The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.
The Department of Development Sociology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University is a global leader in purpose-driven social science. Our faculty and staff are committed to improving communities in New York State and across the world. We educate the next generation of change-makers and conduct research on diverse aspects of development, including governance, population dynamics, environmental change, and food systems. Our dynamic and growing department currently includes 27 faculty and senior academics, 43 regular employees in total, 100+ undergraduate majors, 37 graduate students and a portfolio of grant-funded local and international initiatives.
In a team and service-oriented environment, provide a full range of high level administrative and organizational support to the chair and leadership of the department and support the academic personnel appointment process.
Duties include coordinating information and materials for the Development Sociology administrative office; managing the chair's calendar and appointments; answering inquiries about the unit's numerous programs; managing highly sensitive and/or confidential materials and written and verbal communications with discretion while fostering excellent working relationships with all customers; and coordinating faculty tenure and review process. Act as liaison between the chair and faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, visitors, and other college and university offices. Research, compile data, draft and prepare administrative and academic reports and correspondence on the chair's behalf. Attend meetings and prepare minutes and status reports as necessary.
This position is responsible for processing academic appointments in coordination with the chair, administrative manager, and CALS Human Resources, including visiting appointments, new appointments, extensions of current appointments, tenure and promotion packages, and supporting visa and onboarding processing. The position provides support for academic searches as needed.
The ability to communicate with tact and diplomacy with a wide range of internal and external constituencies is a must. Ability to resolve a variety of situations independently. Must also be highly adaptable as the department and its procedures and processes continue to grow and evolve.
Formal training beyond HS of 1-2 years, 2 years of college coursework, or Associates with more than 4 years of experience in an administrative position.
Excellent communication skills are necessary – both verbal and written skills – as well as a high level of confidentiality.
Ability to interact effectively and easily with the chair and leadership team.
Demonstrated experience as an independent thinker and self-motivated.
Able to work effectively with faculty, administrators, staff.
Must be able to conduct a diverse set of tasks with poise, confidence and independence within a team-based environment.
Excellent organizational skills and proven skills in project management and coordination.
Able to work quickly and effectively under pressure, use judgment in accomplishing tasks that are urgent; balance conflicting priorities, and make decisions from a range of choices.
Proven experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
Bachelor's Degree and 5+ years administrative experience an academic setting.
Prior knowledge of Cornell policies and procedures.
Prior experience with academic appointment processing and international travel arrangements.
This is a full-time position.
Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.
Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.
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