Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

TITLE: Executive Assistant

CATEGORY: Confidential

FLSA: Non-Exempt



Under the direction of the Campus President, Vice President, Associate Vice President or Chief of Staff provides complex and confidential support requiring discretion and independent judgment in matters of significance. The primary duties and responsibilities involve the oversight of Administrator's office operations. Typical responsibilities include: coordinating Administrators calendars arranging meetings and events; assisting in budget preparation; processing paperwork; providing assistance to students, staff, and the public; and representing the Administrator's office on committees and meetings.


The Executive Assistant is distinguished from other Administrative support positions by its responsibility for providing high-level support to a Campus President, Vice President, Associate Vice President or Chief of Staff, and is focused on a specific campus or area. Assignments require a high degree of confidentiality and involve interactions with multiple levels of staff and contacts outside the area of assignment/campus.


  1. Provides complex administrative support for an assigned Campus President, Vice President, Associate Vice President, or Chief of Staff, which may include: making travel arrangements; purchasing and initiating payment for office supplies, equipment, and services; coordinating computer hardware and software support; processing and monitoring basic office forms; and/or, performing other related activities.
  2. Prepares, maintains, and creates various schedules and/or events.
  3. Maintains calendar, including the coordination of meetings for large groups.
  4. Takes and transcribes minutes of management meetings; distributes agendas, minutes, and other materials to attendees.
  5. Serves as a clearinghouse for communications, which includes prioritizing, disseminating, composing, and distributing information to District personnel, the public, and key decision makers within the District.
  6. Disseminates oral and written communications and information as requested to external and internal customers.
  7. Manages activities within the office, which includes: communications, budgeting, workflow, inquiries, and/or other related information. Represents Campus President, Vice President or Associate Vice President with the public and the community.
  8. Maintains confidential files and records for assigned area of responsibility.
  9. Initiates, coordinates, and revises policy recommendations for presentation to the Board.
  10. Participates in developing and monitoring budgets, grants, initiatives, and/or other grant funding sources as assigned. Analyzes financial constraints and timelines, prepares and analyzes financial reports, and prepares requests for contingency fund transfers.
  11. Serves as the project manager for facilities requests and organizational needs; conducts research and analytical activities, which involves gathering background material and data in support of projects.
  12. Reviews and processes a variety of paperwork, which may include: requisitions, grants, applications, travel authorizations, employment contracts, imprest cash, pay-related documents, and/or other related items.
  13. Compiles, composes, edits, produces, and distributes detailed memos, e-mails, correspondence, complex policies, reports, speeches, and/or presentations.
  14. Positions in this classification may perform all or some of the responsibilities above and all positions perform other related duties as assigned.


Associate's Degree in business administration or related field. Relevant experience may substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis. Four years of progressively responsible administrative support experience.


Knowledge of:

  • Office management practices and standard operating procedures;
  • Customer service principles;
  • Applicable Federal, State, and Local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and guidelines;
  • Recordkeeping practices and procedures;
  • Filing techniques and practices;
  • Modern office equipment;
  • District policies and procedures;
  • Budgeting principles and procedures;
  • Grammar, punctuation, and spelling;
  • Mathematical principles and concepts.

Demonstrated Skill in:

  • Operating modern office equipment;
  • Maintaining records;
  • Composing, editing, proofreading, and formatting letters, correspondence, reports, and other written materials;
  • Developing, tracking, and monitoring budgetary expenditures and other fiscal items;
  • Reading and interpreting applicable laws, rules, regulations, codes, guidelines, policies, and procedures;
  • Taking, preparing, and disseminating meeting minutes;
  • Working independently;
  • Maintaining confidentiality;
  • Performing mathematical calculations;
  • Gathering and organizing information;
  • Keyboarding;
  • Working with diverse academic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff;
  • Utilizing computer technology used for communication, data gathering and reporting;
  • Communicating effectively through oral and written mediums.


Work is generally performed in an office environment, with frequent interruptions and irregularities in the work schedule. Frequent reaching, walking, standing, lifting, stooping, or carrying of equipment and materials may be required. Incumbents may be required to lift and carry up to 10 pounds.

REV: 04/07

REPLACES: Administrative Assistant