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Administrative Assistant II, NIIMBL - Research Office

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Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Administrative Support, Full Time



The National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) is a member of the Manufacturing USA network of institutes funded by the federal government to advance United States competitiveness in advanced manufacturing innovation.  NIIMBL is established by a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as a public/private consortium of a diverse set of member organizations, including industry, academia, non-profit organizations, state governments, and federal agencies. Institutionally, NIIMBL reports to the Vice President for Research, Scholarship & Innovation.

Under the general supervision of the Operations Director, the Administrative Assistant II performs complex administrative and financial duties for NIIMBL. The principal emphasis is on general administrative support and assistance with institute activities as well as providing the most efficient and effective administrative support and service to NIIMBL.  He/she also ensures compliance with internal and external administrative policies and procedures as well as prioritizes and resolves administrative issues.  A high level of independent judgment, initiative and problem-solving skills, and the ability to demonstrate a high degree of confidentiality and discretion are required. 


  • Serve as a primary point of contact for NIIMBL, interacting with a diverse audience including University of Delaware faculty, staff and students, and external constituents including federal agencies and officials, state governments, multinational companies, and academic partners. 
  • Provide general administrative support to institute staff, working in both office and laboratory environments.  Support the Laboratory Operations Manager in administrative needs of the NIIMBL labs, such as visitor card and parking access and workspace, and scheduling services and shipping needs.
  • Perform routine and non-routine administrative duties as assigned and directed by NIIMBL staff, ensuring confidentiality, and complying with established deadlines and work standards.  Ability to work under limited supervision, obtain necessary information from appropriate source(s) to complete assigned tasks, and share information with others as needed.
  • Maintain inventory of supplies and equipment; order supplies when necessary; complete, process and maintain paperwork for purchasing (e.g., orders, requisitions, and invoices); maintain time and attendance; reconcile accounts.
  • Assist with coordinating meetings held at the University of Delaware, including scheduling the facilities, making travel arrangements, and coordinating equipment and catering needs.
  • Attend staff meetings and actively participate by making recommendations regarding new administrative policies and procedures or changes and improvements to existing processes; develop and/or initiates new office forms and procedures.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or GED, Associate‚Äôs degree preferred, and three to five years of experience.
  • Ability to be flexible, work independently and have high accountability for a large volume of work.
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments concurrently.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of office management and general administration.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data and make independent decisions.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Exhibit and support a positive attitude and encourage a positive attitude in co-workers. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively and interact well with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience in using computerized accounting systems, e.g., PeopleSoft Financials, and intermediate skills in Microsoft Office applications are highly desirable.
  • Ability to show initiative and to demonstrate a high degree of confidentiality and discretion and problem-solving strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of federal regulations and OMB circulars preferred.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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