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Classification Description

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Classification Description

This is a description of a staff position at the University of Wyoming, not a job opening announcement. Current job openings can be found at the Prospective Employees page. The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities required.

Staff Assistant

Reports to: Designated Supervisor

UW Job Code: 3953

UW Job Family: 32

SOC Code: 43-6011

Pay Grade: 20

Date: July 01, 2008

Job Purpose:

Provides, under limited supervision, project leadership and assists with directing the operational, financial, personnel and planning functions of a large/complex designated unit.  May perform complex administrative/management support tasks with discretionary authority and independently make decisions which substantially impact operations within unit/program. 

Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor's degree


2 years of progressively responsible work-related experience

Required Licensure, Certification, Registration, or Other Requirements:


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Basic, routine, and advanced computer programs and software in use in the department or area.
  • Basic, routine, and advanced records maintenance.
  • Basic, routine, and advanced scheduling techniques.
  • Basic, routine, and advanced office management principles and practices.
  • Finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control procedures.
  • Supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.
  • Basic, routine, and advanced Html, web page creation, and web site maintenance.
  • Organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures.
  • University rules, procedures, budget management and planning.
  • Commencement ceremony procedures, facilities, and equipment requirements.
  • Accounting procedures involving procurement, travel, and/or employment.
  • Project management principles, practices, techniques, and tools.
  • Human Resources concepts, practices, policies, and procedures.
  • Structure, policies, and procedures of university faculty and/or staff governing bodies.
  • Computerized information systems used in financial and/or accounting applications.
  • Basic, routine, and advanced policies and procedures.
  • Basic, routine, and advanced laws, regulations, methods, and techniques in the area of specialty.
  • Current and emerging trends in technologies, techniques, issues, and approaches.
  • Development and implementation of symposia, conferences and meetings including speaker selection, marketing, and follow-up assessments.

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Perform basic, routine and advanced records maintenance.
  • Create, compose, and edit basic, routine and complex written materials.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing with a wide range of individuals and constituencies.
  • Maintain effective supervisory relationships.
  • Supervise and train assigned staff including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Investigate, analyze information, draw conclusions, and make recommendations based on data or findings.
  • Analyze and solve basic, routine, and advanced problems.
  • Develop and maintain basic, routine and advanced recordkeeping systems and procedures.
  • Develop and maintain websites.
  • ·Maintain calendars and schedule appointments.
  • Use a personal computer and associated software in use in the department or area.
  • Develop policies and procedures, and document same.
  • Interpret federal, state, university, and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Perform advanced research.
  • Organize resources and establish priorities.
  • Develop and work within project budget, goals and objective.
  • Monitor project work.
  • Manage projects to meet multiple and conflicting project timelines.
  • Provide project leadership.
  • Coordinate symposia, conferences and meetings, select speakers, market event and conduct follow-up assessment.
  • Work as a team member and foster a cooperative work environment.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Provide project leadership; assist with directing the operational, financial, personnel and planning functions of a large/complex designated unit; serve as mediator with other University departments, external individuals and groups.

Research, conduct or respond to complicated inquiries and situations relative to the designated unit or program; analyze and integrate statistical or other assistive data; prepare detailed reports and documentation.

May arrange symposia, conferences and meetings including design and implementation of agenda, selecting speakers/facilitators, publicity and marketing; conduct related follow-up assessments.

Oversee management of unit/program files and records; serve as resource person in interpreting policies and procedures.

Initiate, manage and control designated planning or budgetary projects relative to the unit or program; may solicit and manage funds for research or related agreements.

Assist with establishing or revising policies, systems, methods and procedures; prepare related documentation including the design and implementation of computer programs, as appropriate. 

Supplemental Functions:

Serve on University or external committees representing supervisor's or program's position, as directed.

Working Conditions:

No major sources of discomfort, standard office environment.

Authorized by Classification/Compensation, Human Resources

Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Participating in the University's hazardous waste minimization program is part of the job of each employee who uses (or may come in contact with) hazardous materials. Fair Labor Standards Act (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. University of Wyoming actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.

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