Project Assistant I: PDN Muskie School, Catherine Cutler Institute
University of Maine USM - Augusta, ME

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The Project Assistant I provides high level programmatic and administrative support to the project staff of the Professional Development Network (PDN). The Project Assistant provides programmatic coordination of research projects, activities that include but are not limited to: project data collection, and report presentation. S/he will act as liaison between PDN staff, USM staff, state and other funders to optimize access and to ensure timely communication and facilitation of activities relating to research; managing logistics of meetings, conferences, trainings, and other project-related events. S/he utilizes extensive procedural knowledge and organizational skills to prioritize, manage and complete varied and complex tasks with a high degree of quality and in a timely manner. Judgment and initiative are frequently exercised in order to handle multiple tasks within given deadlines. This position is responsible for implementing the PDN Scholarship program. A high level of communication skills are needed as this position regularly interfaces with practitioners via the phone and/or email. Lastly, this position provides administrative support to the PDN, including formatting of reports, proposals, fact sheets, agenda, etc. and data input and survey mailings.

Qualifications: Required: Bachelor’s degree and one year of professional experience, or Associate’s degree and three years of professional experience. High level of competence with Microsoft Office 2007 (word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software). Experience and demonstrated ability working in a demanding setting. Interest in thriving in a fast-paced knowledge organization where training, change, and commitment to excellence are norms. Experience in professional written and oral communication with a variety of stakeholders. Knowledge of or ability to rapidly become proficient in the use of the Moodle platform. Must be able to interact with providers on the phone in a courteous, pleasant supportive manner especially if the provider is upset and emotional. Preferred: Knowledge of Early Childhood Education community. Web-based design experience. Experience in meeting and event coordination.

Apply online at: . You will need to upload a cover letter; a resume/curriculum vita which fully describes your qualifications and experiences with specific reference to the required and preferred qualifications; and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin April 2, 2013. Materials received after that date will be considered at the discretion of the university. The university has an institution-wide commitment to inclusion, diversity, multiculturalism and community.