Senior Administrative Support Specialist #752

Washington D.C.
May 24, 2021
Jun 28, 2021
Full Time

Senior Administrative Support Specialist #752

This is advanced and senior-level administrative work supporting staff of the U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms. Work involves a combination of confidential and sensitive personnel and/or program assignments performed on behalf of a department, division or major program area. Work in this classification is distinguished by the greater complexity of assignments, full range of administrative skills required, and greater independent decision making. Work is performed with considerable independence under the general supervision of an immediate supervisor, and is reviewed for quality and quantity of work performed and adherence to policies and procedures.


(This list is not absolute or restrictive, but indicates approximate duties and responsibilities which may be redefined pursuant to operational needs.)

● Performs a variety of personnel administration duties for a department, division or major program area.

● Operates various computerized record keeping and documents processing systems to input and retrieve data in support of departmental and Senate operations.

● Prepares and processes various correspondence, directories, forms, records, reports, requests, requisitions and other documents according to office practices.

● Greets customers and answers informational inquiries and questions; provides information regarding activities and location of departments, offices and employees within the organization.

● Answers, screens and forwards telephone calls; records and relays messages as necessary.

● Reserves conference rooms as requested.

● Oversees the accurate and timely maintenance and updating of various departmental filing and record keeping systems.

● Reviews invoices and matches with purchase orders; verifies receipt of goods and correct prices; researches discrepancies and makes necessary adjustments; forwards invoices for payment; and reviews and verifies payment vouchers.


Work is performed in an office environment. Work is essentially sedentary with occasional walking, standing, bending, safely carrying items less than 25 pounds, and may require extended periods of computer use.


Work requires an Associate’s Degree and three to five years of responsible administrative experience; or any combination of education and experience that demonstrates the listed knowledge, abilities, and skills:

● Knowledge of departmental rules, regulations, procedures and functions, including policies and regulations set by the Senate Rules Committee and the Senate Committee on Ethics.

● Knowledge of office equipment, computers, relevant software/Web applications, and spreadsheets and databases.

● Knowledge of modern office practices and procedures.

● Ability to support all administrative aspects of a department with multiple management levels.

● Ability to handle confidential or sensitive information.

● Ability to prepare and maintain accurate records and reports.

● Ability to respond to customer inquiries and complaints in a tactful, timely and courteous manner.

● Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

● Ability to communicate effectively


This position may require the incumbent to be available for sudden recall in response to emergency events affecting the Senate campus/community, which may include after-hour or weekend work, and to potentially deploy to alternate sites in support of the Senate’s contingency operations.


Hiring for this position is governed by the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act of 1998 (“VEOA”), as made applicable by the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 (“CAA”). Pursuant to the VEOA, qualified applicants who are not current employees of the Office of the Senate Sergeant at Arms and who are disabled or who have served on active duty in the Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in certain military designated campaigns (“veterans”) may be eligible to receive a preference over non-veterans in hiring decisions. Family members of veterans may also be eligible to receive a veterans’ preference if the veteran cannot claim his or her veterans’ preference. To be eligible for a veterans’ preference, applicants must meet all of the requirements set forth in the VEOA and applicable regulations. Those eligibility requirements are summarized in the Application for Veterans’ Preference, which is available at If claiming a veterans’ preference, an applicant must indicate that he/she is preference eligible on the application or resume and must submit a completed copy of the Application for Veterans’ Preference along with the supporting documentation specified on that form. If the Office of the Senate Sergeant at Arms does not receive the Application for Veterans’ Preference and supporting documentation by the closing date, the applicant’s claim for a veterans’ preference may be denied. Applicants may obtain a copy of the Office’s Veterans’ Preference In Appointments policy by submitting a written request to Individuals who are entitled to a veterans’ preference are invited to self-identify voluntarily. This information is intended solely for use in connection with the obligations and efforts of the Office of the Senate Sergeant at Arms to provide veterans’ preference to preference-eligible applicants in accordance with the VEOA. An applicant’s status as a disabled veteran and any information regarding an applicant’s disability, including the applicant’s medical condition and history, will be kept confidential and will be collected, maintained and used in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as made applicable by section 102(a)(3) of the CAA, 2 U.S.C. §1302(a)(3). An applicant who declines to self-identify as a disabled veteran and/or to provide information and documentation regarding his/her disabled veteran’s status will not be subjected to an adverse employment action, but the individual may be ruled ineligible for a veterans’ preference.

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