Section Staff Assistant, Radar Science & Engineering (334)

Job Details

Job ID: 11394

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Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.


As a Section Staff Assistant for the Radar Science & Engineering Section (334), you will provide administrative support for Section Management, the Business Administration Manager and technical staff. This is a position that requires solid customer service, strong organizational skills and flexibility in the performance of the job. Must be a motivated and collaborative team player, detail-oriented, with ability to take initiative to establish and implement process-improvements and have a willingness to learn. Will be a member of the Business Administration Section (3314) and report to the Business Administration Manager.

Tasks for this position may include, but are not limited to:

  • Serve as the lead to the Section’s Staff Assistant team to develop and improve processes and procedures.
  • Coordinate and maintain busy and complex calendars; schedule and maintain technical interchange meetings, set up and host WebEx conference calls.
  • Processing and preparing complex domestic and foreign travel logistics/bookings, authorization requests, and expense reports.
  • Scheduling meetings via Outlook and maintain conference room schedules.
  • Processing procurement requests via P-card and iProcurement orders.
  • Processing affiliate badge requests for domestic and foreign visitors, and escorting, as necessary.
  • Assisting with preparation of presentations, graphics, and website inputs, including proofreading and editing.
  • Coordinate special events for the Section, such as workshops and conferences.
  • Participate on teams within the section; may also participate on teams outside of the section.
  • Other ad hoc duties, as assigned.


  • Typically requires a High School diploma with a minimum of 8 years of related experience; Associates degree with a minimum of 4 years of related experience; or Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 1 year of related experience; related required training.
  • Extensive expertise in the administrative profession with strong organizational, computer and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent planning and scheduling skills.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure on multiple complex tasks, and work independently with minimal supervision to meet commitments with high quality products.
  • Motivated self-starter who takes the initiative to establish and implement process improvements.
  • Ability to evaluate situations and apply good judgment in any necessary resolution.
  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to interact effectively with all levels of personnel and provide excellent customer service.
  • Must exercise proper discretion when handling assignments of a discreet nature and when dealing with sensitive material.
  • Must be a team player.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.


 Preferred Skills

  • Extensive understanding of JPL/ESD policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Experience in a technical group or section office environment.
  • Experience with JPL tools such as JPLID, UCS, Concur Travel, and Timekeeping.
  • Knowledge of JPL procurement processes such as Purchase Requisition, P-Card and iProcurement.
  • Familiarity with the JPL-ID process and on-boarding of volunteers, affiliates, and foreign nationals.
  • Experience with JPL foreign and domestic travel policies and procedures.
  • Willingness to look for, learn, and apply new Information Technology (IT) tools to office procedures and processes.
  • Teaming skills and professionalism in interfacing with all levels of personnel within and across multiple organizations.

Work Authorization

U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

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