Assistant to the Department Chair - Ethnic Studies (.75 FTE)

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO
Deadline: 27 Dec 2021

Posting Details
Working Title Assistant to the Department Chair - Ethnic Studies (.75 FTE)
Position Location Fort Collins, CO 80523
Classification Title Admin Assistant III
Posting Number 202100418P
Position Type State Classified
Open Date 12/09/2021
Close Date 12/27/2021
Salary $2,754 - $3,333 monthly + FULL BENEFIT OFFERINGS
Employee Benefits
Colorado State University (CSU) and the State of Colorado are committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time classified employees in the following University benefit areas: and .
Full/Part Time Full-time
State Classified Hourly No
Overtime Eligible
Description of Work Unit
The Ethnic Studies Department critically examines the interlocking forces of domination that are rooted in socially constructed categories of gender, sexuality, class, race and ethnicity. Our faculty and researchers are committed to theoretical, empirical, qualitative, textual, and community‐based research, pedagogy, service, and outreach. Utilizing interdisciplinary, international, and comparative approaches, we challenge paradigms that systematically marginalize the experiences of diverse populations. In doing so, we bring to bear issues of power, privilege, and social justice pertinent to aggrieved groups in the United States and abroad. We are especially committed to nurturing civic‐minded and culturally informed students who strive to strengthen the communities in which they reside. In support of the land‐ grant mission of Colorado State University, the Department engages with communities on and off campus in order to effect meaningful change in public policy and social life.
Position Summary
Reporting to the department chair, this position is responsible for administrative, faculty, chair, and academic support. It exists to understand and support department, college, and university guidelines and procedures; to implement best office practices, and to serve as a liaison to several stakeholders external to the department including the CLA Dean’s Office and the CLA Academic Support Center. This position is also responsible for hiring, training, and supervising student and work-study staff.
This position works 30 hours/week (.75 FTE) with hours falling between 7:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.
The Colorado Partnership for Quality Jobs and Services Act requires state employers to consider the duties and responsibilities of positions employed within the State Personnel System to determine whether the employee holding the position is a “covered employee.” At this time, this position is COVERED based on the responsibilities and role within the university.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Three years of general clerical experience 
  • Appropriate education in a Liberal Arts degree program will substitute for two years of the required experience.

Note to Applicants: For HR to verify the area of study and apply the substitution, unofficial transcripts must be attached to your application under Optional Documents.  
Preferred Qualifications
  • One year working in a college setting 
  • Experience working with undergraduate and graduate student populations 
  • Demonstrated experience serving in a forward-facing, customer service role
  • Background in event planning

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 
  • Exceptional clear and concise communication skills (verbal/written) and ability to engage with diverse students, faculty, and staff
  • Advanced calendaring skills 
  • Supervisory abilities and experience 
  • Ability to anticipate needs and act proactively
  • Knowledge of and ability to use information technology systems within the university setting, specific systems include HRIS, Applicant Tracking Systems, Financial Database Systems, Student Course/Scheduling software, etc.
  • Strong active listening skills
  • Ability to analyze policies, programs, and initiatives to make recommendations for improvement 
  • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office (Word, Outlook, Excel)
  • Skills and experience managing competing deadlines and tasks
  • Ability to learn new software and programs 
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to build strong working relationships
  • Commitment to supporting student success and diversity and inclusion initiatives. 

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Administrative Support
·       Initial point of contact for most department inquiries 
·       Manage day to day operations of the front office 
·       Liaison with depts within CLA and University 
·       Create/maintain desk manual for main office desk ensuring 
·       Admin dept/college/university policies and procedures are current, that job duties are specific, information is clear and easily understood, and important dates and information are readily available.
·       Monitor copier usage, instruct personnel on copier use, set up copier codes, submit usage reports, and process monthly payments to vendor 
·       Oversee mail process, including collection from Central Receiving, distribution to faculty boxes, and sending departmental correspondence and packages 
·       Prepare faculty-facing listing with classes and office hours 
·       Distribute and collect office keys 
·       Order RAMcards and business cards for incoming faculty and staff 
·        Oversees supply and equipment inventories, including coordinating laptop check-outs and purchasing office supplies; coordinates repairs; make recommendations to purchase, as funds are available, laptops, projectors and etc. 
·       Manage and update bulletin boards and television monitor near Department office 
·       Coordinates surplus of extra furniture and office equipment 
·       Schedule conference room and green room reservations 
·       Maintain listservs 
·       Contact person for with CSU Telecommunications; process telecommunications work orders and trouble tickets
Percentage Of Time 40
Job Duty Category Scheduling
·       Assist chair and language schedulers with course scheduling, which might include putting the courses into the Course Planning Interface and assisting with changes to classroom assignments 
·       Enter Banner information to assure department receives correct SCH credit Cancel classes with CLA approval in coordination with Room Scheduling and Department Chair; communicate canceled classes to students 
·       Investigate and responds to problems related to registration with Departmental courses 
·       Departmental authorization to pick up/deliver grade changes and other confidential documents to the Registrar 
·       Review classrooms and times with faculty and chair 
·       Track compliance with CLA mandated section numbers 
·       Analyze scheduling recommendations for ETST and WS’s secondary majors and minors, as well as clubs and ETST and WS events 
·       Submit requested changes through Room Scheduling during ‘open periods.’ Requires knowledge of schedule build process (Campus Planning Interface – CPI). 
·       Reconcile discrepancies (location, time and date issues) and coordinate changes with Room Scheduling. 
·       Post class schedule and faculty assignments through Ariesweb, in the department, relay information to faculty and to the Assistant to the Chair.
Percentage Of Time 15
Job Duty Category Supervisory
·       Hire student hourlies for the ETST and WS computer lab; supervises the computer lab employees 
·       Hire, train, and supervise front office student work, including approving time Summarize student workers’ pay for Tech Fee accounting
Percentage Of Time 5
Job Duty Category Chair and Faculty Support
·       Point of contact for faculty questions and concerns 
·       Make recommendations regarding use of tech fee money 
·       Gather all syllabi from faculty at the beginning of the semester and archive them Contact room scheduling for reservations for new and/or changes to classroom assignments or event locations 
·       Communicate with HR/FIN professionals on all department budget and personnel needs. 
·       Support department events by, if appropriate, reservations, catering, agendas, etc., including annual awards 
·       Act as intermediary for facility issues (leaks, pests, minor repairs, etc.) 
·       Support faculty committee that distributes scholarships and awards 
·       Coordinate computer upgrades for the department 
·       Support faculty searches utilizing TMS, plan travel, develop itineraries, schedule meals, etc. 
·       Manage chair’s schedule, if appropriate 
·       Monitor faculty Professional Development funds usage; prepare reports for Department Chair as necessary 
·       Initiate travel requests, including creation of TEM profiles, travel authorizations, motor pool arrangements; coordinate with Finance person regarding travel, and organize travel for colloquiums, guests, and faculty. 
·       Order faculty regalia for commencement 
·       Assign faculty offices in consultation with Chair
Percentage Of Time 20
Job Duty Category Academic Support
·       Work with ETST and WS Club advisors to organize memberships and plan events. 
·       Answer student questions and refer inquiries to proper resources 
·       Process University required forms for the Registrar’s office for major/minor changes 
·       Recommends the chair’s intervention in issues and concerns of students. 
·       Processes paperwork for students, works with students to understand the program requirements. 
·       Functions as resource and contact person for all programs. 
·       Answers questions regarding ETST and WS minor support
·       Utilizing ARIES, OARS, RamSelect, and other systems, gather data for graduation and other reports needed to ensure compliance with department/college/university guidelines 
·       Archive grade rolls 
·       Process incomplete grade agreements, including communication to faculty/student, reminder of approaching deadlines, maintain records until appropriate
Percentage Of Time 20

Special Instructions to Applicants
  • Clearly document job duties you have performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the Work Experience section on the application.  Human Resources must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.
  •  Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that Human Resources can calculate full-time work experience. Please note: Part-time experience will be calculated to determine the full-time equivalent. 
  • The Work Experience is the only document that will be utilized to determine if minimum qualifications, as outlined in the job posting, have been met.  The Application is considered to be the legal document on file; resumes will not be reviewed for minimum qualification requirements.

  • If an Application is considered “Incomplete”, the Application will be removed from consideration for the position.
  •  An Application is incomplete if no current/ previous employment is included in the Work Experience section of the Application.
  • An Application is incomplete if “see resume” (or something similar) is noted, or previous employment does not contain job duties for every position in the Work Experience section of the Application.
  • Positions requiring a degree or if using education as a substitution for work experience (e.g.: Associate or Bachelor’s) transcripts are required in order to verify receipt of the required degree or coursework. If official or unofficial transcripts are not supplied at the time of application, the Application is incomplete.

  • When a resume is listed as a required document, it may be used in the comparative analysis/ evaluation process to determine the candidates that most closely meet the qualifications of the position.  This process occurs after an application has passed the minimum qualifications screening.  

Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed application; however, some positions may still require a resume as a component for complete application materials. 
  • Please see the Required Documents section of the posting.

  • Appointment to the vacancy or vacancies represented by this announcement is expected to be from the eligible list created. However, at the discretion of the appointing authority, the position(s) may be filled by another method of appointment for a valid articulated business reason.
  • The selection process for State Classified positions may include an exam(s) and interview(s) which require candidates to physically appear (at the CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO) at the candidates’ own expense.
  • All status updates for this position will be sent via email from , OR the Employment Consultant facilitating the search process.  In addition to your Inbox, remember to check the Deleted and Junk folders for these important communications.
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