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Research Commons Events and Communication Specialist

Posted 11 May 2017. Closes 12 June, 2017


Research Commons, Suzzallo-Allen Libraries

Job Title:

Research Commons Events and Communication Specialist

Date Posted:

11 May, 2017

Closing Date:

12 June, 2017

Number Available:



$15.60 per hour


10 - 19.5 hours per week.

Weekdays. Exact working schedule to be arranged upon employment.

Start Date: 16 September, 2017 (incoming students). Summer quarter 2017 option available for continuing students


  • Assist in the development and implementation of interdisciplinary research-focused programs.
  • Actively communicate and promote Research Commons programs, services, and spaces to campus partners, including UW departments and student groups.
  • Create and distribute posters, logos and blurbs for programs and services.
  • Communicate with presenters and participants in Research Commons events, including pre-event instructions and post-event follow-up.
  • Create and post regular messages for the Research Commons via social media, Research Commons blog and other channels. Maintain a regular schedule of posts. Work with Research Commons staff to implement a cohesive communication program using these channels.
  • Write and coordinate content for the Research Commons' bi-monthly email newsletter.
  • Staff the Research Commons Help Desk, providing technology and information assistance to members of the UW community.
  • Participate in regularly scheduled team meetings and on related committees and projects with partner units.
  • Complete or contribute to other projects as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Experience, demonstrated interest, or coursework related to one or more of the following: social media, storytelling, writing for the public, marketing, outreach, and/or communication strategy.
  • Evidence of excellent communication, listening and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to juggle projects, set priorities, and work with minimal supervision.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Enrollment in the iSchool MLIS graduate program.
  • Strong interest in higher education and/or academic librarianship, learning spaces, and/or interdisciplinary research.
  • Experience with and/or demonstrated commitment to working with diverse users.
  • Experience or coursework in event management or project management.
  • Experience creating print and online media (for example, posters or videos).
Other Job Details:

The UW Libraries Research Commons, located on the ground floor of the Allen Library South, provides a collaborative environment in which students and faculty can come together to share and discuss research, as well as get support for different steps of the research process: searching, writing, publishing, presenting and funding. The Research Commons is a place to collaborate and connect with fellow students and faculty on research projects, a place for workshop and presentation opportunities, and a place for members of the UW academic community to discover what their peers and colleagues are researching.

Application Process:

  1. Submit the following materials by uploading them to the Library student employment online dropbox:
    • Cover letter
    • Resume
    • Names and contact information for three references.

Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

For additional information or questions regarding student job opportunities, or for assistance with the application process, please contact the Student Employment Coordinator, UW Libraries:
Erik Dahl