Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
The Senior Executive Assistant is directly responsible to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for daily operations that support academic affairs at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Summary of Duties
Reporting directly to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, the Senior Executive Assistant serves the students, faculty, staff, leadership and constituents of UMKC by providing executive, administrative and analytical support to the Provost in a wide variety of areas including: correspondence, coordination of the Provost's calendar, special projects problem solving for the day-to-day operations of the Provost's Office. This position will work closely with the Provost's Chief of Staff and act as liaison to senior management across the university as well as external constituents; independently identify issues or problems within specific management areas, gather information and conduct research, coordinate activities on the Provost's behalf, prioritize tasks and work independently with a high degree of confidentiality.
Review all incoming correspondence including the Provost's direct email account as well as the generic Provost email account. Direct workflow, independently respond to inquiries, complaints, and concerns from callers and visitors on behalf of the Provost. Research and resolve problems.
Manage pending projects and working files to ensure that goals and deadlines are met. Keep track of assignments made to others for actions to be taken on the Provost's behalf and ensure that deadlines for responses are met.
Manage the Provost's time. Prioritize and schedule appointments for the Provost's calendar.Independently determine importance of requested meetings and coordinate calendar to accommodate the needs of the Provost. Coordinate complex schedules.
Complete daily folders for the Provost, including detailed briefing materials for the Provost prior to meetings. Provide pertinent facts, data and other background information for meetings, reports, inquiries, agendas and presentations.
Develop responses for Provost's signature. Independently respond to requests and inquiries as appropriate.Draft correspondence on behalf of the Provost.
Provide administrative support to the Provost on a variety of campus-wide or school issues, projects and programs. Compile data, solicit and research information from a variety of sources both on and off campus, and prepare reports as requested.
Exercise independent judgment in bringing information and issues relating to the affairs of the university to the attention of the Provost. Define problems, independently conduct research as necessary, formulate solutions and make recommendations. Resolve, research, assess, and refer problems, often of a sensitive or confidential nature.
Arrange travel and accommodations.
Greet and receive the Provost's phone calls and guests.
Exercise independent judgment to perform special assignments as requested by the Provost.
Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills for effectively dealing with a broad range of individuals at various levels within an organization. Excellent written communication skills for preparing various documents, reports, and executive-level correspondence.
Excellent organizational skills and administrative experience with abilities to set priorities, and coordinate office operation, anticipate needs, work under the pressure of deadlines and exercise good judgment, particularly with sensitive or confidential matters.
Strong interest and exceeding comfort with new and innovative technologies, information systems and computer programs.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and ability to cope with change and ambiguity in a fast-paced executive-level office environment.
Excellent written communication skills for preparing correspondence, documents and reports.
Strong self-motivation skills for independently establishing effective working relationships with various organizations and faculty and staff at all levels of the organization and demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team.
Thorough knowledge of higher education, academic affairs, academic processes and procedures, and familiarity with the University of Missouri System.
A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 4 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.
Higher education experience working in academic affairs
Computer and technology proficient (Outlook, OneNote, PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Adobe Acrobat). Willingness to learn new technologies and processes.
At least 3-5 years of progressively responsible, experience working directly with a CEO or Chief Academic Officer at an academic institution is preferred
Exceptional interpersonal relations capabilities, effective communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of diverse groups and constituents are all required
Growth orientation and ability for self-reflection
Foster a culture of care, service and stewardship
A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
Demonstrated political savvy and discretion
Demonstrated skills of collaboration and teamwork
Successful experience in team leadership
Excellent communication and editing skills in verbal, written and presentation formats
Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with diverse internal and external constituents
Demonstrated success in time management, calendaring, and coordinating meetings in a complex organization
Demonstrated success in file management, organization, and archiving records in a complex organization
Full Time/Part Time
Full-time, benefit eligible
Starting at $47,476; commensurate with education and experience.
Apply by 2/24/2019 for first round consideration, position will remain open until filled.
Review of applications will begin immediately.
Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter, resume, and list of three references with contact information) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment.
Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g. /,&,%, etc.)
If you are experiencing technical problems, please call (855) 524-0002.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.
To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Affirmative Action at 816-235-1323.
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