The mission of the Office of University Communications is to expand global understanding of Stanfords contributions as one of the worlds leading research universities, where innovative, world-changing research and teaching occur daily. University Communications provides support and campus leadership in planning, coordination and implementing strategic communication programs that support Stanford University and its teaching, research and service missions. University Communications is the central office responsible for supporting executive leadership; university-wide issues and reputation management; crisis communications; oversight of digital content and top level web and social media platforms; media relations and news services; visual identity and brand management; internal communication to faculty and staff; parent and community communications programs; major publications; and the Stanford Video production studio. University Communications coordinates with communications professionals across the university on communications issues and projects, provides leadership to the Communications Working Group, and advises on communications policy.
This position is an integral part of a four-member administrative team supporting University Communications and the Office of Public Affairs and is expected to work collaboratively with an emphasis on teamwork. This position will report to the Director of Finance and Administration and will be called upon to provide cross-unit and cross-person support as needed and will provide administrative support to the Vice President for University Communications. The Executive Assistant is a front facing, often first-point-of-contact position as it sits on the front line of University Communications answering calls from news media and the public as well as receiving breaking news and information on crisis and other high-pressure situations. In addition, this position will work with the highest office of the university administration including Cabinet-level leadership and Trustees.
The Executive Assistant will provide complex and diversified administrative support with minimal supervision and anticipate the needs of the VP and other team members and proactively solve problems and/or independently handle issues. May be responsible for leading other administrative staff or subordinates.
Plan and schedule complex calendar(s) with limited or no consultation, resolve calendaring conflicts. Negotiate and manage the needs of individuals or groups requesting time with the supervisor, independently committing his/her time. May occasionally represent the supervisor by attending meetings in his/her absence; speaking for the supervisor.
Act on behalf of the supervisor in regards to establishing priorities and identifying and resolving problems that are administrative in nature. Use independent judgment to keep supervisor informed of all matters that require his/her attention.
Serve as the liaison to various internal and external constituencies, including screening correspondence and telephone calls; keep the supervisor informed of all matters requiring his/her attention.
Independently prioritize, plan, coordinate and/or oversee logistics and conferences with individuals and entities internal and external to the university, including executive and senior level staff, donors and government officials.
Compose correspondence; develop, review and edit presentations and documentation; independently research and analyze associated issues and/or compile materials needed for presentation and/or decision making purposes.
Manage complex business travel in compliance with unit, university, and sponsor policies.
Prepare reports and analyses, identify adverse trends and make appropriate recommendations or conclusions.
Manage multiple projects simultaneously. Anticipate and track initial dates, events and associated action items; follow up with appropriate parties on behalf of supervisor to ensure deadlines are met.
May also supervise staff.
* - Other duties may also be assigned
Education & Experience:
High school diploma and five years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrated high-level administrative experience which includes advanced computer skills and demonstrated experience with office software and email applications.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including editing and proofreading.
Excellent planning and organizational skills.
Ability to take initiative and ownership of projects.
Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive issues and maintain confidentiality.
Demonstrated 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.
Certifications and Licenses:
Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
Occasionally stand/walk, reach/work above shoulders, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, use a telephone, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
Rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat, kneel/crawl.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
May work flexible work schedule including weekends.
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the Universitys Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Leland and Jane Stanford founded the University to "promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization." Stanford opened its doors in 1891, and more than a century later, it remains d...edicated to finding solutions to the great challenges of the day and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world. The University's thriving diverse community is comprised of nearly 7000 undergraduate students, 9000 graduate students, 2000 faculty members, 1900 postdoctoral scholars, and over 11,000 academic and administrative staff in seven schools including several interdisciplinary research centers and institutes. The campus spreads over 8000 contiguous acres and nearly all undergraduates live on campus. Stanford offers bachelor's and master's degrees in addition to doctoral degrees (PhD, MD, DMA and JD) plus a number of professional and continuing education programs and certifications. More at http://facts.stanford.edu and http://www.stanford.edu.
Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as from others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching and clinical missions.