NRRI Office Support Assistant

University of Minnesota
February 20, 2021
Duluth, MN
Job Type


The UMN has suspended hiring for most positions. However, we will continue hiring for positions critical to the University's mission and operations at this time. Applications are being accepted for this position and you are encouraged to apply. In-person interviews are suspended indefinitely and will be replaced by interviews in a virtual format. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the University of Minnesota.


Required/Essential Qualifications:
High School Diploma/GED and one-year general office/clerical experience. Training/education may be substituted for some of the years of experience. Requires knowledge and/or demonstrated ability needed to perform general office tasks. Specific knowledge/skills may be required.

Preferred Qualifications:
Proven ability to effectively and professionally communicate both verbally and in writing, including excellent spelling and grammar and Google Suite experience. Demonstrated skill in working independently and as a team member with minimal supervision. Experience working with diverse personnel and non-standard situations and skill at handling multiple tasks at one time. Proven ability to present professional demeanor and appearance and to be punctual and dependable.

About the Job

Job Duties:

(70%) General Receptionist and Clerical Duties
Greet and assist visitors, callers and employees; answer and direct incoming calls on multi-line phone; sort and distribute mail; receive record and distribute packages; update greeting board and presentation monitors; sell daily parking permits to visitors and guests; assist with shipments, forklift requests and other duties as assigned.

(25%) Special Projects
Assist with other administrative staff as needed. Duties may include Scanning, cleaning/organizing, special projects as assigned.

(5%) Building Safety/Security
Manage sign-in sheets for NRRI guests and conference room guest, monitor parking procedures.

Candidate must agree to abide by NRRI COVID-19 safety requirements when working in this facility.

Location: NRRI Duluth, MN

This is a temporary, part-time 12-25 hours per week position. Scheduled hours are during business hours of Monday-Friday 8-4:30pm. Workdays and hours may vary. Core hours are 8:45am-2:15pm. We are looking for an individual that has flexibility in their daily work schedule. Schedule will be negotiated upon hire.


This position was posted on 2/18/2021 and applications from current AFSCME Clerical employees must be submitted by no later than 3/1/2021 in order to be eligible for priority bargaining unit consideration.

Terms of Employment:
This is a temporary, part-time position

About the Department

About NRRI:

The Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) has facilities in Duluth and Coleraine, MN. Its mission is to deliver integrated research solutions that value resources, economy, and environment for a sustainable and resilient future. NRRI's integrated and multi-disciplinary teams conduct applied research, technology development and environmental studies in the areas of:

• Applied Ecology & Resource Management
• Geology and Minerals Opportunities
• Materials Processing & Metallurgy
• Minerals and Bioeconomy
• Data Collection and Delivery
• Commercialization Services

This position is the first business contact at the Natural Resources Research Institute and is in the central lobby. This position is responsible to greet and direct visitors, callers, collaborators, employees, provide information, assist staff with clerical needs and monitor a secure building.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button, follow the instructions for job opening 339394. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

Please send any inquiries to Jane Dzuck,

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

Please Note: If you have started receiving retirement annuity payments from the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS) or Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) your eligibility for this position may be impacted. Please contact U of M Benefits at 1-800-756-2363 for any eligibility limitations.

***Smoking and chewing tobacco and the use of electronic cigarettes is prohibited on all UMD property, including indoor facilities, campus grounds and University vehicles. ***


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

The University of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer.

Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

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