Job opportunity: Urban@UW and CBE Office of Research communications and administrative assistant for AY 2021-2

Position Description: communications and administrative assistant (hourly)

Urban@UW, CBE’s university-wide initiative connecting urban research, teaching and practice across disciplines and sectors, is hiring a student assistant to work hourly 12-16 hours/week (depending on projects) providing communications and administrative support to the program and to the CBE Office of Research (CBE-OR). The position lasts from September 29, 2021 (or earlier, depending on applicant’s availability) through June 15, 2022 with possibility to extend. The position reports to the Assistant Dean for Research / Director of Urban@UW. Applications received by August 22, 2021 will be prioritized.

The person in this position will be responsible for the following efforts, among others:

  • Regularly identify and share relevant content on Urban@UW’s website and social media.
  • Regularly update Urban@UW’s Trumba event calendar.
  • Track Urban@UW’s communications and online engagement through analytics and other measures.
  • Develop and send regular Urban@UW and CBE-OR newsletters, each detailing relevant events and other news, information and opportunities.
  • Work with Director to curate and update “funding opportunity” resources for Urban@UW and CBE-OR.
  • Regularly and responsively maintain the online resources for Urban@UW.
  • Collaborate with Director to maintain CBE’s Research Portal content.
  • Write occasional stories for Urban@UW and/or CBE-OR, which may include interviewing scholars and finding and linking to research sources.
  • Provide event support for Urban@UW and CBE-OR as needed.
  • Provide administrative support for faculty, staff and students engaged in Urban@UW scholarship and engagement as needed.
  • Assist the Director with administrative tasks as needed.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills, experience, and capabilities:

  • Experience and interest in communicating professionally and authentically with faculty, staff, students, and community partners.
  • Ability to manage multiple deadlines and ambiguous or shifting priorities; can ask for help and/or move forward independently as needed.
  • Some knowledge of research concepts, and an eagerness to learn new concepts, tools, and skills in urban research; collaboration and community engagement; and project and program management.
  • Understand and/or experience with professional communications and outreach best practices.
  • Experience and comfort creating posts and other content on WordPress websites.
  • Experience posting professionally on platforms including Facebook, Twitter, listservs, and tracking analytics on such platforms.
  • Experience posting, editing, and sharing content on the Trumba calendar platform.
  • Experience creating and editing images in Adobe InDesign.
  • Ability to use G-Suite tools and Microsoft Office tools for document management, collaboration, and content creation.

Other details of the position:

  • 12-16 hours a week, average 15 hours, with regular weekly duties and varied other efforts.
  • Hourly pay of $20/hour with all appropriate and required benefits as determined by the UW.
  • From September 29, 2021 (or earlier, depending on applicant’s availability) through June 15, 2022 with possibility to extend.
  • Work on Seattle campus in Gerberding Hall office, unless remote work is required due to COVID guidance or other circumstances.
  • Position open until filled; applications received by August 22, 2021 will be prioritized.

The University of Washington is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce. The University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter describing your interest and aptitude for the position to Jen Davison, Assistant Dean for Research and Director of Urban@UW, at