Job Details

Montana State University
  • Position Number: 4710899
  • Location: Bozeman, MT
  • Position Type: Fine and Applied Arts - Architecture

Administrative Associate III

Montana State University

Position Information

Announcement Number:
STAFF - VA - 24075

For questions regarding this position, please contact:
Rachael Ortego at 406-994-5772 or

Classification Title: Admin Assoc III

Working Title: Administrative Associate III

Brief Position Overview

This position includes a variety of responsibilities in providing high-level administrative support to the School of Architecture, assisting the Director and Business Operation Manager in all facets of the job, and working directly with faculty, staff, students, and the general public. The individual in this position serves as a central point of contact for the School of Architecture and is responsible for a variety of coordination and monitoring activities across the school's programs and facilities.

Position Number: 4M0732

Department: Architecture

Division: College of Arts & Architecture

Appointment Type: Classified

Contract Term: Fiscal Year


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FLSA: Non-Exempt

Union Affiliation: FOCUS-MFPE

FTE: 1.0

Benefits Eligible: Eligible

Salary: $19.87 per hour, commensurate with experience, education, and qualification

Contract Type: Classified Salary

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Recruitment Type: Open

Position Details

General Statement

The School of Architecture empowers students to engage the complexities of social and ecological systems through creative, collaborative and ethical design of the built environment. We instill personal agency, self-reflection and environmental empathy to educate innovators who challenge and advance the design professions.

Montana State University values a broad array of experiences and perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting, and building an inclusive and culturally rich campus environment. Members of groups traditionally underrepresented in this field are encouraged to apply. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Duties and Responsibilities

Office Operations/Administrative Support

Serves as first and primary point of contact for individuals seeking assistance from the School of Architecture.
Tracks information and interprets data to determine the best methods and procedures to conduct business.
Provides high-level administrative support to the school director and faculty.
Serves as the telephone coordinator, maintains school contact information, facilitates phone/office assignments and serves as point person for the school's evacuation plan.
Orders office supplies and equipment maintenance.
Coordinates daily staffing of the front office.
Assists in insuring compliance with school, college, university, state and/or federal policies, procedures, and/or guidelines.
Assists in the design, creation, and maintenance of school newsletters, and brochures.

Professional Organization Support

Serves as the American Institute of Architects Montana contact, including communications and overseeing continuing education credits associated with MSU.
Provides support for the Design Communication Association conference hosted by the School of Architecture.
Develops and delivers School of Architecture lecture announcements, including to the advisory council, MT Archive, students, faculty and the MSU Calendar.

Event Planning

Plans and coordinates special meetings and events for the School of Architecture. Specific events include (but are not limited to) Advisory Council meetings, NAAB Accreditation visits, annual retreats, and the lecture series.
Performs cost projections for events and tracks associated invoices and receipts.

School Coordination and Administration

General website maintenance.
Update and maintain social media accounts.
Administer meeting room scheduling.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

1. Progressively responsible administrative work experience with an emphasis on customer service in a main office setting or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience.
2. Demonstrated experience effectively interpreting and communicating detailed information, procedures, and directions clearly and accurately, in person, by telephone, and through business correspondence to a wide variety of individuals both internal and external to the organization.
3. Demonstrated experience organizing and prioritizing multiple work assignments, meeting deadlines, and exercising adaptability to changing priorities while maintaining a positive, effective, and professional attitude.
4. Demonstrated experience designing, writing, editing and formatting professional documents such as reports, business correspondence, spreadsheets, and brochures.
5. Demonstrated experience using personal computers and various software such as word processing, spreadsheets, database, presentation, email and internet. Microsoft Office software preferred.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

1. Experience in event planning to include coordination, cost projections, tracking invoices and receipts, and leading the event.
2. Successful experience in a "first point of contact" role (e.g., answering phone calls, handling and directing walk-in traffic, directing a diverse group constituents to appropriate information sources).
4. Experience in editing and management of web pages.

The Successful Candidate Will

Maintain confidentiality of records and information
Thrive in an "open door" environment, maintaining accessibility to faculty, staff, and students.
Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment in decision making and interpreting and applying policies and procedures.
Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills; communicate effectively with employees, students and the public, both in person and over the phone;
Establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers and other departments and staff across campus;
Work independently with minimal supervision and as part of a team;
Accomplish many dissimilar tasks in a high demanding environment, with numerous interruptions, while maintaining a pleasant demeanor and positive attitude;
Ability to learn MSU policies, procedures, and systems for accounting and student data tracking;
Ability to identify shortcomings within a process and implement changes to improve the quality of the product;
Demonstrated self motivation and ability to independently follow through on tasks and projects to completion and work independently and effectively under minimum supervision;
Represent the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department and Montana State University and its programs in a professional and courteous manner.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University's rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties?: No

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies: 1

Desired Start Date: Upon successful completion of search

Position End Date (if temporary):

Open Date:

Close Date:

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on October 31, 2023; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

In compliance with the Montana Veteran's Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran's preference please complete the veteran's preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU's Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website:

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

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