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Administrative Specialist I

Syracuse University
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Apr 28, 2023
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Department Code

Humanities Center

Job Title
Administrative Specialist I

Syracuse, NY

Pay Range
Commensurate with Experience

Staff Level

FLSA Status


Standard University business hours

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

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type

Syracuse, NY

Unionized Position Code
Not Applicable

Job Description

The Syracuse University Humanities Center (HC) invites applications for an Administrative Specialist to join our dynamic team. The HC facilitates research, programs, and collaborations across the University, community, and state, via public programming, funding awards, fellowships, post-doctoral residencies, research-support initiatives, and more. This shared position primarily supports Center and CNY Humanities Corridor [ CNYHC ] operations, and some aspects of the Engaged Humanities Network ( EHN ), a College of Arts & Sciences [A&S] initiative. May also involve some administrative support of an additional A&S committee / group tied to humanities research initiatives.

Applications Submitted by or before May 17, 2023 will receive priority review.

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 4-5 years of administrative, higher education, student services or managerial experience.
Job Specific Qualifications

Position requires high level project management, continuous attention to detail, superb organization, excellent customer relationship skills, and nuanced communication aptitude. Ability to handle competing deadlines, pivot between tasks, and work in an open environment a must. Proficiency with Microsoft Suite (for word processing, Excel spreadsheets, etc.) and Adobe Acrobat (.pdfs), at minimum. Demonstrated ability to write (reports, correspondence) with clarity and accuracy, tailored to different audiences and needs. Database fundamentals (adding, removing, sorting, summarizing). Technical knowledge / troubleshooting of conferencing apps, audio, web cams, etc. Calm, courteous, problem-solving abilities. Ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively, as required.

Other useful skills include experience with video editing/captioning, facility with accessible format document creation and remediation, familiarity with digital media platform use / maintenance (website, Facebook, Instagram). Knowledge of SU processes and procedures a plus.


  • Serve as key point of contact for all programs: greet visitors, emailers, callers with positive, courteous, informed approach. Consult resources to independently respond to inquiries and/or forward messages to appropriate program leaders/managers.
  • Manage HC / EHN spaces, maintaining order, cleanliness, repairs. Oversee HC room reservations / correspondence. Maintain tech and guides for seminar room, support guest users of spaces.
  • Work with building manager, campus facilities, relevant vendors to initiate repairs or renovations, services, replacements.
  • Oversee deliveries, monitor inventories, procure necessary supplies.
  • Provide consistent (M-F/business hours) presence and oversight for daily activities in HC offices, library, seminar room.
  • Adapt and retool as campus business and research operations and processes develop over time and, as a result, assignments are reviewed and revised.
  • Provide operational assistance to directors, staff and others directly affiliated with these programs: manage calendars; maintain records; create, proofread, and file minutes, award letters, spreadsheets, databases.
  • Interact frequently (verbal and written) with leadership within the College, University, and external constituents.
  • Facilitate grant, sponsorship, fellowship, award cycles: prepare and coordinate application forms, rubrics, and support selection meetings (set meetings, distribute materials, take minutes).
  • Collect and summarize data for various reporting needs.
  • Help prepare, proofread, circulate reports and correspondences (e.g., award letters, sponsorship agreements, grant report narratives, etc.)
  • Coordinate shared calendars, issue meeting polls and other detailed invitations; maintain operational records across these entities.
  • Supervise student assistants and employees supporting operations.
  • Establish and coordinate all details for on-campus, off-campus, hybrid, and/or remote-format research events and meetings: procure venues, furniture/equipment rentals, tech/accessibility services ( CART / LEMP / ASL ), catering, auxiliary services, printing/production costs, etc. Oversee event set-ups / break-downs, per master plans / agreements.
  • Provide key assistance in planning and executing CNYHC’s annual offsite writing retreat.
  • Research, coordinate and execute details related to travel, contracts, honoraria for invited guest scholars and process related expenses, complying with policies across all involved units and institutions.
  • Ensure all key event materials are accessible (captions, alt text, etc.) and remediate as necessary (by self-editing or securing a vendor for more complex needs).
  • Coordinate year-at-a-glance advance planning tools to streamline HC, CNYHC, EHN offerings.
  • Coordinate/update operational guides for administrating HC, CNYHC, EHN projects.
  • Process expense transactions associated with office operations; research events; faculty, dissertation fellow, and post-doc research; and occasional sponsored funds. Includes expense transactions for Budget Support Associate [ BSA ] review and approval (purchase requisitions, expense reimbursements, travel vouchers [including “Intra-Corridor” travel processing], credit card reconciliations, standing IDs, honoraria or consultant payments, etc.
  • Manage and monitor EHN operating budget, including reporting and regular reconciliation of account. Includes preparing all expense transactions for BSA review and approval. Maintain overall picture of funding sources and expenses to provide direction, maximize use of funds, and ensure operations are in budget. Resolve issues discovered during review and reconciliation.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other budget staff, and work with College Budget Office staff to resolve budget questions and assist in requests from the Dean and the Office of Budget and Planning.
  • Provide support to BSA for: HC / CNYHC co-sponsorship invoicing and funding transfers; generating spending reports; and backup support for time entry.
  • Other duties as assigned
Physical Requirements

Not Applicable


Not Applicable

Application Instructions

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

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