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Administrative Associate

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

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Institutional & Business Affairs, Clerical & Administrative Support
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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Position OverviewThe mission of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is broad and expansive – foster interdisciplinary education, grow global awareness and engage in experiential learning. Supporting this mission requires a comprehensive skill set that enables staff to serve in several different roles.

Working as a staff member for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences enables individuals to take ownership of various tasks. Staff members also have the support of a strong, connected group of teammates working to “aspire for excellence in research and teaching that gives insights into the past, creates answers for the present, and builds bridges to other cultures, communities and our futures.” Job Description50% - Chair Support, Office Management, Department Events & Visitors

Assisting Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders (SPLH) Chair and Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders (IPCD) Co-Directors with activities that support the academic mission of the department/program; examples include supporting non-business needs such as planning programs, improving enrollment, supporting curriculum and answering emails related to academics/research as well as things like attending/arranging meetings and events. Also managing student hourly workers, including interviewing students, training, performance management, supervision of students.
  1. Serve as receptionist for unit/department and answer departmental emails
  2. General crisis manager/problem solver for front-line responsibilities related to unit mission, building and people safety, frequently student related, sometimes grant or faculty related
  3. Coordinate schedules and arrangements for external visitors (e.g., faculty search candidates, faculty guests, external reviewers) with support from SSC
  4. Class Scheduling Officer duties for all SPLH classes
  5. Manage classroom space for department
  6. Manage calendar for department’s conference room(s)/seminar rooms
  7. Provide front-line technology support and/or contact IT. This includes maintaining department website.
  8. Manage printers, office supplies, and keys
  9. Hire and manage SPLH front office Student (hourly) Office Assistants (SOA)
  10. Attend and record minutes for SPLH faculty meetings and Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders (IPCD) Intercampus Executive Committee (IEC) meetings, internal and external plus assist with self-study reviews
  11. Facilitate confidential shredding
  12. Serve as liaison for facilities work orders
15% - Faculty Support

Activities such as copying, gathering course evaluations, serving as the main point of contact for inquiries directed to SPLH faculty, lecturers, and GTAs.
  1. Responds to faculty, lecturer, and GTA walk-ins and requests
  2. Serve as liaison for faculty, lecturer, and GTAs for information about changing calendars, deadlines, policies, and contact persons for academic processes
  3. Assist faculty, lecturer, and GTAs with administrative forms and paperwork
  4. Prepare, collect, and store course and instructor evaluations (C&I)
  5. Perform various tasks for faculty, lecturers, and GTAs such as scheduling SPLH office space, assisting with technology, printing, copying, etc.
  6. Promotion & Tenure and PTTR physical and electronic file(s) organization and meeting coordination
15% - Communication & Department Events

Communication activities include websites, brochures, other advertising or public relations management. Department Event activities include planning meals, scheduling rooms, event set up and take down, awards, invitations, and graduation ceremony for SPLH/IPCD, etc.
  1. Plan and coordinate events (all logistics – room reservations, itinerary planning, presenter logistics, scheduling, RSVPs, IT needs, photography, brochures and printed materials, awards for graduation, etc. and communications)
  2. Attend events to provide support, including pre- and post-event support
  3. Serve as liaison to: CLAS, CASS, SSC, Marketing Communications, Office of: Chancellor/Provost/Registrar, Visitor’s Center, etc.
  4. Coordinate mailroom, departmental communications, bulletin board materials
  5. Update departmental website and manage content
  6. Update email and mailing distribution lists for announcements
  7. Produce brochures, posters, and flyers as needed
15% - Undergraduate Student Support

Activities such as assisting students with enrollment, course scheduling or resolving student issues, managing undergraduate records and coordinating visits.
  1. Responds to student walk-ins
  2. Serve as liaison for students for information about changing calendars, deadlines, policies, and contact persons for academic processes
  3. Assist students with administrative forms and paperwork
  4. Manage undergraduate records, entering data, maintaining electronic and/or physical files. Check point for department compliance with KU policies.
  5. Assist SPLH Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) with information, advisor assignments and reports
  6. Coordinates logistics for undergraduate visits
  7. Report on student data
  8. Provide permission numbers for instructor consent classes
  9. Assist KU National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (KU NSSLHA) student organization
5% - Other
  1. As specified by the department, based on needs.

Required Qualifications
    Bachelor's degree OR a high school degree/GED plus a minimum of two years of related administrative support work experience.
  1. Computer skills in a PC/Windows environment including MS Word and MS Excel, as demonstrated by application materials and previous experience.
  2. Excellent written communication skills and attention to detail, as demonstrated by application materials.
Preferred Qualifications
    Ability to work independently in a team environment, take ownership of the resolution of problems, be flexible and accountable, manage conflicting responsibilities, prioritize tasks and consistently meet deadlines.
  1. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, administrative staff and students in a higher education environment.
Additional Candidate InstructionsA complete application package will include a cover letter describing your qualifications for the position, a resume, and a list of three (3 )professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.

Deadline to apply is September 30, 2021. Contact Information to ApplicantsProfessor Nancy Brady
[email protected] Advertised Salary Range$40,000 Work ScheduleMonday - Friday, 8:00AM-5:00PM Application Review Begins01-Oct-2021 Anticipated Start Date18-Oct-2021


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