Founded by a generous gift from David and Pat Atkinson, the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future empowers faculty to think outside of their departments and across disciplines when it comes to tackling the world's greatest challenge—creating a vital and resilient future for the global community. By providing start-up funding for cross-college collaborations, emergency research, and partnerships with non-profits, government, and industry, the Atkinson Center supports the pioneering risk-takers at the very heart of radical collaboration through multiple funds and fellowship programs. We have an immediate opening for a Senior Executive Staff Assistant to join our team.
What will you do?
Provide high-level executive and administrative support to the Director of the Atkinson Center. This position has overall responsibility for providing day-to-day management and support of the director's activities. Independently manage confidential correspondence, calendars, electronic files and complex travel arrangements for the director. Assess and determine information that needs to be provided to ensure that the Director is fully prepared and informed regarding all activities. Create and finalize high-level, complex letters, reports, and other materials, take meeting minutes. Support director's role relating to new university wide sustainability initiatives.
Work with director's department staff, Office of Sponsored programs and other units on campus to help oversee and manage research programs, proposals and projects.
Act as a delegate for director's email and calendar and respond to and direct inquiries as appropriate. Act as liaison on highly confidential matters for the center and outside constituents. Advise director on potential problems and recommend action as appropriate.
Act as a backup to the executive director in the preparation of executive committee meeting agendas and other needs.
In coordination with other staff manage center calendar of meetings, events, programs and other activities.
Work with and provide calendaring support for Atkinson Center faculty directors and staff directors. Provide support to the director of development, coordinating travel and meetings. Assist with the management and communications between directors and the center's faculty advisory board, external advisory board and external organizations.
What education and skills will you need?
Associate's degree; at least 4 years' relevant experience or equivalent combination. Bachelor's degree is preferred.
Exceptional communication, organizational, and time management skills are essential. Position requires professional demeanor, excellent communication skills, both oral & written. Proficiency with standard office technology (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, calendaring management, database management, spreadsheet analysis) is necessary. Experience with Cornell financial system, complex budgets and external grants.
Ability to anticipate and diplomatically resolve a wide variety of issues. Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with tact and discretion.
Flexibility in handling and prioritizing multiple projects simultaneously. Ability to work independently and use sound judgment in decision making. Positive attitude to working as part of a team to support the Center and its mission.
To be considered, please submit BOTH a cover letter and a resume. We have found it most efficient to save both in one document before attaching.
Visa sponsorship is not provided for this position.
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Exec Staff Asst II
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