Administrative Support Specialist I

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Overview

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a leader in life changing breakthroughs in cancer research and patient care. We are united in our mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. We strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all backgrounds, and design programs to promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations. We conduct groundbreaking research that advances treatment, we educate tomorrow’s physician/researchers, and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

These positions provide a variety of administrative functions to staff, faculty member/s or department/s. Uses various office software to produce reports, spreadsheets, presentations or other documents as needed. Requires knowledge of Institute policies and practices and may be required to interface with senior management, cross-organizations, internal and external customers and government and community officials which require considerable tact and diplomacy.

Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the planning and preparation of conferences/retreats, which includes booking the venue, coordination of speakers, arranging for audiovisual equipment and ordering of food services and may be involved in fundraising activities for the event. As part of event planning responsibilities, the maintenance of Continual Medical Education (CME) information renewals and awareness of conflicts of interest is required. May also be responsible for coordinating departmental group meetings.
  • Prepares general correspondence, letters of recommendations, creates Excel spreadsheets, revises existing PowerPoint presentations and maintains biosketches and CVs.
  • Assists with grant applications and manuscript preparation (including proofreading and editing).
  • May be responsible for academic and hospital appointment processes, and the maintenance of licenses, credentialing and certifications.
  • May be responsible for the recruitment support of candidates, and coordination performance review evaluations for staff and faculty.
  • Responsible for light typing, basic document preparation, data entry, and may handle mass mailing projects.
  • Responsible for scheduling meetings for individuals supported, including conference room scheduling. May be responsible for very limited patient appointment scheduling/reconciliation.
  • Coordinates travel arrangements for individuals supported, as well as laboratory personnel, postdoctoral candidates and visiting speakers.
  • May assist with the onboarding of new staff members. Where applicable, assists in obtaining keys, lockers, lab coats and notebooks.
  • Responsible for ordering of supplies and ensures equipment is maintained
  • Answers phones and directs calls to appropriate parties.
  • Responsible for general office duties such as copying, filing, faxing, sorting mail, greeting visitors and maintaining the cleanliness of office area.
  • May be asked to cover for other administrative support staff during absences.
  • Prepares monthly expense reports, performs Pcard reconciliations, processes requests for vendor payments and creates invoices.
  • May be asked to be a representative in committees, cross-department responsibilities and/or task forces.
  • May be responsible for website maintenance as needed.
  • May coordinate moves, meetings assignments, equipment upkeep and timekeeping oversight
  • May assist in the training of new administrative support staff within the group.
  • Perform duties related to other special projects as required.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree preferred with a minimum of 3-5 years relevant experience working in a medical or scientific research setting or comparable technology-oriented business environment is preferred. Demonstrated ability to draft correspondence and have exemplary oral and written communication skills. Advanced computer skills are required. A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required and relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledgeable of computer applications including Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook, and Excel.
  • Strong customer service skills and the ability to interact professionally with peers, leadership and external contacts.
  • Must posses the ability to maintain confidentiality and pay attention to detail.
  • Excellent ability to organize, prioritize and follow-through.

At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong. As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff. Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

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