Administrative Assistant - LIHREC

Administrative Assistant IV | Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center (LIHREC)

Summary of Responsibilities:

The Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station (CUAES) links Cornell's world-class research farms and plant growth facilities with one of the nation’s most comprehensive statewide cooperative extension systems. Through this engaged, interactive system we address pressing issues that directly affect the health and welfare of the state, and beyond.

A premier facility under the CUAES umbrella is the Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center (LIHREC), located in Riverhead, New York. Here, Cornell University faculty and staff members carry out programs important to Long Island and the Northeast U.S. In addition, there is a close, working relationship with agriculture staff members from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County. The LIHREC has been providing services to the horticultural industries since it was established in 1922.

Due to the remote location of the LIHREC to the Ithaca campus, this person serves as primary administrative liaison between LIHREC and Ithaca campus concerning policy issues, human resource issues and financial issues. Provides senior financial, human resource and administrative support to the Director and other senior personnel of the LIHREC requiring independent action and highly developed communication, finance, planning, administrative and human resource skills. Administer all business operations for the Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center. Establish and maintain the department's culture/climate by cultivating and facilitating effective relationships. In coordination with the Director, manage accounting and budgets, coordinate planning, supervise and coordinate Center activities, and maintenance and supervision of files including confidential records. Participate in the performance evaluation and SIP recommendation process. Assist the Director in preparation/coordination of reports and grant proposals, and direct maintenance of all records. Routine office responsibilities include such as clerical and administrative support, routine correspondence, maintaining files and databases, mail facilitation, and responding to standard departmental telephone calls and visitors.

Required Qualifications:

Associate’s Degree, B.A., or B.S. degree or equivalent; 5 or more years of related work experience with some form of administrative and financial accounting. Excellent communication and organizational skills with the ability to prioritize multiple projects. Ability to handle confidential information. Illustrate a proven track record of successfully providing exceptional customer service. Thorough knowledge of accounting and other administrative functions is essential.

Excellent working knowledge of various computer programs associated with administrative functions (Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Demonstrated excellence in communication skills, both written and verbal. Excellence in spelling, grammar, interpersonal skills and demonstrated high level of judgment, maturity, and maintaining confidentiality. Ability to work well with a diverse group is required while creating a high-quality and respectful work environment. Must be able to work independently while supporting the efforts of an overall team.

Preferred Qualifications:

More than five years of relevant experience in a fast paced, complex office environment. Strong interpersonal and management skills with a pleasant personality. Good working knowledge of finance, HR and payroll is desired. Knowledge, or ability to learn, Cornell University’s computer programs such as Web Financials, Workday, Kuali, etc. preferred.

Position Details:

Pay Rate Type:  Hourly

Contact Name:  Dr. Mark Bridgen @

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Last updated January 3, 2019