Job opportunity: Urban@UW and CBE Office of Research hourly student assistant


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 12-18 hours/week (depending on projects) providing communications and logistical support to the program and to the CBE Office of Research (CBE-OR), for the remainder of the academic year (January 4, 2021 or earlier, through June 15, 2021) with a possibility of extension. The position reports to the Assistant Dean for Research / Director of Urban@UW. The position description is as follows:

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

  • Assist with support for faculty and students engaged in Urban@UW research, engagement, and teaching.
  • Regularly identify and share relevant content on Urban@UW’s website and social media, and update Urban@UW’s event calendar. Capture analytics for online engagement.
  • Develop and send regular Urban@UW newsletter 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 and CBE-OR.
  • Maintain CBE’s Research Portal content.
  • Write occasional, original research news/stories for Urban@UW and/or CBE-OR.
  • Provide research/analysis tasks to support Urban@UW and CBE-OR projects and efforts.
  • Provide event support for Urban@UW and CBE-OR as needed.
  • Assist the Director with scheduling, planning meetings and other events, and other 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 in 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 with Facebook, Twitter, listservs, MailChimp, RSS feeds and other online media platforms. Experience with Trumba preferred.
  • Experience with Adobe InDesign.
  • Comfort with G-Suite tools and Microsoft Office tools.

Other details of the position:

  • 12-18 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 university.
  • From January 4, 2021 (or earlier, depending on applicant’s availability) through June 15, 2021 with possibility to extend.
  • Work remotely, until on-campus work is possible.
  • Position open until filled; applications received by November 30, 2020 will be prioritized.

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 jnfrdvsn@uw.edu.


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