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Program Assistant 2

Deadline: 11:59pm, April 30, 2023

CIERA Program Assistant 2

The Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA; leads in astrophysics theory, observation, and data science research, while also prioritizing training and empowering the next generation of scientists, growing our programs in K-12 STEM education, and cultivating the public’s enthusiasm for astronomy with our outreach initiatives. Join a collaborative community of students, staff, postdocs, and faculty and support CIERA’s mission!

This position provides support for the CIERA’s various ongoing programs and initiatives. Responsibilities include assisting with social media and news; producing graphics; creating and maintaining program and conference websites; administrative support of CIERA committees and advisory boards; logistical support of special/large events; administrative support of our educational programs.

Minimum Qualifications and Skills:
  • A high school diploma or equivalent required.
  • 2 years of administrative support or other relevant experience required.
  • Intermediate knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, email, and database software programs is required.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong communication skills; ability to write and speak clearly, and keep others informed.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and multi-task.
  • Ability to be proactive and work largely independently once given guidance and instructions.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and customer service attitude: being helpful, positive, respectful, approachable, and team oriented.
Preferred Qualifications and Skills:
  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • 1 year of website management/maintenance experience
  • 1 year experience working in a university environment
  • Experience with STEM education (any level K-12 – graduate) and/or public outreach programs
  • 1 year of experience supporting events
  • Ability to manage web content

Benefits Offered:

Job ID: 45987
Job Title: Program Assistant 2
Grade: NEX10
Location: Evanston
School: Office for Research

To apply

To view the full job description and apply, please visit the following links. You may also reach out to Kari Frank at with any questions. Applications should include a cover letter (stating your interest in and relevant experience/skills for the position) and a resume.

Applications accepted until position is filled.

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