Assistant to the SAO for Equity and Community - 502228
University of Richmond

Richmond, Virginia


The Assistant to the Senior Administrative Officer (SAO) and Equity & Community Leadership Team provides administrative and operational support for the Senior Administrative Officer for Equity & Community, the Executive Director of the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement and the Director of the Office for Institutional Equity and Inclusion. This role serves as the primary point of operational and administrative matters such as executive scheduling, confidential administrative support, payment processing, budget management, and database management.


Executive Support

  • Manages daily administrative activities, including communications, contacts, calendars, conflict resolution, research, and other activities for the Equity & Community Leadership Team (SAO and two department directors).
  • Assesses and prioritizes matters requiring the attention of the Equity & Community Leadership Team, addressing incoming issues and determining appropriate course of action, referral or response.
  • Anticipates needs and proactively addresses issues in a timely manner; helps to balance the demands of the leaders' time among the University leadership team, direct reports, staff, and other University constituents in order to ensure integration of institutional goals and priorities.
  • Prepares briefing materials and reports, agendas, and minutes.
Operational Support
  • Provides operational and administrative support for unit initiatives such as the Bias Resource Team; Institutional Coordinating Council for Thriving, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity; Board of Trustees DEIB subcommittee; Community Dialogue Facilitation Network; and unit and departmental staff meetings and all-staff professional development activities.
  • Coordinates scheduling, event logistics, and payments for internal and public-facing unit-level events.
  • Monitors, coordinates, and processes payments, including P-Card reconciliation, travel and expense reimbursement; TIDE grants; and participates in budget planning and management, as required.
  • Maintains and/or updates and tracks data to maintain records and databases, as appropriate, including confidential materials; submits relevant reports.
  • Organizes and facilitates various special events, meetings, and conferences related to supporting the SAO, directors, and the unit.
  • Serves as a member of the unit's Operations team.
  • May supervise student workers.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Demonstrated executive support skills, including considerable independent judgment, problem-solving, and ability to anticipate needs and address them proactively.
  • Excellent organization and time management skills with the ability to set priorities and coordinate multiple assignments with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to use tact and diplomacy in the effective management of high-level and sensitive interpersonal issues with a diverse constituency.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high degree of discretion and confidentiality in the performance of duties.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • High school diploma or GED required; Bachelor's degree preferred.
  • At least four years of experience that directly relates to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Full-time, non-exempt position
  • Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; 7.75 hrs./day; 38.75 hrs./week
Pay commensurate with experience.


The University of Richmond requires COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty, and staff. The University allows exemptions to this requirement for religious, medical and strong personal conviction reasons. All newly hired employees must report their status within the first two weeks of employment.


At the University of Richmond, we're creative, inclusive, and determined. We're Spiders, and our mission is to create positive change in the UR community and beyond. Located minutes from downtown Richmond, Virginia, the University of Richmond ( blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. There's only one place like Richmond.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE


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