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Argonne National Laboratory Administrative Assistant in Lemont, Illinois

Argonne National Laboratory is inviting applications for the position of Administrative Assistant within the Physical Sciences & Engineering (PSE) directorate.

In this role you will:

Provide administrative support to staff of one or more groups within a division and/or directorate.

Perform a wide range of administrative support activities of a highly responsible and/or confidential nature to maximize the day-to-day efficiency and effectiveness of operations within their assigned area.

Exercise independent judgement and discretion in addressing identified priorities, meeting deadlines, and finalizing tasks with accuracy and completeness.

Act as the administrative focal point for the exchange of essential information between the groups they support, and other internal and external organizations.

Coordinate all staff requests related to travel, meetings, workshops, publications, etc.

Work in a collaborative, team environment with other administrative support staff.

Provide back-up to other administrative assistants across the directorate as needed.

Position Requirements

Comprehensive knowledge of administrative support and office practices including experience supporting senior level executives.

Requires knowledge of or the ability to quickly acquire knowledge of Lab-wide systems and applications including those related to travel, workshops and publications (e.g., XM, PANDA, etc.).

Organizational skills, ingenuity, creativity, and the ability to solve problems independently.

Skill and the ability to work on multiple concurrent projects in a fast-paced environment.

Interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication skills, and ability to interact with people at all levels both within and outside the laboratory.

Ability to work successfully in a team environment and collaborate with peers.

Ability to adapt to new procedures and technology within the division, directorate and laboratory.

Ability to work under minimum supervision and meet deadlines with accuracy and completeness.

Demonstrated knowledge of computers, office machine operation, and applications including Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Mail and Calendar).

Ability to use numerous business process systems and tools.

Experience preparing formal reports, presentations, scheduling of meetings, arranging/ scheduling of conferences and onsite visits.

Ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork.

Job Family

Support Administrative (SA)

Job Profile

Administrative Support 3

Worker Type


Time Type

Full time

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