JOB OPENING: Graduate Assistant, Communications & Programs



The Institute for Advanced Study seeks a graduate assistant to join our team as communications and programs assistant. Review of applications will begin on Monday, August 21.


Position Summary

The Institute for Advanced Study seeks a Graduate Assistant to help champion and expand key interdisciplinary programs by supporting communications as well as establishing and maintaining meaningful connections between system campuses, community groups, and programming at the IAS. Programs at the IAS take two main forms: we host weekly events, including University-level public events in partnership with Northrop and the Offices of the President and Executive Vice President and Provost. Our other programs focus on enabling interdisciplinary collaboration and include residential fellowships and a range of funding opportunities. In all our work, the IAS is focused on advocating for racial and social justice, strengthening community engagement, expanding international partnerships, and creating pathways for institutional transformation.

The ideal candidate will be a strong communicator interested in using this position to gain valuable, hands-on experience to leverage their skills and humanities or humanistic social sciences training towards a career in academic or arts administration, the private sector, the nonprofit world, or public media. When appropriate, we will tailor activities to align with the assistant’s particular interests and goals.

This is a 50% (20 hours per week) single-semester appointment for Fall 2023. UMN Graduate Tuition and Employee (medical and dental) benefits included. Position may continue in Spring 2024, depending on funding.

Hourly wage: $27.73


  • 20 hours/week
  • Mix of on-site and remote work
  • Weekly meetings with Communications & Programs team (time TBD)
  • Preference given to those with in-person availability Tuesdays (11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.) and select Thursdays (1:00–5:00 p.m.) to support programming; schedules are flexible and negotiable

Position Responsibilities Can Include

  • Collaborate with the communications manager to create and edit communications and storytelling materials that support and uplift IAS programs, including short- and medium-form stories for our website, web pages, newsletters, and social media
  • Source appropriate visuals to pair with written content and develop/design other materials as applicable, such promotional content, infographics, or video
  • Write and prepare materials that ensure seamless and accessible public events, including scripts and access copy documents
  • Research presenters and programs supported by the IAS and help to develop and implement creative ideas for engaging U of M students, faculty, staff, programs, and greater Twin Cities community
  • Help facilitate and staff regularly scheduled IAS public programs as assigned (IAS Thursdays, Spotlight Series, Thinking Spatially, co-sponsored events, residential fellows works-in-progress presentations)

Required Qualifications

  • Strong writing, editing, and organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and remain flexible when priorities shift
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in your work and workplace
  • Currently enrolled graduate student at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 20 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience researching, writing, editing, and designing digital content and stories on deadline
  • Experience and/or interest in multimedia storytelling including photography, video, data visualizations
  • Interest in public engagement and interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Commitment to institutional transformation
  • Familiarity with, or ability to quickly learn: Drupal (or other content management systems), Mailchimp (or other email marketing software), Adobe Creative Suite or Canva, hosting Zoom events
  • High degree of familiarity with Google Workspace and Microsoft Office
  • ABD with 24 thesis credits completed

Application Instructions

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter explaining their interest and qualifying experience to [email protected] with the subject line “Graduate Assistant position.” Review of applications will begin on Monday, August 21.

About the IAS

As one of the University’s system-wide interdisciplinary centers, the Institute for Advanced Study is a resource for scholars, artists, professionals, and students who are engaged in a wide variety of study and practice. The IAS also serves as a bridge between the University and the wider community as a place where people meet and ideas are exchanged. The IAS provides funding support for faculty research, interdisciplinary collaborative research, and public events, as well as a range of other support for faculty, staff, students, the general public, and our community partners. Learn more about our programs.



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