The Northern Light, Layout Editor

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  • Job Number:521161
  • Classification:Student Assistant 2
  • Grade:Student Assistant 2
  • Work type:Student Employee
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
  • School/Business unit:UAA VC Student Affairs
  • Location:Anchorage
  • Categories: Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, Student Affairs/Services

Position Summary:

This is the Layout Editor position at The Northern Light, the student newspaper at the University of Alaska Anchorage. This position works up to 20hrs/week in the academic year and is eligible for up to 40hrs/week in the summer with a starting salary of $11.34/hour.


Job Posting Summary:

The Northern Light is a weekly University of Alaska Anchorage student publication, funded by both media fees and advertising sales. The paper is published Tuesdays during the school year and bi-weekly during the summer. The Northern Light is distributed throughout the UAA campus and the Anchorage community. Total distribution is 2,000 copies weekly during the spring and fall semesters and 2,500 copies monthly during the summer semester. In addition to print circulation, The Northern Light publishes new web content weekly on their website:

Layout Editor must combine stories, graphics, photos and other visual elements into a tabloid-size layout for printing. The Layout Editor will develop and publish web pages and interactive multimedia for the online edition of The Northern Light. Must be able to work Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for print production, and will be asked to make website edits as needed. Develop creative graphics and visual elements for stories based on assignments and initiative. Work with advertising staff to insert and correctly size advertisements for each issue. Work with graphic designer to ensure proper print quality of graphics and ads. Meet assigned deadlines and attend all meetings and training that pertain to layout. Work cooperatively with all editors, advertising representatives and other staff members, and work with editors to maintain a consistent look and quality to the newspaper's sections. Be receptive to appropriate feedback regarding work for the newspaper as well as other duties as assigned. This position reports with occasional supervision to the executive editor.

Knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position:

Applicants must demonstrate creative ability in graphic illustration and design; be familiar with newspaper and layout design principles; be able to work on deadline (Saturday & Sunday) and work cooperatively with others; and be proficient with Adobe's InDesign, with working knowledge of other Adobe Creative Suite programs, such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Successful applicants will have knowledge of basic web coding, including HTML and CSS.

Typical Education or Training:

To be eligible for student employment, an applicant must:

a. Be enrolled in the University of Alaska system with a minimum of six credit hours in the current semester of employment; or

b. Have been enrolled the preceding semester for six or more credit hours and demonstrate plans to enroll for six or more credit hours in the next semester for employment between semesters; and

c. Have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or approval from the MAU Senior Student Services officer or his/her designee.

d. Students enrolled in non-traditional programs of study will be considered eligible for student employment with the approval of the Senior Student Services officer.

e. An applicant must provide evidence of enrollment as outlined above to substantiate employment eligibility.


This position works up to 20hrs/week in the academic year and is eligible for up to 40hrs/week in the summer with a starting salary of $11.34/hour.


Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:


Pursuant to Board of Regents’ Policy 04.01.055.B, temporary, extended temporary, adjunct, student, casual labor, regular new hire probationary employees and those positions designated by the president as officers and senior administrators of the university are employed at-will.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free. 

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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