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Administrative Assistant, Diversity & Inclusion

Cornell University
Job Location:
Ithaca, New York
Administrative Assistants
Student & Campus Life (SCL) inspires transformation in all Cornell students on their journey of individual, academic and personal evolution. Our division is comprised of leading student affairs experts who support our campus on pressing student life matters including public service, health, wellness, social justice, residential living, food services, sports, recreation, career services, and student activities and organizations including sorority and fraternity life. Our nearly 4,000 staff and student employees who make up SCL embrace the opportunity to represent the division and strive for excellence as we shape the Cornell student experience, one interaction at a time.

The resource centers, student empowerment, and student organization advising units that comprise the Dean of Students Office focus on identity development, student support, and advocacy. Through programming, and advising these units create opportunities that promote students' sense of belonging and thriving. As a unit in Student and Campus Life, we work to promote a cohesive campus community that brings people together across lines of difference and allows all students to benefit from the educational and cultural value of various identities.

The Diversity and Inclusion team works to develop and implement an equity-minded and intersectional programming model that engages our students in new and innovative ways. As a unit within the Office of the Dean of Students, we share a dedication to transformational learning in the co-curricular guiding students towards greater resiliency and engagement across the campus. We are a growing portfolio recently adding staff members to support, First-Generation and Low-Income Student Support (FGLI) and Undocumented/DACA Student Support, deepening our holistic commitment to underserved student communities and the multiple identities they hold.

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

The Administrative Assistant is a part of the Dean of Students, Diversity and Inclusion portfolio, which is home to a vibrant array of diversity and inclusion programming areas as well as identity-based resource centers within the office of the Dean of Students, and serves as the face and first point of contact for building occupants and visitors, whether it be via phone, email or in person. This position provides administrative support for the programs and centers housed within 626 Thurston Avenue, including but not limited to day of event needs, coordinating mailroom services, office equipment maintenance and supply inventory, and update of communications within the building as well as creating social media content. In addition, this role manages the front desk student staff, ensuring adequate building coverage and providing ongoing training as needed. As a space that is used regularly to host regular student group meetings, trainings, lectures, workshops and events open to the entire campus community, this role is essential to the smooth and successful operations of 626 Thurston Avenue and the office of the Dean of Students.

Success Factors

  • Demonstrated commitment to working with wide ranging and diverse constituents, and an openness to all opportunities for collaboration.
  • Strong customer-service ethic, with a resolve to be approachable, accessible and responsive to the multiple publics with which s/he interfaces.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written), diplomacy, and tact in addressing conflict and challenging circumstances, with an ability to handle unusual or difficult situations with compassion, sensitivity and professionalism while exercising sound judgment.

Required Qualifications:

  • Formal training beyond a HS Diploma of 6 months to 1 year, with a minimum of 2 years' of relevant office experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated ability in working with wide ranging constituents, and should enjoy the opportunity for collaboration provided by a diversity and inclusion-focused community.
  • Competency in all basic desktop programs (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Microsoft Office, Web Management Systems; Filemaker Pro and Outlook).
  • Occasional evening, weekend or non-standard hours.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Cornell University and the Ithaca community a plus.
  • Experience operating and troubleshooting AV equipment.
  • Experience creating content for flyers, bulletin boards, social media, and marketing materials.

Please note: This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.

University Job Title:

Administrative Asst III



Pay Rate Type:




Contact Name:

Darren Murphy

Number of Openings:


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Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

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