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Administrative Assistant (Research Grant Administrator)

by Western University

Location: London, ON
Date Posted: Feb 28, 2024
Western University

Job Description

Administrative Assistant (Research Grant Administrator)

About Western

Since 1878, Western University has been committed to serving our communities through the pursuit of academic excellence and by providing students, faculty, and community members with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social, and cultural growth.  We seek excellent students, faculty, and staff to join us in what has become known as the "Western Experience" - an opportunity to contribute to a better world through the development of new knowledge, new abilities, new connections, and new ways to make a difference.

About Us

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry provides outstanding education within a research-intensive, distributed learning environment where tomorrow’s physicians, dentists and health researchers and other scholars learn to be socially responsible leaders in the advancement of human health. The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is the largest Faculty on campus and employs over 2,300 part time and full time faculty and over 1,700 staff.


The Administrative Assistant (Research Grant Administrator) will provide administrative and logistical support to a portfolio of faculty principal investigators in order to facilitate the smooth and effective application and administration of research grants and related major research initiatives. The role will serve as the primary point of contact for a portfolio of principal investigators, managing administrative responsbiltities related to meeting coordination and event scheduling, expense processing, document preparation, and post award grant administration. The role will act as a key resource within the Schulich Research Office and provide professional front-line service to the Schulich research community. 



  • 3 year community college diploma in Business Management/Administration


  • 4 years’  of experience providing administrative support and customer service in a complex office environment
  • Administrative experience supporting multiple leaders in a complex research-based environment (e.g. healthcare, post-secondary, public sector) is preferred

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  •    Ability to apply active listening to hear and understand the complete message being communicated
  •    Verbal communication skills to clearly express ideas in an objective manner, and adapt communication style to suit the situation and audience 
  •    Ability to follow formal business practices with high attention to detail
  •    Ability to interact professionally with students, staff, faculty, and other members of the University community
  •    Ability to maintain a positive, outgoing attitude with genuine customer service orientation
  •    Ability to multi-task and maintain an organized and effective personal work environment
  •    Ability to summarize information and disseminate to others effectively in a timely manner
  •    Adapts readily and effectively to changing priorities and demands
  •    Attention to detail and proofreading abilities 
  •    Competency to maintain confidentiality and treat sensitive information with discretion
  •    Critical thinking skills to analyze problems, and collect information required to make an accurate conclusion
  •    Demonstrated ability take initiative, to work independently and follow through on work assignments
  •    Intermediate proficiency required in Microsoft Office Suite to prepare communications, graphics, reports, input departmental data into spreadsheets and  databases
  •    Familiarity with applications used by Western – e-mail, calendars, OWL, Cascade, PeopleSoft, Mustang Market preferred
  •    Familiarity with Western policies and guidelines related to finances and human resources preferred


Union Statement

Western welcomes applications from all qualified individuals; however, it is the university's policy to give first consideration to all qualified UWOSA applicants.

Western Values Diversity

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.  If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.

Please Note:

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

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