Student Hourly Office Assistant, History of Black Writing

Position Overview

The History of Black Writing (HBW), a research unit in the English Department at the University of Kansas, is seeking an Office Assistant to support staff workflow and operations. The Office Assistant will work as part of a team to provide strong, professional support to the HBW staff and office spaces under the supervision of the Office Coordinator.

This is a 5-20 hour per week position on the Lawrence campus.

Students must be Federal Work Study eligible. To check on the status of your Federal Work Study award please visit: Accept aid | Financial Aid & Scholarships (

Job Description

Responsibilities of this position:

95% - Respond promptly in answering / sending emails and phone calls. Assist in keeping the office professional and tidy. Create, organize and maintain digital records and data entries. Identify documentation gaps and update as needed / instructed. Monitor office supply levels and order accordingly. Help plan staff trainings and events. Attend weekly meetings to stay current on technical, operational, and administrative changes and requirements. Perform office tasks that may include shipping/mailing, running errands, photocopying, scanning, printing and filing.

5%- Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

1. Federal Work Study eligible
2. College Undergraduate or above
3. Computer literacy, including Microsoft Office suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc.)
4. Strong attention to detail as indicated from application materials
5. 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 the 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 GTA/GRA/GA appointments DO NOT apply to Student Hourly appointments)

Preferred Qualifications

1. GPA of 3.0 (B) or higher
2. Ability to work independently and in group settings
3. Good communication and decision-making skills

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application consists of a cover letter and a resume or CV. Apply online and submit a letter describing your qualifications for this position. Only complete applications will be considered.

Contact Information to Applicants

Sarah Arbuthnot Lendt,

Advertised Salary Range


Work Schedule

Part-time; up to 20 hours/week

Anticipated Start Date

Monday June 19, 2023

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  25054BR
  • Department:  English
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Reg/Temp:  Temporary
  • Employee Class:  S-Student

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