Position Description

Administrative Assistant - Bowie, MD
Department Center for Computing Sciences
Location Bowie, MD
Closing Date 3/15/21
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The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) has an immediate career opening for an Administrative Assistant.  This opening is located at IDA’s Center for Computing Sciences in Bowie, Maryland (CCS). IDA offers a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package and a superior professional working environment. To the right individual, IDA offers the opportunity to have a major impact on key national programs while working on fascinating technical issues.  #IDAjobs

Provides principal administrative support in a professional environment to research staff members of a project team(s). Performs a variety of administrative duties requiring knowledge of the organization, programs, and procedures related to the function of the office.  Responsibilities include extensive use of personal computers and appropriate software for production of complex technical and statistical documents, assembling data and formatting reports, preparing charts and graphs.  The nature of this work is deadline and precision oriented.


  • Prepares documents on a timely and accurate basis, to include narrative, technical, or statistical reports from typed, taped, automated or handwritten text.  Uses a personal computer and appropriate software for creating, storing, retrieving, formatting and integrating documents and other data in accordance with prescribed format and procedures; may require chart preparation and graphics; responsible for correct spelling and grammar; reviews materials prepared for supervisor's approval for accuracy and proper format.
  • Maintains working relationships with other organizational support functions, such as Control and Distribution, Publications Services Office, Technical Information Services Office, to ensure timely, accurate processing of reports for final drafts, reviews, and distribution.
  • Maintains project schedules, travel plans and personal itineraries for assigned staff; assures that travel arrangements, security requirements, and administrative support are properly accomplished; coordinates all necessary forms.  Responds to both routine and non-routine telephone inquiries with standard answers or by referral to appropriate staff member. 
  • Prepares routine correspondence on own initiative for supervisor's review.  May scan and sort incoming mail and interoffice correspondence into priority categories; note items of interest based on current projects; may retrieve and attach background material before distributing.
  • Maintains recurring internal reports, and other types of data as requested; establishes and maintains files as directed; follows up on pending matters to assure that schedules are met; maintains office supply inventory.
  • May utilize spreadsheet, graphics or database software programs; also may maintain information systems and databases.  Operates standard automated office systems and equipment to include electronic mail, conference room scheduling and other internal automated systems, fax machine, copy machine and scanning equipment.  May serve as technical resource for other staff members on software questions and issues.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.           


  1. High school diploma or equivalent, with three or more years experience in secretarial, word processing or administrative functions.
  2. Demonstrated ability to handle proprietary or sensitive information and to operate effectively under deadlines with tact and diplomacy.
  3. Strong interpersonal skills with ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with all levels of employees.
  4. Demonstrated proficiency in use of various software packages to include word processing and spreadsheet, graphics and database applications on microcomputers such as IBM and Macintosh; experience with other automated systems e.g. Microsoft Outlook or other electronic mail system, conference room scheduling systems and other internal automated systems.
  5. Ability to obtain and maintain appropriate TS/SCI security clearance with polygraph; Active TS/SCI (or within two years) with polygraph, preferred.

U.S. Citizenship is required
Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required
Equal Opportunity Employer

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