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Sr. Administrative Assistant

Chapman University
Orange, California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jan 23, 2024

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Position Title

Sr. Administrative Assistant

Position Type


Job Number


Full or Part Time

Full-Time 40 Hours Weekly

Fair Labor Standard Act Classification


Anticipated Pay Range

$23.00 - $31.00

Pay Range Information

Chapman University is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this position. This range takes into account a variety of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions, including experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. Salary offers are determined based on the final candidate’s qualifications and experience, as well as internal equity and other internal factors. The anticipated pay range is not a promise of a particular wage.

Position Summary Information

Job Description Summary

Reporting to the Chairs of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences ( BPS ) and Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy ( PEP ), the incumbent will provide administrative support to the department chairs, faculty, research staff, and graduate students. Manage department office and oversee workflow. Maintain and submit records for the use of departmental P-card.

Respond to inquiries and disseminate information ensuring that each request is handled appropriately. Respond to requests from the Office of the Dean and assist with faculty searches. Submit purchase requisitions and track delivery, and otherwise assist faculty and staff in ordering supplies. Coordinate special events, meetings and projects for the department.


Provide administrative departmental support
  • Manage department offices and oversee workflow.
  • Process purchases through PeopleSoft, including assisting in setting up new vendor accounts, and coordinating with the Lab Specialist for receiving lab supplies and equipment.
  • Respond to internal and external inquiries and requests for information providing excellent customer service in timely manner. Provide information about University policies and procedures to the department and visitors.
  • Assist in drafting procedural manuals for departments.
  • Assist with processing contracts/agreements related to purchases and events.
  • Track departmental expenditures from Curriculum Delivery budget for APPEs, Capstone, and Rotations allotments to purchase supplies for their laboratories.
  • Maintain and submit records for the use of departmental P-cards, input information into online system to reconcile purchases.
  • Maintain release station printers and poster printer equipment and supplies and stock them with paper and toner. Create work requests for equipment when needed. Alert the Dean’s Office when supplies need to be reordered.
  • Prepare correspondence as required. Review and summarize department data and prepare reports used for program review, planning and forecasts.
  • Assist with departmental faculty searches, including but not limited to gathering and analyzing information on CV and transferring to spreadsheets, creating and maintaining search folders on ShareFile and uploading documents into respective folders, emailing communications to candidates, attending search committee meetings and taking minutes, uploading pertinent information into search folder.
  • Track faculty travel and membership expenses from their departmental allotments.
  • Generate and track lecturer/overload faculty contracts including but not limited to creating profile and entering information into the PeopleSoft database. Collaborate with HR and Faculty Affairs.
  • Serve on various administrative committees and represent concerns of the Departments.
  • Schedule and coordinate guest lecturers and seminar speakers, including preparing and processing speaker agreements for signature, preparing and sending schedules, parking passes, coordinating catering and honorarium for services.
  • Print scientific posters for faculty and students and track usage.
    Maintain departmental calendar.
  • Coordinate in-office schedules for numerous Lecturers sharing office space to meet with students.
Coordinate special events, meetings, and projects
  • Plan events including announcements, calendaring, room reservations, and catering arrangements.
  • Schedule meetings and take minutes as requested.
  • Assist faculty and Dean’s Office with special projects as requested.
  • Coordinate interview schedules for faculty and staff candidates, including calendaring, room reservations, parking permits, preparing and sending itinerary, and assisting with flight and hotel reservations when necessary.
Required Qualifications
  • A minimum of four years of demonstrated professional administrative support experience preferably in higher education
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Proven ability to carry out duties in a timely manner
  • Proven ability to reason, prioritize, problem solve and communicate logically
  • Experience in meeting/event coordination
  • Experience carrying out duties when faced with interruptions, distractions and a fluctuating workload
  • Skills for basic arithmetic and calculation skills
  • Experience using standard office equipment and Microsoft Office tools including Outlook, Excel, and Word.
  • Strong organizational skills to maintain office files, schedule, calendar, and coordinate logistics for meetings and special events, including publications, media services and catering.
  • Demonstrate effective, clear and businesslike written and oral communications – including solid editing, proofreading skills.
  • Experience taking concise and accurate meeting minutes.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with diverse groups and individuals at all organizational levels, both inside and outside of the University.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to use tact, diplomacy and maintain a high level of confidentiality.
  • Strong commitment to teamwork.
  • Service-oriented, with ability to maintain a pleasant and helpful attitude.
Desired Qualifications
  • Working knowledge of PeopleSoft.
  • Working knowledge of university policies and procedures that pertain to the duties of this position.
  • Working knowledge of Qualtrics
Special Instructions to Applicants

Chapman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community. The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.

The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. More information on diversity and inclusion at Chapman University can be found at

Applicants for Staff and Administrator positions must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Chapman University does not sponsor applicants for Staff and Administrator positions for work visas.

The offer of employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion and outcomes of a criminal background screening and returning to the Office of Human Resources a signed original acceptance of the Chapman University Agreement to Arbitrate.

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents


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