Administrative Specialist I

New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Mar 17, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
Posting Details

Job # 036876 Department Code 21803-6209 Department African-American Studies Job Title Administrative Specialist I Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate with Experience Staff Level S4 FLSA Status Non-exempt Hours

Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

Reporting to the Director of the Community Folk Art Center ( CFAC ), the Administrative Specialist works closely with the College of Arts and Sciences’ Dean’s Office and provide administrative assistance to the CFAC Director with matters of budget and office administration. The Administrative Specialist administers and tracks the CFAC budget and reconciles all expenditures; manages hiring processes; maintains a presence in the office assisting in supervising student employees and the office assistant and monitoring CFAC space.

Community Folk Art Center, Incorporated ( CFAC ) was founded in 1972 by the late Herbert T. Williams, a professor in the Department of African American Studies, in collaboration with other Syracuse University faculty and students, as well as local artists and Syracuse city residents. The primary motivation and objective for the establishment of CFAC was to provide a high-quality showcase for African Diasporan artists, creating a setting for dialogue and interaction among emerging, mid-career and professional artists, in Central New York and beyond.


• Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.

• Four (4) years of administrative, higher education, student services or managerial experience.

Job Specific Qualifications

• Strong in Microsoft Office and Adobe Professional suite, with the ability to create and revise documents.

• Experience with accounting software (such as QuickBooks) desired.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

• Highly detail oriented individual with a strong capacity for reading and comprehending large and complex documents and applying that knowledge as needed.

• Exceptional customer service ethic and problem-solving abilities.

• Ability to handle multiple priorities and requests.

• Knowledge of PeopleSoft or related system.


• Perform duties that require independent judgment and a high level of confidentiality.

• Serve as go-to resource for faculty and staff by keeping current on College and University policies/activities and maintaining strong professional relationships across campus.

• Provide assessment and recommendations on unit policy changes to Chair/Director.

• Handle a wide variety of departmental functions supporting students, faculty, and staff.

• Primary office administrator to support the work of the department and monitor the daily operations within the office to assure that business runs smoothly.

• Coordinate office needs, including the organization of meetings and calendars, travel arrangements.

• Spearhead the coordination, planning, budgeting, and execution of department special events, providing event supervision and support during the events.

• Administer search proposals and provide logistical and administrative support for search activities.

• Coordinate facilities, keeping departmental spaces, including offices, operational by reporting maintenance problems, submitting work orders, and following up to ensure issues are corrected.

• Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate student employees.

• Supervise, mentor, and evaluate office coordinator staff.

• Ensure any delegated authorities or duties are properly documented and approved; and maintain appropriate internal controls.

• Occasional local off-site pick-up and/or delivery of supplies for events and installations necessary.

• Process and track expenses associated with the operation of the office, faculty research, and occasional sponsored funds. Includes, but is not limited to, processing employee expense vouchers, travel vouchers, credit card reconciliation; regular review of expenses and general ledger to ensure accuracy and determining resolution of issues discovered during review and reconciliation of accounts. Monitor scholarship credits, financial aid awarded, and graduate assistants/teaching assistants/research assistant awards.

• Prepare reports as requested.

• Manage and monitor all payroll and time entry processes.

• Work with college Budget Office staff to resolve budget questions and assist in requests from the Dean and the Office of Budget and Planning.

• Act as liaison for the department by communicating with other divisions and departments across campus. Interact with faculty, staff, students, and general public as needed.

• Perform customer service duties by providing general information and handle/respond to inquiries and complaints.

Physical Requirements

Not Applicable


Not Applicable

Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter.

About Syracuse University

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About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

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