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Office Manager

The University of Kansas
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

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Position OverviewThe University Honors Program is seeking an administrative associate senior to oversee operations for their building, Nunemaker Center, and to provide administrative support to program staff and faculty. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals that enjoy interacting and connecting with people and enjoy organizing, planning and supporting activities, resources and spaces to create an environment that all feel a true sense of belonging where inspiration and interdisciplinary inquiry is welcomed and encouraged.

The administrative associate senior coordinates and oversees program activities, student and guest requests/needs, and use of facilities to ensure the success of delivery for all events. This is an on-site position that provides a first point of welcome for visitors to the building and facilitates positive connections for the various populations who use the space.

The University Honors Program provides a highly engaging and supportive experience for undergraduate students in all majors and schools at the University of Kansas. The program offers signature programs committed to fostering student participation in experiential learning, the cultivation of student well-being, and active community engagement.

Ku offers a competitive benefits package that includes options for health, vision, dental, and life insurance, as well as an attractive retirement program, tuition assistance for employees and dependents, and a generous leave program. More information is available at KU Benefits or

KU’s excellence is a result of the rich tapestry of experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds of our faculty, staff, students, and colleagues from across our nation and the globe. At KU, we invest in continuous learning and growth by creating a climate where people engage in respectful dialogue and debate and support each other’s success. We foster a culture of care where each person is seen, heard and valued. When people feel a true sense of belonging, we believe they are better able to reach their full potential and achieve remarkable things. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.
Job Description50% Office Operations and Administrative Support
  • Greet guests and manage visitor needs by providing resources, directions, calendaring, etc.
  • Manage all incoming Honors Program communications with timely and informative responses. This includes but is not limited to email, phone, instant messaging requests.
  • Supervises student staff and administrative support functions. Hire, train, and supervise the student assistants and ensure that the office is adequately supported for office and facility needs.
  • Ensures all program and facility activities are communicated effectively. Coordinates mailings, produces materials for information packets by creating materials or pulling together other campus information, etc.
  • Works with senior leadership on coordinating and managing multiple donor/alumni activities and fundraising initiatives to ensure coordinated and successful outcomes.
  • Ensure the confidential use and storage of information.
  • Maintain the director’s calendar using Outlook. Assist with the scheduling of meetings and events for the program director and other staff.
  • Works with the director and leadership team to prepare materials and spaces for meetings, events, board activities, recruiting events, etc.
  • Attend staff meetings and signature program events.
  • In collaboration with staff, contribute to the design and delivery of student leadership training or other programming as appropriate.

20% Building Operations
  • Foster a welcoming environment by successfully managing building logistics and spaces.
  • Coordinate with the honors admissions team to determine space needs for prospective student visits.
  • Establish and support building opening and closing procedures, complying with safety requirements, etc.
  • Oversee the scheduling of building spaces.
  • Provide for the smooth functioning of classroom and office technology.
  • Provide directional signage to give guidance to visitors and enhance navigation.
  • Coordinate with KU Facilities to address building maintenance needs and maintain the professional appearance of building spaces.
  • Coordinate with KU Parking on parking needs.
  • Oversee staff office moves.
  • Work with university personnel to have a building emergency and evacuation plan.

20% Event Planning
  • Collaborate with honors staff and faculty to ensure that program events address student needs and align with program goals.
  • Oversee the logistics for signature program events taking place both inside and outside of Nunemaker including Planning Your Honors Path, and the Honors Seminar Symposium.
  • Reserve spaces and technology necessary for events.
  • Facilitate catering needs.
  • Assist with the production of invitations and the tracking of responses.
10% Other
  • Contribute to scholarship and award processes.
  • Serve on department/university committees and pursue other forms of professional development, as appropriate.
Position RequirementsThis position requires working on-site. Operations hours are M-F from 8am-5pm.Required Qualifications
  1. High school diploma or GED equivalency plus four years office experience or four years of post-secondary education.
  2. Experience with PC/Windows environment including MS Word, Outlook, and Excel as demonstrated by application materials and previous experience.
  3. Experience with scheduling and calendar management
  4. Experience working with confidential information.
  5. Excellent communication skills and attention to detail as demonstrated by application materials
Preferred Qualifications
  1. Bachelor's degree.
  2. Demonstrated experience maintaining effective working relationships with faculty, staff, and students in a higher education environment.
  3. Previous supervisory experience.
  4. Experience with event planning.
Additional Candidate InstructionsA complete online application will include:
  • Cover letter describing how the required and preferred qualifications are met
  • Resume
  • Three professional references and their contact information

Application review begins Monday, July 1, 2024. For consideration apply by Sunday, June 30, 2024.
Contact Information to ApplicantsSarah Crawford-Parker; scrawpar@ku.eduAdvertised Salary Range$44,000Work ScheduleM-F; 8-5Application Review BeginsMonday July 1, 2024Anticipated Start DateMonday July 29, 2024Apply to Job


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