Administrative Associate 2

Stanford University

Administrative Associate 2

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The Department of Economics has an opening for a talented Program Assistant, who enjoys working with graduate and undergraduate students. The position is a 10-month, continuing, benefits-eligible position. It starts September and goes through June, with 2 months, July and August, as a layoff. Benefits continue during the layoff months. The program assistant is the primary contact for the Introductory Economics Center, which manages the teaching of Economics 1 to undergraduates. The primary responsibilities are to provide support to the faculty member in charge of teaching Economics 1, to the Associate Director, and to the TAs. These responsibilities repeat quarterly. They include:

  • room scheduling (for lecture and TA sections, weekly staff meetings, examinations, and special academic events)

  • daily email communication with faculty, Associate Director, teaching assistants, and enrolled students

  • ordering textbooks through Stanford Bookstore

  • reserving course material through Stanford Libraries

  • coordinating with the Office of Accessible Education for classroom and exam accommodations for disabled students

  • communications with the Registrar's Office regarding time schedule for classes

  • coordinating classroom video recordings and mid-quarter teaching evaluations with the Center for Teaching and Learning

  • grade entry and record-keeping (coordinating exam-scoring and regrades)

  • generating, organizing, and photocopying documents (handouts, examinations)

  • coordinating in-class examinations (including off-campus exams by e-mail or fax)

  • maintenance of course websites (posting assignments, lecture slides, and other documents on Canvas

  • teaching assistant payroll

  • arranging catering for weekly staff meetings and special events

  • assisting other lecturers teaching undergraduate courses when requested

    In addition to the day-to-day responsibilities the individual will assist the department as requested, in support of the undergraduate academic program.


  • Respond to inquiries, and determine and take appropriate action as required. Serve as a resource regarding a defined set of policies and procedures.

  • Perform duties associated with scheduling, organizing, and operating conferences, seminars, and events, including recommending vendors for services, overseeing the production and distribution of materials, coordinating logistics, and serving as liaison with internal and external vendors.

  • Draft and/or generate routine communications; coordinate production (formatting, copying, etc.) and dissemination of documents, such as presentations, course handouts, grant proposals, conference and seminar materials, complex reports, brochures, and displays.

  • Plan and schedule calendar(s) based on consultation, resolve calendaring conflicts, and arrange travel in compliance with unit, university, and sponsor policies.

  • Process and monitor routine financial transactions, which may include researching and resolving discrepancies.

  • Maintain office supplies and equipment; obtain vendor quotations, as needed. Coordinate office moves.

  • May serve as the point of contact for general maintenance, health and safety, and other facility concerns within the unit(s); report any incidents or potential safety problems to appropriate representatives. Track completion of required training.

  • Maintain approved content on websites.

  • May perform human resources transactional support, e.g. time cards, I9s, and/or faculty affairs support.

  • May guide and train student and/or contingent workers including scheduling, assigning, and prioritizing workloads, setting appropriate deadlines, and reviewing work for quality and timeliness.

    * - Other duties may also be assigned


    Education & Experience:

    High school diploma and three years of administrative experience, or combination of education and relevant experience. Minimum of three years administrative experience preferred.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Proficient computer skills and demonstrated experience with office software and email applications.

  • Demonstrated success in following through and completing routine tasks.

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task.

    Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent customer service.

  • Must have a high level of self-reliance, attention to detail and ability to multi-task.

  • Must work independently, effectively and respectfully.

  • Must show initiative and enthusiasm, show strong time management skills, can set goals and achieve them, enjoy planning and organizing events.

  • The successful candidate must be willing to be cross-trained in other areas of the Economics department and assist with other administrative duties.

  • Proficient in Excel and Word

    Certifications and Licenses:



  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.

  • Frequently sitting.

  • Occasionally stand/walk, reach/work above shoulders, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, use a telephone, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.

  • Rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat, kneel/crawl.

    * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.

  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.

  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

    Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and, where applicable, driving record.

    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    Job: Administration

    Location: School of Humanities and Sciences
    Schedule: Full-time
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    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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