3425 Executive Assistant II


TITLE Executive Assistant II




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Academic Dean or Assistant Vice President


The Executive Assistant II relieves the Dean or Assistant Vice President of operational and administrative details and performs diverse and responsible administrative assistant functions that require contact with senior administrators, executives, directors, department heads, and other officials and a thorough knowledge of University policies, procedures and operations. The Executive Assistant II exercises initiative and judgment in supervising and managing daily office activities, programs, and projects, discretion in the dissemination of information to faculty, students, staff and the various publics served by the University, and coordination with subordinate administrative units of the University.


Education/Experience: A high school diploma or the equivalent and four years of administrative support or secretarial experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Experience in maintaining, monitoring, and reconciling financial records and accounts is preferred.

Skills: Effective verbal and written communication skills are required; effective interpersonal and organizational skills are required. Supervisory skills and the ability to train, assign work, and review the work of full- and part-time employees and student workers are required. The ability to maintain cost center financial records and accounts and prepare complex financial reports is required. Keyboarding skills are required. A working knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet applications is required. A working knowledge of or the ability to learn and use database applications, the web content management system, the administrative business system or enterprise resource planning system, and other systems or applications that may be used within the University or department is required. The ability to operate and troubleshoot electronic office equipment, computers, and peripherals, maintain complex filing systems and records, and make mathematical calculations is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Effort: Administrative support positions are primarily sedentary. Administrative support positions require frequent keyboarding.


1. Relieves the Dean or Assistant Vice President of operational and administrative details by planning and coordinating the implementation of policies and decisions, composing interpretive and/or directive correspondence, recommending changes in policies or procedures, and making administrative decisions on behalf of the Dean or Assistant Vice President when appropriate and within established guidelines or policy.

2. Receives and greets University employees, students, and visitors, directing them to the appropriate offices or persons and providing authoritative information or materials for routine inquiries.

3. Serves as a liaison between the Dean or Assistant Vice President and subordinate administrators by communicating and/or interpreting policy, planning decisions, and related information or documents affecting the subordinate administrative units within guidance from the Dean or Assistant Vice President.

4. Exchanges information on behalf of the Dean or Assistant Vice President with peers, the Provost and/or Vice Presidents, and/or their administrative support staff by relaying information accurately and assuring information is communicated in a timely manner.

5. Handles sensitive issues by listening and gathering information about concerns expressed by parents, students, staff, faculty, donors, members of the community, elected officials, federal, state, or local officials, etc., gathering additional information, determining possible solutions or referring the issue to the appropriate person, verifying that the issue has been addressed satisfactorily, and informing the Dean or Assistant Vice President when appropriate.

6. Assures confidentiality of office administration by exercising discretion in communicating information to faculty, students, staff and the various publics served by the University and handling administrative records and files, personnel actions, performance evaluations, grade reports, merit, promotion, and tenure decisions, and similar confidential items.

7. Maintains an appointment calendar for the Dean or Assistant Vice President, using judgment to determine which appointments should be expedited or rescheduled, preserving the best use of the senior executive’s time, and allowing the senior executive adequate preparation and travel time.

8. Coordinates processes involving input from or accountability of subordinate departments by using the academic calendar to plan projects and organize recurring processes, such as promotion and tenure, coordinating the scholastic action process in a college, researching and gathering information needed for accreditation applications and reports, etc.

9. Develops and manages the office’s operating accounts by determining the proper method to purchase required products or services, maintaining financial records, reconciling invoices to Financial Services reports, producing financial reports and summaries, making recommendations regarding expenditures, and completing budget transfers as directed.

10. May coordinate financial reporting of programs or various accounts by collecting required financial information and providing it to the supervisor or performing appropriate analysis and preparing reports for the senior executive.

11. Coordinates the flow of incoming and outgoing information, correspondence, documents, and forms by overseeing or performing the processing, screening, and routing of materials and correspondence, creating new procedures as necessary, and determining the appropriate individuals, offices, departments, etc. for outgoing documents.

12. Ensures that correspondence as well as standard documents and forms are correct and prepared properly by proofreading and reviewing all outgoing correspondence for correctness.

13. Provides required or requested information and/or data for internal or external reports and records by researching departmental files and records, retrieving electronic data from files and databases, researching online sources, compiling information and/or tabulating statistics, and organizing and presenting the information in a useable and understandable format.

14. Prepares routine to complex correspondence, email, reports, forms, manuscripts, transcripts, and proofs for distribution, approval and/or mass mailing from machine or oral dictation, handwritten drafts, or printed text by using various computer applications (e.g., word processing, spreadsheets, desktop publishing), checking the documents for completeness and accuracy, and distributing the documents or submitting them to the supervisor or document originator for approval.

15. Facilitates the success of meetings or events by scheduling them with appropriate offices and agencies, reserving required facilities and equipment, advising/contacting participants, preparing agendas, handouts, and similar materials, using independent judgment regarding activity alternatives, modifications, or last-minute changes, and coordinating or providing assistance during the activities.

16. Facilitates efficient and cost effective official travel for the Dean or Assistant Vice President and others (other staff, consultants, and official visitors) by making travel arrangements, hotel reservations, and preparing associated approval forms and expense reports for travelers.

17. Manages a complex filing system of paper and electronic records by organizing the system, creating files and records as necessary using judgment and knowledge of legal and office requirements, maintaining the filing systems, purging files, determining other forms of storage or destroying files, and retrieving files and documents as needed.

18. Performs office management responsibilities by assuring the proper accountability of University property and equipment assigned to the office, providing office personnel with necessary supplies and equipment, and maintaining office equipment in working condition by following maintenance instructions, making minor repairs of office machines, and arranging for repairs or services required to return the equipment to an operational condition.

19. Develops a competent and effective office support staff by interviewing and recommending qualified applicants (including student workers) for hire, providing training on departmental procedures and policies, making appropriate work assignments, supervising work activities, and evaluating work performance.

20. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

21. Remains competent and current by attending professional development courses, software training classes, and attending training and/or courses as directed by the supervisor.

22. Contributes to the overall success of the administrative unit by performing other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Dean Assistant Vice President.


The Executive Assistant II is supervised by the Dean or Assistant Vice President and may supervise or provide functional guidance to subordinate employees.