Senior Administrative Assistant

Washington D.C.
Jun 22, 2018
Jul 27, 2018
Full Time

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is looking for a professional to be part of the executive support team at our Corporate Office in Washington, D.C.

What will I do?

  • Serve as primary point of contact for the office. Answer phones, screen and refer calls appropriately.
  • Provide administrative and clerical functions including photocopying, mailing, scanning, faxing and sending emails.
  • Coordination of calendars, schedules, and at times confidential and non-confidential communications for Executive Team members.
  • Coordination of teleconferences/video teleconferences, meetings and events, both internal and external (scheduling, agenda setting, document and presentation preparation, and logistics).
  • Drafting, editing and proofreading of correspondence, reports, and presentations.
  • Coordination of travel and assistance with travel expense reports for team members and, when needed, external members/personnel.
  • Maintenance and uploading of materials to Governance and Council member websites.
  • Order supplies and maintain office equipment.
  • Maintain office common spaces.
  • Reports to Corporate Office Business and Administration Manager.

How can I be successful?

  • 2-4 years administrative experience
  • College degree or equivalent experience desirable.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong social skills, with the ability to work reciprocally with other team members.
  • Demonstrated organizational, administrative, and time management skills, with strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to prioritize, manage multiple projects simultaneously, work independently and follow through on issues in a timely manner.
  • Self-starter – knowing what to do for the day without asking for detailed tasks.
  • Proficiency in computer skills, particularly Microsoft Outlook, Word, SharePoint, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat.
  • Experience working in a government contractor organization a strong plus.

What will be my Salary and Benefits?

As a full time employee, you will enjoy of:

  • Competitive salary
  • Generous leave and holiday plan
  • Health, dental, life, vision and disability insurance
  • Employer-contributed pension plan
  • Great location: downtown Washington, D.C. and near the Metro Center Stop.

How do I apply?

Complete an on-line application, attach your cover letter and resume. In the cover letter please provide your salary expectation. Please include job #02846 the filename. Your resume will get full consideration if received by June 22, 2018.

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