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CECE Graduate Student Assistant - Communications

Date: Aug 5, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University

About the Department/Unit

The Center for Environment, Community, and Equity (CECE) is a new campus-wide center that will act as an umbrella for the sustainability and environment-related research efforts of American University faculty, and as a hub for campus environmental programming. The Center will leverage American University’s Washington, D.C. location and the university’s longstanding strengths in environmental protection and social justice to incubate innovative ideas, generate impactful and equitable actions, and prepare a more diverse and inclusive next generation of thought leaders to advance a just transition to global sustainability.


The Graduate Student Assistant–Communications will support CECE in developing and executing a communications strategy across a university-based website and blog, social media platforms, and traditional and non-traditional press outlets. The Graduate Student Assistant will be responsible for preparing content - including newsletters, event summaries, graphics, and social media content - and working with CECE staff, university faculty, and others to identify communications needs and opportunities. The position will initially focus on creating communications that build a sense of awareness and cohesion within our university community, and will later contribute to efforts to raise the public profile and impact of the center and its work.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and 1-3 work examples including a short writing sample, and - if applicable - samples of your graphic design and/or social media work.

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.​​​​​
  • Communications strategy and contentHelp develop and execute a communications strategy for CECE to utilize with members of the AU communityCreate, schedule, submit for approval, and post social media content (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter)Manage social media account. Draft newsletter and website content for submission to the Program Coordinator.
  • General team and technical support: Contribute to daily administrative operations and participate in team meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • This is a one-year part-time position with possibility for renewal. 
  • CECE invites applications for a part-time, 20-hour per week student position. 

Salary Range

  • $20 an hour.

Required Education and Experience

  • An Associate's Degree or equivalent. 
  • 1-3 years of relevant experience
  • At least one year’s work experience in communications, social media, and/or writing and editing.
  • Knowledge of environmental and social justice issues and challenges.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • We seek a broad and diverse pool of candidates. If you think you would excel in this role, we encourage you to apply even if you do not meet all of the stated qualifications. 

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Excellent written and oral communication skill;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, especially Microsoft Outlook; facility with technology and familiarity with email distribution lists;
  • Familiarity with social media platforms and engagement strategies;
  • Familiarity with website design and upkeep and/or graphic design a plus;
  • Organizational skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Must be dependable and exhibit sound judgment and professionalism;
  • Must be able to function independently with attention to detail and minimal supervision;
  • Knowledge of anti-racist and de-colonial theory and experience with community engagement a plus.


  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
  • To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and 1-3 work examples including a short writing sample, and - if applicable - samples of your graphic design and/or social media work.

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC