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Job no: 500103
Department: Psychology
Location: Oxford, OH
Work type: Salary Staff
Categories: Office, Clerical, Administrative Support
Status: Full Time
Temporary: No

Job Title: Assistant to the Chair

Job Summary:
Assistant to Department Chair for the Department of Psychology to provide administrative expertise to assist the chair in formulating and implementing a wide range of fiscal, bureaucratic, and programmatic policies and practices; exercise independent judgment and in consultation with the chair has selectively delegated authority with regard to budget, personnel and various intra- and inter-departmental dealings.

Duties/Physical Demands:

  • Components of the position include complex administrative tasks including: Participate in hiring decisions and supervise the day to day work activities of all classified and unclassified staff, as well as student workers; coordinate record keeping for all faculty and staff personnel files; work collaboratively with the Chair to formulate long term and short term budget expenditure plans; administer purchasing and expenditures for multiple departmental budgets; manage the completion of departmental and university forms for General Accounting, including, credit card statements, expense transfer requests, associated with multiple departmental budgets; monitor multiple external grant/contract budgets; complete research to evaluate prospective capital equipment expenditures; assist the Chair in the development of long term and semester-to-semester departmental course scheduling with direct responsibility for building the finalized schedules; assist the Chair in keeping abreast of the annual cycle of administrative tasks; assist the Chair by coordinating a wide range of extra-departmental responsibilities and communication (e.g., tenure and promotion packets, department program review, employment recommendations); maintain thorough and up-to-date familiarity with University regulations; assist the Chair in communication with faculty, other University offices, and external correspondence; and lead and coordinate selected special project related to development and communication efforts to enhance the excellence and visibility of the department.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, as well as relevant background and demonstrated skills necessary to perform the required duties. These include ability to successfully supervise employees and to constructively exercise authority and independent decision-making; ability to multitask, ability to manage competing priorities, and work independently; excellent written and oral communication skills; experience with financial budgeting; excellent ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds; and expertise with work in an electronic/web environment, including proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite, Google Workspace, and Adobe Acrobat Professional.
  • Position not eligible for H-1B sponsorship.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Consideration may be given to candidates with at least 3 years of post-baccalaureate experience working administratively in a higher education environment; knowledge of Miami University and College of Arts and Sciences policies and procedures with regard to budget and personnel.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Submit cover letter and resume. Inquiries may be directed to Allen McConnell at 

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Date to Begin Screening Applicants:

Screening of applications will begin April 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Benefits Eligible:



A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations for disabilities, or to follow-up with a request, please contact or (513) 529-3560.

Advertised: 08 May 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

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