Admin Assistant

Presentation College
Aberdeen, Aberdeen, SD, US

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 The Academic Administrative Assistant provides administrative support to the Academic Dean and Program Directors of Presentation College.  The successful candidate will be committed to the Presentation College mission and excited for the opportunity to leverage their excellent organizational and interpersonal skills in support of the college’s work in a position that provides visibility to academic programmatic decision making. 

Under general supervision, provide administrative and operational support for Academic Affairs, developing and maintaining academic course schedules, tracking program processes; and managing budget analysis and grant administration duties.

The Academic Administrative Assistant will work in a fast-paced environment that values learning, innovation, and diverse perspectives. Knowing its centrality to our work, Presentation College is committed to equity and inclusion. We aspire to build a diverse team, including groups that are traditionally underrepresented among our sector leadership. We strongly encourage people of all backgrounds to apply.

Primary Responsibilities:

Administrative Support 

  • Provide Administrative, logistical and technical support to the Academic Dean and Program Directors; using standard office software, compose and/or type memoranda, correspondence, reports, department schedules, instructional materials, spreadsheets, forms and other documents; screen meeting requests and maintain the calendar of the Academic Dean; draft, proofread and/or edit a variety of materials; ensure materials, reports and documents for signature are accurate and complete; take, transcribe and distribute meeting minutes.
  • Act as a liaison in coordination matters between the Academic Dean, Program Directors, other administrators, faculty, staff, and representatives of outside agencies; respond to requests for information and direction on behalf of the Academic Dean and Program Directors; follow up on various assignments to ensure that needed action is taken; perform routine public relations duties over the telephone and in person; respond independently to correspondence and email inquiries regarding a variety of department matters; manage a variety of administrative details including tracking faculty submission of office hours forms, syllabi, late-add petitions, and room- and class-finals- scheduling, in conjunction with the Registrar’s Office; coordinate travel requests and logistics including making reservations and processing reimbursements.
  • Monitor academic budget expenditures & departmental accounts; track and process expenditures, reimbursements, stipends, and payments; create budget expenditure forecasts; run aggregated budget reports through spreadsheets and financial systems ,and calculate budgets for all departments and academic programs; research and correct discrepancies; process budgetary adjustments and transfers when warranted.
  • Coordinate personnel processes for staff and faculty; complete and maintain faculty and adjunct faculty personnel files; prepare faculty and adjunct faculty contracts;  Maintain faculty and adjunct faculty spreadsheets; Maintain accurate and up-to-date faculty workload and schedules; Create faculty credit hours produced report; Process faculty applications for Faculty Development Funds, Sabbatical, and Promotion & Tenure; Maintain permanent records for Faculty Growth Plan and Evaluations and Staff Performance reviews.
  • Maintain Faculty Handbook and associated academic policies; assist in review of academic sections of the College Catalog; Maintain official files and/or records for outside agencies such as Articulation agreements (with increased involvement in creating articulation plans); Maintain Higher Learning Commission (HLC) credentialing documents; Maintain database and review faculty licensure to ensure up-to-date and current; Provide data for program reviews and facilitate assessment schedule; Process, disseminate, and file course evaluations; Assist in the input of Academic strategic and operational goals.
  • Other related duties as assigned.
  • Project Management

  • Provide comprehensive support for special initiative events and activities as determined by the Academic Dean;
  • Collaborate with and achieve actionable results with others, build strong and sustainable working relationships, and interact within all levels of the organization; 
  • Stakeholder in Presentation College Culture 

  • Maintain a positive public image for the office;
  • Provide backup and assistance for other departments or administrative offices as needed; 
  • Promote a positive, productive, and inclusive working environment, working collaboratively and cross-functionally with the Presentation College team;
  • Contribute to the overall success of the College by performing special assignments, projects, and other duties as assigned; and
    • Maintain confidentiality in all matters related to Academic Dean and Program Directors including personnel, business, and other campus concerns.

    Education and Training


    Minimum of three years of administrative experience or demonstrated related experience resulting in proficiencies for position required. Associate’s degree or Certified Administrative Professional with experience in education, public relations, marketing, or related field preferred. 


    Knowledge and Experience


    1. Above-average written and oral communication skills. 
    2. Strong sense of diplomacy and patience. Requires ability to relate positively, influentially, and sensitively to a broad spectrum of persons in a variety of multi-tiered relationships and settings.
    3. Proficient in MS Office, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel applications. Database experience preferred.
    4. Proficient critical thinking and independent problem-solving skills required.
    5. Sensitivity to and ability to deal with diverse issues and concerns while maintaining objectivity.
    6. Ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.
    7. Self-directed, demonstrating initiative with minimal supervision, prioritizing complex issues, exercising patience and sound judgment while following established guidelines. 
    8. Ability to effectively work under pressure and remain flexible as priorities change.
    9. Ability to exercise good judgement, discretion, and integrity.
    10. Appreciation for academic culture.

    Working Conditions


  • Normal temperature working environment. 
  • Moderate to little amount of noise in the work environment. 
  • Friendly, teamwork type of work environment. 
  • Routine walking, sitting, and lifting up to 20 pounds.  
  • College Mission, Vision & Values


    As part of the Presentation College Learning Community, you will be expected to play a role in supporting the legacy of the Presentation Sisters, in promoting the Mission, living the Core Values, and furthering the Vision.


    Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


    Making the world a better place!

    Learning… For a Better World

    Using knowledge to improve lives and make our communities a better place is the very heart of what we do at Presentation College. Here, service learning isn’t an add-on or an afterthought. It’s the very foundation of who we are and what our education stands for.

    Because, quite simply, that’s what the world needs.


    Our Catholic Tradition

    Our deep Catholic roots guide us in the way we approach learning and living. A core mission of our founders is a sincere commitment to social justice and human dignity, and that commitment is brought to life every day through our efforts to help individuals, families, and communities in need.


    Our Service Curriculum

    In order to fulfill graduation requirements, students complete at least two service learning projects. You’ll have the flexibility to choose from a broad range of service learning programs and opportunities, and you’ll enhance the experience through reflections and journaling.


    Our Boundless Enthusiasm

    From building homes through Habitat for Humanity, to “Shop with the Saints” for families in need, to packing lunches at the local food bank, to hosting community meals and health clinics, to countless other service activities, there’s no limit to our enthusiasm for service. That’s why 97 percent of students say they’re satisfied with service learning at Presentation.

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