Faculty Assistant
University of Maryland
College Park, MD
Job description
Position Number:
126419

Functional

Category Status:
15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con

Applicant Search Category:
Faculty

University Authorized FTE:
100

Unit:
BSOS-African American Studies

Campus/College Information:
Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Vaccine Protocol

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment.



Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
The Department of African American studies seeks a part-time (50% FTE) faculty assistant to coordinate and support the communication priorities of the unit. Reporting to the Department Chair, this individual will work in collaboration with faculty and staff and will be responsible for creating effective and high quality communications (print and electronic), messaging, and social media content for the department in alignment with its mission and goals. A hybrid work schedule (combination of in-person attendance and remote work) may be negotiated with the Department Chair.

The faculty assistant will support key events and priorities with a focus on developing content for website and social media, video, print publications, and advertisements. This position requires story cultivation and development, writing and editing, and management of timelines.
The ideal candidate will have an understanding of how to integrate written and visual elements for effective communication across multiple platforms; be a self-motivated and detail-oriented individual who enjoys working collaboratively; has an interest in African American Studies; and can execute multiple projects simultaneously with minimal supervision.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in English, marketing, communications, design, or a related field. Two to four years of experience in marketing, communications, or a related field.

Preferences:
Superb writing and copy editing skills for web and print communication.
Demonstrated experience with Web Content Management systems (e.g., Drupal) and social media platform management or contribution for an organization.
Superior organization and attention to detail.
Demonstrated knowledge of AP style.
Experience managing complex projects as well as meeting and coordinating deadlines and deliverables.
Experience with web content management and various social media platforms.
Proven ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team.
Superb interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated initiative and problem-solving skills.
Willingness to learn new technology platforms, programs and skills.
Background or knowledge of African American Studies and/or fields related to racial/social justice and diversity, equity and inclusion.
Experience in a public higher education institution.
Experience with Adobe Creative Suite.
Video editing experience and aptitude.
Knowledge of project management software (e.g., Slack)

Additional Certifications:

Additional Information:
Position is a PART-TIME (50% FTE), 12-month professional track faculty position. Salary commensurate with experience. Contract is renewed annually pending performance and continued funding. The University of Maryland offers benefits pro-rated to the position FTE.
All candidates must apply online (https://ejobs.umd.edu/) and provide a cover letter; resume or CV; and name, affiliation, and contact information for three references.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Sharon Hodgson at shodgson@umd.edu or 301-405-1170.

Posting Date:
07/07/2021

Closing Date:

Open Until Filled
Yes

Best Consideration Date
07/16/2021

Physical Demands
Typical conditions in an academic department / office. No unusual physical demands. Some walking on campus (to meetings or events) may be required.

Diversity Statement:
The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.
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