Program Assistant (Hybrid); Ithaca, NY

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Program Assistant (Hybrid); Ithaca, NY




Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.


Program Assistant (Hybrid)

About the College

Cornell Computing and Information Science (CIS) is a college-level unit with the mission of integrating computing and information science—its ideas, technology, and modes of thought—into every academic field. Working with seven colleges and four professional schools, CIS brings its Computer Science, Information Science and Statistical Science faculty together with faculty throughout the university.

About the Department of Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science (CS) is an integral part of the Faculty of Computing and Information Science. It offers CS majors in the Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Engineering, and it has graduate programs for the degrees of Master of Engineering and Ph.D. The department is considered one of the top five CS departments in the US, with world-class research covering all of computer science.

The Opportunity

This role assists Faculty PIs in managing multi-university, corporate initiatives, and their related research programs. It provides administrative, organizational, coordination and communications support for the Networking Programming Initiative (NPI) and Software-Defined Hardware project (SDH).

Duties include:

Planning and coordinating a wide range of activities and local, national, and international events (conferences/seminars/lectures/workshops and, quarterly review meetings).

Coordinating external and internal communications (including press releases and social media), complex travel arrangements and reimbursements; managing itineraries and accommodations for visitors, and site visits, faculty calendars, procurement of goods and services.

Coordinate logistics for on/off campus embedded corporate researchers. Compose/edit/coordinate material for correspondence, papers, and reports, using discretion and confidentiality; Identify, collect, and integrate from collaborators information for websites, publications, presentations, activities, news, and reports. Coordinate hiring of student employees for research projects, supervise students. Answer inquiries, orient visitors, and perform other tasks as needed.

What We Need

Required Qualifications

  • Associate’s degree with at least 4 to 6 years’ relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent communication (oral/written), organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Detail-oriented and demonstrate sound judgment.
  • Exceptional customer service skills and capacity to handle competing priorities.
  • Work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Proactive in identifying and following up on organizational needs, determining tasks necessary to meet requirements and deadlines, and identifying and engaging support staff and resources as needed.
  • Aptitude to work effectively with a diverse group of individuals including faculty, staff, students, and visitors.
  • Project a professional image and demonstrate the ability to diplomatically handle a wide variety of situations.
  • Technically adept in a variety of software and internet tools (e.g., HTML, Excel, Word), and able to learn new tools as needed.


  • No Visa Sponsorship is available for this position.


  • Employees are expected to meet all of the Cornell University Staff Skills for Success, which are essential for individual and organizational success.


  • This position is located in Ithaca, New York and may provide hybrid work flexibility.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with Cornell systems (i.e., Accounting, P-Cards, Travel) desirable.
  • Graphic design, publishing, multimedia production, web and social media communications strategies, or web design experience.
  • Experience with conference/event planning.
  • Experience with planning/organizing/coordinating outreach activities.


What We Offer

Rewards and Benefits

  • Cornell receives national recognition as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.
  • Our benefits programs include comprehensive health care options, generous retirement contributions, access to wellness programs, and employee discounts with local and national retail brands. We invite you to follow this link to get more information about our benefits:
  • Follow this link to learn more about the Total Rewards of Working at Cornell:
  • Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 13 holidays: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, and an end of the year winter break from December 25-January 1.
  • Cornell’s impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Extramural Study and Employee Degree Program, tuition aid for external education, and Cornell Children’s Tuition Assistance Program.


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University Job Title:

Program Assistant I

Job Family:

Student Services



Pay Rate Type:


Pay Range:

$22.78 – $26.48

Remote Option Availability:

Hybrid Remote



Contact Name:

Maria Avila


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