Graduate Field Assistant, Department of Microbiology
Location: Ithaca, New York
Internal Number: WDR-00028030
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Graduate Field Assistant
Student Service Assistant IV
Band D - Nonexempt Department of Microbiology College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Ithaca, New York
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented identities to apply.
CALS is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second-largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education, and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical, and economic well-being.
The Department of Microbiology within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University has eleven active research laboratories. It serves as the home Department for the Graduate Field of Microbiology (with more than 40 affiliated faculty members) and provides a center of expertise for numerous aspects of microbial biology. The faculty and staff offer numerous advanced courses for both undergraduate and graduate level students. Research within the Department is focused on Prokaryotic Biology and Environmental Microbiology and includes specific expertise in molecular genetics, gene regulation, genomics, microbial cell biology, bioremediation, symbionts, pathogens, and ecosystems.
What You Will Do
As the Graduate Field Assistant, you will provide a full range of high level, professional administrative support to the Director of Graduate Studies while providing guidance to graduate students and other Field faculty members. You will assist in recruitment activities, ensure timely student registration, coordinate and process exam schedules and provide administrative support to department faculty and teaching staff. Other responsibilities include:
Represent the Field of Microbiology at various meetings regarding policy and procedure changes to graduate student policy.
Provide guidance to field faculty, graduate students and staff on issues and tasks relating to the field's graduate program. Provide interpretation, communication and application of policy as it relates to these areas. Provide information to facilitate compliance with relevant regulations and guidelines.
Coordinate and participate in a meeting with all new 1st year graduate students and the department's Administrative Manger prior to the start of classes each fall. Ensure the completion of I-9 and all pertinent forms related to appointment.
Maintain budget information on Graduate Field expenses, including prospective graduate student visit expense and graduate student attendance at research meetings.
Serve as primary contact person for all matters related to the undergraduate program; maintain essential communications with faculty, advisors and undergraduates Provide liaison services between faculty, students and staff and a variety of College and University office.
Coordinate the graduate admissions process by receiving and processing graduate applications using the CollegeNet Admit System database and track progress of applications
Provide administrative support for BioMI 2911 (General Microbiology Laboratory) including preparing the lab manual and class handouts for all lab sections each semester.
This position is full-time (39hours/week) and will be located in Ithaca, New York.
What We Need
We are looking for a dynamic individual that excels at providing a broad range of administrative support for all aspects of the undergraduate program in the Department of Microbiology. Additionally, we need someone who has:
Associate's degree and 2+ years relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with utmost discretion, integrity, discretion and professionalism.
Must exhibit good judgment creativity, and problem-solving and handle sensitive/confidential material.
Demonstrated record of successfully providing exceptional customer service, strong communication (written and oral), interpersonal and organizational skills, as well as ability to take initiative and handle ongoing activities while using sound judgment and paying close attention to details.
Proven ability to adapt to changing guidance, resources, and computer systems.
Proven ability to troubleshoot, adapt to and make recommendations for change/improvements.
Accomplishing tasks that are urgent; balance conflicting priorities, and make decisions from a wide range of choices.
Proficient in Outlook, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access.
Must be flexible and receptive to new ideas and approaches.
Demonstrated positive work ethic, take initiative to meet challenges with resourcefulness and tack.
Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively within a team environment while working under pressure.
Manage frequent interruptions while supporting the efforts of an overall team and fostering a respectful work environment.
Must be able to enhance personal knowledge, skills, and abilities as needed.
Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University.
If you possess these experiences and skills, this may be the role for you! Prior experience in an academic setting and/or supporting academic program activities preferred.
Rewards and Benefits
We hope you appreciate great benefits. Cornell receives national recognition as an award-winning workplace for our health, well-being, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.
Our benefits program includes comprehensive health care options, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, and generous retirement contributions.
Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 13 holidays: e.g., an end-of-year winter break, from December 25 through January 1.
Cornell's impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Part-time Study and Employee Degree Program, Tuition Aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance program.
No relocation assistance is provided for this position. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
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