Executive Assistant, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Business Operations / Services, Admin / Executive / Office Support

The Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver is an interdisciplinary professional school of international studies and public policy that prepares students for careers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Our program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and networks to design policies, implement programs, and realize outcomes that enhance human capabilities around the world. Ranked among the top 12 international studies programs in the world, the Korbel School will prepare students for current and emerging opportunities in our globalizing world.

Position Summary

The Executive Assistant is responsible for supporting the Dean by managing a demanding schedule, arranging travel itineraries, overseeing various components of the Dean's suite operation, providing administrative support to various committees, and working with a great latitude of discretion. This position serves as an initial point of contact for a variety of constituencies and offers a natural liaison to those groups. The person in this position must respond effectively to questions and concerns the central administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends raise. It will be vital that the person assuming these responsibilities can vet all forms of correspondence and ensure timely follow-up by the appropriate leadership team member. The Executive Assistant will support all functions for which the Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies is responsible. The person will assist the Dean on various Korbel committees by tracking priority issues, managing the development of agenda items, attending meetings, and writing minutes. The Executive Assistant may be called upon to write and produce summaries and reports on various topics for distribution to a broad range of audiences.

Essential Functions

  • Oversee various aspects of the Dean's office operation and supervise student employees.
  • Manage workflow in support of Dean, particularly various incoming forms of correspondence (e.g. email, text, documents), to ensure appropriate and timely follow-up.
  • Coordinate multiple schedules and calendars.
  • Support the Dean on various Korbel and institutional committees and meetings. Suggest/track agenda topics, attend meetings, and write/edit minutes.
  • Respond effectively and promptly to questions and concerns raised by University leadership and the broad set of Korbel constituents.
  • Manage travel plans.
  • Provide research and writing support for the Dean.
  • Manage special projects as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong organizational skills that reflect the ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail.
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, executive and senior leadership, and external partners and donors.
  • Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability.
  • Highly resourceful team player with the ability to also be effective independently.
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion.
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible, responsive, and resourceful in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to effectively engage individuals from broadly diverse communities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to be adaptable to various competing demands and demonstrate the highest level of customer/client service and response.
  • Ability to be a forward-looking thinker who actively seeks solutions and options for consideration by leadership.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, and Word.
  • Proven writing and editing skills.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 3 years of progressively responsible administrative/office management experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • 5 years of progressively responsible administrative/office management experience.
  • Previous experience providing administrative support at the executive level.
  • Experience in higher education

Working Environment

  1. Standard Office Environment
  2. Noise level is quiet to moderate
  3. May be subject to extreme heat and cold on occasion
  4. On-call rotation duties
  5. Some evening and weekend work hours

Physical Activities

  1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period
  2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Hours may vary.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) December 7, 2022.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:

The salary grade for the position is 9.

Salary Range:

The salary range for this position is $55,000-$70,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.


The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

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All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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