The mission of the Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China is to advance the study of contemporary China at Princeton University and to provide substantive analysis from social science perspectives of the dramatic sociological shifts taking place in China today. Some of the most prominent examples include features of Chinese society, such as work organizations, the education system, the urban/rural divide, migration, social inequality, marriage and family, ethnicity and religion. Other examples include China's fast economic growth, its nascent democratization efforts, and technological advances. The emphasis is on understanding social phenomena in China within its historical, cultural, political and economic context. Such study will not only help us understand China, but also other societies elsewhere, including developing and developed countries.
Recognizing the importance of China's place in the world, the Center's main goal is to help bring together and welcome those whose work focuses on issues that affect China today. The intent of the Center is to give an institutional home for such interdisciplinary collaboration and to bring together faculty and students whose research and work converge.
Our activities include a lecture series, graduate student workshops, and an annual PIIRS Global Seminar that will be held in China for the benefit of undergraduate students. Our faculty and students include members from Sociology, East Asian Studies, Economics, Anthropology, Politics, Religion, and the Woodrow Wilson School. The Center also hosts visiting scholars, postdoctoral research associates and other experts on contemporary China.
Reporting directly to the Center Director and Manager, the Center Assistant will provide a broad range of organizational and clerical assistance to CCC and act as the Director's Office and Faculty Assistant. The office coordinator's responsibilities include: 1) serving as the director's academic, scheduling, and expense assistant; and 2) being the primary for events support to the Center and some general office duties. The position is 100% for 12 months.
Office Assistant Responsibilities:
Assistant to the Center Director by maintaining the director's calendar, scheduling meetings and making reservations as requested; compiles paper and electronic meeting documents
Manages the Quantitative Sociology Graduate Student Workshop by liaising with the student coordinator, ordering food, reserving space, and acting as an A/V assistant for presentations
Manages research workshops not related to the Center's activities
Manages the Director's academic work, such as maintaining Blackboard, uploading documents, communicating with the students and Teaching Assistant, assisting with exams, room scheduling, communicating with the department undergraduate and graduate managers
Prepares and reconciles expense reports, assist with research grant invoicing in concurrence with the Office of Population Research; assist with subcontractor or independent contractor invoicing
Handles travel arrangements
Assists the Director with his technical needs, including maintenance of his cell phone account's hotspot, international data plans, and other needs in coordination with Mobile Services.
Maintains accurate files for the director and assumes other clerical duties as needed.
Events Coordinator and Office Support to the Center Manager:
Is the primary contact for the Center Speaker Series, Contemporary China Graduate Colloquium workshops, and other events by reserving rooms, preparing for presentations, ordering food, making travel arrangements, preparing speaker schedules, preparing and submitting reimbursements and payments. Works in coordination with the Director and Manager to schedule the speaker series over the academic year
Maintains online mailing lists and listservs. Must be able to use lists.princeton.edu and Constant Contact and has the ability or has the capacity to prepare and send online newsletters
Enters all Center events on the PIIRS calendar, CCC Calendar, Public Events Calendar, University Bulletin, and social media outlets
Assists the Manager with adding content to the CCC website, Facebook page, twitter page, etc.
As needed, provide office support to the Center Manager, such as provide assistance to the Center visitors (including ordering their supplies and seeing to their welcome orientation, which includes being helpful with directing questions about employment, insurance, and other inquiries to the right human resource or other office, answering questions about relocation to this area, housing, etc.), ordering supplies and submitting facilities or OIT requests.
Because of the technical needs of the Director, the Assistant must have a high proficiency with technical matters, including answering questions and troubleshooting problems his ipad, cell phone, laptop, printer, desktop, and accessories to all of the above. The Assistant will be the primary contact for Mobile Services, OIT, and OPR for technical matters.
The Assistant must be able to manage the Center's website and calendars, both Outlook and online. The Assistant is required to flag Outlook items for followup and regularly address his/her task list. The Assistant must have good time management skills and must be responsive to emails, task items, and project requests from both the Director and Manager on a timely basis, in a day or two.
Time management and ability to negotiate a daily to-do list
Responsiveness to emails and other correspondence
Significant experience with Word documents, excel spreadsheets, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat Pro; and the ability to learn new platforms, such as Access, WeChat, and other social media apps. You may be asked to show your abilities in spreadsheets, manipulating PDF documents, cropping photos, and formatting word documents in an interview.
Education: College degree with some work experience. Background in East Asian affairs and Chinese culture, etiquette, and traditions preferred.
Language ability: Some proficiency in Chinese as well as English.
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