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Administrative Assistant II

Information Sciences Institute Marina del Rey, California

Information Sciences Institute (ISI), a unit of USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering, is a world leader in the research and development of advanced information processing, computing, and communications technologies. ISI operates one of the world’s largest academic high-performance computing clusters. ISI has three research campuses:  one in Marina Del Rey, CA; one in Arlington, VA; and one in Waltham, MA.

*This position is located in Marina del Rey, CA.*

The Intelligent Systems Division of Information Sciences Institute (ISI) seeks an Administrative Assistant II to provide support to multiple researchers/faculty and their staff in a fast-paced environment.

Job Accountabilities:

  • Organizes and expedites flow of work through the division. Initiates follow-up action. Serves as resource to others on departmental and university procedures or in the resolution of moderate to complex problems or issues. Interacts with university offices and/or supervisor’s subordinates to facilitate communications and information exchange.
  • Composes and produces a variety of business correspondence, reports, confidential documents and/or forms, and related materials.
  • Ensures confidentiality and controls access to sensitive information.
  • Coordinates and assists with division functions, as assigned, such as seminars, interview presentations, meetings with funders, etc. Arranges with vendors for catering and makes arrangements for sites/facilities and any equipment needed.
  • Assists in budget planning with contracts and grants by providing estimates of costs for items such as travel, equipment, etc.
  • Screens and prioritizes incoming calls, emails and requests.Determines what contact or action is required for satisfactory disposition. Responds to inquiries or requests for information or refers to researcher/faculty, as appropriate.
  • Sets up new faculty, staff, Graduate Research Assistants, Visiting Research Assistants, Student Workers, Directed Research students, and other visitors and volunteers with office space, access cards, parking, keys, computers, email, and other office equipment, as needed. Provides guidance and instruction on ISI procedures.
  • Makes travel arrangements, domestic and international.
  • Reconciles expense reports.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in an academic setting or research institute
  • Able to multi-task while providing support to multiple faculty, researchers, graduate students, and visitors
  • Experience with arranging travel both domestic and international; experience with following the Fly America Act; experience with travel restrictions of contracts and grants
  • Able to adapt, be flexible, follow procedures and policies, and make last minute decisions
  • Able to work as a team with various groups

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.


Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience: 3 years

Minimum Field of Expertise: Secretarial or specialized clerical and administrative experience


REQ20052319 Posted Date: 10/24/2017

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