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Amherst College

220 South Pleasant Street Amherst, MA 01002
Amherst, MA 01002

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Our story is your story. Since 1821, we’ve been helping our students find their own voices, discover their own truths and forge their own paths in the world. Our students and alumni are the true authors of the Amherst story. Help write our next chapter.
Salary Range:Location:
Amherst United States
Job Type:Category:
Full TimeManagement
Education Level:Work Experience:
Bachelor's Degree
Preference: Required

Preference: Nice to have
Amherst College invites applications for the Executive Assistant to the President for Communications and Project Management position. Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality, among other areas. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst's students are Pell Grant recipients; 45 percent of our studentsidentify as domestic students of color. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.

The executive assistant to the president for communications and project management is a full-time, year round position, job group and level AO-5. The executive assistant is responsible for facilitating presidential communications and cross-divisional project management.

Reporting to the chief of staff but working with minimal supervision, the executive assistant is a strategic writer who prepares and manages time-critical, often sensitive and/or confidential correspondence, briefings, and other communications for the president, including honorary degree citations. The assistant researches and prepares background materials and draft remarks for the president for high-level events. The assistant manages the president's considerable correspondence, logging it, directing it to other parties as appropriate, preparing draft replies for the president, tracking replies to ensure timely responses, and ensuring the president is briefed regularly on the progress of her correspondence. The assistant interfaces with divisions and units across the College (particularly advancement and communications) to ensure constituents receive high-quality presidential communications, in the process enhancing collaboration and communication between the president's office and the College. The assistant is responsible for partnering with communications to manage the president's web and social media presence in ways that enhance communications with all constituencies and reflect and enhance the president's standing as a national leader in higher education. The executive assistant also prepares research as needed for the chief of staff.

As a project manager, the executive assistant works with the chief of staff to track strategic plan implementation, with responsibility for building tracking models and utilizing software tools. The assistant provides similar facilitation for other office- and College-level projects and initiatives as needed. The assistant facilitates key meetings led by the chief of staff to help guide conversations, capture and record decisions and next steps, write and distribute minutes, and track progress. The assistant also collaborates with the president's office staff and other units to coordinate presidential special events. As needed, the assistant provides back-up support to the assistant to the president/office manager.

The assistant takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Key Responsibilities
• Manages and prepares presidential correspondence and communications, including confidential correspondence, remarks, reports, briefings, research, web and social media copy, and other projects as assigned. Edits draft correspondence from advancement and sends to president for review. Partners with communications on the preparation of presidential materials.
• Provides project management support for office-level and cross-divisional initiatives, including tracking strategic plan implementation.


• Bachelor's degree
• RequiredMinimum of 5 years' relevant professional experience in writing and/or project management
• Outstanding and creative writer and editor
• Outstanding research ability
• Excellent verbal communication skills
• Ability to write for broad set of platforms (speeches, print, web)
• Strong organizational skills
• Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines with minimal supervision
• Ability to take initiative, work independently as well as collaboratively
• Ability to keep information confidential
• Demonstrated experience or commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity
• Some evening and weekend work is required

• Master's degree or Professional degree
• Experience working in an academic setting
• Experience with project management software (e.g., Asana)

Interestedcandidates should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional references. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.
Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college's community is composed of about1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm ; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum , Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum ; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live!
Statement of Non-Discrimination
Amherst College does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs and activities on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity), age, disability, genetic information, military service, or any other characteristic or class protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. Amherst College complies with all state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Inquiries should be addressed to the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer , Amherst College, P.O. Box 5000, Amherst, MA 01002-5000.

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