Academic Operations Specialist 2 - Teacher Education and Leadership Studies | Youngstown State University Job at Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH

  • Youngstown State University
  • Youngstown, OH

Job Description

The class works under general supervision with a low level of intervention on the part of the supervisor and requires extensive knowledge of administrative policies and procedures, and/or clerical functions and office and/or program policies and procedures. Performs routine and non-routine administrative tasks; independently provides explanation, orally and/or in writing, of services or activities of assigned area, including formulating interpretation of policies and procedures as they would apply in each situation. Makes recommendations regarding program activities and assists in developing new procedures related to established program policy.

Incumbents autonomously perform non-routine administrative tasks, and/or relieve the supervisor of routine and/or administrative duties, and/or provide general secretarial assistance through routine administrative tasks, and/or provide secretarial assistance requiring training in technical terminology, and/or supervise student office support staff. Non-routine administrative tasks include, but are not limited to, independently formulating decisions and/or judgements involving non-legal interpretation of policies and procedures as they would apply to any given situation to resolve problems, prepare correspondence and/or reports, or to carry out other assignments. Typically reports to academic and/or non-academic departmental and/or divisional unit leadership positions.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities: 70% -  Autonomously performs non-routine administrative tasks including, but not limited to, independently formulating decisions and/or judgements involving non-legal interpretation of policies and procedures as they would apply to each situation to resolve problems, prepare correspondence and/or reports, or to carry out other assignments.

Further facilitates business functions of administrator's office; plays a key role in office automation by performing business functions at the request of, or in the absence of, the supervisor's direct and/or indirect behest; duties may include, but are not limited to: responds to correspondence; researches and prepares data for budget inclusion; assists in writing budget justification; monitors spending and maintains fiscal records; monitors budgets and independently makes transfers as needed; reviews and summarizes fiscal, operational and/or personnel reports; performs personnel functions such as screening job applicants and/or participating in interviews; communicates decisions, directives and/or assignments; participates on committees; organizes conferences.

Acts as a lead worker for lower-level personnel.

Screens files and records for problems; researches and resolves problems, including those involving interpretation or judgment of applicability of policies and procedures. 

20% -  Performs support functions particular to the academic and/or business unit; processes various types of academic overrides with or without direction; processes and compiles new hire paperwork and/or information for employee records for the part-time faculty and other employment groups as needed.

Relieves supervisor of routine administrative duties; makes recommendations regarding program activities; researches and analyzes materials, information, and programs; provides technical information and advice to administrators to aid in decision making; assists in developing new procedures related to established program policy; serves as liaison between administrator and subordinates; transmits decisions and directives; represents administrator at meetings and conferences.

Performs public relations duties; researches and responds to inquiries and complaints; furnishes information and explains programs to public; works on special events, assignments, and projects as directed; prepares reports, publications, memos and presentations for dissemination outside work unit.

10% -  Provides secretarial assistance through routine administrative tasks, independently provides explanation, orally and/or in writing of services or activities of assigned area, including formulating interpretation of policies and procedures as they would apply in given situation. Duties include but are not limited to: prepares drafts and signs simple correspondence; researches responses to inquiries; compiles data; prepares reports; gathers statistics and compiles in report form; performs research and writes reports to present straightforward information; sets up office procedures; coordinates daily work flow of office; revises content of manuals and notebooks; requisitions equipment and supplies.

Supervises student office support staff throughout the employment cycle; coordinates work activities and routinely participates in training and evaluation.

Other Functions and Responsibilities:  Performs other related duties as assigned.

Equipment Operated:  Computer and all other standard office equipment.

Work Schedule:  Typically, M-T-W-Th-F 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Supervision Exercised:  None

Reports to: Chair, Teacher Education and Leadership Studies

Required Certifications, Training, and/or Licensures:  None

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

Knowledge of: supervisory principles and/or techniques; budgeting procedures*; public relations; office management; administrative practices and procedures; general office practices and procedures; English grammar and composition; arithmetic that includes addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; unit-specific office practices and procedures*; records management; business communications.  

Skill in: operation of personal computer, office equipment, and software applications. 

Ability to: gather, collate, and classify information according to established methods; collaborate on projects; prepare and deliver presentations; write directives, memos and other publications; define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; handle sensitive contacts with public and other work units; deal with problems involving several variables within familiar context; apply principles to solve practical, everyday problems; interpret instructions in written or oral form; write routine business letters following standard procedures; complete routine forms or records; make appointments; arrange items in numerical or alphabetical order; assess questions and provide appropriate information or referral.

(*) Developed after employment.

Minimum Qualifications:  At least an associate degree in business administration, management science, public administration, or a related field; or a high school diploma or GED and three years of experience in the secretarial and/or administrative professional field to include office management, public relations, budgeting, and/or supervisory principles and/or techniques. Strong typing and computer skills; knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and database capabilities. Good communication skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail.

Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of budgeting procedures, public relations, office management, administrative practices and procedures, general office practices and procedures, records management, and business communication.

About Youngstown State University

An Institution of Opportunity: Youngstown State University inspires individuals, enhances futures, and enriches lives. As a student-centered university, Youngstown State University’s mission is to provide innovative lifelong learning opportunities that will inspire individuals, enhance futures and enrich lives. YSU inspires individuals by cultivating a curiosity for life-long learning; enhances the futures of our students by empowering them to discover, disseminate and apply their knowledge; and enriches the region by fostering collaboration and the advancement of civic, scientific, and technological development. YSU’s culture of enrichment flourishes in our diverse, accessible, and quality education. Youngstown State University is where students thrive in their educational and career pursuits, where scholarship creates innovative solutions, and where community engagement is a cornerstone of collaboration that collectively contribute to the sustainable prosperity of the region and beyond. We—the faculty, staff, administrators, and students of Youngstown State University—hold the following values essential to achieving the mission and realizing the vision. Centrality of Studen ... ts – We put students first, fostering their holistic and lifelong success. Excellence and Innovation – We bring academic excellence and innovation to learning and life for all stakeholders. Integrity and Human Dignity – We root all behaviors, decisions and actions in the achievement of integrity, mutual respect, collegiality, equity and inclusion. Collaboration and Public Engagement – We embrace collaboration and create innovative partnerships to foster sustainability and enrich our university, our culture, and region. Please use the following link to learn more about YSU:

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