Administrative Support Assistant 3 (Assistant to the Director, Center for the Study of Higher Education)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
03 – F – Non-exempt
Work Unit:
College Of Education
Education Policy Studies
Full/Part Time:


The Department of Education Policy Studies (EPS) seeks an Administrative Support Assistant 3 to work as the assistant to the director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE). The staff member who holds this position is an integral member of CSHE, which is one of the nation’s first research centers established specifically to study postsecondary education policy, practice, and leadership in colleges and universities. Working directly with the CSHE director and collaborating with the Center’s faculty, affiliates, and College of Education staff, this position contributes to the advance of research, educational programming, and service to the university and the higher education profession. This position plays an essential coordinating, organizing, and communication role with internal university and external audiences. Communication requirements are multi-faceted, taking verbal and written form in a wide variety of texts from memos, reports, and emails to social media and list serve postings. Stakeholder database development and list management are important related tasks. This position coordinates with staff in the EPS department, the College’s office of Contracts and Grants and Finance Office staff on a wide variety of important functions, including research proposal and budget development, submission, and post award reporting. Typically requires a High School diploma or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in office operational management, communications, and administrative support is essential. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with diverse co-workers, constituents, consultants, and vendors inside and outside the University is necessary. In addition, administrative and financial management experience interpreting and ensuring compliance with University and funding agency regulations is desirable. The successful candidate will have experience in using standard business software and demonstrated aptitude to learn specialized University software for financial management and reporting. The successful candidate will display a strong commitment to inclusion practices which support diversity throughout the University and must be able to work efficiently in both independent and collaborative situations. Commitment to a high level of customer service and the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population are highly valued. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088