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Department Assistant

Otis College of Art and Design, Product Design

Job Title: Department Assistant
Job Location: Los Angeles, CA
United States
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Other Administrative Positions
Academic administration & affairs
Application Closing Date: Open until filled

Job Description

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Otis College of Art and Design

Otis College of Art and Design is currently accepting applications for a Department Assistant. The Department Assistant performs administrative duties and processes budget transactions for an academic or administrative unit. This position reports directly to the Chair of Product Design.


• Monitors budgets and helps track departmental expenditures. May assist in developing budget projections and proposals. Reconciles statements and pays invoices. Interfaces with Purchasing, external vendors, and/or the Business Office to verify transactions, resolve discrepancies, and maintain an adequate inventory of supplies.

• Organizes and expedites flow of work through the department. Initiates follow-up action. Screens and prioritizes incoming calls. Responds to inquiries or requests for information or refers to supervisor, as appropriate.

• Performs administrative duties associated with scheduling and coordinating meetings and planning special events. May prepare agendas, gather and organize supporting information/supplies, track expenditures, and/or oversee production and distribution of materials. May arrange with vendors for services, site, facilities, catering, guest accommodations, travel arrangements, etc. Attends functions to ensure satisfactory outcome.

• Collects payroll paperwork for faculty, staff, and/or students. Interfaces with Human Resources and Payroll to resolve problems. Ensures confidentiality and controls access to sensitive information such as faculty contracts, staff records, and other departmental files.

• Prepares, processes, and/or reviews paperwork (i.e., faculty contracts, evaluations, department orders, check requests, requisitions, etc.) May prepare and process travel advances, cash advances, and reimbursements for faculty and/or staff. May track equipment purchases and obtain maintenance contracts.

• Composes and produces a variety of business correspondence, reports, confidential documents and/or forms, and related materials.

• Serves as an internal resource and liaison to faculty, administrators, staff, and/or students. Researches and gathers data/information, as requested. Maintains currency on revisions to department and/or College policies and procedures.

• Maintains departmental records. Enters and/or verifies data entered into a centralized system.

• May help maintain department’s website including content, graphical and multimedia displays and communications. Tests, maintains, and ensures functionality of links. Monitors website for consistency and compliance with College standards.

• May supervise student workers. Provides guidance and direction. Schedules, assigns or prioritizes workloads. Approves timesheets. Sets appropriate deadlines as needed.

• Performs other related duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Bachelor’s degree required or combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education. A minimum of 3 years of experience performing secretarial, clerical, or administrative work involving budget, financial, or payroll responsibilities is required. Position requires strong organizational skills, research skills, attention to detail, ability to multi-task, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and diplomatic interpersonal skills. Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office suite required. Proficiency in basic bookkeeping or accounting principles desired. Working knowledge of Banner and other related databases is preferred. Must be available to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed.

Information and Application Process Instructions

Interested candidates must apply via Otis’ website at to be considered for the position.

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