University of Oregon Sustainable Cities Initiative
Eugene or Portland, OR
Sunday, December 31, 2017
13
Pay Type: 
Hourly
14-20
ASAP
Other
Yes
No
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The Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) is seeking University of Oregon students to assist with a variety of graphic design and communications-related work. We are seeking undergraduates (up to 20 hours per week) or graduate students (up to 8 hours per week). SCI has identified two specific areas of need and although we would prefer to hire one person who is able to handle both areas of responsibility, we are open to two different students.

These are key positions for SCI with a lot of opportunity for growth and responsibility. The successful candidate(s) will be able to work professionally addressing a variety of written and digital communication needs, including editing and designing our web site, writing press releases and managing media events, performing various graphic design work from poster design to report designs and more, writing project briefs, possible report editing, and more. Ideally, this person can take on higher level responsibilities of strategic communications thinking, including developing and helping carry out a strategic communications plan.

***Position #1: Graphic Design (5-10 hours per week)
The successful candidate will work on a variety of graphic design projects from print to digital materials. Examples of the range of work includes creating posters, flyers, report layout, awards, brochures, business cards, and a diverse set of other graphics-based projects and needs as they develop.

Key Skills
- Proficiency with Adobe Suite: InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop
- Must have a sense for graphic design and layout for communications or marketing purposes
- Must have good writing and editing skills
- Be familiar with and comply with the UO social media communications standards and guidelines

***Position #2: Written Communications & Press, Social Media (7-20 hours/week)
The successful candidate will assist and take the lead with a variety of written communication including writing press releases and managing media events, writing project briefs, writing for web pages, possible report editing, and more. Ideally, this person can take on higher level responsibilities of strategic communications thinking, including developing and helping carry out a strategic communications plan.

The position will take on key tasks that may include (but not be limited to) developing press kits, talking points, story ideas, marketing materials, and creating a detailed public relations and communications plan for SCI and its associated programs.

Key Skills, Written Communications
- Excellent writing and attention to detail
- Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, including ability to receive feedback and constructive criticism
- Understanding of how and why to write for different audiences
- Ability to receive constructive criticism
- Proficiency with InDesign and other visual media programs
- Coordinate with AAA (and UO) External Relations and Communications Offices

Key Skills, Social Media
- Edit web sites on both Drupal and Squarespace platforms
- Understanding of social media in a professional context
- Administer social media accounts by managing, creating, and publishing relevant content
- Research and create a social media action plan
- Create daily schedules for posts
- Research and create specific keywords or hashtags that represent the organization’s mission and objectives
- Monitor comments, tags, mentions, and messages from all social media accounts
- Engage with specific accounts for brand awareness and recognition
- Search for specific content that is relevant to our sustainability efforts
- Experience in public relations, branding, and marketing
- Be familiar with and comply with the UO social media communications standards and guidelines
- Coordinate with College of Design external relations and communications office

Common Traits of Successful SCI Student Staff
- Be interested in, enthusiastic and knowledgeable about sustainability and cities
- Ability to work in a deadline driven environment
- Ability to manage a variable work flow throughout the term 
- Desire to push SCI forward and pursue innovative ways to work more efficiently
- Ability to work with a variety of personnel in and outside the University
- Be a professional in the position you are seeking
- Desire to be a self-starter and manage your workload
- Interest and ability to figure new things out and take ownership of this important organizational work
- Strong communication skills and experience working on projects as a part of a team
- Interest in contributing to a positive team environment
- Willingness to pitch in and take on tasks, as needed

Please email Megan Banks with your resume, references, and examples of your previous work, as appropriate, to scijobs@uoregon.edu. Your email subject line should be: "SCI Student Position". If applying for both positions, please only submit one application. All positions are hourly (no GE opportunities); please include the number of hours you are available for Fall term and the earliest you can start working. Positions start at $13/hour. Materials will be reviewed on a rolling basis and positions will remain open until filled. Ideally, we would like to begin welcoming new staff prior to Fall term, but we will be very selective in order to find the best match. These areas of need will remain throughout the year and we hope to keep good students employed, challenged, and inspired throughout this year.