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Exec Asst, Walt Disney Imagineering (Project Hire)

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10007776 Location Glendale, California, United States Business Walt Disney Imagineering Date posted Aug. 04, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid

- This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely.

Job Summary:

Walt Disney Imagineering makes the impossible possible, by combining innovation and storytelling to bring Disney stories, characters and worlds to life. Imagineering is the master planning, creative development, design, engineering, production, project management, and research and development arm of The Walt Disney Company. Its talented corps of Imagineers is responsible for the creation - from concept initiation through installation - of all Disney Resorts, theme parks and attractions, real estate developments, regional entertainment venues, and new media projects. Disney Imagineers are uniquely talented individuals that bring together the best aspects of creativity, innovation, and passion.

At Imagineering Research and Development, our mission is to use technology to build new experiences for our Guests and new tools for Imagineers and the Cast Members who power our parks. This Executive Assistant (Project Hire) role will support two directors, the head of Imagineering Disney Research and the head of Advanced Development. You will join a team of engineers, designers, artists and scientists who share a passion for solving hard problems. As an Executive Assistant, you are a key part of the support team that keeps R&D building ground-breaking experiences. You are quick to respond, anticipating the needs of your executives, always staying one step ahead. You manage busy calendars as well as assist with on-site demos both for other Imagineers and top executives across the company.


  • Support executives in managing calendar, travel, preparing for presentations, company meetings and other key events to meet department’s strategic objectives

  • Manage schedules and schedule/coordinate meetings that often necessitate coordination with multiple other executive calendars

  • Greet guests; assist with special projects relating to guests/visitors

  • Screen and prioritize all incoming phone calls, mail and/or meeting requests

  • Create meeting agendas and circulate meeting materials

  • Coordinate both on-site and off-site workshops, events and demos, including internal and external partners, vendors, and collaborators.

  • Plan travel itineraries and make travel arrangements, including reservations for events and dining as needed

  • Prepare, compile and manage expense reports for travel following established company and travel policy guidelines

  • Assist with general department tasks, including conference room requests, ordering supplies, coordinating general maintenance and upgrades for office equipment, phones, computers, etc.

  • Partner and work extensively with internal departments and external vendors to provide and/or receive necessary information, materials, approvals, updates, etc.

  • Track and support university and industry relationships

  • Create a positive environment for all who interact with R&D

Basic Qualifications

  • General administrative experience supporting executives in a corporate environment

  • Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to successfully interact with a wide range of Imagineers, senior executives, vendors and universities

  • Excellent computer proficiency - expert Outlook user, strong proficiency across Microsoft Office, Zoom and Slack. Familiarity with Keynote

  • Willingness to experiment with new forms of asynchronous communication as our hybrid workstyle continues to evolve

  • Experience engaging with high-level company executives, virtually and to support in-person technology demos

  • Desire and ability to build strong relationships across Disney, with peers, executives and within the R&D team

  • Experience supporting a dynamic and fast-paced department or team

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail with the ability to prioritize tasks and handle multiple tasks with set deadlines

  • Experience handling confidential information. Exercises good judgement and discretion while maintaining confidentiality of information and documents

  • Flexibility to work overtime as needed in urgent situations

  • Interest in technology, robotics, and interactive experiences, and a passion for supporting a team of Imagineers who bring impossible things to life

Required Experience

  • 2+ years of administrative experience in a fast-paced and constantly changing environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience within the Walt Disney Company or experiences supporting executives in an entrepreneurial technology organization

  • Experience with SAP and Concur

Required Education

  • High school diploma

Preferred Education

  • Bachelor's degree

This is a temporary assignment with no guarantee of placement.

About Walt Disney Imagineering:

Founded in 1952 as WED Enterprises to design and build the world’s first theme park — Disneyland — Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) is where imagination and creativity combine with cutting-edge technology to create unforgettable experiences. WDI is the creative force that imagines, designs and builds all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions and cruise ships worldwide. Imagineering’s unique strength comes from its diverse global team of creative and technical professionals, who build on Disney’s legacy of storytelling to pioneer new forms of entertainment. The Imagineers who practice this unique blend of art and science work in more than 100 disciplines to shepherd an idea all the way from “blue sky” concept phase to opening day.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with WDI Research & Development, Inc., which is part of a business we call Walt Disney Imagineering.

WDI Research & Development, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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