Administrative Support Assistant - Political Science (507195)

  • California Polytechnic State University
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Clerical and Administrative Support Political or Public Affairs

Job Description


Job Summary

Under the general supervision of the department chair, with lead work supervision provided by the ASC II, this position provides general clerical support for the department chair and faculty and is responsible for providing information and support for administration, faculty, students, parents, and the general public regarding department programs. The position serves as the initial primary contact for the department, greeting and providing assistance to faculty, students and guests with general information and referrals to appropriate individuals and offices.

Note: This position is paid under the 11/12 pay plan, where salary for 11 months is distributed over 12 months with JULY off (with pay, benefits, and vacation/sick leave accrual continuing through months off).

Department Summary

The Political Science Department is one of the larger departments in the College of Liberal Arts. The department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with four concentrations to over 300 students; three minors to over 115 students; and a Master of Public Policy program to twenty-plus students. The department also offers general education courses as well as courses that meet the USCP requirement. Overall, the department currently produces over 16,000 SCUs annually, split fairly evenly between major /minor courses and service courses through general education. Co-curricular activities are provided through four departmental clubs (POLS Club, MPP club, Pi Sigma Alpha, Undergraduate Law Association) and four IRA activities (Mock Trial, Model UN, Paideia, Latin American Studies Internship); Model UN and Mock Trial are also competitive club teams. The department is currently staffed by one department chair and one graduate coordinator (both of whom are tenured faculty), thirteen additional tenured/tenure-track faculty, one Administrative Support Coordinator II and one Administrative Support Assistant II. Part-time faculty vary by quarter but are typically no fewer than three.

Key Qualifications
  • Demonstrated customer service experience requiring a very high level of diplomacy and professionalism.
  • Thorough knowledge of office methods, procedures, and practices.
  • Ability to apply independent judgment, discretion, and initiative to address problems and develop practical, thorough and, at times, creative solutions.
  • Ability to perform standard arithmetic functions of a transactional nature, including tracking and comparing data, purchasing and ordering.

Education and Experience

High school diploma or its equivalent. Three years of general office support experience. (Training at a vocational school or full-time college education may be substituted for two years of the required experience on the basis of one year of college education for 6 months of experience).


Anticipated Hiring Range: $33,000 - $40,704 annually

Classification Range: $32,028 - $50,508 annually

Cal Poly

Known for its Learn by Doing pedagogy, Cal Poly is the flagship of the world-renowned California State University system. Annually recognized as one of the top public universities in the nation, Cal Poly continues to offer an academic curriculum based on learned experience gained through real-world practice. Located in San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly is nestled comfortably among the coastal foothills, minutes from the Pacific Ocean and equidistant to the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

Cal Poly offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. See our benefits website for additional information.

Diversity Statement

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Poly is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Supplemental Information

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

San Luis Obispo, California 93405 United States View Map