Birmingham Law School and CEPLER Administrative Assistant

United Kingdom
Aug 02, 2017
Aug 22, 2017
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time


Job Purpose

The post holder will provide efficient and effective administrative support for two functions of Birmingham Law School: the Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research (CEPLER); and the wider Law School administration.
The duties indicated below are illustrative of the type of administration support that the post holder will be required to deliver, however they are not exhaustive. Agreement will be reached between the post holder and their line manager(s) on duties that will be assigned to the post holder.


Main Duties

To provide general administrative support for the Law School Administration and the CEPLER Team. Duties may include:

  • Acting as a point of contact for students and academic staff. These could be queries by telephone, email or in person, forwarding to the most appropriate person if necessary.
  • Where dedicated email addresses are in use, maintaining ‘inboxes’ daily and replying to queries promptly and accurately to a high standard of customer service. Should a query be forwarded to another member of staff, ensuring the sender is kept fully informed.
  • Distributing information to students/staff and collating responses as required.
  • Sending email reminders, general notification of events/deadlines and general information to academic staff using current circulation lists as requested. Feeding CEPLER activity into the weekly BLS Student Newsletter.
  • Maintaining existing Law School and CEPLER record-keeping processes, carrying out basic data inputting to excel spreadsheets and access databases.
  • Receiving requests for room-bookings from academic staff, booking and confirming these as appropriate.
  • Carrying out basic event administration such as catering arrangements, preparation for events, supporting events on the day and clearing up afterwards where required.
  • Managing/sending correspondence by post or email to external contacts once approved by CEPLER team members, Senior Administrator, School Administration Manager, or School Administrator.
  • Carrying out general scanning/photocopying as required.
  • Updating the Law School intranet, calendar and staff handbook; and maintaining CEPLER Canvas (Virtual Learning Environment) pages where instructed.
  • Preparing purchase requisition requests and following expense tracking procedures.
  • Logging issues and requests with other College/University departments.
  • To provide general administrative support for the CEPLER management team and Law School Administration:
  • Arranging appointments/meetings; co-ordinating diaries and sending Outlook appointments.
  • Supporting meetings by taking minutes, circulating a typed summary of the key points and actions as requested by Line Manager.
  • Supporting the administration of travel arrangements as required.

On occasion, to support the wider Law School administrative team as required by the School Operations Manager and/or nominee. Activities may include:


  • Undertaking office reception duties as required.
  • Collecting, sorting and distributing incoming post.
  • Collating and checking outgoing post, ensuring it is ready for collection.
  • Maintaining staff and student pigeon-holes.

Participating in other duties which may include:

  • Organising / prioritising own work on a daily basis.
  • Participating in regular meetings with Line Manager and team meetings as required.
  • Identifying areas for professional development through observation, coaching or training.
  • Carrying out other duties or projects appropriate to the grade of post as requested by the School Operations Manager, School Administration Manager, School Administrator or CEPLER Manager/Senior Administrator.


Person Specification - Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications & Experience Required

Essential skills:

  • Experience of dealing with customer queries either face to face, by telephone or electronically with a commitment to providing a high level of customer service.
  • Evidence GCSE English and Mathematics to a minimum of grade C, or have an equivalent qualification.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Demonstrate good interpersonal and communication skills to deal effectively and appropriately with a range of people, including staff, students and visitors.
  • Fast and accurate IT skills (MS Office) with a good knowledge of on-line systems.
  • Demonstrate ability to work with databases to view and maintain records and generate reports.
  • Ability to work under pressure, organise/prioritise own workload and plan ahead.
  • Ability to take accurate minutes.
  • A high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Flexibility towards duties within the scope of the role as dictated by the needs of the CEPLER team and Law School Administration.
  • The ability to be adaptable in busy periods.

Examples of Decision Making/Problem Solving

1. Without reference to others

  • Answering day-to-day and general queries.
  • Carrying-out filing and general maintenance of records.
  • Prioritising own workload.
  • Personal time management decisions.

2. After consulting others:

  • Booking rooms.
  • Updating induction and departmental information documentation.

3. Or that would be referred to someone else.

  • Complex queries requiring more expert knowledge or that require academic/Senior management intervention.
  • Financial queries.

Communication skills

  • Students: dealing with enquiries; retrieval and update of student information.
  • Academic Staff: provide administrative support for specific tasks.
  • Professional Services Staff: sharing information.
  • Team working: dealing with queries.
  • Visitors: dealing with enquiries.

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