Staff Assistant
University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Staff Assistant

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Large Employers in 2023.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title
Staff Assistant

Job Profile Title
Staff Assistant C

Job Description Summary
Reporting to the Associate Provost for Finance and Planning in the Office of the Provost, the Staff Assistant is responsible for coordinating and managing complex calendar and meeting materials, handling confidential information, managing flow of communication and providing administrative support to reporting directors as needed.

This position is also responsible for ordering and maintaining office supplies for Provost Administrative Affairs, maintenance of the office website, files and databases, development and maintenance of the mission continuity plan. This position will provide administrative back-up support for departments reporting to the Provost, when needed.

Additionally, the Staff Assistant will serve as a liaison for the Provost Center on applicable committees (i.e. mission continuity) and provide research, analysis, reporting, project support and project management as needed.

Job Description

  • Provide administrative support to the Associate Provost for Finance and Planning; managing and coordinating complex calendar and meeting materials; submit and approve Concur requests.
  • Coordinate and manage certain administrative functions and processes including but not limited to salary increase letters process for Provost Centers (including creation and distribution of letters); maintain, update and communicate administrative procedures guidelines for PAA Office; manage signature process for financial documents.
  • Provide general office management services including, but not limited to, building liaison; answering phones; distribution of mail; triaging, directing and potentially answering inquiries; Order supplies for Provost Administrative Office and other reporting offices as needed as a PO Manager; serve as e-ship administrator; hire and supervise work-study students and summer student workers.
  • Coordinate, prepare, edit, and review senior level briefing materials for Provost Administrative Affairs areas. Conduct purchasing card reallocation reminders and submission tracking for Provost Centers.
  • Provide project related research and writing including editing, compiling and reviewing project related documents and presentations. Complete special projects as assigned.
  • Coordinate and support project related meetings for Provost Administrative Affairs Office and provide administrative support to PAA staff as needed.
  • Develop and maintain Provost Administrative Affairs Office mission continuity plan; serve as Provost Center liaison.
  • Create, maintain and organize office files (paper and electronic), shared drives, databases (including space data), and Website in collaboration with Provost Office.
  • Serve as back-up for weekly time sheets processing in Workday; Prepare financial forms for payment processing; handle Ben deposits; Monthly Verizon payment for senior management cell phone usage; Purchasing Card/Meeting Card holder.

  • A Bachelor's Degree and 3 years to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required; excellent customer service skills; previous experience managing complex calendars; strong Microsoft Office skills; excellent oral & written communication skills; knowledge of University's financial systems preferred.

Application Requirement:

A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Provost's Center

Pay Range

Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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