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Lab Administrative Support Specialist ( R-00084750 )

Clerical and Administrative

Administrative Assistant



McLean, Virginia, United States


Job Description:

Looking for an opportunity to make an impact?

Leidos is seeking a Lab Administration Specialist to join our Saxton Lab Team!

Our team operates FHWA’s Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory (STOL), a USDOT research lab focused on the improvement of transportation operations, safety, mobility, and environmental impacts. As the Lab Administration Specialist, you will be a key part to the business operations and R&D program activities of the Leidos team focused on connected vehicle research. At the Saxton Transportation Operations Lab located just outside DC, we advance connected and automated vehicle technologies for the FHWA by developing, testing, and demonstrating new capabilities associated with vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication. Our ideal teammate is motivated by variety, efficiency, self- teaching, and taking ownership of problems until their resolution.

If this sounds like the kind of environment where you can thrive, keep reading!

In this role, you will support the organization in a variety of day–to-day operations and administrative tasks. You will collaborate with both program/project managers and engineers to anticipate administrative and business process conflicts, and work to resolve them in real time. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is seeking a front row seat to a fast-paced research environment and wants to grow their office/administrative skills. The ideal candidate is well organized, detailed, and has a passion for technology and smart solutions. A strong candidate will have a background in an administrative role that demonstrates ability to see connections across topic areas as well as have the ability to generate formal output based on bullet points or in collaboration with topic area experts.

Location: McLean, VA – 5 days a week

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Efficiently execute advanced administrative tasks in an on-site customer Research and Development (R&D) Lab and office environment.

  • Procurement of goods and services to support the lab and research activities.

  • Coordinate improvements to and maintenance of the office environment and testbed facilities.

  • Support the Communications and Marketing team with data collection and presentation support.

  • Support a variety of technical projects.

  • Coordination of archival records (e.g., past deliverables, calendars, schedules, etc.)

  • Handle email and telephone correspondence in a professional manner.

  • Manage and maintain documents within Leidos SharePoint and team collaboration tools.

  • Track and report program activities to multiple audiences (public, internal management, etc)

  • Work on assignments that are routine in nature while also developing business solutions to improve efficiency and performance.

  • Must be willing to learn technical topics, and work in a Technical Research environment.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with 2 years of experience in an office environment, or High School diploma with 4 years of progressively challenging office experience.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

  • Experience with SharePoint or other similar cloud-based team collaboration tools.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Public Trust clearance.

  • Valid driver’s license and ability to pass DMV background check.

  • Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Demonstrated strong organizational skills.

Key Attributes:

  • Enjoys multi-tasking, diverse work, and quick completion.

  • Ability to support lab manager in maintaining clean equipment and facilities.

  • Ability to see connections among disparate information sources, manage interdependencies, and foresee and mitigate potential issues and scheduling conflicts.

  • Desire to learn and grow, and an ability to self-teach with minimal guidance as well as own functional areas and lead tasks and activities.

  • Excellent time management skills and an ability to effectively manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

  • Must be able to work well under deadlines and changes.

Extra Consideration given for:

  • Prior experience in government contracting.

  • Passion for science and technology.

  • Prior experience supporting and working on Proposal teams.

  • Familiarity with business development operations.

  • Advanced MS Office utilities and computer skills such as VBA Coding

Pay Range:Pay Range $50,700.00 - $78,000.00 - $105,300.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.