• Executive Assistant, AVP and Chief of Staff, Office of the President

    Requisition # 2018-8860
    Date Posted 2 weeks ago(6/1/2018 9:36 AM)
    Administrative Support
    Full-Time / Part-Time
  • Overview

    The Office of the President seeks a highly skilled, dynamic Executive Assistant to the assistant vice president and chief of staff (AVP/COS) to the president. This newly created role, which will report to the AVP/COS, will provide executive-level administrative support in a fast-paced environment, handle complex special projects, and represent the AVP/COS and the Office of the President to a wide range of university and external constituencies.


    The Executive Assistant is a key member of the Office of the President and plays an important role in the support of the AVP/COS, helping to advance the University’s strategic priorities and ensure that the Office operates efficiently, effectively, and with a high level of professionalism.


    The Executive Assistant is responsible for:

    • Proactively managing the AVP/COS’s schedule and complex calendar, exercising discretion and judgment as to priorities and effective use of the AVP/COS’s time and assisting with efforts to accomplish objectives, deadlines and commitments.
    • Effective meeting scheduling, often involving many attendees and a rapid timeline.
    • Managing special projects as assigned by the AVP/COS.
    • Serving as the initial point of contact for the AVP/COS with other university and external offices, and making independent decisions on routing and resolution of incoming calls and emails.
    • Representing the office to, and interacting with trustees, senior administrators, managers, faculty, staff, students, and distinguished individuals outside the University.
    • Drafting, preparing and editing routine written correspondence, including presentations, agendas, and minutes.
    • Managing budget and expenses for the AVP/COS.
    • Playing a pivotal role in coordinating the preparation for Board of Trustee meetings.
    • Organizing, managing, and providing administrative support for special projects, retreats and events.
    • Undertaking research projects and collecting data as needed for meetings and special initiatives.
    • Preparing materials for all meetings sponsored by the AVP/COS and tracking items for follow-up.
    • Providing occasional coverage for department colleagues.


    Position requires:


    • At least five to ten years of experience supporting executive level management, preferably in a higher education setting.
    • Ability to understand and be committed to the University’s mission and culture.
    • Strong attention to detail, accuracy, organizing and synthesizing information
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • High level of proficiency with MS Applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) with emphasis on reports and presentations
    • Demonstrated strength in critical thinking and in identifying complex system solutions
    • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple assignments and respond quickly to changing business needs and priorities
    • Demonstrated ability to plan and anticipate needs, as well as the ability to develop and maintain a professional, collaborative, and interactive environment.
    • Strong commitment to customer service, both internally and externally
    • Facility with both strategic thinking and planning with tactical implementation and execution.
    • High level of discretion in handling confidential information
    • Solid and confident decision-making skills and outstanding judgment, high energy and enthusiasm, and the ability to function effectively and independently
    • Ability to establish priorities, anticipate schedule demands, and meet deadlines under pressure
    • Discretion, outstanding judgment, and commitment to keep confidential all data related to Princeton.
    • Demonstrated diplomacy and professionalism to work with and command the respect of colleagues, campus partners, and alumni.


    Preferred Qualifications:


    • Bachelor's degree
    • Prior University experience
    • Familiarity with PeopleSoft and Concur


    *As part of the application process please submit a cover letter.





    Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

    Salary Grade

    ADM, 040

    Standard Weekly Hours


    Eligible for Overtime


    Benefits Eligible


    Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


    Physical Capacity Exam Required


    Valid Driver’s License Required



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