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Sr. Secretary

Job Number: Req ID ESAS003
Job Date: 2013-05-28
Job Location: Northern VA
Clearance Level: TS/SCI

Job Description:

The Senior Secretary (SS) is anticipated to support a variety of the government customer's offices and requires experienced administrative support. A Senior Secretary is expected to offer a combination of proven experience and expertise to independently support a customer office with a broad range of administrative activities. Senior Secretaries independently accomplish demanding and challenging administrative tasks that may be routine and/or non-routine and levels of complexity may vary. A Senior Secretary is expected to independently handle multiple tasks with competing priorities.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Independently anticipate and provide responsive administrative support to facilitate completion of all organizational mission requirements. This will require executing a broad range of secretarial responsibilities with some tasks occurring routinely and/or on an "adhoc" basis per real-time needs of the office.
  • Provide the office with a centralized source of administrative expertise and guidance, which ultimately affects the success of the mission.
  • Independently manage office schedules and calendars to administratively support responsive planning, coordination, execution, and completion of business rhythms, corporate requirements, and events (i.e., meetings, conferences, travel, etc.).
  • Provide assistance to management and staff on administrative activities, requirements, developments, issues, and status. This may include facilitating the coordination, consolidation, review, information, and guidance necessary to maintain continuity office management and staff.
  • Independently apply mature and objective judgment to determine best approach and course of action to take in both routine and non-routine administrative situations. This will require accurately interpreting and adapting guidelines, including unwritten policies, precedents and practices that are not always completely applicable to a changing situation.
  • Support office discussions regarding the organization's administrative business rhythms and contribute recommendations as necessary. Specifically advise office leadership and management on the administrative implications of additions, deletions, or changes to the varied functions of the organization.
  • Prepare special or one-time reports, summaries, or replies to inquiries, selecting relevant information from a variety of sources such as reports, documents, correspondence and other offices, etc. under general directives with minimum assistance and/or guidance.
  • Create workbooks (e.g., read-ahead, staffing, continuity, standard operating procedures) for leadership planning and/or to support execution of leadership responsibilities and office administrative business rhythms.
  • Support the office with development of guidance, procedures and/or policies relative to facilitating administrative activities of the organization. These functions may include training/travel budgets, suspense systems, space planning, personnel management, record management, logistics support, asset tracking, etc.
  • Assist subordinate secretaries on new procedures; request information needed from the subordinate offices for periodic or special conference, reports, inquiries, etc.

Position Qualifications:

Education Experience
Bachelor's Degree in General Business Administration or related course work from an accredited University/College Minimum 4 years of secretary experience
Associate's Degree in General Business or related course work from an accredited College Minimum 6 years of secretary experience
High School Diploma with Vocational/Military Training Certificate in Office Management, Secretary Services, or related field Minimum 8 years of secretary experience
  • Strong foundational knowledge and understanding of the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC).
  • Strong professionalism with the ability to consistently demonstrate tact and maturity.
  • Strong interpersonal and/or soft skills, and office etiquette to:
    • Facilitate professional relationships and support efficient execution of all office administrative requirements; and
    • Realize a positive customer oriented service experience by internal/external office personnel, customers, and visitors.
  • Strong teaming and collaboration skills that foster office unity and cohesiveness in support of completing office administrative requirements.
  • Capable of independently handling a large, complex workload, effectively coordinating multiple resources, and multi-tasking in a fast paced environment having competing priorities.
  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and written with the ability to:
    • Articulate and exchange information (i.e., requirements, actions, needs, status, etc.) in a professional tone and attitude to achieve efficient business rhythms; and
    • Produce professionally written emails, letters, documents, and other material that is succinct, coherent, uses proper tone, demonstrates proper grammatical use of the English language, and presents proper format/form per established corporate/office guidance.
  • Strong office and work organization skills that facilitates a neat and orderly presentation of the work environment and administrative activities.
  • Strong analytical skills to anticipate and proactively assist leadership personnel and staff with day-to-day business rhythms and administrative support requirements.
  • Creative and innovative techniques for performing administrative responsibilities that enhances office workflow processes and business rhythms.
  • Interpret and adapt guidelines with minimal assistance, including unwritten policies, precedents and practices that are not always completely applicable to a changing situation
  • Strong working knowledge of office information technology (IT) equipment (e.g., copiers, scanners, facsimile machines, computer workstations, phones, teleconference/video teleconference equipment) with the ability to independently operate such equipment in completing administrative tasks.
  • Strong working knowledge of MS Office software applications (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook: Mail, Calendar, and File Functions) with the ability to independently use these applications to efficiently complete office administrative tasks.
  • Proven self-starter with the ability to independently and accurately complete all assigned administrative work requirements.
  • Strong typing skills with the ability to type at a minimum of 45 words per minute (wpm).

Desirable Skills/Qualifications

  • Prior DoD and/or government customer experience working in a related field.
  • Prior experience working with the military and understanding of the services.
  • Proficient working knowledge of the following corporate applications:
    • PeopleSoft
    • Defense Travel System (DTS) with knowledge of the Joint Travel Regulation (JTR)
    • NCERTS
    • SharePoint
  • Overseeing office spend plans for travel, supplies and awards.
  • Administratively supporting the planning, coordination and execution of visits, events, luncheons, and other office functions as required.
  • Prior experience with presentation techniques
  • Possesses a working knowledge of the government customer's internal coordination and approval processes.
  • Working knowledge of Access database
  • Proficient with the government customer's correspondence manual
  • Working knowledge of the government customer's File Plan requirements
  • A working level understanding of the government customer's corporate processes
  • Prior experience with the awards and decorations process
  • Creating and updating Read-Ahead Books, and 5X8s
  • Ability to schedule, coordinate, set-up, and operate Video Teleconference (VTC) equipment; and this include teleconferences.
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