Job Opportunity - Administrative Assistant

Posted on Tuesday, June 7, 2022


Job ID:


Job Type:



24 mois / 24 month

Job Category:

General Administration

Open Positions:


Faculty / Department:

Faculty of Medicine / Department of Family Medicine


Roger Guindon Hall (Smyth Road)

Union Affiliation:

Non-Union Confidential - Grant (NC)

Date Posted:

May 30, 2022

Closing Date:

June 9, 2022

Hours per week:


Position Description

Salary (Grade: NC3)

Hiring salary range


The University of Ottawa—A crossroads of cultures and ideas

The University of Ottawa is home to a dynamic community of over 50,000 students, faculty and staff, who live, work and study in both French and English. Our campus is a crossroad of cultures and ideas, where bold minds come together to inspire game-changing ideas. We believe in the power of representation, and that increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff supports this objective. Our goal is to provide students with the best possible learning experience, in an environment that reflects the diversity of its people, their ideas, and their identities. 

We are one of Canada’s top 10 research universities—our professors and researchers explore new approaches to today’s challenges. One of a handful of Canadian universities ranked among the top 200 in the world, we attract exceptional thinkers and welcome diverse perspectives from across the globe. Our employees come together around the shared purpose of constant improvement, personal development, service excellence, teamwork and a passion for learning with a desire to make uOttawa and the world a better place. Everyone's contributions are valued, we all play a part in making uOttawa a world-class institution. Most importantly, we make it possible for you to achieve your full potential. Because at uOttawa, you belong!


About the Faculty of Medicine
Welcome to the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine, the first and largest bilingual medical faculty in Canada. Our learners have access to state-of-the art facilities and specialized institutions as they learn alongside world-class physicians and scientists. Consistently ranked among the top 10 medical schools in Canada, our faculty is among the top faculties of medicine in the world for research impact in biomedical and health sciences.

Position purpose:
Reporting to the Director, Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology, assists with and performs a variety of tasks to support the administrative operations of a department, specific program or event, while ensuring compliance with applicable policies and procedures.

In this role, your responsibilities will include:

  • Administrative Tasks: Performs a variety of administrative tasks to support the operations of the department/program/event, such as entering and updating data, drafting and preparing a variety of documents, and managing schedules and mail, in keeping with uOttawa quality standards.
  • Meeting Organization: Provides administrative support for organizing and coordinating meetings and events to ensure they run smoothly. For this purpose, reserves meeting rooms, makes any necessary catering arrangements, and prepares meeting agendas and any other documents.
  • Customer Service: Welcomes people who arrive in person; responds appropriately to general requests for information from customers and guides them in applying the general internal procedures of the department/program/event with a view to providing high quality service. Requests for information may be received and handled in person, by email, by phone or by mail.
  • Purchasing and Inventory Control: Makes decentralized purchases of goods and services for the department/program/event, on purchase order or on credit card, in compliance with all relevant policies. Controls an inventory of various supplies, tracks the demand and replenishes stock to meet the needs of internal clients.
  • Reporting: Provides various simple reports, on a scheduled or ad-hoc basis, on activities of the department/program/event to support ongoing operations and strategic planning.

What you will bring:

  • Postsecondary education in administration and office technology, or an equivalentcombination of education and work experience
  • Minimum two (2) years of demonstrated experience in a similar role
  • Experience with computer systems and applications such as Windows, word processing software, spreadsheets, databases, the internet and email
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Experience interpreting, explaining and applying policies and regulations
  • Experience in bilingual administrative writing
  • Experience producing reports
  • Ability to produce high quality work under pressure while meeting strict deadlines
  • Initiative, self-reliance and good judgment
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Bilingualism – English and French (spoken and written) would be an asset

For more information about the Faculty of Medicine, Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology:

Key Competencies at uOttawa:
Here are the required competencies for all or our employees at uOttawa: 

Planning: Organize in time a series of actions or events in order to realise an objective or a project. Plan and organize own work and priorities in regular daily activities.
Initiative: Demonstrate creativity and initiative to suggest improvements and encourage positive results. Is proactive and self-starting. Show availability and willingness to go above and beyond whenever it is possible.
Client Service Orientation: Help or serve others to meet their needs. This implies anticipating and identifying the needs of internal and external clients and finding solutions on how to meet them.
Teamwork and Cooperation: Cooperate and work well with other members of the team to reach common goal(s). Accept and give constructive feedback. Able to adjust own behaviour to reach the goals of the team.


The University of Ottawa embraces diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We are passionate about our people and committed to employment equity. We are at our best when everyone has a seat at the table, and when we are made to feel like we belong. We foster a culture of respect, teamwork and inclusion, where collaboration, innovation, and creativity fuel our quest for research and teaching excellence. While all qualified persons are invited to apply, we welcome applications from Indigenous persons, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, women and LGBTQIA2S+ persons. The University is committed to creating and maintaining an accessible, barrier-free work environment. The University is also committed to working with applicants with disabilities requesting accommodation during the recruitment, assessment and selection processes. Applicants with disabilities may contact to communicate the accommodation need. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Note: if this is a union position: The hiring process will be governed by the current collective agreement related to the union affiliation noted above; you can click here to find out more.

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