Center for Cancer Research

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Administrative Assistant - Office of the Director

Job Description:

Position is with:

We are looking for professional, organized, and dependable candidates to apply to serve as an administrative assistant supporting a research laboratory or administrative office at the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Cancer Research on its campus in Bethesda, Maryland.  Tasks involve calendar management, arranging travel, drafting and handling correspondence, timekeeping, placing purchase requests, office property management, greeting visitors, assisting callers over the phone, and office work, such as copying, filing, and scanning.

This is an entry/early mid-level position. May be a great opportunity for a recent graduate, career changer, or someone re-entering the full-time workforce.  The successful candidate will receive a significant investment of on-the-job and classroom training.

Qualifications and Job Details:

  • Degree Required: high school degree or higher
  • Location: Bethesda, Maryland
  • Appointment Type: Contractor Position
  • Work Schedule: Full-time position
  • Citizenship: US Citizenship not required - (ie, permanent resident, visa)
  • Salary: Commensurate with experience


  • At least one year of experience in an office or administrative setting;
  • Ability to work effectively with basic computer office software (such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint);
  • Interest and ability in learning and using a variety of administrative software programs and applications to carry out work in areas such as purchasing, timekeeping, property management and scheduling;
  • Ability to interact professionally and communicate effectively with a wide range of people from senior leaders, distinguished guests, members of the public, and office and laboratory staff;
  • Experience with calendar scheduling in Microsoft Outlook preferred.

About the NCI Center for Cancer Research:

The Center for Cancer Research (CCR) is home to nearly 250 basic and clinical research groups located on two campuses just outside of Washington, D.C. CCR is part of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and makes up the largest component of the research effort at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Centrally supported by long-term funding and a culture of complete intellectual freedom, CCR scientists are able to pursue the most important and challenging problems in cancer research. We collaborate with academic and commercial partners and advocacy groups across the world in efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and HIV/AIDS. The CCR research portfolio covers the full spectrum of biological and biomedical research. Our work ranges from basic to translational and clinical, and our clinical trials are conducted in the NIH Clinical Center, the world’s largest hospital dedicated to clinical research that offers a robust infrastructure to support CCR’s patients on an estimated 250 open studies. The success of CCR is grounded in an exceptionally strong discovery research program that provides the foundation for the seamless translation of insights from bench to bedside. Read more about CCR, the benefits of working at CCR and hear from our staff on their CCR experiences.

Bethesda is one of the most highly educated communities in the United States and has a nationally renowned school system. The city is a thriving suburban center close to Washington, D.C., and home to many restaurants, retailers and a flourishing arts and entertainment district.

How to Apply:

  • CV/Resume
  • Cover Letter

Additional Application Information:

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume/CV to  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until filled.

Contact Name: Katie Tipton

Contact Email:

For questions contact: Katie Tipton,

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