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Administrative Assistant, Special Programs

Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY

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This position requires a proactive approach to completing a wide range of general office support functions independently yet within established college protocols and channels. Effective interpersonal communication skills are essential, and discretion is necessary to work with a large range of people – staff, faculty, students, and visitors. The ability to discern important and urgent requests from those less so is key to providing good office management. Ability to shift focus frequently and to work with interruptions is required. Interest in and familiarity with the wide range of activities and programs sponsored by the Office of Special Programs is imperative in this role.


Reception and general office support: Serve as departmental receptionist: greet callers and walk-ins. Ensure the physical space is professional and fully functional at all times: inventory/order supplies, ensure printer, equipment, and technology functionality; ensure cleanliness and safety of the office/building; submit work orders as necessary. Hire and supervise 2-3 academic year student office assistants. Prepare agenda and chair bi-weekly staff meetings. Set up large group meetings.

Budget and payroll support: Single point of contact for all departmental accounts payable budget transactions in Oracle. Process accounts payables including check requests, credit card purchases, and internal purchases (Scope: 13 budgets totaling ~$600K in payables). For two officewide budgets (year-round and summer operations): Process and reconcile expenses with the General Ledger; ensure accuracy of charges, accounts, and object codes; post and track each financial transaction; rectify any errors. Reconcile biweekly summer labor distribution Payroll reports to identify discrepancies (Scope: 250+ summer employees). Assist in tracking donor gifts and verifying accuracy of monthly gift report account numbers.

Summer hiring support: Enter all hiring departmental job requisitions in Oracle (Scope: 35 annually). Schedule candidate interview appointments for hiring supervisors. Enter data of candidates selected for hire into database for review by directors and processing by Human Resources (Scope: 250+ summer employees annually). Coordinate physical set up of new personnel office space.

Publicity development and distribution: Organize and maintain departmental master list of publicity distribution outlets. Develop publicity timelines and execute publicity plans for public events under the general direction of supervisor. Draft event publicity copy for supervisor review. Distribute content to media channels including print, online, social media, and college event calendar. Print/mail marketing materials (posters, handcards, brochures), including on campus distribution via delegation to student office assistants. Update departmental webpages using OU Web program. 

Event and residency support: Use the College’s Event Management System (EMS) to reserve campus space, technical equipment, and order catering for public events. Book guest hotel accommodations and restaurant reservations for group meals. Update direct bill hotel/restaurant list annually. Serve as a program floater assisting other departmental staff during peak volume times for guest residency events and lecture series, including occasional evening coverage: front of house logistics; guest/donor hosting; onsite coordination with media/tech and catering personnel; handle microphone during Q&A sessions. 

Educational program support: Card office liaison: advance coordination with guest/student and Card Office for Housing and IDs; coordinate swipe card access to academic spaces for students, faculty, and staff as necessary. Administrative point person in Saisselin Art Building during summer studio art courses. Organize health forms for programs enrolling minors. Housing walk-through inspections and service requests for summer residential programs. Research and document competitor program pricing for annual benchmarking. Research CDTA bus rates/info; tour bus rental costs; entertainment/venue costs (e.g., Great Escape entry fee, SPAC tickets). Occasional campus/town errands.

Other related duties as assigned. 


Education: Associate’s degree or equivalent

Experience: 1 to 2+ years’ experience with academic or business administration 

Essential job competencies:

  • Strong interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Organizational skills, a high degree of accuracy, and attentiveness to detail
  • The ability to adapt to and manage multiple priorities with competing deadlines
  • Problem solving skills and initiative to act to bring issues to a successful resolution
  • The ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Strong budgeting and computing skills, including Microsoft office (spreadsheets, databases, word processing software); familiarity with Oracle is a plus
  • Ability to write and edit in English is essential
  • Appreciation of diverse populations is a must


Reports to the Director of the Office of Special Programs. Office-based environment. This is a 35-hour-per-week position. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with occasional evening work for public events. Summer-heavy schedule with limited options for time off between mid-May and mid-August. Skidmore College’s flexible work policy applies to this position, and currently includes one day of remote work per week during the Fall and Spring academic semesters and two days of remote work per week during other times of the year. 

Salary: $20.65 - $23.00 per hour

Required documents needed to apply:

  • On-line application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • List of Three References



Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.



Skidmore is a highly selective liberal arts college with a reputation for its creative approaches to just about everything. With its relatively small size and student-faculty ratio, the College is a close-knit academic community. Skidmore is known for its faculty of teacher-scholars devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates—approximately 2,400 talented men and women from some 47 states and 46 countries.

A great education is all about putting academic theory and creative expression into practice. That’s what our founder, Lucy Skidmore Scribner, believed. Skidmore’s not an ivory tower. Never has been. Never will be. It’s a place where faculty and students work together, then figure out how to use what they’ve learned to make a difference in the world. This practical focus often leads to cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, where students carry multiple majors, student-faculty research is common, and internships and community service are standard. It also leads to interesting and unusual combinations of activities, frequently woven into an intellectual passion.

If this kind of experience resonates with you, why not take a closer look at Skidmore?

Skidmore College is located in the historic resort community of Saratoga Springs, New York.  Set in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, Saratoga is located about 30 minutes north of Albany, the state capital. 

Saratoga is a small, cosmopolitan city of 30,000, noted for its Victorian heritage, famed spas, and thoroughbred horse racing.  The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is a site of top rock, jazz, and pop performances as well as the summer home of the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Saratoga is a three-and-one-half-hour drive, train ride, or bus trip from New York City, Boston, or Montreal.


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