Administrative Support Assistant 3, Africana Research Center
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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
The Africana Research Center in the College of the Liberal Arts is seeking an Administrative Support Assistant 3.
The mission of the Africana Research Center is to encourage and support research and scholarship on Africa and its Diaspora that will enhance the lives of persons of African descent in the United States and throughout the Diaspora and serve as a catalyst for promoting an empowering environment where cultural production and discourse on diversity can be nurtured to advance the research, teaching, and outreach missions of Penn State. Our signature programming includes the Nelson Mandela Lecture, the Barbara Jordon lecture, and the ARC Professional Development Power Hour series. Our fellowship and grant programs include the postdoctoral fellowship program, Center and Institute Fellows Program, and Research Grants.
Working closely with the Center's Director and Managing Director, the Administrative Support Assistant 3 will assist with the overall day-to-day operations of the Center. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Coordinating all Center events, such as conferences, talks, and workshops
Preparing/processing various financial requests for travel, reimbursements, group meals, honorarium payments and reconciliation of purchasing card charges
Assisting with the processing of Human Resource matters and forms
Monitor and maintaining the Center’s budget and calendar
Composing, editing, proofing correspondence, newsletters, and event flyers
Making travel arrangements for the Center’s Director, Managing Director, and Postdocs
Maintaining spreadsheets, website, and social media accounts
Maintaining conference room schedule
Creating/maintaining the Center’s files, reports, and databases
The Administrative Support Assistant 3 will frequently use the following software and applications: Microsoft Office Suite, SAP Concur, as well as SIMBA (Penn State’s system for Integrated Management, Budgeting, and Accounting).
Education and Experience: This position typically requires a High School diploma or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Other qualifications include:
Excellent verbal and written communication
Detailed- and customer service-oriented
Ability to exercise discretion and judgement while managing confidential materials
Excellent organization skills with the ability to manage and prioritize tasks
Demonstrated ability to work independently
In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity.
Additional Information: Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume as part of the application materials.
The College of the Liberal Arts is supportive of flexible work arrangements when aligned with the ability to meet the needs of the unit and the essential duties of the position. Questions related to flexible work should be directed to the hiring manager during the interview process.
Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.
Penn State offers competitive benefits to full-time employees, including medical, dental, vision, tuition discounts, and retirement plans, in addition to generous vacation time,?sick time, and paid holidays. Please visit?https://hr.psu.edu/2022-benefits ?for more detailed information.
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