#455 Communications Research Assistant - TASCHAApply to Position
Location: Bloedel Hall
Start Date: 2019-09-16
End Date: 2020-06-15
Deadline to Apply: May 29, 2019
The University of Washington Information School’s Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) has an outstanding opportunity for a student to provide key support to TASCHA’s research communications activities.
The Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School explores the design, use, and effects of information and communication technologies in communities facing social and economic challenges. With experience in over 50 countries, TASCHA brings together a multidisciplinary network of researchers, practitioners, and policy experts to advance knowledge, create public resources, and improve policy and program design. Our purpose? To spark innovation and opportunities for those who need it most.
The student in this position will play an integral role by working directly with TASCHA’s Communications Specialist, along with the leadership and researchers at TASCHA. The student will have an opportunity to learn more about TASCHA’s research, the areas we work in, and to provide communications support to the TASCHA team. As we want this to be a mutually beneficial role, TASCHA’s Communications Specialist will work with the student to identify and nurture their interests and goals in working at TASCHA, while still getting the important support needed to communicate our work effectively.
This position will work an average of 20 hours per week.
Responsibilities may include some or all of the following duties:
• Writing about TASCHA’s research for dissemination on the group’s website, blog, social media platforms, and others
• Assisting the Communications Specialist in managing and maintaining TASCHA’s website, social media accounts, and other online research communications platforms
• Outreach and collaboration with other units on the UW campus as it relates to TASCHA projects and partnerships
• Actively monitoring and reporting on what is happening in the fields of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D), Digital Development, Public Libraries (in and outside the United States), Innovation, eLearning, and more related to technology & social change
• Providing regular updates on their work to both the Communications Specialist and other TASCHA members
• Participating in TASCHA meetings as necessary and appropriate
• Other duties as assigned
• Current, or incoming, graduate student at the Information School or other departments for the 2019-2020 academic year
• Student must be enrolled at the University of Washington for a minimum of 10 credits per quarter for the duration of the position to be eligible
• Exceptionally strong written and oral professional communication skills
• Strong organizational skills and positive work practices (i.e., take initiative, flexible with shifting priorities, and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team)
• Ability to work independently - planning and carrying out tasks with guidance from the Communications Specialist
• Working knowledge of WordPress
• Savvy in strategic social media use and professional online communications
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
• Interest in the work of the Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA)
• Previous experience in writing for online communications (website/blog posts, briefs, etc.)
• Experience conducting desk research, literature reviews, and scanning the landscape of research areas to spot trends
• Experience in managing and maintaining a WordPress site
• Experience in web design and designing infographics
• Experience in HTML web development
• Experience working in international development and/or public libraries
Qualified students with an interest in the design, use, and effects of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in communities facing social and economic challenges and who are enrolled in the Information School are encouraged to apply.
This position may be eligible for tuition waiver or benefits.
Questions regarding compensation or benefits should be directed to iSchool Human Resources at email@example.com
- File: Cover Letter. Please include a cover letter briefly describing your skills and experiences relevant to this type of work in one page or less. Required File
- File: Resume. Attach a current resume that includes your work history and academic accomplishments Required File
- File: Writing Sample. 3. Attach no more than 3 samples in PDF format of your very best writing samples, preferably on topics related to ICT4D, digital development, public libraries, or any other TASCHA research area. We will look at these materials for both style and content. Required File
Please submit all application materials no later than May 29, 2019 to ensure consideration.
All applicants will be contacted two weeks after the position closes.
Note: This job classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit:www.washington.edu/admin/hr/jobs/apl/union-info.html
The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.