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About the Department
The breadth of disciplinary expertise in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (DNRE) creates a stimulating multidisciplinary atmosphere for our students, staff, faculty, and visiting scholars. We have strong collaborative ties across Cornell University, peer institutions, governmental agencies, and leading environmental and conservation organizations. We contribute creative and impactful science and education to address many urgent environmental issues. We provide essential information to communities, conservation and environmental professionals, policymakers, educators and researchers worldwide.
Learn more about the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment here: https://cals.cornell.edu/natural-resources-environment
The DNRE is seeking an administrative assistant that will support the department broadly. This includes support of the administrative activities for the DNRE Extension Unit, along with its’ faculty, staff, and students and support to Arnot Forest and Uihlein Forest operations. This position will also assist with a wide range of communications and support departmental workshops. In this role, you will:
- Organize and coordinate the administrative activities of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (DNRE) Extension Unit. This involves working in a cooperative and team atmosphere to provide administrative assistance to Extension faculty, non-extension Faculty and associated staff and students. Provide administrative assistance to the Department Extension Leader (DEL) as well as administrative support to field station operations of Arnot Forest and Uihlien Forest including the Cornell Maple Program. Administrative assistance will include coordinating with the CALS Business Service Center to facilitate purchasing and accounting needs for extension staff.
- Design and update web sites, brochures, fact-sheets, reports, booklets, PowerPoint presentations and other publications. Monitor and distribute a variety of communication materials including fact-sheets, publications, and press releases. Assist with the coordination, marketing, promotion and facilitation of special events, meetings and activities of extension staff and programs; this includes the utilization of social media outlets for promotion of extension and department-wide programs, projects and activities. Organize and implement registrations, logistics and planning for extension-related workshops.
- Supervise student workers who will provide assistance to the Administrative Assistant III position. Other responsibilities include but are not limited to; credit card processing for extension-related sales, facilitating the submission of travel expense reports, coordinating the sale and distribution of DNRE extension publications, and processing annual Arnot Forest hunting licenses.
- For full consideration, all candidates must include a cover letter and resume when applying for this position.
- High School Diploma plus 2-4 years of relevant work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Experience in the use of MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook (mail and calendar). Experience using, or the aptitude to quickly learn how to use design software for media, print materials, and websites.
- Personable and flexible with the propensity to develop effective working relationships with a wide variety of faculty, staff, and students utilizing a strong customer service mindset.
- Excellent organizational and communication techniques, paired with the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment.
- Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive/confidential material in a professional manner.
- Must show initiative and be able to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment.
- Contribute and maintain professional atmosphere in busy office setting.
- Able to work quickly and effectively under pressure, use judgment in completing tasks that are urgent; balance conflicting priorities, and make informed-choices from a range of options.
- Requires reasoning, analytical thought, creativity, and innovation in solving minor problems that occur day to day.
- Experience with marketing, web site design, and social media applications.
- Some familiarity with accounting and procurement processes and procedures.
- Experience with design software, such as InDesign, Photoshop, or Canvas.
- Experience with Qualtrics, FileMaker, and WordPress.
Rewards and Benefits
- This position is located in Ithaca, New York. The position will allow for the flexibility to work remotely one day per week at a location of employee’s choosing within the United States. This hybrid schedule is subject to change at any time. The New York Convenience of employer guidelines require New York State individual tax reporting and withholdings for this position. Additional individual state income tax filings may also be required if working temporarily outside New York State.
- Our benefits programs include comprehensive health care options, generous retirement contributions, access to wellness programs, and employee discounts with local and national retail brands. We invite you to follow this link to get more information about our benefits: https://hr.cornell.edu/benefits-pay .
- Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 13 holidays: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, and an end of the year winter break from December 25-January 1.
- Cornell’s impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Extramural Study and Employee Degree Program, tuition aid for external education, and Cornell Children’s Tuition Assistance Program.
Sponsorship for employment visa is not available for this position.
Relocation assistance is not available for this position.
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University Job Title:
Administrative Asst III
Pay Rate Type:
$19.75 – $21.83
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