Reporting to the Director of Federal Relations, this position, located in Washington, D.C., is responsible for managing the day-to-day administrative activities of the Office of Federal Relations in Washington, DC.
Provides primary administrative support to the Cornell Washington office staff and serves as the initial point of contact for all visitors to the office; manages office equipment and files, including the phone system, computer network, and paper files; compiles information for federal lobbying disclosure reports; monitors the department's expenses and ensures timely payment to vendors; maintains staff calendars; resolves facilities issues; and guides the work of part-time staff and interns.
Sets up meetings between key federal stakeholders, their staffs and various officers, faculty, staff, and students of the University; plans and manages special events in an efficient and orderly manner; assists with requests from key stakeholders, which require a courteous, timely, and articulate response; tracks legislation and regulations and may attend Congressional hearings, agency meetings, and briefings that are of interest to Cornell as requested; represents the University at higher education association meetings in Washington, including holding leadership roles on applicable committees; and helps inform the University about higher education community trends and positions.
Works with the Cornell Washington office staff to implement communications strategies to promote Cornell to federal stakeholders and advance university priorities, which includes developing and maintaining the office website, social media presence, and disseminating information to the university community and federal policymakers.
Associate's degree and at least 4 years of related administrative experience in a professional office setting, or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to engage and influence people at all levels.
Must possess excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Must provide a professional image and demonstrate the ability to handle, diplomatically, a wide variety of situations. Must be able to develop and maintain positive professional relationships with federal stakeholders, exercise sound judgement, and have a solutions- and service-oriented approach to solving problems. Requires a high level of initiative, motivation, independent judgment, decision making, and commitment to precision and accuracy. Must be able to handle highly confidential information. Must be proficient in the use of various software, including MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook e-mail and calendar, PowerPoint), and be able to learn other software as necessary. Must be highly effective at advancing multiple tasks and projects.
Bachelor's degree preferred. Knowledge of Cornell University and New York is strongly preferred. Experience in event coordination and meeting planning; familiarity with Capitol Hill, higher education issues, and the federal legislative and regulatory processes is extremely desirable. Basic web development and social media skills strongly preferred.
This position is located in Washington D.C.
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