Student Assistant-Student Hourly

Position Overview

The Department of African & African-American Studies, located at 9 Bailey Hall, is searching for a student to help with front desk duties in the department. The student will also develop marketing materials and social media posts for American Studies. This position will include minimal website maintenance and other office-related projects as needed. The position requires strong communication skills, attention to detail as well as experience with graphic design.

Job Description

The student assistant will support the American Studies Department in the following ways:

50% Assist with general office work, including the following:
  • Front-desk reception, greeting guests, and responding to questions
  • Faculty support
  • Event support
  • Scanning, copying, and filing
  • Maintain a clean and professional office space
  • Check departmental mail and put into office mailboxes

30% Website and design responsibilities will include but not be limited to:
  • Creating graphics for social media posts
  • Creating digital and print promotional materials for event marketing
  • Adding current news and events to website
  • Editing pages as requested by staff and faculty

20% Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  1. Graduate/Undergraduate student in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0 as evidenced by transcript(s)
  2. Experience with media marketing platforms such as Instagram, Mailchimp, Facebook, Twitter as evidenced by application materials
  3. Experience with Microsoft Word Suite, including Word, Excel, and Outlook as evidenced by application materials
  4. Excellent written communication and organizational skills as evidenced in application materials.
  5. Student must have excellent attention to detail as demonstrated in application materials and work experience.
  6. Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team, as evidenced by application materials.
  7. During the semester term of the appointment, the student hourly must be enrolled in no fewer than 6 credit hours. For summer periods the student hourly must: 1) have been enrolled in no less than 6 hours in the past spring semester or 2) be pre-enrolled in upcoming fall semester in no less than 6 hours or 3) be enrolled in summer session or 4) be admitted to study in the upcoming fall semester. Student Hourlies may be undergraduate or graduate students. (Exceptions granted for GRA/GTA/GA appointments DO NOT apply to Student Hourly appointments).

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Academic emphasis on African American Studies or the African Diaspora
  2. Familiarity with KU courses in African & African-American Studies
  3. Experience working in an office environment
  4. Customer service experience.
  5. Past volunteer, internship, or employment experience where writing and design skills were used.
  6. Experience with the Canva.
  7. Experience with website maintenance.
  8. Strong understanding of, and affinity for, social media and social networking.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application will include a resume, cover letter, and design sample. Apply online and submit all three documents. Only complete applications will be considered.

Contact Information to Applicants

Shawn Leigh Alexander
Professor & Chair
African & African-American Studies

Advertised Salary Range


Work Schedule

15 – 20 hrs./wk.

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  26211BR
  • Department:  African/African Amer Studies
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Reg/Temp:  Temporary
  • Employee Class:  S-Student

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