Administrative Assistant, General Services, San Francisco

Location: San Francisco
Deadline: November 18, 2019

In an increasingly complex and changing world, we believe that a peaceful and engaged Asia is of critical global importance. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, The Asia Foundation’s programs address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century: governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. These are just some of the ways we encourage Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

Are you smart, with a warm personality, and committed to helping others? Are you enthusiastic when greeting clients and visitors? We are looking for an administrative assistant/receptionist to perform a broad range of administrative and reception duties. Reporting to the General Services manager, the administrative assistant/receptionist will ensure efficient and smooth day-to-day operations at the front desk and will work as part of a team assisting other units with assigned tasks. The ideal candidate is professional, unflappable, diplomatic, demonstrates excellent oral and written communications, has time-management and organizational skills, enjoys troubleshooting, and comfortably uses MS Office suite and other standard office equipment. If this sounds like the role for you, please apply today!


Receptionist Role:

  • Greets clients and visitors and calls staff to announce
  • Answers telephone in a professional and friendly manner and routes calls
  • Signs for deliveries and notifies staff
  • Manages day-to-day mail-room operations (including daily pick up and distribution, stamping outgoing mail, preparing country office shipments, assisting staff with DHL and FedEx, and other duties as assigned)
  • Acts as a resource for administrative procedures and policies

Administrative Assistant Role:

  • Processes invoices, credit card reconciliations and reimbursements for unit
  • Assists with inventory tracking and control
  • Works with other units as assigned


  • AA or BA degree with work experience
  • At least one year in a receptionist role and two years in an administrative assistant role
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite
  • Experience using SharePoint (or the ability to learn it)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Ability to contribute positively as part of a team
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to prioritize work or ask for assistance doing so
  • Desire to be proactive and contribute to a good experience for others
  • Ability to follow directions and exercise good judgement
  • Willingness to both give and receive constructive feedback
  • Assist with floor warden duties (attend safety trainings)
  • Other duties as assigned
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The Foundation offers excellent benefits and salary commensurate with experience. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

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