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Executive Assistant to the President

Executive Assistant to the President


Executive Assistant to the President

LOCATION: Grand Rapids, MI. W.A. Lettinga Campus


PAY: $55,000.00 - $60,000.00 Per Year


Actual pay offered will be commensurate with candidate qualifications and experience, and pay equity both internal and external. A Modest variable compensation is offered in addition to base salary.



We are looking for an individual who is extremely organized and has excellent interpersonal and communication skills for an Executive Assistant role. Do you love to manage schedules and are you confident using technology during presentations? If so, perhaps your next career opportunity will be equipping the mission of Davenport University through top-notch, comprehensive support to our University President and serving as a liaison with the Board of Trustees. The Executive Assistant to the President is responsible for managing the President's activities, projects, and calendar. These responsibilities are performed in an ethical manner consistent with the University's mission, vision, and values which include diversity, equity and inclusion.

You Will:


• Assist in carrying out the office operation responsibilities for the President, up to and including travel arrangements, email correspondence, and managing the Presidents appointments and calendar.


• Act as a liaison and provide support to the Board of Trustees. Arrange and handle all logistics for Board meetings and events: schedule meetings; draft agendas; develop, compile, and distribute presentation materials; and record meeting minutes.


• Act with a high degree of independence as the liaison with inside and outside contacts (ie. the Board of Trustees, leaders in the community, and related Committees) and in preparing meeting materials, minutes, programs, updates, recruiting, and other support functions related to work area.


• Coordinates various events, including high profiled and special events and functions either virtual or in person for the University. Welcome all guests by greeting them in a professional manner, in person or on the phone.


Awesome if You Have:


• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and relate to all levels of executives, including internal and external individuals.


• Must have a positive energy that portrays confidence, stability, and calmness while working through situations that may require immediate action, urgent matters, and important events.


• The ability to represent the University and the Office of the President in a positive light through great follow-through skills and sound judgment.


Extra Awesome If You Have:


• Experience working in Higher Ed, which is a plus and not mandatory.


• Experience working with BOX software, which is a plus and is not mandatory. We are willing to provide training to the ideal candidate.


• Experience working with a board of directors in some format is highly recommended.


• A commitment to advancing our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.


Our culture, benefits and perks Empower U with:


Freedom to grow. We offer free or reduced tuition for staff, spouses and dependents. Nationally recognized internal training and leadership programs, and career development. Is your program not available at DU? Ask about Tuition Assistance.


A caring culture. DU values work-life balance and offers generous and flexible paid time off, 403(b) with an employer contribution plus the opportunity for an additional employer match with an employee contribution, paid volunteer time off, relocation benefits and more…


A Healthier U. Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life Insurance, Wellness program, free use of Athletic Facilities, Employee Discounts, and access to Employee Assistance Program (EAP)


Diversity and Inclusion:


At Davenport, we believe that engaging diversity, equity and inclusion is essential to achieving educational and institutional excellence. We invite you to join us as we band together to create an environment of equity and inclusivity that leverages diverse life experiences, ideas, backgrounds and perspectives. We respect diversity and are committed to fostering an environment of support, inclusiveness and learning, both in the workplace and throughout the application process. With that in mind, we welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds, including people of color, people with disabilities, Veterans and the LGBTQ + community. We recognize that not all job seekers have all the preferred qualifications listed in the job ad, but we strongly recommend that you apply if you meet most of the criteria.

About Davenport University:


At Davenport University, we know what it takes to be successful. For more than 150 years, Davenport has stood apart from other universities because of its unrelenting focus on ensuring its graduates rise to the top of the job market. Its unique approach to education offers students a career-centered curriculum and empowers them with real-world experience. Thousands of Davenport graduates are making an impact on the world with the knowledge and skills they learned here. Our team of faculty and staff collaborate to make this possible. Joining DU means growing and advancing your own career, while making a lasting impact on our students, colleagues and the communities in which we serve.


Davenport recently earned the 2020 Michigan Performance Excellence Award, the first university in Michigan to earn this recognition. In 2021, Davenport was one of seven organizations chosen for a site review, the final step to earning the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.


The university continues to be recognized for its work to create a strong culture and embrace diversity and inclusion. As a result, it has been named one of the nation's Best & Brightest Companies to Work For and earned the Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight into Diversity eight times in the last nine years.

Would you like to be part of our success? It all starts here!


EEO-Davenport University is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of a person(s) national origin, race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, transgender identity, veteran or military status, marital status, height, weight, genetic information, and any other category or classification protected by law.


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