and Environmental Demands:

  • Sit for long periods of time
  • Bend, Stand, Handle Objects (dexterity)
  • Reach above shoulders
  • Push/Pull, Carry/Lift up to 25 lbs

Deadline to Apply:

June 21, 2024

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