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Administrative Assistant II, for the Writing, Rhetoric and Professional Communication Program (WRAP) and Writing and Communication Center

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT II, Comparative Media Studies/Writing Section (CMS/W), to provide administrative support to the Writing, Rhetoric and Professional Communication Program (WRAP), Writing and Communication Center (WCC), and the directors and associate director. Will collect course and enrollment data to create spreadsheets and databases that support the statistical analysis of student evaluation data, classroom usage, program reports, etc.; assist directors with lecturer assignments including tracking hours, sections, and payments; plan, coordinate, and administer several large-scale on-line writing assessments (FEE, GWE); schedule classrooms and staff meetings; distribute mail; duplicate and distribute course materials; maintain office environment including workroom and kitchen; monitor and maintain office supplies and program web sites; act as liaison to CMS/W systems administrator and CMS/W headquarters; and serve as an administrative resource for teaching staff in WRAP and WCC.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: strong interpersonal, communication, analytical, organizational, and multitasking skills; accuracy and an eye for detail; strong writing and proofreading abilities; good judgment and ability to handle confidential information; flexibility; resourcefulness; and the ability to both make independent decisions with limited supervision and work as part of a team. Must enjoy contact with students and teaching staff and be able to use discretion, sensitivity, and tact in all interactions. Strong computer skills, experience with Microsoft Office (particularly Excel), and the ability to quickly learn new software as needed are required. Familiarity with FileMaker Pro, WordPress, MITSIS, SAP, and BrioQuery helpful. College degree preferred. Job #11316-5

Administrative Assistant II, Mobile Experience Laboratory

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT II, Comparative Media Studies/Writing Section (CMS/W)-Mobile Experience Research Laboratory, to perform complex administrative and financial responsibilities. Will monitor, reconcile, and oversee spending on research and fund accounts, including preparing budget forecasts, overseeing purchasing, preparing and processing accounting forms, and maintaining financial records; keep records of budgetary and purchasing transactions; maintain calendars and schedule meetings; handle mail; order and maintain supplies; duplicate and distribute material, following up as necessary; answer, screen, and refer telephone calls; greet visitors and act as a resource on research activities; word process, proofread, and copyedit correspondence; manage director’s calendar; make travel arrangements; arrange meetings and conferences and coordinate sponsor visits and demo scheduling; maintain web pages, filing systems, databases, and publication files; act as a liaison between research group and the administrative offices of the lab and MIT; and provide support for academic activities including assistance with graduate students and UROPs, class materials, and documents for international visitors’ visa sponsorship.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: five years of office experience; proficiency with MS Office products and FileMaker Pro; excellent organizational abilities; keen attention to detail; strong proofreading skills; superior interpersonal skills for interacting with a diverse group of researchers, students, corporate sponsors, and administrators; ability to work both independently and as a team member; demonstrated sound judgment; and ability to handle multiple tasks concurrently in a very busy environment with frequent interruptions. Must be flexible and able to adapt to a fast-paced and evolving research environment. Knowledge of MIT accounting and online purchasing systems strongly desired. Italian, French, or other foreign language skills a plus. An associate’s/bachelor’s degree preferred. Job #11317-5

Vojo Developer

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Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Fellows and Associates

Visiting Scholars are our way of facilitating the residency of a limited number of distinguished scholars from other academic institutions or accomplished professionals whose expertise coincides with current research groups. The program is part of its mission of working across disciplines, cultures, and communities. Visiting Scholar positions are non-compensated appointments established to accommodate the scholars’ research and enrich the CMS/W research community.

Postdoctoral Associates are usually associated with one of our research groups as well. They come to MIT to develop their scholarly competence, working under the supervision of MIT faculty members. As these positions become available, they are either announced below and on MIT’s job listings web site and advertised in professional and scholarly publications.

Postdoctoral Fellows come to MIT with grants or fellowships from outside funding agencies or government entities, in order to develop their scholarly and research skills. Funding must be secured prior to making an application for appointment as a Postdoctoral Fellow, and the dates of the appointment must match the dates of the funding.

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