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Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Student Services

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Salary $40,290.85 Annually
Location Champaign, IL
Job Type Full-Time, Staff
Department Student Services
Job Number VPSSadmin10.30.18


Job Summary
The Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Student Services provides confidential administrative support to the Vice President for Student Services; independently monitors the tasks and timelines for multiple all-college and student services events; prepares written communications, agendas, and programs from rough draft to final form; greets and directs visitors and guests; and, in collaboration with other executive-level administrative assistants, ensures the smooth operation of the central administrative offices.

Internal and external events occasionally necessitate an altered work schedule. The position requires the ability to communicate diplomatically, clearly, and effectively orally and in writing with diverse constituent groups, including students, colleagues, and community members.

This position is a full-time, 12-month, non-union appointment with an annual salary of $40,290.85 and an anticipated start date of January 2019.

All applicants must submit:

  • An online Parkland College employment application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

Essential Job Functions
  • Maintain Vice President's electronic calendar.
  • Answer, screen, and transfer inbound phone calls.
  • Receive and direct students and visitors.
  • Schedule and coordinate meetings and appointments using Parkland scheduling systems.
  • Prepare agendas for meetings.
  • Organize travel arrangements and conference registrations.
  • Monitor multiple budget lines; process requisitions, check requisitions, and payroll authorizations; and reconcile P-card statements.
  • Perform general clerical duties; order and maintain office supplies; maintain electronic filing system.
  • Prepare and distribute materials for Student Services Directors.
  • Distribute monthly leave balance reports to Student Services Directors and submit timesheets to Business Office.
  • Assist with weather closure procedures.
  • Assist with District 505 High School contact list.
  • Prepare merged mailings to high school counselors for Trustees Scholarship.
  • Construct and maintain Trustees Scholarship recipient database.
  • Prepare and monitor task lists, timelines, written communications, and programs for Commencement, Honors Convocation, and District 505 High School Counselors' Meeting. Extensive event planning and coordination is required for these events.
  • Assist with communications, processes, and file maintenance of Title IX, student grievances, and harassment/discrimination/ADA complaints; including maintaining the Maxient case database.
  • Assist in the implementation of the Crisis Management Plan during crises.
  • Assist in developing presentations for local, state, and national meetings and conferences.
  • Maintain confidential communications and records.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Student Services.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Associate's degree with at least two (2) years of experience working with the public.
  • Ability to pass a customer service test and Microsoft Office proficiency exams.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check, including a fingerprint check.
  • Ability to handle confidential materials judiciously, and in accordance with FERPA and other higher education laws.
  • Demonstrated excellence with Microsoft Office Suite applications and database management, and the ability to learn Parkland information systems and new programs as technology changes.
  • Ability to operate and troubleshoot standard office equipment.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills; ability to communicate accurately and effectively orally and in writing with diverse populations.
  • Sufficient numeracy skills to monitor budget lines.
  • Excellent time management skills, as evidenced by the ability to handle multiple tasks, work under pressure, and meet deadlines.
  • Understanding of, and support for, the community college mission.
  • Evidence of commitment to ongoing professional development.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in a higher education setting.
  • Experience working with diverse populations.
  • Experience providing executive-level administrative support.


Medical, Dental & Pharmacy Insurance
Parkland currently offers one health insurance plan option to full-time employees. The plan is a Qualified High Deductible Health Plan (QHDHP) with in-network deductibles of $4,000 for single coverage and $6,000 for family coverage. A separate deductible will apply for out of network providers. No monthly premium is charged for enrolling in the medical plan. Prescription benefits are included under the medical plan and are subject to the annual deductible.

A dental plan is offered separately to full-time employees. There is no cost for employee only coverage. A premium of $4.50/month is charged for family coverage. Preventive services are covered at 100%, general services at 80% and major services and orthodontics are covered at 50%. There is a plan year maximum benefit of $2,000 per person as well as a lifetime orthodontic benefit of $2,000.

Schedules of benefits for both the medical and dental plans are available through Human Resources. Employees are not required to enroll in the Parkland College medical and/or dental plans and do have the opportunity to make enrollment changes during Open Enrollment each year or if a qualifying event occurs. Please refer to the Summary Plan Description for more information.

Flexible Spending Account/Dependent Day Care Account
Parkland College provides full-time employees the opportunity to have pre-tax payroll deductions deposited into a Medical Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and/or a Dependent Day Care Account. Funds deducted for these accounts may only be reimbursed to the employee for eligible health or child care expenses as defined by the IRS. The annual maximum contribution for the Medical FSA is $2,600 and the annual maximum contribution for the Dependent Day Care Account is $5,000.

Enrollment in the Qualified High Deductible Health Plan may make an employee eligible to enroll in a Health Savings Account on an individual basis. Please see a Benefits Team member for more information.

Life Insurance
Parkland provides twice the base salary in basic term life insurance benefits at no cost to the employee. This policy is double indemnity and has portability provisions if the employee separates from employment. During the first 30 days of employment the plan provides a guaranteed issue period where the employee may elect up to $150,000 in supplemental coverage for themselves and $100,000 in supplemental coverage for a spouse, no questions asked. Any coverage above those amounts or after the guaranteed issue period ends, will be subject to evidence of insurability. Child Optional Benefits can also be purchased in increments of $2,500 to a maximum of $10,000. Premium rates for supplemental coverage are available through Human Resources. Coverage is underwritten by Reliance Standard.

Long-Term Disability Coverage
The disability plan pays 60% of base salary after a 90 day elimination period. Coverage is underwritten by the Reliance Standard. This plan is provided at no cost to benefit eligible, full-time employees.

State Universities Retirement System (SURS)
Eligible employees will be certified in the State Universities Retirement System (SURS). A mandatory contribution of 8% will be deducted from gross pay. New members to SURS must choose from one of three retirement options within 6 months of their start date. This is a one time, lifetime, and irrevocable investment election. Failure to make an election within the 6 month time period will result in a default election to the Traditional plan. More detailed information will be provided by SURS soon after your start date. Information can also be found via their website at www.surs.org.

In addition to the 8% contribution to SURS, full-time community college employees in the State of Illinois also contribute .5% to the College Insurance Program for retirees.

Additional retirement savings options are available for employees via pre-tax payroll deductions to 403(b) and 457(b) plans. Account applications and salary reduction agreements are available in Human Resources. For additional information, schedule an appointment with the Benefits & Compensation Manager. There is no employer match for 403(b) or 457(b) contributions.

Paid Time Off
Professional Support Staff employees accrue sick, personal and vacation leave as defined under the collective bargaining agreement. Sick and personal leave are granted up front at the beginning of the fiscal year while vacation leave is accrued monthly.

Sick leave - 13 days per year, granted on July 1st. Employees starting mid-year will accrue a pro-rated amount for the remainder of the fiscal year. Sick leave is not subject to carryover limits.

Personal leave - 5 days per year, granted on July 1st. Employees starting mid-year will accrue a pro-rated amount for the remainder of the fiscal year. Personal leave not used by June 30th will roll to sick leave.

Vacation leave - New employees earn 9.34 hours per month (14 days per year) during their first year of employment. Vacation accrual increases to a maximum of 14.67 hours per month over a 15 year period. (Maximum vacation is 22 days per year.) Vacation leave is subject to carryover limits based on years of service.

Bereavement leave is available in the event of the death of a member of the employee's family. See the Professional Support Staff collective bargaining agreement for more information.

Miscellaneous Benefits
  • Domestic Partner benefits for same and opposite sex domestic partners.
  • Wellness Reimbursement up to $200 per fiscal year for the development of an individualized weight loss or smoking cessation program as needed by the employee.
  • Employee Assistance Program that offers free, confidential counseling services for employees and members of their household.
  • Payroll Direct Deposit
  • Corporate Memberships at local fitness centers including The Fitness Center, Refinery and Mettler Center. Please contact these facilities directly for membership rates.
  • Free use of Fitness Center on Parkland Campus via registration in the non-credit course for Fitness Center use and submission of a tuition waiver.
  • Employee and Dependent Tuition Waivers for eligible Parkland courses.
  • 14 paid holidays annually.
  • Reduced work schedule during 8 week summer session with College closed on Fridays.


01 Please describe your event planning experience with details on the type of events, size of events and scope of your planning duties.

02 Please describe examples of situations where you worked as part of a team. What was rewarding about those experiences? What did you find challenging about those experiences?

03 Please describe your experience handling confidential information.

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Posted: 10/31/2018
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