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Job Req ID:  13772

Executive Assistant

Classified Title: Executive Assistant 
Role/Level/Range: ATO 37.5/03/OG 
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 7.5 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: 45-MD:JH at Keswick 
Department name: 10001594-JHFRE Administration 
Personnel area: University Administration

General Summary:

The Executive Assistant will provide high-level administrative and project/issue tracking support to the Chief Real Estate Officer (CREO) of Johns Hopkins Facilities and Real Estate (JHFRE) department and assigned staff. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience working in a fast-paced, executive environment. Attention to detail and experience dealing with complex, multi-variable issues are required as are consummate skills in diplomacy, discretion, and confidentiality. The Executive Assistant plays a critical role whose contributions to a team-based and cross-trained environment will advance the goals of the Real Estate team. 

Essential Administrative Job Functions:

  • Serve as a primary point of contact for Real Estate. Serve as the front-line representative to board members, trustees, Johns Hopkins University and Medicine leaders, building management, and the general public, screening all phone calls for the CREO.
  • Working closely with the CREO, process and triage incoming email for the CREO. Ensure email is correctly acknowledged and tracked in a timely manner and that all issues are appropriately vetted and addressed. 
  • Schedule all appointments including internal and external meetings, speaking engagements, events, etc. Based on special knowledge and understanding of initiatives, goals and objectives of the office, independently resolve scheduling conflicts, prioritize requests, confirm and track event and meeting details.
  • Draft and/or proof-read and copy-edit correspondence requiring leadership’s signature, ensuring accuracy, clarity and standardized formatting. 
  • Coordinate travel logistics including transportation, accommodations, and meals; schedule meetings and create an itinerary to include bios and other support materials as necessary.
  • Process expenditures (including travel) for payment, reconcile accounts, and monitor expenses within budgetary framework.
  • Resolve administrative issues and problems that arise throughout the course of the day.
  • Team with other administrative staff within the department, providing guidance, planning, problem solving, back up, and other related collaborative issues.
  • Other duties as assigned for other Real Estate leadership.

Essential Executive Support Job Functions:

  • Ensure that the CREO is fully prepared for meetings and appearances; including compiling and preparing materials, confirming meeting details and expectations. Prepare and/or review briefings. Conduct internet-based and other research to prepare for meetings (e.g., providing biographies or information about individuals or organizations).
  • Plan, write, edit and manage distribution of letters, memoranda and other communications from the CREO, in partnership with the CREO. 
  • Assist in administering periodic staff meetings by helping to organize an agenda, sending out advance notifications, as well as reminders, copying and distributing materials.
  • Prepare materials and detailed presentations in a readily usable and easily understood format to support key projects and other work undertaken by the CREO.  This requires initiative in learning and understanding the priorities for the CREO as well as all of JHFRE.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • A demonstrated attention to detail and organizational skills are critical as the successful candidate will be required to track and/or manage various projects and priorities simultaneously while maintaining a high degree of accuracy.
  • Develop institutional relationships based on a level of understanding and knowledge of the University and its internal and external relationships. Communicate regularly with individuals and groups across the JH institutions and with external constituents.
  • Exchange and coordinate information using tact, accuracy, clarity and persuasion. Strong verbal and written communication skills are essential.
  • Responsible for the execution and completion of special projects and assignments.
  • Fluency in use of diverse software applications, such as spreadsheets and graphics packages to assemble, manipulate and/or format data and reports. Expert skill level in Microsoft Office applications including Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel. SAP preferred, but not required. Skilled in online research. 


  • Bachelor’s degree required.


  • Five years’ experience in providing progressively responsible administrative support with experience working on a wide variety of special projects and special assignments required.
  • Administrative experience in the real estate industry preferred.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula. JHU Equivalency Formula:  30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience.  Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis.  For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to operate a computer and other equipment on a frequent basis.
  • Ability to frequently communicate with coworkers.
  • Ability to move about.

This description is a general statement of required major duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis. It does not exclude other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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