School Secretary

Posted 2 months ago
Position Areas
Non-Instructional Support


School Secretary


Performs confidential secretarial and clerical responsibilities necessary for an efficient and effective school office that assists the Principal/CEO or designee and school staff in the performance of responsibilities so that a safe learning environment and effective instruction are provided to ensure that all students meet and exceed the PA Core Curriculum Content Standards. 


The School Secretary shall: 

  1. Have earned a high school diploma or equivalent. 

  2. Have a minimum of two years of successful experience in a related secretarial or office position, or be a graduate of a recognized program of secretarial studies. 

  3. Demonstrate excellent secretarial skills, including at least 50 words per minute at the keyboard with a minimum of errors, general bookkeeping skills, organizational and filing skills, and the ability to use electronic equipment for word processing, data management, information retrieval, visual presentations, and telecommunications. 

  4. Be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office or an equivalent computer program. 

  5. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing, using proper grammar and vocabulary. 

  6. Demonstrate appropriate telephone etiquette, with proper voice inflection. 

  7. Have excellent integrity and demonstrate good moral character and initiative. 

  8. Exhibit a personality that demonstrates enthusiasm and interpersonal skills to relate well with students, staff, administration, parents and the community, including difficult and emotional situations. 

  9. Provide proof of U. S. citizenship or legal resident alien status by completing Federal Form I-9 in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. 

  10. Provide evidence that a criminal record history check has been conducted and clearance has been given.

  11. Provide evidence that health is adequate to fulfill the job functions.

  12. Pass the State required Tuberculin Test 

  13. Meet such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Superintendent may find appropriate and acceptable. 


  1. Job application and resume. 

  2. Required documentation outlined in the qualifications above. 

  3. A minimum of three letters of reference from former employers, teachers, professors, or other professional sources. 

  4. Employment interview. 


The School Secretary shall be employed under the following terms: 

  1. Work year of twelve months. 

  2. Benefits, leave time, and conditions specified in the Employment Handbook


The School Secretary shall: 

  1. Organize and maintain an efficient and effective office that handles a variety of tasks for the administration, faculty, students, and parents of the school. 

  2. Perform secretarial and clerical tasks of a varied nature. Many tasks will require a thorough knowledge of the rules and regulations of the school and school system and the frequent exercise of independent judgment within the scope of the authority granted by the Principal/CEO. 

  3. Distribute mail and handle correspondence of the office, responding to routine requests for information, and transcribing, word processing, and proofing letters and responses. 

  4. Type, reproduce and distribute notices to staff, students and parents. 

  5. Ensure that all communications from the office meet proper written and oral English standards. 

  6. Act as a receptionist, greeting visitors, answering telephone calls in a pleasant and efficient manner, and communicating effectively in routine, sensitive, and confidential matters. 

  7. Register new students, secure appropriate student records, maintain confidential student records, and transfer records for students moving to other schools.

  8. Maintain attendance data for each student, recording attendance, absences, and other required information. Prepare attendance reports.

  9. Maintain a current school calendar of events.

  10. Maintain efficient and well-organized electronic and paper data collection and filing systems, including confidential student and personnel files. 

  11. Arrange appointments and maintain a schedule for the Principal/CEO or designee and assigned staff. 

  12. Make announcements and operate the school intercom systems. 

  13. Assist the Principal/CEO or designee in the preparation of reports and documents.

  14. Create forms, and compile and organize data and information necessary for the efficient operation of the office, the completion of required district and State data collections, and the completion of the Principal/CEO’s or designee’s responsibilities. Complete all required monthly and year-end reports in a timely fashion. 

  15. Create and maintain a clean, attractive, orderly, safe, and efficient office environment. 

  16. Recommend to the Principal/CEO or designee improvements needed in office procedures or operations. 

  1. Communicate to the Principal/CEO or designee any unusual situations. Advise immediately of any evidence of substance abuse, child abuse, child neglect, severe medical conditions, potential suicide, or individuals appearing to be under the influence of alcohol, or controlled substances. 

  2. Assist the Principal/CEO or designee and staff in handling interruptions and emergencies, calling for assistance when needed. 

  3. Work cooperatively with staff in other offices with the completion of large or time sensitive projects or emergencies. 

  4. Maintain a safe working condition and operate electronic and other equipment needed to carry out job functions and responsibilities. 

  5. Attend required staff meetings and serve, as appropriate, on staff committees. 

  6. Keep informed about school activities, requirements of the law and code, Board policy and regulations, and other information necessary for the functioning of the office. 

  7. Continue to grow through collaboration with fellow staff members and participation in appropriate staff development and workshop programs. 

  8. Display ethical and professional behavior in working with everyone who communicates or is associated with the office. Serve as a role model for students and staff in demonstrating positive attitudes, appropriate attire and grooming, accepting responsibility, and an effective work ethic. 

  9. Protect confidentiality of records and information about students and staff, and use discretion when sharing any such information within legal confines. 

  10. Adhere to school regulations, policies, procedures, and contractual obligations. 

  11. Perform any duties and responsibilities that are within the scope of employment, as assigned by the Principal/CEO or designee, and not otherwise prohibited by law or regulation. 


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential responsibilities and functions of the job and are not meant to be all-inclusive. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential responsibilities and functions of the job. 

Unless reasonable accommodations can be made, while performing this job the staff member shall: 

Use strength to lift items needed to perform the functions of the job. Sit, stand and walk for required periods of time.
Speak and hear. 

Use close vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception along with the ability to focus vision. 

Communicate effectively in English, using proper grammar and vocabulary. American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of communication. 

Reach with hands and arms and use hands and fingers to handle objects and operate tools, computers, and/or controls. 


The environmental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential responsibilities and functions of the job and are not meant to be all-inclusive. 

  1. Exposure to a variety of childhood and adult diseases and illnesses. 

  2. Occasional exposure to a variety of weather conditions. 

  3. Exposure to heated/air conditioned and ventilated facilities. 

  4. Exposure to a building in which a variety of chemical substances are used for cleaning, instruction, and/or operation of equipment. 

  5. Function in a workplace that is usually moderately quiet but that can be noisy at times. 


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Young Scholars of Western Pennsylvania Charter School

600 Newport Dr. , Pittsburgh, PA 15234

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Young Scholars of Western PA Charter School

600 Newport Drive , Pittsburgh, PA 15234