UPDATED 2/11/2022

Thank you for your interest! This position has been filled at this time.

World Affairs Seminar is hiring!

We’re looking for a new Administrative Assistant to round out our talented team in the New Year. It’s an exciting time for our organization, as we plan our first-ever hybrid Seminar in June, with in-person and virtual options available for our prospective student delegates. Like most groups, we went virtual the past two years, so we fervently hope to return to Carroll University for our 2022 edition. Intrigued? Please review our position description below and email a cover letter and resume by Friday, January 21,  to fvogel@worldaffairsseminar.org , typing “WAS Administrative Assistant” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Thank you for your interest!

Position Title: Administrative Assistant
Posted: December 31, 2021 Until Filled

Position Summary and Scope

Key administrative colleague who provides general office organization and support to nonprofit group that conducts a weeklong annual event preparing young leaders to help shape the world of tomorrow.  Maintains office records and databases. Coordinates registration of student delegates.  Duties include outreach (telephone, e-mail, standard mail and one-on-one communications) to student delegates, sponsors and prospects, speakers and staff.  Maintains tuition records and data files. Manages on-site student check-in process, including room assignments, transportation support and coordination with venue food services.  Provides support to Academic Team and Nursing Staff throughout the Seminar.

Reports to

Executive Director

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Ability to set priorities and work independently.  Highly detail-oriented and well-organized.  Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, Word, Outlook and other applications, such as Zoho or similar CRM software.  Able to produce and process direct mail.  MS Access and PowerPoint skills a plus(Note: while some accounting is required, WAS engages a professional bookkeeper to maintain financial data.)

Compensation and Work Conditions

Competitive hourly wage.  Hours vary, generally 10 – 15 hours per week.  Very flexible “time off/time away” policy, provided work milestones are met.  Must be available full-time during June, with increased hours around February and May. Basic office environment located on the second floor (no elevator).  No heavy lifting.

Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Maintain databases of seminar sponsors, students and staff.
  2. Process sponsor requests for information/general customer service assistance.
  3. Oversee registration process.
  4. Arrange for bus transportation to and from airports for student arrival/departure.
  5. Process direct mail outreach to key constituent groups.
  6. Collaborate (with Social Media Director) on e-mail outreach to key constituent groups.
  7. Provide Board of Directors administrative support (maintain lists, process correspondence, etc.)
  8. Assist in researching, submitting and follow-up to grant requests.
  9. Coordinate with bookkeeper to support accounting processes.
  10. Other duties may be assigned, to better ensure the Seminar’s success.
Organizational Overview

World Affairs Seminar (WAS), a nonprofit group based in West Allis, began in 1977 as a program of Rotary District 6270.  WAS is a unique, interactive, weeklong, educational Seminar for high school students worldwide. The 2022 edition is set for June 18 – 24 at Carroll University in Waukesha, with in-person and virtual attendance planned. The theme, which changes each year, is: Reimagining Global Health and Wellness: Infectious Ideas.  The Seminar provides an opportunity for domestic and international students from diverse backgrounds to discuss issues in a positive environment and promote peace through cultural understanding.  Student delegates experience new and different ideas and viewpoints brought forth both by their colleagues, and by renowned experts. Delegates put their new knowledge to use by creating and presenting a Capstone Project. The Seminar, which draws nearly 300 high school students from up to 30 different countries each year, numbers over 30,000 participants since its inception.

Application process:

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume by Friday, January 21,  to Francis Vogel, Executive Director, at fvogel@worldaffairsseminar.org, with the subject line “WAS Administrative Assistant”. No phone calls, please.

World Affairs Seminar
10600 W. Mitchell Street
West Allis, Wisconsin 53214

World Affairs Seminar

Rotary District 6270 with Rotary Wheel

A Rotary District 6270 Initiative

World Affairs Seminar
10600 W. Mitchell Street
West Allis, Wisconsin 53214

Privacy Policy:

The World Affairs Seminar does not share or sell personal information about students or sponsors with any other organization except as authorized by signed release. This includes personal, health, financial, or other information. Information you post on public websites and other accessible media is your responsibility.

Refund Policy:

To receive credit after payment has been made, students, sponsors must notify the World Affairs Seminar in writing that their delegate is unable to attend, or if the sponsor is unable to fill a paid for space at the Seminar. (e-mail is considered "in writing" for these purposes as long as the e-mail is acknowledged as having been received.) Full credit applies if notification is received by April 1; 50% credit if application is cancelled between April 1 but prior to May 21; no credit is available if application is cancelled after May 21, unless extraordinary circumstances such as illness, death exist. All cancellation credits are subject to $75.00 processing fee and must be used within one calendar year. Note: in agreeing to attend WAS, parents and students promise to reimburse their sponsor for the full amount of any loss due to cancellation. WAS offices: (414) 453-4984, or contact@worldaffairsseminar.org.

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