A secretariat is an administrative office, i.e. where the secretary works. It can also mean the person working in the office.
Thanks, that helps a lot. I've never heard this term used in the United States (except in reference to the horse). Here, "secretary" can be used to refer to both the person and, less frequently, to the office.
Many countries have official administrative agencies called secretariats. It's not a term we use much in the USA, but it's common around the world. For example, the United Nations Secretariat is one of the UN's major offices.
I've never even heard of this word in English so I am sure I would get by by not knowing it in Spanish. There must be more important words to learn.
The hint is in the accented i. This is barely visible on my screen at the resolution and window size I am using. If it was merely the occupation there would be no accented i.