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Support Specialist

AFSCME MN Council 5 is currently seeking applicants for the position of Support Specialist. A brief description and qualifications for the position are shown below.

This Support Specialist position is full-time (37.5 hours per week), Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM and is based out of the South St. Paul Office. Starting wage is $3,280.00/month.

Job Duties/Responsibilities:

  • This position will provide clerical support for AFSCME Council 5 which includes typing and processing a wide variety of correspondence, reports, mailings, grievance, arbitration materials and related documents.
  • Attending and taking minutes at staff meetings.
  • Copying files and documents, storing electronically and hard copy according to retention policy.
  • Coordinating and arranging logistics for various meetings and large events (meeting room arrangements, scheduling, ordering lunches, etc).
  • Maintain assorted mailing lists and databases, including our grievance management system.
  • Reception backup.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or equivalent, with minimum 2 years of experience.
  • The applicant must be able to interact with callers, visitors, and staff in a friendly, positive manner, and maintain a demeanor that displays patience, diplomacy and tactfulness in dealings under highly charged, busy, or trying circumstances.
  • Familiarity with, and ability to, operate a computer with various business-related software packages. Ability to proficiently format and manipulate data in Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • Substantial knowledge and experience with the overall operations of a business office.
  • High level of proficiency and accuracy in data entry and typing skills.
  • Excellent grammar and spelling skills.
  • Demonstrated time management skills and work habits that are orderly and efficient.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as the ability to work as a team member in a variety of office activities with a diverse group of people.
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to articulate information both orally and in writing.
  • Excellent organizational skills, flexibility, and the ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Adhere to all corporate policies and procedures.

TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume to Lisa Altendorfer, IT/Building Resource Manager at:

  • AFSCME MN Council 5, 300 Hardman Ave South, South St. Paul, MN 55075
  • Fax: 651-455-1311
  • Email: Lisa.Altendorfer@afscmemn.org (no phone calls please)

DEADLINE: The posting for this position will close Monday, November 20, 2017 at 4:00 PM.

Download & print a PDF of this job posting

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