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9 days ago



The Administrative Assistant position provides principal administrative support in a professional environment to the Operational Evaluation Division (OED) research staff members. An Administrative Assistant performs a variety of administrative duties requiring knowledge of the organization, programs, and procedures related to the function of the office. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, extensive use of computers and appropriate software for production of complex technical and statistical documents, assembling data and formatting reports, preparing charts and graphs. The nature of this work is deadline and precision oriented.

  • Prepares documents on a timely and accurate basis, to include narrative, technical, or statistical reports from typed, automated or handwritten text. Uses a personal computer and appropriate software for creating, storing, retrieving, formatting and integrating documents and other data in accordance with prescribed format and procedures; may require chart preparation and graphics; responsible for correct spelling and grammar; reviews materials prepared for supervisor's approval for accuracy and proper format.
  • Maintains working and collaborative relationships with other organizational support functions, such as Control and Distribution, Publications Services Office, Technical Information Services Office, to ensure timely, accurate processing of reports for final drafts, reviews, and distribution.
  • Maintains project schedules, travel plans, and personal itineraries for assigned staff; assures that travel arrangements, security requirements, and administrative support are properly accomplished; coordinates all necessary forms. Responds to both routine and non-routine telephone inquiries with standard answers or by referral to appropriate staff member.
  • Prepares routine correspondence on own initiative for supervisor's review. May scan and sort incoming mail and interoffice correspondence into priority categories; note items of interest based on current projects; may retrieve and attach background material before distributing.
  • Maintains recurring internal reports, and other types of data as requested; establishes and maintains files as directed; follows up on pending matters to assure that schedules are met; maintains office supply inventory.
  • May utilize spreadsheet, graphics or database software programs; also, may maintain information systems and databases. Operates standard automated office systems and equipment to include electronic mail, conference room scheduling, internal automated systems, copy machine, and scanning equipment. May serve as technical resource for other staff members on software questions and issues.
  • Provides editorial support for documents distributed internally and externally.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Manage travel reservations and coordination.

  • A minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent with 3+ years of experience in an administrative support capacity; OR an Associate's degree coupled with 2+ years of experience; OR a Bachelor's degree coupled with 1+ year(s) of experience (preferred).
  • Experience handling proprietary or sensitive information in a corporate environment.
  • Intermediate experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook and Adobe Acrobat.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to:
  • Communicate effectively (orally and written) across various levels of external and internal leadership, staff members, and stakeholders
  • Monitor and manage competing priorities and deadlines
  • Work as a team and independently
  • Accept and internalize constructive feedback from peers and management
  • Successful completion of a background check is required.

U.S. Citizenship is required

Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required

IDA is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a fair recruiting process and working environment free from discrimination. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. Click here to learn more about IDA's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 68453814
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Alexandria, Virginia, United States
  • Company Name For Job: Institute for Defense Analyses
  • Position Title: Administrative Assistant
  • Job Function: Administrative & Clerical
Research & Development
Alexandria , Virginia , United States

The Institute for Defense Analyses is a non-profit corporation that operates three federally funded research and development centers to provide objective analyses of national security issues, particularly those requiring scientific and technical expertise, and conduct related research on other national challenges.

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