The MFA in Creative Writing at Manhattanville College is seeking an Administrative Assistant. S/he will provide primary administrative support to the Director of Creative Writing Graduate Degree Program. The Assistant is adept in social media, has excellent writing skills, is able to multi-task and think strategically in a demanding, creative environment. Some graphic design experience is desirable. The ideal candidate will have a literary background or interest in creative writing and literature.
Maintains the MFA program’s social media platforms and assists in production of marketing materials, both digital and print.
Performs day-to-day administrative operations of the MFA program, including establishing filing systems and assembling reports and information for the Director.
Provides support specifically for general budget and accounting inquiries that include invoices, check requisitions, adjunct contracts, honoraria, and purchase requisitions.
Manages Program Events Calendar and supports the Director in planning, executing and tracking speakers, presenters, and events.
Assists in student advising by keeping track of students’ academic progress, updating advisee lists, updating alumni lists, and assisting in the admissions and registration process.
Serves as receptionist and host for the Creative Writing Center and the MFA Director’s office; manages calls to the Director's office from internal and external constituents.
Assists in preparation of special projects, reports, or presentations as requested by the Director.
Produces regular communications (newsletters, email blasts) between MFA Program and its constituencies
Assists in oversight of student workers
Assists in production and distribution of MFA publications
Performs other duties that may be assigned from time to time
Bachelor's degree and a minimum two years of office and administrative support experience.
Demonstrated ability to manage social media communications and promotions
Exceptional communication and writing skills are essential. A literary background is preferred.
Excellent organizational ability; ability to meet deadlines and relate to all levels of personnel.
Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite. Knowledge of InDesign and video editing software a plus. Willingness and ability to learn new applications as necessary.
Ability to manage both planned and unplanned events and nimbleness necessary to deal with unforeseen circumstances while maintaining a positive professional demeanor at all times.