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Executive Administrative Assistant

W. Atlee Burpee & Co. is the leading retail/mail order distributor of seed and gardening supplies to the American home gardener.  We have an immediate opening for an Executive Administrative Assistant.  Primary responsibilities include but not limited to: providing administrative support to Chairman/Chief Executive Officer by handling information requests and performing clerical functions such as preparing correspondence, receiving visitors, arranging conference calls, scheduling meetings and arranging travel in a time efficient manner.

Key Responsibilities:
• Drafts memos, letters, and other documents using Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.
• Produces information by transcribing, formatting, inputting, editing, retrieving, copying, and transmitting text, data, and graphics
• Maintains Chairman/Chief Executive Officer’s appointment schedule by planning and scheduling meetings, conferences, teleconferences, and travel.
• Prepares the meeting agenda and make arrangements, such as coordinating catering for luncheons and other meetings.
• Welcomes guests and customers by greeting them, in person or on the telephone; answering or directing inquiries.
• Answer phone calls for Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, President/Chief Operating Officer and Senior Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer directing calls to appropriate parties or taking messages.
• Sensitivity to confidential matters required.
• Responsible for applying for all new trademarks and renewing current ones.
• Proofreads all copy for catalogs, press releases, etc.
• Clears all new varietal names for flowers and vegetables with USDA.
• All other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
• Bachelors degree in English, Business or related area of study
• Must have previous experience directly supporting owner/executive of company
• Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Must be able to maintain a professional demeanor in all situations
• Must have excellent interpersonal skills and have the ability to work well with all levels of internal management and staff, as well as outside clients and vendors
• Must be organized and have excellent time management skills
• Requires strong computer skills including MS Office specifically Word and Excel
• Must be able to type 50 WPM

If you meet the requirements and qualifications, please email your cover letter with salary requirements, and resume to hr@burpee.com - Subject line “Executive Administrative Assistant – Job Code 2014-15” or log onto our website at www.burpee.com and click on “employment link”.  COVER LETTERS/RESUMES WITHOUT REQUESTED INFORMATION WILL BE CONSIDERED LAST.   NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.  Un-qualified candidates need not apply.  Equal Opportunity Employer.

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