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Job Req ID:  19344

Executive Assistant


General Summary/Purpose:

Position serves an important and highly public role in the Office of the Dean of the Whiting School of Engineering, and provides a high level of administrative support to the deanery in a demanding, multi-faceted, fast-paced environment.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

Performance Management

Manage administrative coordinators within the dean’s office including:

  • Provide ongoing feedback and constructive criticism
  • Conduct Annual Reviews
  • Ensure coverage of the Dean’s office including phone and office coverage
  • Encourage staff development
  • Prioritize and direct work efforts, providing guidance and direction
  • Conflict resolution
  • Motivate for higher collaboration and performance
  • Conduct interviews and make recommendations for hire


Executive Support

  • Accurately manage the Dean’s calendar of appointments, meetings, and special events
  • Organize meetings with constituencies as required including:
    • drafting agenda
    • taking/recording and transcribing minutes
    • providing meeting materials
  • Prepare the Dean for key meetings, presentations, discussions, etc., including:
    • Researching, gathering and analyzing data
    • Creating reports, tables, proposals, presentations and speeches
    • Developing correspondence
    • Developing and proposing agenda items
    • Conducting necessary follow-up
    • Briefing the Dean on the statue of affairs, critical points and sensitivities
  • Manage the coordination of special events including but not limited to:
    • room/venue reservations
    • A/V equipment set up and support
    • preparation and distribution of materials
    • catering arrangements and menu selection
    • arrange travel and accommodations
  • Prepare, edit, and send correspondence and packages via messenger and delivery services including FedEx, UPS, etc. as needed for the Dean
  • Oversee incoming correspondence and requests for the Dean’s attention; route matters and correspondence to other staff members as appropriate; prioritize items that need immediate attention.
  • Serve as the first point of contact for all incoming phone calls and mail to the Dean and respond as needed
  • Serve as liaison between the various offices that report to the Dean
  • Coordinate the Dean’s travel plans, itineraries and accommodation arrangements
  • Track and process travel and expense reimbursements via SAP


Office Administration

  • Compile/prepare reports, minutes and materials; coordinate and disseminate materials as needed.
  • Ensure a solid understanding and consistent use of the file management systems
  • Ensure files are well organized, maintained and up to date
  • Participate in oversight of records retention
  • Handle photocopying, filing, and faxing as needed
  • Maintain effective and proactive communication with executive staff, deans, board members, administrators and university administration as required
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Five years experience in providing progressively responsible administrative support with experience working on a wide variety of special projects and special assignments.
  • 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.


Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Must be proficient with standard office equipment and software, and able to perform complex internet searches
  • Working knowledge of SAP is highly preferred
  • Requires thorough knowledge of secretarial, office and administrative procedures
  • Must be highly organized with attention to detail and demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities
  • Excellent time management skills under pressure to meet various deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and use discretion and sound judgment in independent decision-making
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and professionalism
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • High degree of professionalism
  • Must be a self-starter with excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to develop and maintain sound professional relationships among superiors, subordinates and peers


Internal and External Contacts:

Exchange information: Senior leadership of the University and their respective staff and a wide range of others including faculty, visitors from government and industry, students and alumni.



Classified Title: Executive Assistant 
Working Title: Executive Assistant  ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ATO 37.5/03/OG 
Starting Salary Range: $22.59 to $31.09 per hour
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus 
Department name: 10001468-Office of the Dean 
Personnel area: Whiting School of Engineering


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


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