The Center for the Study of the Middle East (CSME) promotes multi- and inter-disciplinary knowledge of the Middle East by supporting academic programs, scholarships, public outreach, and support for educators and students at all levels. CSME seeks an outreach graduate assistant (GA) for the 2015-2016 academic year to assist the Center in organizing events and expanding membership.
This position is a standard graduate assistantship and applicants should expect to work 20 hours per week at the Center’s building on campus. Duties might vary week-to-week, depending on active projects, but in general the GA will be expected to:
- Create agendas for weekly staff meetings and contribute ideas for events
- Take an active role in planning, organizing, and implementing events (includes reaching out to potential speakers, scheduling, reserving venues, placing catering orders, creating advertising flyers, contacting media, recording event data, etc.)
- Clearly articulate CSME’s mission statement and details of upcoming events
- Be familiar with campus and able to distribute flyers throughout campus for upcoming events
- Learn the existing procedure for advertising and be able to complete at all levels and expand upon it
- Design and create flyers, brochures, cards, etc. using Photoshop, Publisher, or similar
- Manage CSME’s website and social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube
- Suggest creative ways to increase CSME’s social media and listserv subscribers
- Host a tabling event in populated campus areas (outdoors or indoors)
- Work on a team and independently
- Initiate communication (in-person, phone, email) and finish assignments with limited guidance
- Participate in community and campus events that require an active CSME presence (may require working some evenings and/or weekends)
- Proficient in Windows, Microsoft Office Suite 2007 and/or 2010 and social media sites (experience with Adobe Creative Suites CS4 and/or CS5 a plus)
- Perform other office duties as needed, including, but not limited to, handling confidential materials, photocopying, sorting mail, answering phones, and providing clerical services
- Be creative, energetic, a master multitasker, and self-leading
- Not be overwhelmed by last-minute changes or ambiguity
Applicants must be a current graduate or postdoc student at Indiana University Bloomington during the 2015-2016 academic year. Applicants must have an academic research interest in the Middle East and preferably have knowledge of one or more languages of the Middle East or North Africa.
The GA position includes fee remission (12 credits Fall/12 credits Spring/6 credit Summer), health insurance, and a stipend of $15,750 (paid monthly over 10 months). GA’s are usually offered an opportunity to work as an hourly employee in the summer following (Summer 2016), in addition to their fee remission. Typically GA’s are eligible to continue their assistantship for a second year, though this is not guaranteed.
Please see https://www.indiana.edu/~vpfaa/saahandbook/index.php/Terms_of_Student_Academic_Appointments for additional information.
Interested applicants should submit a C.V./resume and cover letter explaining interest and qualifications by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Monday, May 4th, 2015.
Successful applicants will be notified in June, 2015 and interviews scheduled soon after. The ideal applicant will be available to schedule an interview in person or via Skype [http://www.skype.com/en/]. Applicants that will be unavailable/abroad during June 2015 are responsible for explaining their situation in their cover letter and working with the Center for an alternative arrangement.