Executive Assistant

Position Information

Position Information

Department Human Resources & Payroll
Alternate Department Description
Criminal Background Check Standard Background Check
Motor Vehicle Background Check No
Restricted Position? No, is eligible for layoff or severance benefits.
Job Category Classified Staff
Role (State) Job Title General Administration Supervisor I/Coordinator I
Working Title Executive Assistant
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number 01966z
Recruit Number Staff - 8499
Working Hours
Location Fairfax
Pay Band Payband 4
Salary Commensurate with education and experience.
Web Announcement

Executive Assistant

The George Mason University, Office of Human Resources and Payroll invites applications for an Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Human Resources, Payroll and Faculty/Staff Life. George Mason University has a strong commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.


This position is highly visible and interacts with most offices within the university, as well as with the general public. The Executive Assistant provides senior administrative support to the Vice President of Human Resources, Payroll & Faculty/Staff Life, to include:

  • Acting as a confidential assistant to the Vice President in personnel matters maintaining the highest degree of discretion and objectivity
  • Providing customer service in sensitive situations utilizing creativity and problem-solving skills
  • Managing consultant invoice payments, webinar purchases and some ordering of supplies
  • Managing calendar
  • Coordinating travel
  • Drafting correspondence and providing committee support

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Extensive experience with executive administrative support
  • Demonstrated experience with executive calendar management
  • Ability to successfully work in a fast paced environment, with complex instructions, multiple and competing tasks, with flexibility in an ever-evolving work day
  • Ability to handle highly confidential information with discretion, poise and professionalism
  • Ability to discern volatile, sensitive and political situations, and respond appropriately
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and communications skills, including the ability to work effectively with staff and external constituents at all levels of the university in person, electronic communication and by telephone
  • Exceptional relationship building skills
  • Experience with collaboration and communication with diverse individuals with differing needs
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently
  • Proficient MS Office skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Preferred Qualifications:

  • General knowledge of HR functions and processes preferred
  • Experience in office management in a large complex organization, university or public environment experience highly preferred
Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 01966z at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references with contact information.

For Full Consideration, Apply by: January 19, 2018
Posting Date 12/20/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
Telework Friendly?
Mason Ad Statement

Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!

George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition.

Equity Statement

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Campus Safety Information

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Supplemental Questions

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Supplemental Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of Professional References
Optional Documents