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Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty

Central College
Pella, IA

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Category:: Administrative
Department:: Academic Affairs
Locations:: Pella, IA
Posted:: Feb 22, 2023
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Exempt
Ref. No.:: EA
Position ID:: 159363

About Central College:

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Job Description:

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Additional Information:

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: This is a 12-month, full-time, on-campus administrative appointment reporting to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty (VPAA/Dean).

Central College seeks a dynamic, detailed-oriented Executive Assistant to support the work of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. The successful candidate will provide professional high-level support and broadly oversee operational and administrative details related to all academic departments under supervision of the VPAA/Dean. The Executive Assistant works collaboratively with the VPAA/Dean and the academic leadership team creating a work environment to support the success of faculty and staff within academic affairs.

  • Provide direct administrative support for VPAA/Dean for matters related to Board of Trustees committees and meetings.
  • Provide executive level assistance for all matters related to personnel review including tenure and promotion.
  • Provide administrative support for the VPAA/Dean office budget.
  • Provide direct administrative support for hiring faculty and staff in academic affairs.
  • Provide general administrative support for the VPAA/Dean, including calendar and correspondence.
  • Oversee planning for May commencement.
  • Quickly gain a thorough knowledge and understanding of Faculty governance, tenure and promotion, faculty and employee policies.
  • Prepare reimbursement requests.
  • Serve as liaison to various areas of campus and attend meetings as requested.

QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate will have a bachelor's degree (preferred) with at least two years of experience working in a related position (5 years preferred). The executive assistant must possess the interpersonal skills to maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of constituents. Demonstrated planning and organizational skills, proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint as well as Microsoft Teams and/or Zoom. Experience with completing work within deadlines with complete confidentiality is required.

Additional Information:

Central College is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to creating a diverse community. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Central College is a drug/tobacco free workplace. Academic positions at Central College use E-verify.

Central College in Pella, Iowa, is a private, four-year liberal arts college. Central is known for its academic rigor, its leadership formation and, most importantly, for its work creating genuine connections among students, faculty, coaches and alumni that help graduates realize their career aspirations for a lifetime. We are steadfastly dedicated to cultivating diversity of thought and culture through the arts and sciences, professional fields of study and experiential learning. The Central experience is rooted in exploration and self-discovery and enhanced by life in a residential community of 1,150 students with wide-ranging perspectives. Founded in 1853, Central values its long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America. The college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the American Rivers Conference.

Central's home of Pella, Iowa, is a thriving community of more than 10,000. Pella impressively appears in Oprah's 2021 60 Charming American Towns You Haven't Heard of But Should Visit ASAP. The community is famous for its annual Tulip Time Festival, its Dutch pastries and its fully functional 1850s-style windmill. In fact, Pella has it all! Pella is located just minutes from Red Rock Lake, Iowa's largest lake, and is the corporate headquarters of several international companies, including Vermeer Corporation, Pella Corporation, Precision, Inc., and Lely North America. named Pella one of the Best Places to Raise a Family in Iowa and one of the Best Places to Live in Iowa in 2021.

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Application Instructions:

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position please click "apply now". Review of applications will begin 3 March and continue until the position is filled. Candidates recommended for employment are subject to a background check. Please submit the following materials online:

  1. a letter of interest relating your qualifications for the position;
  2. an updated resume;
  3. names and contact information of three references;
  4. a completed College employment application form.


Founded in 1853, Central College of Pella, Iowa, is a private, residential four-year liberal arts college known for its academic rigor and strength in global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), sustainability education, athletics success and tradition, and leadership and service. Central continues to value its long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America. The college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the Iowa Conference. Central is an active part of the Greater Des Moines region and just two minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa’s largest lake.

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At Central, curiosity is met with challenge and exploration yields self-discovery. Students focus on hands-on learning experiences and expand their worlds through service and internship opportunities, research projects with faculty and work-study positions. Central also actively supports off-campus study-abroad programs around the world as part of our commitment to global experiential learning and well over half of Central students study internationally prior to graduation.

The Central College academic community is dedicated to educating undergraduate students. Approximately 100 faculty and 300 staff members, full- and part-time, serve more than 1,300 undergraduates, who hail from Iowa, 26 other states, the District of Columbia, and nine countries around the world. The power of the Central global network through alumni, parents, donors, and corporate partners brings significant opportunities for the college and its students. Over 70 academic programs of study are offered to undergraduates, in addition to integrated interdisciplinary studies student-designed majors.

The campus culture is one of engagement. Half of the students participate in intercollegiate athletics. Central is in the NCAA Division III and a member the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (IIAC). Of current students, 26% are enrolled in a fine arts course (art, music or theatre). The Mills Gallery showcases art exhibitions throughout the year, including student exhibits in the spring. Theatre programs involve students in every facet of stage production with a handful of major productions annually. A wide range of campus life and student leadership opportunities attract students in large numbers.  Over 100 student organizations and clubs enjoy robust student involvement at Central.

Mission statement:

Central College is a residential liberal arts college dedicated to helping students discover and develop their greatest potential. Guided by its ecumenical Christian tradition, the college community engages in vigorous, open inquiry in pursuit of academic excellence.

The College nurtures the development of the mind, while fostering spiritual and emotional maturity and physical well-being. Central integrates career preparation with the development of values essential to responsible citizenship, empowering graduates for effective service in local, national and international communities.

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Just two minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa’s largest lake, the community of Pella is home to corporate headquarters of international companies such as Vermeer Corporation, Pella Corporation (Pella Windows and Doors), and Precision Pulley and Idler, Inc. (PPI). Pella is a thriving community of 10,350 residents, famous for its annual Tulip Time festival which is held each May.

While located in Pella, Central is also an active part of the Greater Des Moines region – a region ranked No. 1 for Metro with the Most Community Pride (Gallup, 2015), No. 2 in Top 10 U.S. Cities to Land Work (NBC News, 2015), No. 2 in Best Cities for Jobs 2015 (Forbes), No. 1 for America’s best cities for young professionals (Forbes, 2014) and has earned dozens of other top rankings as well. The college and the Pella community are both members of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, a regional economic and community development organization.



Central College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • State of Iowa Board of Education
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Educators
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • American Chemical Society

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