Administrative Assistant/Assistant to Vice President

The American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the leading national higher education association that advances the democratic purposes of higher education by promoting equity, innovation, and excellence in liberal education, seeks an Administrative Assistant/Assistant to the Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success (DESS). The Administrative Assistant will report to the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers. The DESS Administrative Assistant/Assistant to the Vice President is responsible for providing administrative support to the Vice President, and other programs and projects within the DESS office. The Administrative Assistant is part of high-functioning office that depends on rapid communication and teamwork to conduct programs and projects.

AAC&U seeks a candidate who is self-directed, collaborative, and can multi-task in a fast-paced office environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

These tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Corresponding by email and phone with internal AAC&U staff and external members and affiliates;
  • Coordinating travel and managing calendar assignments for the Vice President, and others, as assigned;
  • Organizing calendar items for DESS meetings;
  • Developing and maintaining spreadsheets and data entry for contacts, programs, and projects;
  • Preparing communications and background materials for campus visits and speaking engagements;
  • Processing expense reimbursements, invoices, and bills;
  • Managing and maintaining specified budget records;
  • Maintaining and organizing DESS electronic files;
  • Ordering office supplies;
  • Collaborating with other DESS staff and internal offices on the logistics and program for the DESS conference and the Institutes on High-Impact Practices and Student Success, and TRHT Campus Centers; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience Requirements

  • Excellent organizational, oral, and written communication skills
  • Strong computer skills, including MS Office suite
  • Proficient in database management, including familiarity with Excel
  • Outstanding attention to detail, with understanding of larger contexts
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Dependability, flexibility, and strict confidentiality
  • Ability to work both collaboratively, as a member of a team, and independently to accomplish goals
  • Effective time management skills; ability to balance and set priorities among many tasks to meet deadlines
  • Interest in higher education issues, particularly related to diversity, equity, and student success
  • Self-directed ability to thrive in a fast-paced office and association at the center of higher education reform

At least two years of work experience required (preferably in a higher education or nonprofit environment). A bachelor’s degree is also required, and a master’s degree is preferred.

Please submit a resume and a cover letter describing relevant work and educational experience to AAC&U, Box DESS, 1818 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009, or to [email protected].
Review of applications will begin February 8, 2024

AAC&U believes that a broadly diverse staff is critical to achieving excellence as a national higher education association. We seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. We are fully committed to equal employment opportunity and compliance with the full range of fair employment practices and non-discrimination laws.