Acumen is seeking an Executive Assistant to join our Islamabad office. We’re looking for a self-motivated candidate with 4+ years of professional experience, superior attention to detail and a natural ability to multitask.
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About the role
The Executive Assistant will support the Pakistan Country Director and maintain primary responsibility for strategic relationship management, communications, and logistical support, as well as serve as a key liaison for communication with the global staff, Board of Directors, Acumen Partners, and other members of the Acumen community.
Specific responsibilities include :
Scheduling and Meeting Preparation
Arrange and ensure seamless run of the Pakistan Country Director’s daily schedule, juggling multiple, simultaneous requests across multiple time zones
Prepare and socialize all essential logistics for the Pakistan Country Director’s meetings
Support on research and preparation for external meetings, including liaising with other teams to create meeting briefings and submitting meeting notes
Coordinate senior management and team member schedules to ensure monthly management meetings, weekly check-ins, and other recurring internal meetings
Schedule and proactively plan recurring internal communications touch points including Pakistan Team weekly meetings, happy hours etc
Prepare, submit and track Pakistan Director’s time sheets; along with those of direct reports for approval
Prepare and track expense reports in timely manner following travel; review and advise on expense reports for Pakistan Director’s direct reports, following Travel & Expense Policy
Maintain presence-at-desk in order to efficiently and expediently respond to the needs of Pakistan Country Director
Create and maintain a database to hold relevant contacts, support outreach and relationship tracking in timely manner;
support data maintenance and creation of constituent and donor segmentation lists for introductions and meetings, special events, progress reports, and mailing lists for events
Obtain necessary information and signatures for documents relating to Pakistan Country Director and track to ensure proper processing and delivery
Function as back-up to Pakistan Country Administrative Associate
Head various projects as assigned, including research, writing, designing collateral / presentations etc.
Serve as primary point of contact for Pakistan Country Director; prioritize and escalate issues on daily and ongoing basis to maximize use of Pakistan Country Director’s time and proactively resolve issues
Monitor email traffic and inbound physical mail for Pakistan Country Director to stay current on relevant matters
Receive inbound calls for Pakistan Country Director and route calls appropriately
Travel and Logistics :
Work with relevant team members to ensure on-ground logistics are arranged and communicated; oversee all details for entire travel process from planning to on-the-ground to debriefs
Provide clear, comprehensive travel packs including : detailed travel itinerary, logistical confirmations, diplomatic and / or medical clearance, meeting and investment context, etc.
Forecast and obtain appropriate medical documentation, passport pages, and travel visas in advance of international trips as necessary
Maintain accurate details for meetings in advance of travel, add to necessary calendars
Understand travel preferences when booking flights, hotels, etc. and check to make sure these preferences are followed when possible, or communicated in advance when not possible
Qualifications & Skills
At least 4 years of experience in professional environment. Experience as an Executive Assistant is preferred.
Strong project management skills : demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for execution of diverse number of projects in timely manner with limited supervision
Proactive, demonstrated ability to anticipate needs and identify gaps before they arise, and jump in without being asked
Exemplary interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate effectively with culturally diverse staff across geographies, functions and levels of the organization
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Self-reflective and aligned with Acumen values
Complete discretion with sensitive information, both within the company and externally
Proven mastery of tech apps including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Gmail, and Zoom
Permanent authorization to work in Pakistan required