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Administrative Assistant

Apply now Job no: 502569
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: College of Social Sciences and Humanities

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and a world leader in experiential learning. The commitment to connecting with the world drives our use-inspired research enterprise. On its Boston campus, the university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Our campuses in Charlotte, N.C., San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver are regional platforms for undergraduate and graduate learning and collaborative research. 

About the Opportunity:


The Administrative Assistant serves as the face of the Department of English, overseeing the front desk and responding to student, faculty, and visitor inquiries. This position supports the undergraduate program, including working with Undergraduate Studies Committee on course scheduling and elective course offering descriptions. Working with the other department administrative assistant, the individual in this role will support any faculty searches, working with the PageUp People applicant software system and supporting the Search Chair in administrative needs. This individual will manage departmental space and equipment (including oversight of maintenance, repair, and resupply); oversee daily operations of main office; maintain department phone lists and office schedules; oversee mail distribution and walk-in and phone reception; provide department-wide computer assistance (including Learning Management System support, working with ITS and faculty); attend English Department meetings and produce department meeting minutes; assist Department Chair and Administrative Specialist with data accumulation and evaluation; and take on projects as needed. This individual reports to the Administrative Specialist and works collaboratively with other office staff and the Department Chair, as well as faculty in the Department.





Bachelor’s degree and two or more years of experience in a responsible administrative position preferred. Strong attention to detail, mathematical, and technical aptitude with the ability to learn new systems. Strong computer skills, including Excel, Word and SharePoint; ability to solve basic computer issues essential; data management experience highly desirable. Good working knowledge of academic setting desirable, as is the ability to work independently, to work under deadline pressure, and on a variety of tasks at once. Good interpersonal skills essential.

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Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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