Senior Operations Planning Specialist

Saddleback College

Irvine, CA

ID: 7190825 (Ref.No. REQ11648)
Posted: November 2, 2023

Job Description


Senior Operations Planning Specialist

Job Category:


Job Opening Date:

November 02, 2023

Job Closing Date:


Irvine Valley College

Work Location:

Irvine, CA


Facilities, Maintenance and Operations

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Work Days:

Monday - Friday

Work Hours:

6:30am - 3:00pm (Schedule and Shift are subject to change in accordance with the departments needs.)

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Starting at $6,102 per month

Required Documents:

Cover Letter & Resume

Job Description:

C.S.E.A Classified Bargaining Unit Salary Range 130

Initial Screening Date: December 04, 2023

Under direction from the assigned administrator of record or his/her designee, performs a combination of administrative and coordinative functions in support of department activities; performs the more complex administrative and secretarial duties in support of the Department Director and other departmental managers; coordinates and prioritizes  the full range of department-wide administrative, secretarial, and clerical support; provides assistance to management in planning and coordinating day to day operational activities; collaborates with multiple trades, outside contractors and vendors to effectively coordinate projects and project budget activities; administers the work order system; coordinates a variety of semi- skilled maintenance activities and set-ups for events campus wide; and performs a variety of other duties that require knowledge of maintenance activities and the various trades and crafts and contribute to the smooth operations of the department and the timely completion of various projects.

This is a hybrid administrative and specialized classification that is distinguished from the Administrative Assistant series by the responsibility for coordinating and participating in planning day to day operational activities. This is an experienced classification; incumbents are assigned to independently perform the full range of diverse functions that include administrative and coordinative duties as described in the Representative Duties section. Demonstrated experience performing administrative functions at a level comparable to a Senior Administrative Assistant is required in addition to specific experience that demonstrates functional knowledge and understanding of maintenance activities and the various trades and crafts. Incumbents at this level receive instruction or assistance only as new or unusual situations arise, and must be fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.

This class is further distinguished from the Operations Planning Specialist by the level of responsibility for complex administrative and secretarial duties and by the level of knowledge related to maintenance operations required to work collaboratively and effectively with various trades and understand the impact of decisions.

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

1.    Participate in the administration of departmental activities and coordination of day to day operations; provide responsible and complex administrative and operational support, relieving the supervisor of a wide variety of clerical, technical, and administrative detail; assist in organizing functions and activities as assigned.

2.    Coordinate, attend, and participate in maintenance staff meetings as assigned; work in cooperation with Lead worker in executing various maintenance projects; and assist in coordinating activities between skilled trades as necessary and appropriate.

3.    Attend and participate in unit meetings as requested; coordinate with Lead workers and other staff as necessary to address emergency situations.

4.    Administer college-wide maintenance management system; review all maintenance requests; create work order and provide to appropriate Lead Worker.

5.    Oversee the use of various facilities for special events; coordinate with position responsible for Master Calendar; assess impact on facility; identify and coordinate physical needs; assist with developing costs associated with event; coordinate activities of contractors, vendors and staff involved in special event.

6.    May participate in space planning, furniture and configuration within buildings assigned to Facilities; collaborate with Lead Workers who assess data and other technical requirements.

7.    Coordinate, schedule, and manage routine vendor activities, including but not limited to quarterly hazardous material removal, daily waste hauler, fire alarm testing, elevator inspection and repair, and weekly pest control companies; coordinate activities with various departments; ensure compliance with appropriate State guidelines and regulations.

8.    Provide responsible and complex administrative support; plan and organize administrative office support functions; coordinate, oversee, and evaluate the flow of office work and assure that work is performed in a timely and accurate manner; review, update, and inform the supervisor and others of essential timelines; delegate tasks to other staff as appropriate and oversee completion of work; discuss and review calendar of events on a regular basis with supervisor to assure timely coordination of office activities and status of assigned projects; develop schedules related to division/department activities and services.

9.    Utilize electronic technology to correspond with others and to maintain assigned calendars, schedules, and appointments; coordinate and arrange meetings; coordinate activities with other divisions and departments; make travel arrangements for department staff; process conference reimbursement and other requests.

10.    Participate in the departmental orientation and training of new classified and substitute employees when assigned; assign, schedule, train, and provide work direction to semi-skilled administrative  staff as assigned; prioritize work assignments; as appropriate, review and validate completed work for accuracy.

11.    Collect, research, compile, analyze, verify, summarize, record, and evaluate information; prepare and distribute narrative, statistical, and financial data, recommendations, and alternatives as requested; complete reports; verify and review forms and reports for completeness and conformance with established regulations and procedures.

12.    Coordinate and oversee specialized functions or projects independently, as assigned; assure that work is performed in a timely and accurate manner; use independent judgment to develop and provide recommendations, suggestions, or information as appropriate.

13.    Answer telephones and respond to questions and requests for information from administrative, management, academic, and/or classified staff and the general public; communicate information in person or by telephone where judgment, knowledge, and interpretation of policies and procedures are necessary.

14.    Serve as liaison between assigned supervisor and the College administrative staff, academic and classified staff, students, representatives of community agencies, and the general public by relaying messages, answering questions, clarifying information, responding to requests, or referring callers to the appropriate supervisor, administrator or others as necessary.

15.    Assure that Board agenda items and supporting documents are developed, prepared, and forwarded within District timelines and legal requirements and guidelines; assure the administrator receives timely notification of Board requests for information or action; assure that the Board receives information and notification of action taken as requested.

16.    Assist supervisor in the preparation and administration of program budget(s); assist in preparing cost estimates for budget recommendations; assist in submitting justifications for budget items; allocate funds to proper budget codes; monitor and track expenditures in a timely manner; provide regular problems; monitor open accounts; process budget/expense transfers; recommend budget revisions.

17.    Prepare, coordinate, and track contracts through the College and District processes, interfacing with the contractor/vendor, the College Budget Manager, and District staff as required on behalf of the administrator; produce and track purchase orders as required with contract submission.

18.    Recommend expenditures for office equipment, materials, and supplies and assure their timely ordering, receipt, and storage; assure proper functioning of office equipment; prepare purchase requisitions, check requests, independent contracts, and claims for reimbursement of special funds related to assignment; post, monitor, and track invoices and other expenditures; process and prepare time sheets for signature.

19.    Provide staff support to standing and ad hoc committees and other groups as assigned; attend meetings and take notes or record proceedings; prepare and distribute agendas, background materials, and minutes as appropriate.

20.    Compose correspondence independently; prepare preliminary responses to letters, general correspondence, and personal inquiries of a sensitive nature for administrator’s approval.

21.    Format, type, proofread, duplicate, and distribute correspondence, notices, lists, forms, memoranda, and other materials according to established procedures, policies, and standards.

22.    Establish and maintain a variety of complex, interrelated filing systems including confidential files; establish and maintain files for information, records, and reports involving classified and management payroll and attendance, budget, production and cost records, inventory, manuals, and updated resource materials; organize and maintain all plan room documents including construction building drawings, plans and other documents, in a manner that facilitates retrieval.

23.    Receive mail and identify and refer matters to the appropriate person in order of priority.

24.    Utilize various computer applications and software packages; maintain and generate reports from a database or network system.

25.    Operate office equipment including computer equipment, typewriter, calculator, copier, and facsimile machine.

26.    Interact with South Orange County Community College District, Irvine Valley College, Advanced Technology Education Park, and Saddleback College’s administrators, divisions, departments, faculty, staff, and students in all matters related to the area of assignment; interpret and apply policies and procedures and process sensitive complaints and requests for information.

27.    Perform related duties as required.

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short
period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:
Operational characteristics, services, and activities of the functions, programs, and operations of the assigned division or department.
Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations including applicable sections of the State
Education Code and other legal requirements related to area of assignment. 
Maintenance activities.
Various trades and crafts at an operational level that enables the ability to perform duties.
Work organization and office management principles and practices.
Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
Processes, procedures, and practices of budget preparation and administration.
Principles, practices, and procedures of business letter writing.
Principles and procedures used in complex, inter-related record keeping.
Principles and practices used to establish and maintain files and information retrieval systems. 
Principles, practices and procedures of complex fiscal, statistical, and administrative research and report preparation.
Statistical procedures and mathematical concepts.
Principles  and  techniques  used  in  public  relations  including  methods  and  techniques  of  proper receptionist and telephone etiquette.
Principles and practices of providing training, work direction, and guidance to lower-level office staff and student workers.
English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.

Ability to:
Understand the organization and operation of the assigned division and/or department as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities.
Understand, interpret, and apply administrative and office policies and procedures as well as pertinent laws, regulations, and ordinances.
Demonstrate and apply general knowledge of maintenance activities and building trades. 
Perform duties involving the use of independent judgment and personal initiative.
Assist in coordination of administrative functions and operational activities of the assigned office.
Review, and identify the need for priority revisions while working collaboratively with multiple trades and outside contractors/vendors.
Analyze  problems,  identify  alternative  solutions,  project  consequences  of  proposed  actions,  and implement recommendations in support of goals. 
Use sound judgment in recognizing scope of authority.
Exercise good judgment and maintain confidentiality in maintaining critical and sensitive information, records, and reports.
Respond to requests and inquiries from students, staff, or the public; effectively present information in person or on the telephone to students, staff, or the public.
Type or enter data at a speed necessary for successful job performance.
Participate in the preparation and administration of assigned budgets.
Use correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary. Research, compile, analyze, and interpret data.
Prepare a variety of clear and concise administrative and financial reports. 
Implement and maintain complex filing systems.
Independently compose and prepare correspondence and memoranda.
Plan, schedule, direct, coordinate, and review the work and performance of assigned staff in a manner conducive to proficient performance and high morale.
Plan and organize work to meet schedules and changing deadlines.
Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.
Adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new equipment and systems.
Work under steady pressure with frequent interruptions and a high degree of public contact by phone or in person.
Work independently and effectively in the absence of supervision.
Work with and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the varied racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, academic, socio-economic, and disabled populations of community college students.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE GUIDELINES - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Equivalent to two years of college level coursework or specialized training in public administration, business administration, construction management, or a related field.

Four years of increasingly responsible experience as an administrative assistant or secretary, including one year at a level comparable to a Senior Administrative Assistant with the District and experience in a construction or maintenance environment that provides broad, general knowledge of building and maintenance trades. Experience in a lead capacity is highly desirable.

A valid California driver’s license and proof of insurability may be required for some positions to drive a District or personal vehicle to attend meetings or pick up/deliver documents or other materials.

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.


Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting. Duties are typically performed at a desk or computer terminal; subject to noise from office equipment operation; frequent interruptions and contact in person and on the telephone with students, academic and classified staff, and others. At least minimal environmental controls are in place to assure health and comfort.


Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to verbally communicate to exchange information; and to occasionally travel to other offices or locations to attend meetings or to pick up or deliver materials.


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Our District and our colleges are looking for equity and inclusion-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to the understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present within our community. When you join our District, you can expect to be part of an exciting, thriving, equity-focused, and inclusive community that approaches higher education with the lens of social justice and collaboration among students, faculty, staff, administration, and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position with our District, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our District’s mission and goals for EEO, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


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