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Appointment Type: Staff Full-time
Department: Economics
Categories: Staff
Position Grade: CSVI

Work Days: Monday-Friday
Shift Start/End Time: 8:00 am-4:24 pm
Hours Per Week: 37 hours per week during the academic year, and 20 hours a week during breaks.
Weeks Per Year: 52

The Administrative Assistant for the Economics and Sociology is responsible for providing clerical administrative and project support to the economics and sociology departments. Reporting directly to the chairs of each department the Administrative Assistant is the primary point of contact of internal and external guests to the departments.


  • High school diploma or equivalent required. An Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree is preferred.
  • Three to five years of administrative experience, preferably in an educational or related environment.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Extensive computer skills, such as working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Excel, Google Suite (Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google docs).
  • Ability to maintain the departments’ websites and make any necessary updates.
  • The willingness to learn new programs and responsibilities.


  • Provide support for associated activities, to include managing the schedule/calendar, making travel arrangements, screening and handling telephone communications, greeting and directing visitors, and dealing with administrative problems and inquiries as appropriate. 
  • Serve as a primary point of direct administrative contact and liaison with other offices, individuals, and external institutions and agencies on a range of issues.
  • Carry out administrative duties such as filing, typing, copying, binding, scanning, ordering and organizing necessary office supplies, etc.
  • Fill out forms for the registrar (course schedules, final exams, etc.).
  • Manage all department events, dinners, seminars, conferences under the general supervision of the Department Chairs (i.e. maintain an event budget, make campus contacts with dining services, instructional technology or any other campus contact necessary for the event, make hotel and travel arrangements for speakers, create and post seminar flyers, etc.).
  • Assist with securing housing, dining locations, venues for class and speakers, receipt processing, and other related activities.
  • Provide 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), help with scheduling job seminars, student meetings with the visiting faculty, and so forth. 
  • Assist in the planning and tracking of activities related to the departments' respective study away programs.
  • Process and analyze department data.
  • Hire and manage work study students for the departments.
  • Manage and create content for department websites. 
  • Assist and facilitate building and maintaining an alumni network; support fundraising activities.
  • Calculate GPAs for senior honor students and honor society inductees.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.

We offer exceptional benefits including, but not limited to the following:

  • Generous Vacation, Sick and Personal Time
  • Winter 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

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, criminal history background check and pre-employment physical where applicable.

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.

Diversity at Union College

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and 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 that 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, 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.

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