The Jackson Laboratory

Administrative Assistant II

Job Locations US-ME-Bar Harbor
Posted Date 4 weeks ago(11/9/2020 4:34 PM)
Job ID
HR, Legal, Safety, and Administrative 


This is an exciting role based in the office of the Scientific Director. This individual would be directly responsible for supporting research operations on the Bar Harbor campus. The Administrative Assistant will work closely with, and under the direction of, the Research Operations Manager.


This is a highly visible position where professionalism, discretion and preserving confidentiality are required and critical for success. The Administrative Assistant II will provide the Research Operations Manager with necessary administrative support including:

  • Data entry and maintenance: Helps keep space planning and renovation projects on track through documenting action items and timelines; maintains and manipulates data in Excel spreadsheets and databases.
  • Assists in performing day-to-day administration e.g. maintain sensitive files, answer and direct incoming phone calls as appropriate, submit Facilities and IT tickets, process purchase orders, invoices and orders as needed.
  • Gathers and assembles information from a wide variety of sources in response to the initiatives of the Research Operations Manager. Compiles the information into related spreadsheets, reports or presentations for review in a timely manner.
  • Supports related meetings, including planning, scheduling, booking conference and/meeting rooms or web platforms, recording action items and minutes, planning workshops, luncheons etc.
  • Arranges travel and itineraries as requested (including for vendors and visitors).


  • High School Diploma and 2+ years of work experience in a professional business environment working for senior level management OR a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or a closely related discipline.
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite (strong Excel and PowerPoint a must), SharePoint, Lawson, Concur, WebEx, Apple/PC operating systems etc.) and operation of other peripheral devices as well as applications specific to an office environment.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects to successful completion with demanding deadlines and changing priorities.
  • Ability work collaboratively, lead, and administer projects of JAX wide importance. Excellent project management skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others in writing and verbally. To clearly exchange information with people representing a wide diversity of disciplines and levels of sophistication.
  • Ability to multi-task on a variety of assignments while remaining focused and professional. Needs to be flexible and adaptable in dealing with changing priorities and tasks.
  • Demonstrated experience to take independent initiative and exercise good judgment and decision-making.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a positive team player demeanor.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage details accurately.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to work in a high-profile environment requiring discretion, judgment, tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to forge relationships and networks within the Laboratory.


For your application to be considered complete, please upload a cover letter along with your resume.

About Us

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with more than 2,300 employees. Headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine, it has a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in Augusta, Maine, a genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Connecticut, and facilities in Ellsworth, Maine, Sacramento, California, and Shanghai, China. Its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.

The Jackson Laboratory's 43-acre scenic Bar Harbor campus is nestled between the Gulf of Maine and the mountains of Acadia National Park. Some of the best hiking and biking in the world (over 50 square miles of mountains, lakes, views, and dramatic coastline) is accessible from our campus. We are one mile from downtown Bar Harbor, which offers a vibrant downtown district with a plethora of restaurants, shops, museums, and galleries.

JAX employees work in a collaborative, value-driven, and team-based environment where the focus is on advancing science and improving patients’ lives. Researchers apply genetics to increase the understanding of human disease and advance treatments and cures for cancer, neurological and immune disorders, diabetes, aging, and heart disease. JAX was voted among the top 15 “Best Places to Work in Academia” in the United States in a poll conducted by The Scientist magazine!


Our Values:

INTEGRITY - Courage and commitment to do what is right

PEOPLE - Inspiring our people to enhance the health of all

ONE TEAM - Unified by our promise to transform medicine and science

EXCELLENCE - Achieving world-class results

INNOVATION - Leading with discovery and creative solutions

STEWARDSHIP - Caring for and enhancing the resources entrusted to us


What do we have to offer?

JAX offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, including a medical plan, outstanding retirement plan, generous paid time off, and tuition reimbursement including an MBA program. Our campus offers a fitness center with an award-winning wellness program, an onsite full service cafeteria, and a fully operational primary care facility available to employees and their families.


Most importantly, every position contributes to JAX’s mission of discovering precise genomic solutions for human disease and empowering the global biomedical community in our shared quest to improve human health.


Employment will require successful completion of references and a background check.

The Jackson Laboratory provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, age, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, national origin, veteran status, and other classifications protected by applicable state and local non-discrimination laws.

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