Secretary (CR3895, PED33, Level 08)

Job Category: 
Temporary assignments for administrative support and technical positions


Position Summary:

Under the direction of the immediate supervisor, performs various secretarial duties including word-processing, support of administrative activities, and verifying documents for internal and external submission. Responds to general and student enquiries regarding area's policies, procedures and practices. Completes administrative forms, keeps records, inputs and verifies data. Assists with organization of special events. Makes travel arrangements. Maintains inventory of supplies and handles cash. Opens and sorts mail.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Completes and files forms related to the general administration of the unit. Verifies accuracy and completeness of information on accounting, administrative and student affairs documents and makes necessary corrections. In performing these functions, works within clearly defined procedures, providing assistance as required to those responsible for student affairs or administrative affairs.
  • Receives, screens, directs and makes telephone calls; takes and relays messages. Arranges meetings and contacts participants regarding time, place and general purpose of the meeting. Attends meetings, takes and distributes minutes. When requested, schedules and arranges appointments and makes travel arrangements.
  • Carries out routine administrative tasks such as taking inventory of and ordering office supplies, returning merchandise, and issuing keys. Contacts resource persons concerning facilities management and follows up on scheduled work. Reserves rooms for courses, seminars and other events, and books equipment and other services; makes changes when requested and/or necessary.
  • Processes purchase orders, cheque requisitions, travel advances, expense reports, and handles petty cash. Maintains photocopiers, distributes photocopy codes, and allocates charges. Arranges for printing services, and repair or servicing of office equipment.
  • Performs various office functions such as sorting, filing and retrieving files or documents, photocopying and assembling of documents, posting notices, and receiving, distributing, addressing and sending mail. May act as messenger.

The list of duties and responsibilities outlined above is representative and not a complete and detailed list of tasks, which may be performed by an employee whose position has been matched to this generic job description.

Education and Experience:

DEP (Secretarial/Office Systems)

Three (3) years’ related experience

Other Qualifying Skills and Abilities:

Proven ability to verify, process, and track various financial transactions on a daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly basis. Demonstrated ability to execute mail merges, send out large batches of offer letters, and follow up to ensure documentation received is complete. Organized, punctual, ability to work within tight deadlines, attention to detail, and resourceful. Proven written and verbal communications in English and French. Demonstrated ability to work in a PC environment using word-processing, databases, spreadsheets (for financial reconciliation and mail merges), and calendar. Experience with Minerva, POPS, Banner, and Microsoft Office Suite. Demonstrated interest in accounting and administration. Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to work as part of a team and independently.

Additional Information:

This is a temporary position of six (6) months, starting in January 2020.

How to Apply:

Please submit your cover letter and curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the reference number, to Enrolment Services at [at]

The deadline to apply for this position is December 10, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

*Current employees: please indicate your McGill ID number in your application.*

We thank all applicants for their interest in McGill University. However, Enrolment Services will only contact applicants selected for an interview.

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Enrolment Services
Administration and Finance
Salary Range: 
$22.25 - $30.68
Six (6) months
Reporting to: 
Administrative Assistant
Reference no.: