George Mason University Administrative and Office Specialist III in Fairfax, Virginia

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Administrative Assistant Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research

The George Mason University Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research (SEOR), within the Volgenau School of Engineering, seek a proactive, organized and self-reliant professional for an Administrative Assistant position. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment. This position reports to the Chair of SEOR and has direct responsibility for administratively supporting the Chair. The position supports the following departmental programs: BS in Systems Engineering, MS in Systems Engineering, MS in Operations Research, and PhD in Systems Engineering and Operations Research. The position also supports the interdisciplinary BS in Cybersecurity Engineering, which is hosted by the SEOR Department, and the interdisciplinary MS in Data Analytics Engineering through the Predictive Analytics and Financial Engineering concentrations. This position will work in conjunction with one or more other SEOR Administrative and Program Specialists.


The SEOR Administrative Assistant is a key person in the academic and administrative management of the SEOR Department. Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Management of office budget: Reconcile department accounts, resolve related budget issues.
  • Management of departmental databases, web pages, e-mail lists: Maintain databases of undergraduate and graduate students. Maintain and update SEOR web pages. Maintain faculty, adjunct, student, alumni, advisory board e-mail lists. Maintain SEOR calendar.
  • Student advising: Provide information guidance and assistance to SEOR students regarding administrative and academic matters. Assign faculty advisors. Administer plan of study for all students. Notify students of potential issues.
  • Graduation coordination: Review online graduation submissions and graduation requirements for all SEOR students. Verify that all paperwork has been completed.
  • Coordination of class schedules: Coordinate teaching schedules with the Department Chair. Manage schedules via university information system. Monitor enrollments. Coordinate with the scheduling office to make necessary changes to classes.
  • Program support for contract courses: Perform administrative duties associated with contract courses including coordination of teaching schedules and processing special payments.
  • Perform personnel actions regarding adjunct faculty and teaching assistants.
  • Make arrangements for departmental functions such as advisory board meetings, seminars, retreats and receptions.
  • Provide support for updating departmental brochures and catalog.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated, have good communication, diplomacy and interpersonal skills; ability to maintain confidentiality; ability to efficiently and effectively work in a fast paced environment; and the ability to work independently when needed and in a team-oriented environment when needed. Must effectively prioritize work assignments and manage time effectively. Must effectively handle multiple responsibilities simultaneously and meet deadlines, often under pressure, while maintaining flexibility regarding changes in priorities.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to receive, follow, and adhere to instructions;
  • Openness to constructive feedback;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal), customer service skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community;
  • Knowledge of university procedures, policies and regulations;
  • Ability to work within university information systems;
  • Accounting experience with interpretation of expenditures in accounts payable and receivable;
  • Proficient computer skills and demonstrated experience with office software (particularly Microsoft Word and Excel) and email applications
  • Ability to maintain and build positive relationships with Mason faculty and staff, students, the general public and external audiences;
  • Ability to wisely handle situations that involve conflict; and
  • Professional demeanor.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in training and experience and demonstrated directly relevant experience with office and financial management.
Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application for position 01500z; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

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Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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Equity Statement

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Department: Systems Engineering & Operations Research

Criminal Background Check: Standard Background Check

Motor Vehicle Background Check: No

Restricted Position?: No, is eligible for layoff or severance benefits.

Job Category: Classified Staff

Role (State) Job Title: Administrative and Office Specialist III

Working Title: Administrative Assistant

Job Type: Full-Time

Position Number: 01500z

Recruit Number: Staff - 8652

Location: Fairfax, VA

Pay Band: Payband 3

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.

For Full Consideration, Apply by: May 1, 2018

Posting Date: 04/17/2018

Open Until Filled?: Yes

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