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Graduate Assistant - USFP and GGPS Program

Date: Nov 16, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University

Summary/Objective

This position supports the overall administration and support of the Global Governance, Politics & Security (GGPS) as well as the US Foreign Policy & National Security (USFFP) Masters programs in the School of International Service. This position reports to the GGPS and USFP Academic Program Coordinator, and also works closely with the cluster’s Administrative Director.

The position will assist the Academic Program Coordinator with day-to-day administration of the programs in the cluster and in a variety of large analytical projects over the course of the year. Duties will include (1) internal communication with students, including managing the cluster’s email box, preparing weekly newsletters, participating in student recruitment and orientation events, conducting program outreach, and supporting Student research project (SRP) presentations, (2) assisting with communications with faculty and external organizations (speakers and officials), (3) planning events, and (4) performing data collection. The Program Assistant also will help with general office support for the GGPS & USFP cluster, including but not limited to fulfilling administrative tasks and maintaining and giving access to the cluster’s suite. 

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Part-Time, 27 hours/week.
  • Hybrid Work Model: 3 days on campus and 2 days of telework during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Occasional evening and weekend work will be required to support program events and activities (hours will be adjusted so as not to exceed the allotted hours/week).

Required Education and Experience

  • A Bachelor's Degree or equivalent work experience is required.
  • The applicant should possess good judgment, rigorous attention to detail, and demonstrated ability to take initiative & responsibility.
  • Applicants should display excellent writing skills and good interpersonal skills
  • The applicant needs computer proficiency (word processing, spreadsheets, data presentation)
  • Prior experience working in a formal office environment is highly desired.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Experience working with faculty and other university offices.
  • An interest in international affairs
  • Experience with data mining and working with dataset
  • Experience managing Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, EdSpace, and/or Canvas, and/or prior experience with website maintenance.


Nearest Major Market: Washington DC