Position Detail Student Assistant

Office of the Dean
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  • Position Details:

    Hours/Week: 15 HRS
    Hourly Rate: $14.00
    Expires: May 31, 2019

    Campus : Washington DC
  • Job Contact Info:

  • grober17@jhu.edu

Student Assistant Position

Job Description

The Dean's Office Student Assistants are seeking a professional, hard-working addition to our team from the class of 2020.

The Dean's Student Assistants help coordinate and promote the Dean's Forum events, bringing high-ranking officials and leaders across many fields to speak to the SAIS community about their respective expertise. Student Assistants provide research and logistical support to the Dean, as well as to the Senior Fellows and Visiting Scholars. Finally, Student Assistants handle daily administrative tasks for the Dean's Office Suite personnel and staff.

As an Assistant, you will gain first-hand exposure to the inner-workings of the Dean's office. You act as a representative of the SAIS student body when meeting and greeting the Dean's esteemed guests.  You will act as a research assistant to Senior Fellows and to the Dean for a variety of projects throughout the year.  You will participate in strategy meetings with your student assistant colleagues to better improve the Dean's events series, as well as brainstorm on potential future speakers and events. The Student Assistants come from a wide variety of backgrounds and fields of study. We hope to add a dynamic and professional member to our team.

This is a paid, part-time job. Assistants can work from 10-19 hours per week in the Dean's office, including time assisting during the events.



-Leadership – competitive candidates will have proven leadership skills. Candidates should be willing and able to take the lead on specific projects and be suitable representatives of the SAIS student-body.

-Responsibility and Work Ethic – candidates must be able to take on tasks with little supervision and take responsibility to see the tasks through.  Discretion is also important.

-Professionalism – at least 1 year of professional experience preferred.

-Written and Verbal Communication Skills – candidates must be fluent in English, and able to communicate clearly and concisely.

-Research skills – experience in research is preferred.

-Team-player – the Student Assistants are a great group that works well together. Many tasks overlap and often more than one student works on any one project. Strong candidates will be able to fit into the team with ease and have no problem communicating and working in groups.

-Microsoft Office – candidates should have strong MS Office fluency; Excel fluency is preferred.

-Event Coordination and Promotion (not required) – experience in event planning and coordinating, as well as marketing and promotion,  is an added bonus.

-Graphic Design (not required) – experience with Paint and Adobe, or other graphic design software would be beneficial.



-Promoting the Dean's events through various channels and contacts, as well as among peers and colleagues.

-Coordinating between relevant parties to schedule and organize event logistics.

-Provide research support for the Dean's various projects and presentations, as well as to senior and visiting fellows.

-Provide research support for Senior Advisor to the Dean Shamila Chaudhary’s various projects and presentations.

-Draft memoranda for specific research projects.

-Write event summaries of the Dean's presentations.

-Draft letters for the Dean's personal correspondence, as well as invitations and thank you letters to speakers that present at SAIS.

-Help in day-of logistics for events; greeting and escorting the Dean's speakers, checking-in guests, running microphones during Q&A, etc.

-Attending events and meetings outside of SAIS and reporting back on findings and topics of discussion.

-Liaise between other offices at SAIS, students, and the SAIS community.

-Additional support and administrative tasks as they arise.


Please send resume and cover letter by COB Tuesday, November 20, to Kirsten Roof at kroof1@jhu.edu, cc’ing Patrick Cho at patrick.cho.2013@gmail.com and Gabby Roberts-Hendy at grober17@jhu.edu, highlighting relevant experiences and reasons you believe you will be a vibrant and dynamic fit for the Student Assistant and research position.