Public Affairs Student Assistant

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Classification:Student Assistant C
Grade:Student C
Work type:Student Employee
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Statewide
School/Business unit:SW Public Affairs
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Communications/Public Relations/Marketing

Position Summary:

The Statewide Office of Public Affairs is looking for an expressive student to assist the statewide team with developing effective student communications and engagement, assist with office support, event planning, and provide a student perspective to system communications and marketing. If you want to add meaningful experience to your resume and work in a fast-paced, dynamic office then this is the position for you!


100Specific duties may include assisting with the facilitation of communications, web content development, event planning, and public relations. Student will be asked to assist in creating written and audio/video material including photography, video, newsletters, flyers, event schedules, etc., proofread, edit, layout and modify documents. Create or assist with creation, development and maintenance of web and other electronic applications. Proofread and edit communications materials for grammar, clarity and style. Coordinate and/or assist with communication activities and events. Assist with implementing short- and long-term communication plans and operations related to the Office of Public Affairs’ communication program. Maintain communications and related databases, including obtaining, entering, retrieving, and maintaining data.Essential

This is a student pool position. Applicants may be contacted throughout the school year, as a need arises for assistance within the office. 


Basic computer skills, customer service, and the ability to work independently with intermittent supervision.
- Knowledge of computer operations; such as word processing, spreadsheets and databases.
- Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to write clearly and accurately, spell and punctuate properly.
- Ability to follow applicable policies, rules, regulations and ethical practices.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals and groups and to work successfully as a member of a team.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality
- Knowledge of one or more of the following computer operations: graphic, photographic, and/or desktop publishing software with the ability to design print, multimedia, web and collateral materials.
- Student government experience is preferred.


Prior work in an office setting preferred.


Must be a current UA student enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours throughout employment duration. Must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA, unless a first time freshman.

This job provides the opportunity to assist in developing system-wide student communications and engagement processes to facilitate the flow of information to student governance groups and the general student population as needed. The successful applicant will have experience engaging in social media, internal communications and assist with website content development focused on improving student engagement and understanding of university issues.

The successful applicant also will have good interpersonal and communication skills to positively assist with office support, event planning, editing and proofreading, creating publicity/advertisements, designing and maintaining social media posts and social networking.

Excellent customer service skills and the ability to professionally handle confidential information is required, as well as the ability to work independently with little supervision. The successful applicant must possess attention to detail, problem solving, and clerical skills; ability to take initiative, multitask, and adapt to changes in workload or conflicting deadlines; desire to learn; and, perform other duties as assigned.

Position will have flexible hours between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

NOTICE: Students must maintain enrollment and regular attendance for a minimum of at least 6 undergraduate credit hours or 6 graduate credit hours to be exempt from FICA (Social Security and Medicare) tax. A credit hour load below the minimum required for full-time student status will require the withholding of FICA tax (non-resident aliens on an appropriate visa who meet student employment criteria will continue to be exempt from FICA regardless of credit hour load). While in a student position, a student cannot hold any other type of simultaneous employment with the university.

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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Applications close: Alaskan Daylight Time

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