Administrative Assistant, Office of Design & Construction - Planning and Facilities Management

Washington D.C.
Jun 02, 2017
Sep 29, 2017
Full Time
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Administrative Assistant, Office of Design & Construction - Planning and Facilities Management

The Administrative Assistant provides administrative support to the professional, technical and management staff to ensure the efficient and smooth operation of the Office of Design & Construction (ODC) and administrative processes, and lends strong support to other University Planning & Facilities Management departments. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President Design & Construction, the Administrative Assistant has duties that include but are not limited to:

Supplies, Equipment, & Training

  • Prepares documents from drafts and distributes as appropriate. 
  • Takes inventory of supplies to assess office needs.
  • Orders supplies, office equipment, furniture, and special items as needed. 
  • Renews equipment licenses, staff professional licenses, memberships, subscriptions, and publications as required. 
  • Routes and tracks contractor and vendor invoices, purchase orders and contracts through the department for signatures and return to financial affairs.
  • Schedules courier, printing and graphics, cellular phones, shop, and storage space services as needed. 
  • Coordinates suite telephone services with University Information Systems - assisting staff in determining types of services needed; preparing service requests; arranging for installations, replacements and repairs; and providing office updates for the campus telephone directory. 
  • Organizes office development functions as required including farewell parties, retirement parties, and staff lunches.
  • Reviews ODC staff training requests and travel reimbursement requests for accuracy and completeness, and submits forms timely to department training coordinator for approval and processing. 
  • Distributes the monthly consultants checks for all construction work performed.
  • Secures and distributes the university zone and core keys and the suite office keys.

Budget Administration

  • Assists in budget development and preparation of the annual office budget submission.
  • Monitors monthly reports to assure that all supplies, services, and other expenses remain within budget. 
  • Submits bills for costs charged to the cost center. 
  • Researches and reconciles all transaction discrepancies. 
  • Prepares journal vouchers to make corrections as required. 
  • Transfers transactions to appropriate cost centers. 
  • Reconciles Budget to Actual Status Reports (BARs). 
  • Maintains office accounting records.
  • Uses university procurement card to make purchases for office and signage programs.
  • Maintains log of purchases and submits log for reallocation of expenses to department finance office.

Signage Administration

  • Coordinates the procurement of university signage on small signage projects - receives signage requests; confers with customers about their requirements; views floor plans to determine type and location of signs; selects appropriate signage; and prepares signage message schedule.
  • Assists Project Managers in selecting and contracting with a vendor. 
  • Ensures that vendors are paid upon completion of the task. 
  • Assures the collection of all documentation and detail required to charge departments for associated expenses.
  • Prepares journal for chargebacks and submits to business office.

General Administration

  • Schedules meetings.
  • Processes administrative paperwork to ensure compliance with university and department policies and procedures. 
  • Prepares appropriate forms including expense authorization requests and purchase requisitions, to effect administrative actions such as reimbursements and purchases; submits forms and supporting documents through appropriate channels; and follows up to resolve problems and to ensure that such actions are completed in a timely manner.
  • Serves on Ad Hoc Committees as requested. 
  • Develops and assures information updated for Design & Contraction project web site.


  • High school diploma or certified equivalency - some college coursework completion preferred
  • 3 - 5 years of progressively responsible administrative skills and some experience with preparing and monitoring a budget
  • Computer literacy with specific familiarity with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Calendaring software, and Access - preference for some experience in maintaining a website
  • Strong verbal and written communications, interpersonal, and customer service skills 
  • Ability to work effectively with others as a member of the team
  • Ability to work simultaneously on multiple tasks and projects with varying degrees of complexity

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