Administrative assistant

a person employed to aid an executive, as in a corporate department, by coordinating such office services and procedures as the supervision, maintenance, and control of the flow of work and programs, personnel, budgeting, records, etc., for the entire department.
Contemporary Examples

His own administrative assistant called him ‘bold but careless, imaginative but undisciplined, creative but sloppy.’
Moon Colonies, Penguin Bites, and John Wayne: Why We’ll Miss Newt Gingrich Ben Jacobs April 25, 2012

“We started making excuses,” said administrative assistant Hilda Carrillo.
True Life: I’m a Part-Time Ghost Hunter Christine Pelisek September 14, 2013

She paused when her administrative assistant, Bryce, walked in, a look of disdain and avoidance on his youthful face.
Dr. Scarpetta Heads to Psych Ward Daily Beast Promotions February 22, 2009

Her administrative assistant’s point was you don’t hire people from your past.
Dr. Scarpetta Heads to Psych Ward Daily Beast Promotions February 22, 2009

Historical Examples

The administrative assistant came into the office almost as soon as Baker was seated at his desk.
The Great Gray Plague Raymond F. Jones

An administrative assistant had just planned a palace revolution on a system 200 light years away.
Evil Out of Onzar Mark Ganes

Senator D: (glaring) Your administrative assistant testified a few moments ago, sir, that ’58 Beta has had a life of 185 years.
If at First You Don’t… John Brudy


a term considered more respectful than ‘secretary’

An administrative assistant may be expected to exercise solve minor problems for the office manager.

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