Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is part-time and works approximately 14 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in theGephardt Institute for Civic & Community Engagement. The position is located at the Danforth University Center. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
The Marketing & Communications Assistant will support the Marketing & Communications Manager with implementing a comprehensive communications strategy to engage the Gephardt Institute’s internal and external audiences. This includes designing and editing content for the institute’s collateral materials, electronic newsletters, social media platforms, fundraising proposals, and website. Graphic design and digital communications are primary responsibilities.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Collaborate with Marketing & Communications Manager to develop design concepts and execute print and digital campaigns promoting institute programs, initiatives, and events.
Design visually appealing and relevant content for electronic and print distribution, including invitations, postcards, banners, posters, digital TV slides, social media posts, event programs, and materials for fundraising and donor cultivation in alignment with institute and university brand standards.
Support the regular updating of existing templates for brochures, reports, and other materials.
Oversee print requests, orders, and distribution for marketing needs.
Leverage cross marketing opportunities from within the university.
Work with Marketing & Communications Manager to grow an impactful online presence.
Oversee weekly schedule of written and visual content for social media platforms (including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn) in alignment with marketing campaigns and provide input on techniques to increase visibility and engagement. This includes recruiting followers and monitoring analytics.
Coordinate photography and video requests for institute programs, initiatives, and events.
Support student staff with editing and distribution of weekly Opportunities e-newsletter.
Assist with content development and regular updates to institute website.
Perform other duties as assigned.
About the Gephardt Institute
The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement fosters a vibrant culture of civic engagement across Washington University, realized by engaged citizens, scholarship, and partnerships that extend into the world to advance the collective good. Through both academic and co-curricular initiatives, the institute educates students for lifelong engaged citizenship, catalyzes partnerships that respond to community needs and priorities, and infuses civic engagement throughout the Washington University experience.
As a university-wide interdisciplinary initiative, the Gephardt Institute reports to the Provost and serves all academic schools, university departments, undergraduate students, and graduate students. The institute is non-partisan and proactively seeks to support and include diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and ideologies, with a strong attention to equity.
The Gephardt Institute team is comprised of individuals who are mission-driven, values-focused, dynamic, collaborative, visionary, and passionate about the role of civic engagement in a thriving democracy. The staff focuses on three primary audiences: undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and community organizations in the St. Louis region.
Since the institute’s founding in 2005 by Congressman Dick Gephardt, the professional staff size has grown from two to twelve, with six or more part-time and short-term professional positions and 22 paid interns/fellows from undergraduate and graduate programs. The institute offers a broad range of programs and services to the Washington University community and to partners in the St. Louis region, such as the Civic Scholars Program; support for faculty teaching Community-Engaged Courses; Engage Democracy; K-12 and youth initiatives; new student engagement; and the Civic Engagement Fund.
Bachelor’s degree in communication design, marketing, communications, journalism, English, or related field.
1-2 years of responsibility in the area of marketing communications.
Demonstrated design experience and excellent eye for creating and reviewing visual communications.
Demonstrated experience with social media management.
Ability to craft marketing strategies, messaging, and tone for a wide variety of audiences.
3 or more years of progressive responsibility in the area of marketing communications.
Prior experience with nonprofits, social movements, civic engagement, public service, K-12 education, higher education, and/or domestic/international volunteering.
Although not a requirement, experience or proficiency with photography and with video editing is a plus.
Demonstrated design skills and proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator).
Excellent interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills.
Excellent analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
Strong time management, attention to detail, and ability to plan ahead.
Ability to function both independently and collaboratively in a dynamic environment with multiple functions, audiences, and priorities.
Energy, vision, initiative, creativity, tolerance for ambiguity, ability to embrace and navigate change, sound judgment and tact.
The hiring range for this position is $20.77 - $23.00 per hour.
This position is not eligible to receive benefits.
Applicant Special Instructions:
Please submit a cover letter and resume.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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