HR/Administrative Assistant

Position Title: HR/Administrative Assistant
Location: Washington, DC
Reports To: Senior Manager, Human Resources

Purpose and Description

Under the supervision of the Senior Manager, Human Resources, the HR/Administrative Assistant will organize and coordinate day-to-day functions of the Human Resources (HR) department and other areas of the organization as needed, to include Finance, External Affairs, and Maintenance & Operations. The HR/Administrative Assistant must present as an experienced, polished professional and provide excellent customer service, demonstrate initiative and responsibility with a can-do attitude, and complete projects in a timely manner with positive results. The Administrative Assistant will also meet and greet visitors, as well as screen some phone calls, as appropriate and needed.

Essential Functions

  • Handle administrative details related to Human Resources and other organizational departments including, but not limited to: scheduling appointments, orientations, trainings, conference calls; coordinating meeting logistics; preparing meeting materials; updating master documents as needed
  • Conduct orientations of new hires, fellows, and interns as needed
  • Process and verify invoices, prepare check requests, reconcile monthly receipts as needed
  • Assist in creation and assembly of complex PowerPoint and other presentations
  • Maintain HRIS data entry and assist with data preparation for regulatory reporting and audits
  • Organize and maintain HR personnel files, prepare new hire and exit packets, maintain updates to Employee Handbook and organizational chart(s)
  • Track and administer company benefits, as required, specifically transit and parking benefits
  • Administer timesheets and assist with bi-weekly payroll preparation as required
  • Assist other departments with administrative needs as requested
  • Serve as a lead for, and manager of, small administrative projects
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned

Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration or related fields; 2-3 years of related experience in a non-profit, association, or government agency preferred; any equivalent combination of training, education, and/or experience that demonstrates the ability to outstandingly perform the essential functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Approachable, trustworthy, and professional in all interactions with staff and vendors
  • A practical, yet innovative, self-directed problem solver with the confidence to take initiative to achieve results
  • Outstanding planning and organizational skills with the ability to manage time effectively and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, while maintaining absolute attention to detail
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills with a sense of humor and a continuous smile
  • Demonstrated sound judgment, sensitivity, and discretion in handling confidential information
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint) as well as Adobe Acrobat and other administrative technology
  • Physical Effort and Dexterity
  • May occasionally need to lift and move boxes or other items up to 20 pounds.

Visual Acuity, Hearing, and Speaking

  • Excellent verbal and written command of the English language

Environment and Scheduling

  • Interest in working with an international not-for-profit professional exchange organization
  • Interest in working within a diverse work environment
This position is required to work 8:45 am to 5:30 pm Monday-Friday
This position is classified FLSA non-exempt.

Employer’s Statement and Rights

This position posting does not list all the duties of the job. If an offer is made, you will be presented with a detailed job description. Applicants will be evaluated based upon their demonstrated ability to perform the tasks listed above, and their education and experience. The employer has the right to revise this posting at any time. Neither this posting nor the job description is a contract for employment. Meridian is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should apply by e-mail only to Subject line should read “AdminAssistant” only and a cover letter, with salary expectations, and resume should be attached. Only candidates being considered for this position will be contacted. Submissions which do not follow the above instructions will not be considered as applicants. NO PHONE CALLS in reference to this position will be accepted.