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Appointment Type: Staff Full-time


Categories: Staff

Work Days: Monday-Friday

Shift Start/End Time: 8:30AM-4:54PM

Hours Per Week: 37

Weeks Per Year: 52

Administrative Assistant - Math Department

Pay Status and Classification: Non-exempt, Regular full-time

Work Location:This position is an onsite role and is not eligible for a hybrid work schedule.

Supervisor:Assistant Vice President of Academic Planning and Operations with dotted line to department chair.

Position Purpose:Provides clerical, administrative and project support to the department of mathematics. Serves as the liaison between the department, internal and external guests. Greets and assists guests who enter the department office. Contributes to a team of faculty department administrators.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Office Support: Provides support for department associated activities, to include managing the schedule/calendar, screening and handling telephone communications, routine, filing, typing, copying, binding, scanning, ordering and organizing necessary office supplies, greeting and directing visitors, managing and creating content for department websites. Serves as a primary point of direct administrative contact and liaison with other offices, individuals, and external institutions and agencies on a range of issues. Supervises, trains and hires student employees.

  • Event & Travel Coordination:Manages all department events, dinners, seminars, conferences under the general supervision of the Department Chairs (i.e. maintains an event budget, makes campus contacts with dining services, instructional technology or any other campus contact necessary for the event, makes hotel and travel arrangements for speakers, creates and posts seminar flyers, etc.). Assists with securing housing, dining locations and, venues for class and speakers, receipt processing, and other related activities

  • Search Coordination:Provides full support in hiring faculty. Tasks include, but are not limited to: maintaining and organizing records of all job applications received, scheduling on-campus visits (including hotel, transportation, and dining services reservations), helping with scheduling job seminars, student meetings with the visiting faculty, etc.

  • Administration:Organizes, processes and analyzes department data including but not limited to calculating grade point averages for senior honor students and honor society inductees, assisting in the planning and tracking of activities related to the departments' respective study away programs, completing forms for the registrar (e.g. course schedules, final exams, etc.), assisting and facilitating in building and maintaining an alumni network and supporting fundraising activities. Assists administrative colleagues with other College assignments as needed and offers to assist during crunch times and overlapping deliverables.


  • High school degree or equivalent and three to five years of administrative experience, preferably in an academic setting, or a combination of relevant education, training, certifications, and work experience.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment carrying out administrative duties.

  • Extensive computer skills, such as working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Excel, Google Suite (Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google docs).

  • Ability to use and learn new software quickly

  • Familiarity with web content management systems.

  • Ability to work onsite in an office setting including ability to stand and sit for extended periods.

  • The ability to foster and enhance a thriving, diverse, inclusive, and culturally vibrant community, while promoting a sense of belonging among students, faculty and staff colleagues, and alumni.

  • Able to anticipate, deliver on, and exceed the expectations of faculty, students, and fellow staff colleagues.

  • Able to introduce and drive innovation in ways small and large.

  • Able to proactively identify and pursue relevant learning and professional development opportunities and apply new knowledge, insights, and skills to enhance results.

We are committed to recruiting diverse and excellent faculty and staff colleagues, and we recognize that successful candidates may come from a range of backgrounds. We know some job candidates may believe they need to meet every qualification listed in the position description, in particular the preferred qualifications. We encourage you to apply, even if you do not meet every one of the listed preferred qualifications.

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.


The rate for this position is $17.50 - $18.50 per hour. Except for roles with a set rate of pay, the wage/salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The stated hiring rate/range represents the College’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the rate/range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

We offer exceptional benefits including:

  • Generous Vacation, Sick and Personal Time

  • Winter and Summer Recess Break in Addition to Paid Holidays

  • Healthcare, Dental, and Vision Insurance (Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Accounts)

  • Free On-Campus Fitness Facility Access and Discounts for On-Campus Wellness Programs

  • Employee Scholarships toward Certifications, Seminars, Training and Professional Development

  • Pre and Post Tax participation in a 403(b) Retirement Plan

  • Salary Continuation Program in the event of Disability

  • Tuition Assistance Program for Employee, Spouse and/or Dependents


If you require an accommodation throughout the interview process, please don't hesitate to contact our Human Resources department at or 518-388-6108. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates have equal access to opportunities and can participate in a fair and inclusive hiring process.

Diversity at Union College

Union College is an equal-opportunity employer and is strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social, and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social, and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities who request such accommodations.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Union College will not discriminate in the recruitment or selection of faculty and employees, or in any other area of employment, on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and veteran status. In this regard, opportunities for advancement will be made available without bias. The College is also subject to state and federal laws and supports efforts to attract and retain fully qualified women and other minority group members for faculty and other positions. Union College will comply with the letter and intent of all State and Federal laws and applicable orders pursuant to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

Union College

Officially chartered in 1795, Union College is the fifth-oldest liberal arts college in the country. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is a highly selective residential and undergraduate college, home to 2,200 students and 220 faculty, and offering 44 majors. Union was the first liberal arts college to rethink the traditional liberal arts education and adopt an engineering curriculum. That pioneering approach continues today with an education that encourages students to work beyond the limits of disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to think globally and lead innovatively in a world where problem-solving requires breadth across humanities, arts, social sciences, science, and engineering.

Advertised: February 16, 2024

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