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Administrative Secretary - Instruction - Modesto Junior College

Yosemite Community College District
Modesto, CA

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Job Title:

Administrative Secretary - Instruction - Modesto Junior College

Site: :

Yosemite Community College District/Central Services

Salary Range / Other:

Range 30, $4,090 to $5,217 per month
2021-2022 Classified Salary Schedule

40 hours per week, 12 months per year
Monday- Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm
(May include evenings and weekends)

Appointments are hired at the first step of the range. The second step is paid after the first year of satisfactory service with subsequent steps annually thereafter to a maximum sixth step.

Benefits :

The District currently pays for a health option for the employee and dependents. Employees may elect to pay a premium for a higher health option. Vision care and dental insurance premiums for the employee and dependents is District paid. Income protection and life insurance premiums for the employee are also District paid.

Job Description:

Under direction, leads, coordinates and performs advanced and confidential administrative work as the primary secretary for a Dean or other senior-level manager; organizes, leads and performs highly complex and technical administrative duties and services related to budgeting, accounting, contracts, payroll, purchasing, personnel, and/or other areas; may serve as a lead worker over subordinate clerical and/or technical staff; and performs related work as assigned.


This is the third classification in the administrative support series within the Yosemite Community College District (YCCD). Incumbents must utilize advanced technical knowledge of specialized subject areas to make decisions and complete assignments. Positions in this class provide primary secretarial and administrative support to a Dean or other senior-level manager, often serving as a lead worker and/or administrative coordinator for the work unit. This class may be distinguished from the lower-level class of Administrative Specialist because incumbents in the Administrative Secretary class perform more complex and confidential duties in support of Dean or other senior-level manager.


Incumbents in this class work under the direction of a Dean or other senior manager, receiving occasional supervision while working toward a definite objective that requires use of a wide range of procedures. Incumbents plan and/or determine specific procedures or equipment required to meet assigned objectives and solve non-routine problems, referring only unusual matters to a supervisor. An incumbent in this class does not directly supervise other full-time employees, but may serve as a lead worker and administrative office coordinator by assigning, directing and/or monitoring the work of subordinate full time employees on a regular basis.

Minimum Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The knowledge and ability requirements are representative of essential duties. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

Knowledge of:
• Modern office procedures, methods and equipment including computers and supporting computer applications.
• Principles of business letter writing and advanced document preparation.
• Methods and techniques of transcribing notes and meeting minutes.
• Principles and procedures of filing and record keeping.
• Standard mathematical principles.
• Standard technical accounting procedures and principles.
• Principles and applications of purchasing.
• Advanced English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
• College policies and procedures applicable to area of assignment.
• Pertinent Federal, State and local codes, laws and regulations.

Ability to:
• Perform a wide variety of responsible, administrative and secretarial support duties for an administrator.
• Independently prepare correspondence and memoranda.
• Organize and schedule work to maximize efficiency.
• Maintain confidentiality of sensitive information and work performed.
• Monitor budget expenditures and prepare appropriate reports.
• Type or take dictation at a speed necessary for successful job performance.
• Maintain a calendar of activities and schedule meetings appropriately.
• Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing and spreadsheet applications.
• Prepare and maintain accurate and current records and files.
• Respond to difficult requests and inquiries from students, faculty and staff. • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

• Work is generally performed in a standard office environment .

Education and Experience:

Education and Experience:
Any combination of education, experience and/or training that would likely provide the above required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. Typical background patterns that would provide the knowledge, skills and abilities are:

Pattern I
• Experience:
Four years equivalent to an Administrative Specialist at YCCD.


Pattern II
• Education: Possession of an associate’s degree from an accredited college with major course work in business administration or a closely related field.
• Experience: Two years of increasingly responsible administrative support experience.

Example of Duties:

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES (Illustrative Only)
• Serves as an administrative secretary and office management coordinator in support of a Dean, Director, or similar senior-level manager, with responsibility for providing primary secretarial support that requires dealing with a variety of highly complex, sensitive and privileged matters.
• Coordinates and leads staff administrative and secretarial activities within the assigned division; plans work assignments and schedules of support staff; advises and trains staff on District policies and regulations pertaining to work assignments; provides technical input to subordinate staff performance evaluations.
• Organizes, plans and develops work accomplishment time lines.
• Leads, coordinates and performs difficult technical administrative work in support of a wide range of operations, programs and/or projects within an assigned division; researches and abstracts data from various sources; performs technical data evaluation; compiles and presents data in appropriate and requested formats.
• Provides office reception and related support; answers phones; explains and interprets policies, regulations and operational procedures to persons contacting the office such as faculty, students, staff and the general public.
• Develops, prepares, recommends and monitors budgets for projects, grants and/or assigned functions; initiates appropriation, expenditure and revenue transfers and budget revisions; monitors expenditures to ensure fiscal integrity; compile, analyze, calculate and retrieve budget reports.
• Prepares quotes, bids and purchase requisitions; receives and processes invoices and forwards for payment.
• Establishes and maintains complex file and record systems, including those for confidential and sensitive materials.
• Independently responds to routine inquiries and correspondence; prepares information and data requested for administrative review.
• Prepares technically complex reports, files, correspondence and other documents; may develop and prepare visual presentations, flyers, and graphic materials; may update web pages.
• Maintains calendars and schedules appointments, conferences and meetings; prepares meeting agendas and information packets; attends meetings and takes/prepares minutes.
• Coordinates a variety of personnel management activities; prepares personnel-related forms.
• May serve as a departmental liaison to and/or participate on task forces, committees, external organizations and other groups.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.

Licenses and Certificates:

• Depending upon assignment, possession of a valid license to drive in California may be required.

Physical and Mental Standards:

• Mobility: ability to sit for long periods, move about an office, stand occasionally, reach above and below desk level.
• Dexterity: fine manipulation sufficient to operate a computer keyboard, handle individual papers, write and take notes.
• Lifting: frequent lifting of papers, files, equipment and material weighing up to 10 pounds.
• Visual Requirements: close vision sufficient to read files, documents, and computer screens and do close-up work; ability to adjust focus frequently.
• Hearing/Talking: ability to hear normal speech, speak and hear on the telephone, and speak in person.
• Emotional/Psychological Factors: ability to make decisions and concentrate; frequent contact with others including some public contact; frequent deadlines and time-limited assignments.

Additional Applicant Information:

Applications are accepted online only at:
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This is a classified bargaining unit position.

Applications will be reviewed by a screening committee which will select candidates to be interviewed.
Those applicants selected for personal interview will be notified by email or phone. In accordance with Board policy official offers of employment will be made only by the Chancellor or Vice Chancellor/Human Resources, YCCD. Final appointment is subject to confirmation by the Board of Trustees.
Federal law requires the District employ only US citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States. Written verification of employment eligibility is required.

BACKGROUND CHECK: A background investigation of new employees is required, including reference checks and a state criminal history report. Employment will not begin until the history check has been cleared by Human Resources. The cost for the criminal history report will be the responsibility of the successful candidate.

The District may hire more than one applicant from this applicant pool.
Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

YCCD is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. YCCD BP 3410 Nondiscrimination can be found at:

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On behalf of everyone at the Yosemite Community College District Office, Modesto Junior College and Columbia College, we welcome you to our District. All of our employees throughout the District are dedicated to excellence in serving our students. Even with all the fiscal issues that we are facing within the State of California, our staff has been working miracles with continuously reduced budgets. We continue to serve our students well, and provide them with great opportunities and a quality education. As the Chancellor, I am very proud of their efforts and dedication.

One of my greatest challenges is to ensure the educational quality and fiscal stability of our institutions. One way this is accomplished is through long-range planning. There are many exciting things on the horizon for the Colleges of the YCCD - especially with all the construction and completion of our Measure E building projects. We are very grateful to the community for your support of these efforts. Students will benefit for years to come; we extend to you heartfelt thanks.

The Mission of the Yosemite Community College District is: "The YCCD is committed to responding to the needs of our diverse community through excellence in teaching, learning and support programs contributing to social, cultural and economic development and wellness." We take this mission statement seriously; it is the one key element that we base all our efforts on - it is our charge to provide excellent, meaningful service to the community.

As educators, we always focus on offering life-changing opportunities for our students; that is our business. One of the most enjoyable experiences in my 30 year higher education career has been witnessing lives changing right before my eyes as students graduate or achieve their educational goals. When they go on to create successful lives for themselves, their families and their communities I know we have done our job! This is the reward of the work that we collectively do at the Yosemite Community College District. I most cordially invite you to become more involved in our dynamic educational community called the YCCD.

Most sincerely,

Joan E. Smith, Ed.D.


Columbia College is a dynamic institution of learners and creative thinkers dedicated to high standards of student success. We prepare students to be fully engaged in an evolving world by offering comprehensive and high quality programs and services. Columbia College is committed to a culture of improvement through measuring student learning across the institution. We strive for excellence, foster a spirit of professionalism and embrace diversity.

Modesto Junior College, one of the oldest community colleges in the state, was organized in 1921 to serve the first junior college district established under a State Legislature Enabling Act. Modesto Junior College was established to meet the needs of the community. Today the college strives to maintain the same objective—that of dedication and service to the community.

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