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Job ID: 126257

Executive Assistant, Deans Office
Simmons University

Date Posted Jul. 22, 2019
Title Executive Assistant, Deans Office
University Simmons University
Boston, MA, United States
Department Administration
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Other Administrative Categories
    Classified Staff
  • Administrative Support/Services

Located in Boston's historic Fenway area, Simmons has a strong tradition of empowering women and challenging traditional gender roles. Simmons University was one of the first higher-education institutions to prepare women to become leaders and has evolved to become a university offering a women's undergraduate program and graduate programs open to all.

You will be joining our community at an especially exciting time, as one of our strategic goals is to become the most inclusive campus in New England. You'll find that the people who work here are truly committed to our mission of preparing students to become champions of social justice and leaders in their professions and their communities. This commitment and pride make for a dynamic workplace.

Job Summary
Simmons University is looking for an Executive Assistant to join the Office of the Dean in the College of Computational, Organizational, and Information Sciences. Reporting to the Director of Operations, the Executive Assistant will provide organizational and administrative support of a confidential nature to the Office of the Dean. The Executive Assistant will anticipate the needs of the Dean and Director of Operations and proactively solve problems and/or independently handle issues. The Executive Assistant will act as a liaison with internal colleagues and external partners while promoting a culture of inclusion and responsiveness through customer-centric support. This position requires keen interpersonal skills and exceptional judgment to facilitate collaboration and communication among diverse groups.

The Executive Assistant will serve as the first point of contact for all inquiries and will support both academic and individual calendar coordination, event and meeting preparation, data maintenance, and routine day-to-day operations.

The ideal candidate will maintain a strong customer focus, foster mutual respect, support Simmons University's commitment to diversity, and practice and promote teamwork. As a University that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we seek candidates who embody these values and who have demonstrated success working with individuals across a broad spectrum of identities and perspectives.


Calendar & Meeting Coordination
  • Coordinate both academic and individual calendars for the Dean and Operations Director, using judgment to prioritize and commit leadership time for meetings, appointments, and travel, based on an in-depth understanding of the Office's priorities and needs;
  • Schedule meetings and arrange conference calls;
  • Coordinate meeting logistics, including location reservations, catering, and equipment;
  • Prepare meeting materials and presentations;
  • Draft and distribute meeting agendas.

Administrative Operations & Projects
  • Provide support to the Dean for COCIS and serve as the Dean's Office liaison to other staff members regarding correspondence, scheduling, general office procedures, and projects related to the work of COCIS;
  • Interact regularly and diplomatically with a diverse group of internal and external callers and visitors;
  • Manage monthly staff meetings for the Dean's Office, including taking minutes as necessary;
  • Manage travel plans and expenses for the Dean, including assisting in securing airfare and hotel accommodations, processing appropriate paperwork, and reconciling expenses;
  • Manage and coordinate all aspects of event planning for the Dean's Office, including managing outside vendors from negotiating prices, executing contracts and overseeing activities.

  • Serve as the primary point of contact for the Office of the Dean for internal and external constituencies;
  • Coordinate communications from Office of the Dean to internal and external constituents;
  • Respond to phone, email, and in-person inquiries in a timely and professional manner. Make autonomous, accurate, and swift judgments, including forwarding questions and requests to other senior staff;
  • Open, sort, and distribute incoming correspondence, including mail, faxes, and email;
  • May draft and/or proofread emails, letters, reports, or other documents.

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required;
  • 3+ years of experience in an administrative support position with project coordination and high-level client contact;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including editing and proofreading;
  • Strong planning and organizational skills;
  • Ability to take initiative and ownership of projects;
  • Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive issues and maintain confidentiality;
  • Proven ability to perform duties with a high level of professionalism, flexibility; discretion, judgment, diplomacy and tact;
  • Ability to multi-task, adapt to changing priorities, and meet deadlines;
  • Experience with accounting practices for budgetary responsibilities;
  • Prior experience in higher education administration preferred;
  • Experienced with MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

Required Application Materials:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Salary Grade

Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the "Resume/CV" box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).

Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.

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Located in Bostons historic Fenway area, Simmons College is a small, private, non-sectarian College which has educated students for enriching careers and purposeful lives since 1899. Working at Simmons means joining a collaborative, diverse and mission-driven community of educators and professionals.

We prepare students to be leaders for themselves, their communities and the world. Our faculty and staff members lead by example - sharing a commitment to excellence and putting the students first.

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