NOW HIRING: Office Assistant/Assistant Bookkeeper

Position: Office Assistant/Assistant Bookkeeper

Reports to: Lyon County Extension Council

This part-time position provides effective administrative support to ISU Extension and Outreach Lyon County. The position requires a positive team player who works with other staff and clients to provide successful services.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Work with county staff and volunteers to carry out the mission of ISU Extension and Outreach in Lyon County
  • Meet, greet and assist walk-in and phone customers in a friendly and professional manner
  • Manage payroll and timeclock system for Lyon County employees
  • Assist outsourced bookkeeper with bookkeeping, including development of county budget and filing of necessary paperwork
  • Assist county staff with acquiring supplies, communicating with clients and carrying out county-led programs; may require availability for assistance on some evenings or Saturdays
  • Responsible for daily opening and closing of office
  • Serve as the primary office support for the Regional Director and Extension Council
  • Provide support assistance for events and activities as needed, including marketing, ordering and copying materials, etc.
  • Coordinate with Agriculture and Natural Resources Field Specialists to provide ANR programming in Lyon County
  • Provide administrative support for horticulture and Master Gardener programs

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma
  • Ability to pass a criminal background screening and to meet child protection and safety policy
  • Valid driver’s license, access to reliable transportation
  • Ability to multi-task, positively interact with clients and staff
  • Ability to perform assistant bookkeeper tasks with accuracy and timeliness
  • Demonstrated communication and organizational skillsand desire to work as a team member with other extension staff

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced education
  • Previous experience in bookkeeping or accounting

Professional Growth

  • Opportunity to attend regional and state professional development meetings
  • Participate in monthly staff meetings
  • On-going in-service training related to job responsibilities

Terms of Employment & Benefits:

  • The position reports directly to the personnel committee of the Lyon County Extension Council
  • Position will be based at the ISU Extension and Outreach Lyon County office located at 710 North 2nd Ave East, Rock Rapids, IA  51246
  • Typical hours will be Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Work hours may vary, week-to-week, with some evenings and Saturdays
  • Wage will be hourly, funded by county funds, commensurate with experience and education
  • Employer’s share of FICA and IPERS
  • Paid Time Off, based on number of hours worked
  • Work-related mileage and other approved travel expenses will be reimbursed monthly at the IRS rate

Applicant Instructions:

Interested applicants are asked to complete the required application (word) (PDF) and submit it electronically, along with resume and cover letter, to Cheryl Heronemus at Guaranteed consideration date Sept. 6.

Questions can be directed to Cheryl at 712-240-2472.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Director of Equal Opportunity, 3350 Beardshear Hall, Ames, Iowa, 50011, (515) 294-7612, email

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