Job Posting: QRC Secretary Senior


Req #: 86480
Appointing Department Web Address:
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Job Location Detail: Johnson Hall
Posting Date: 07/20/2012
Closing Info: Closes On 08/05/2012
Salary: 50-55% of $2449-3245 per month
Union Position: Yes
This classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit Union Information
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.
For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The University of Washington’s Quaternary Research Center (QRC) within the College of the Environment, has an outstanding opportunity for a part time Secretary Senior.

The Secretary Senior will serve as an Assistant to the Director.

The QRC ( is an interdisciplinary science center that promotes and supports research on the environment, involving faculty from the departments of Earth and Space Sciences, Archaeology and Anthropology, Biology, and others. We seek a dedicated individual to support all aspects of the running of the Center.

Tasks will include helping to organize annual research workshops, making travel arrangements for faculty and for visiting researchers, promoting the center through web site composition and development, helping with grant proposal preparation, document editing, planning and maintaining the budget, and other duties as assigned. The Secretary Senior will report to the QRC Director, and serve as the Director’s representative. He/she will also work closely with faculty and with the Managing Editor of the journal published by the QRC.

-High School graduation or equivalent AND two years of increasingly responsible office experience involving occupational-level keyboarding/typing including transcription OR equivalent education/experience.

-Excellent computer skills, include MS office desktop applications, PowerPoint, email, databases (including access), web, etc.
-Web design experience.
-Excellent written and oral communication skills.

-Experience or serious interest in natural sciences, particularly in areas relating to those of existing faculty in the Center, would be a plus.
Condition of Employment:
A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification may be required prior to hire.

-Position will be 50% over 12 months or 55% over 11 months.

Application Process:
Part of the application process for this position includes completing an on-line Employment Eligibility assessment to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. The assessment will appear on your screen for you to complete as soon as you select "Apply to this Position" on this job announcement. Once you begin the assessment, it must be completed at that time. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until the assessment is complete.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral. The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.


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McNair/EIP hiring a new Graduate Student Advisor

Dear Colleagues:

We hope your summer is going well.

UW McNair/Early Identification Program is looking to hire one Graduate Student Advisor (GSA).

Application procedure is very simple: we are asking for an updated curriculum vitae and a cover letter of interest to uwmcnair from the potential graduate student applicants.

Specifically we are looking for a physical, life, or social science (if in humanities very very strong writing and editing skills plus strong desire to learn database skills) graduate students with solid quantitative, logistical, technical, teaching, and advising skills with quick response time and accuracy when supervisors’ decisions are told to be put in motion (with courtesy and respect).

If you know of any graduate students who might be a great fit for our Programs, please refer them to the following links:

For the record, EIP (Early Identification Program)/McNair students are first generation, low-income, and/or traditionally underrepresented students involved in year round undergraduate research with UW faculty mentors. The purpose of both Programs are to enhance the probability of our students getting admitted & funded to various graduate/Ph.D programs and ultimately have many more leaders via graduate education.

Thank you.


Gene Kim, Ph.D.
Associate Director, McNair & Early Identification Program, OMAD

Box 352803
Mary Gates Hall 173 H
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-2803
Phone: 206-685-3643

Poetry in Paradise: Last Chance. A Personal Note from Professor Kenney

Dear Students,

Final notice. We still have places open for Fall term in Friday Harbor.


1. The Marine Station: the place is to-die-for beautiful. It could pass for a summer camp. Beaches, forest, seascapes, etc. Boats. Row into town after dinner. Jog forest paths. Watch orcas. Duck eagles.

2. Creative Writing: this is the one place you can study it without being accepted into the Creative Writing track. No experience or “talent” is presumed. If you’re interested in applying to the Creative Writing Track, this is a perfect place to learn fast, refine your work, and improve your chances. If you’re already in the CW Track, no better place for it than Friday Harbor.

3. User-Friendly Science: the Marine Biology and Fish classes are open at the introductory level. Would you rather do science in the classroom or in the field? Imagine exploring tidal flats under the full moon. These classes are taught by distinguished scientists who love what they do, and want you to, too.

4. Student-Faculty Ratio: nowhere lower. Not in Honors, not in the Ivy League. This is a chance to work with people who know their stuff, under very personal conditions.

5. “Foreign Study” Without the Air Fare: the experience is intensive and potentially transformative in the way that foreign study can be, but it’s available close to home.


1. It looks expensive. Wrong. The reason it looks expensive is that food— full board, three squares a day— is included in the advertised price. Dining hall is a 100 year old lodge with huge fireplace, piano, pool and ping-pong tables, French doors opening to a deck with picnic tables and a view of the water. Resident chef: the food is good. In fact, the program costs exactly what tuition, room and board would cost at the UW campus in Seattle.

2. I have to apply. Yes, but that will take fifteen minutes. Applications accepted through August.

3. It’s a scary gamble. Can’t help you there. That’s adventure for you.


1. Make a few calls.

2. Apply.

3. Congratulations. You’ll make new friends and trade stories with them for the rest of your lives.

It’s up to you, now. I look forward to meeting those of you who step up. We’ll have a grand time next fall. Best of the summer to all, meanwhile.

Yours truly,

Richard Kenney

S. Wilson and Grace M. Pollock Professor of Creative Writing

University of Washington