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Administrative Assistant - Liberal Arts

Sierra College
California, United States
$25.00 - $25.00
Posted date
Aug 3, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Business & Administrative Support
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Under general supervision from an assigned Director, Dean or Associate Dean, performs complex
administrative, secretarial and clerical assistance duties in support of an assigned area; provides
advanced and complex administrative and secretarial assistance to academic and classified staff,
students and the public; and performs a variety of special tasks and projects relative to assigned area
of responsibility.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES - The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not
perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set
forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
1. Performs secretarial and administrative support duties for an assigned manager; relieves
administrator of a variety of clerical, technical and administrative details.
2. Screens office visitors and telephone callers; responds to sensitive questions, complaints and
requests for information from administrative, management, academic, and/or classified staff, the
general public and students; communicates information in person, by telephone or electronic mail.
3. Maintains a calendar of events to assure timely coordination of office activities and status of
assigned projects; schedules and arranges meetings and appointments; coordinates activities with
other divisions and departments; makes travel arrangements for staff.
4. Facilitates communication between assigned administrators, students, academic and classified
staff, other offices, educational institutions, public agencies and the general public; interacts and
relays information, questions and decisions regarding administrator’s area of assignment.
5. Composes correspondence independently; prepares responses to letters, general
correspondence and personal inquiries of a sensitive nature for administrator’s approval; formats,
types, proofreads, duplicates and distributes correspondence, notices, lists, forms, memoranda
and other materials according to established procedures, policies and standards.
6. Establishes and maintains filing systems including confidential files; establishes and maintains
files for information, records and reports; maintains records related to specific area of assignment.
7. Compiles, verifies, summarizes, records and evaluates information; prepares and distributes
narrative, statistical and financial data; completes reports; verifies and reviews forms and reports
for completeness and conformance with established regulations and procedures.
8. Facilitates the coordination of schedule production; coordinates and inputs data in accordance
with established District policies and procedures; calculates class hours for reporting to state for
apportionment purposes.
9. Coordinates classroom usage between divisions and locations; releases room schedule for
electronic publication.

10. Monitors enrollment figures and recommends necessary additions or cancellations; enters
corrected data into database.
11. Creates, verifies, edits and distributes hourly and full-time faculty loading records; monitors faculty
workload and leave provisions; ensures compliance with provisions of applicable collective
bargaining agreements.
12. Records and verifies faculty, classified, student and hourly temporary time sheets; calculates and
processes faculty stipends; generates and proofs monthly faculty pay reports and submits for
13. Coordinates, schedules, compiles, tabulates and processes faculty member performance
14. Assists in budget administration; tracks and reconciles budget activity; posts, monitors and tracks
invoices, credit card and other expenditures; prepares purchase requisitions, check requests,
independent contracts, and claims for reimbursement.
15. Maintains records of expenditures and income for organizational unit supplies; initiates, codes and
monitors fund transfers from various budget accounts.
16. Prepares requisitions and claims for reimbursement; resolves invoicing, purchase order and other
financial documentation questions or problems with vendors.
17. Prepares financial documents and reports; prepares and balances financial summaries.
18. Arranges or coordinates with staff the use of campus and off site facilities and meeting rooms;
researches room charts for available locations; initiates and submits required forms for use of
19. Operates office equipment including computer equipment, typewriter, calculator, copier and
facsimile machine; utilizes various computer applications and software packages; maintains and
generates reports from a database or network system.
20. Orders office supplies, equipment and materials; assures proper functioning of office equipment;
coordinates repairs of office equipment as needed.
21. Coordinates and oversees specialized functions or projects; assures that work is performed in a
timely and accurate manner; uses independent judgment to develop and provide
recommendations, suggestions or information as appropriate.
22. Receives mail and identifies and refers matters to the administrator in order of priority.
23. Trains and provides work direction to assigned student workers and temporary help as assigned.
24. Performs related duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS - The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job
and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:
Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software
applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
Principles, practices and procedures of business letter writing.
Principles and practices used to establish and maintain files and information retrieval systems.
Principles, practices and procedures of fiscal, statistical and administrative record keeping.
Principles and techniques used in public relations including methods and techniques of proper receptionist and telephone etiquette.
Basic mathematical concepts.
Basic research methods and techniques.
Work organization and basic office management principles and practices.
English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.

Ability to:
Understand the organization and operation of the assigned division and/or department as
necessary to assume assigned responsibilities.
Understand and apply administrative and office policies and procedures as well as pertinent laws,
regulations and ordinances.
Perform a range of administrative, technical, secretarial and clerical duties involving the use of
independent judgment and personal initiative.
Independently compose and prepare correspondence and memoranda using correct English
usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
Respond to requests and inquiries from students, staff, or the public; effectively present
information in person or on the telephone to students, staff, or the public.
Use sound judgment in recognizing scope of authority.
Type or enter data at a speed necessary for successful job performance.
Take and transcribe dictation, if required by the position, at a speed necessary for successful job
Research, compile, analyze, and interpret data.
Implement and maintain filing systems.
Train and provide work direction to others.
Plan and organize work to meet schedules and changing deadlines.
Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and
database applications.
Adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new equipment and systems.
Work under steady pressure with frequent interruptions and a high degree of public contact by
phone or in person.
Work effectively with minimal supervision.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would
likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and
abilities would be:
Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by college level course
work in business administration, secretarial science or a related field.
Three years of increasingly responsible secretarial and clerical experience preferably in an
administrative office of a public agency or in an educational environment.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT - The conditions herein are representative of
those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting.
Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office
setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally walk, stoop, bend, kneel,
crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to
operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use
of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.
Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction; vision sufficient to read
computer screens and printed documents; and to operate assigned equipment.
Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Sierra College is a Community College located near Sacramento, California where a heavy emphasis is placed on academic excellence and student success. Since its founding in 1936, Sierra College has focused on quality instruction and meeting the evolving needs of the students and communities that it serves. The Sierra Community College District covers more than 3,200 square miles and serves the Northern California foothill counties of Placer and Nevada, as well as parts of El Dorado and Sacramento. We serve over 18,000 students throughout the region in both on-ground and online courses, including students at our main Rocklin Campus as well as at three centers located in Grass Valley, Tahoe/Truckee, and Roseville. Our District prides itself on academic excellence, having been named an Aspen Prize for College Excellence eligible institution for 2019. 
Sierra College has a strong commitment to the achievement of equity and inclusion among its faculty, staff, and students and values the rich, diverse backgrounds that make up the campus community. A strong candidate for this position must demonstrate a profound understanding of and experience with successfully supporting individuals with varying backgrounds. This includes persons with disabilities, various gender identities and sexual orientations, as well as individuals from historically underrepresented communities and other groups. Our District is committed to providing strategies for success and proactive student-centered practices and policies focused on eliminating equity gaps to ensure the District provides an inclusive educational and employment environment focused on strategies for success and equitable outcomes for all. 
As an institution, Sierra College is committed to eliminating the equity gap in all student populations with dynamic, learner-centered practices and policies that fully engage the college community.  The ideal candidate will share the College’s commitment to helping its racially and socioeconomically diverse students succeed in their degree and career objectives. Currently, Sierra College enrolls 18,300 students per term, where approximately: 21% of Sierra College’s students are Latin(o)(a)(x)(e), 3% are African-American, 3% are Filipino, 6% are Asian-American, 1% are Native American, 1% are Pacific Islander, 7% are multiracial and 57% are White. 
The successful candidate will join a College dedicated to the use of culturally responsive strategies and methods that meet the varying needs of our students, faculty, staff, and surrounding community. Sierra College demonstrates its commitment to equity by supporting ongoing professional development for students, faculty, and staff. These opportunities include trainings and workshops on equity and inclusion, SC4 (Sierra College Community, Creativity, Culture, and Collaboration Training), active Academic Senate standing committees concerned with student success and equity, a Presidential Equity Advisory Committee (PEAC), culturally responsive student engagement centers, support for our undocumented and AB540 students, campus-wide equity summits, a robust set of programs, events, and conferences related to equity-mindedness and supporting the success of our diverse students.

1. A Sierra College application,
2. A resume, and
3. A cover letter of no more than 4 pages that addresses: 
       a. Please describe the transferable experience, knowledge, skills and abilities you possess to serve in this role.
       b. What culturally-inclusive/equity-minded practices/strategies would you incorporate into this role?
       c. Please describe your evidence of the responsiveness to and understanding of the racial, socioeconomic, and cultural diversity within the community college student population, including students with different ability statuses (e.g., physical and/or learning), sexual orientations, gender identity and expressions as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practices within the classroom and in the campus community.
Given the current pandemic in our country, interviews will likely take place virtually via Zoom or a conference call. 
Other terms and conditions of employment are specified in the applicable collective bargaining agreements on file in the District Human Resources Department.  Position description of record on file in the Human Resources Department. 

*Sierra Community College District currently operates campuses in Rocklin, Roseville, Truckee and Grass Valley. In its management of a multi-campus environment, the District reserves right of assignment including the right to change assignment locations and shift assignments based on District need. Although this position may currently reside at the Rocklin campus, the assignment location may be subject to change as needed. Additionally, the district reserves the right to cancel, revise or re-announce this position as well as any and all positions at any time.

Sierra College is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination and the achievement of diversity and equity among its faculty, staff, and students.
Persons with inquiries about the application of Title IX and/or EEO may contact the Director of Diversity, EEO & Title IX (Title IX Coordinator) at the address below, at (916) 660-7006 or via email at

Persons with questions regarding reasonable accommodation of physical and other disabilities should contact the Sierra College Human Resources Department at (916) 660-7105.
If you have limitations hearing or speaking, the State of California offers a specially-trained Communications Assistant (CA) that can relay telephone conversations for all of your calls. Dial 711 to reach the California Relay Service (CRS). Dialing 711 is for everyone, not just those who have difficulty hearing on a standard phone. If you prefer having your calls immediately answered in your mode of communication, dial one of the toll-free modality and language-specific numbers below. The call will be routed to the CRS provider. 
TTY/VCO/HCO to Voice
English 1-800-735-2929
Spanish 1-800-855-3000
Voice to TTY/VCO/HCO
English 1-800-735-2922
Spanish 1-800-855-3000
From or to Speech-to- Speech
English & Spanish 1-800-854-7784

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