Administrative Assistant I

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 062900 - Computer Science and Engineering
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Support Staff
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

Provide administrative support in and coordinate the administrative function of a large and complex division, department or unit.

The Administrative Assistant's responsibilities chiefly fall within the following core functions, although she/he may perform other tasks as needed:
- Administrative Support for the Department and Department Head
- Business Office Support
- General Staff Responsibilities

Salary Grade:  11

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

Part of the Bagley College of Engineering, the department has approximately 1000 undergraduate and graduate students. The department offers undergraduate programs in Computer Science, Cyber Security and Operations, and Software Engineering, and jointly administers an undergraduate program in Computer Engineering with the Department of Electrical Engineering. At the graduate level, the department offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and M.S. degrees in Cyber Security and Operations as well as Data Science. Also, the faculty directs students in Computational Engineering. Certificates in Information Assurance, Cyber Operations and Computational Biology are also available. In the last fiscal year, research expenditures totaled over 7 million dollars. Research core areas for the department are cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, computational science, visualization and graphics, bioinformatics, parallel and distributed computing, software engineering, human-robot interaction, augmented and virtual reality, and computer science education. Faculty in the department are active in many university research centers such as Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, the Center for Cyber Innovation, the Center for Computational Science, and the Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing & Biotechnology. Mississippi State University, as an R1 Research University, has been designated as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations, Cyber Defense Research and Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Performs a wide variety of clerical duties which could be confidential in nature; operates personal computer to perform basic to complex typing assignments to include entering data, draft, edit, revise, and print letters, tables, reports, and other materials.
2. May greet and direct visitors, when appropriate; resolve routine administrative problems and answer inquiries concerning activities and operations of department.
3. May answer telephone, route calls, take messages, and provide general information.
4. Performs a range of staff and/or operational support activities; may serve as a liaison with other departments on basic administrative and/or operational matters.
5. May establish, maintain, and update files, databases, records, and/or other documents; develops and maintains data, and performs routine analyses and calculations in the processing of data for recurring internal reports.
6. May sort, screen, and distribute incoming and outgoing mail; drafts or prepares responses to routine inquiries; prepares photocopies and facsimiles and operates a variety of office equipment.
7. May arrange meetings and conferences, schedules interviews and appointments, and perform other duties related to maintaining one or more individual schedules; take meeting minutes; make travel and lodging arrangements using the MSU Concur Travel System, either directly or through travel agencies.
8. May order, stock, and distribute office supplies, and recruiting materials.
9. Performs basic, routine bookkeeping functions, which may involve simple billing and cash receipt activities.
10. Assist with inventory control through self-audits, State of Mississippi Audits, hand-receipt and acquisition management, and inventory disposal.
11. Submit semi-monthly payrolls and manage timesheets of student workers and staff and acquire necessary signatures and approvals.
12. Process electronic leave in Banner for all faculty, staff, and student workers and finalize in Banner before the end of the month.
13. Assist in the reconciliation of the CSE monthly ProCard statements. Assist with the semi-annual ProCard audit preparations.
14. Prepare Direct Pays, etc. for reimbursements to faculty, staff, and students.
15. All other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: High school diploma

Experience: Two (2) years of clerical or office experience. Any equivalent combination of related experience and/or education approved by the Department of Human Resources.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Bachelor’s degree in accounting or business.
2. Experience in fund accounting.
3. Experience with MSU Banner Operating System.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Demonstrated computer literacy skills, using MS Office applications and other basic data systems including internet navigation and maintenance skills.
* Organizing and coordinating skills
* Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information.
* Ability to perform simple accounting procedures
* Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures
* Ability to maintain calendars and schedule appointments
* Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials.
* Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.
* Skill in the use of operating basic office equipment.
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

* Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
* No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
* No or very limited physical effort required.
* Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.

Instructions for Applying:

Applicants must apply online at by submitting a cover letter, resume, and provide names and contact information for at least three (3) references.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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