Administrative assistants provide support to specific departments or teams in a company. Their core responsibilities are coordination of administrative activities and management of information for dissemination to staff and clients.
Administrative assistants perform a variety of administrative and clerical duties necessary to run an organization efficiently. They serve as information and communication managers for an office; plan and schedule meetings and appointments; organize and maintain paper and electronic files; create spreadsheets, presentations, reports, and documents, compose correspondence, manage databases and disseminate information by using different means of communication.
Administrative assistants may also conduct negotiations with vendors, maintain and examine leased equipment, purchase supplies, manage areas such as stockrooms or corporate libraries as well as handle travel and guest arrangements.