Program Assistant, Membership & Communications

Posted November 8, 2017

Scholars at Risk is seeking a highly-organized, proactive and detail- oriented individual to join the Scholars at Risk team as a Program Assistant for Membership and Communications.

The Program Assistant plays a key support role within the SAR membership team, which works to build, maintain and engage a global network of higher education institutions dedicated to protecting scholars and promoting academic freedom. The Program Assistant will also help to increase the visibility of SAR programs and events through supporting SAR’s communications activities. The position requires timely and professional communication, including with members, partners, clients, SAR and NYU staff, and the public. The Program Assistant will be encouraged to handle increasing responsibility for these and other activities as appropriate. The position reports primarily to SAR’s Senior Program Officer for Membership and University Relations (80%) and secondarily to SAR’s Advocacy and Communications Officer on communications-related activities (20%).


80% – Membership and university relations

  • Provide support to all aspects of the membership life cycle of the global SAR network: recruiting new members, maintaining relationships with current members, increasing engagement of current members in SAR activities, encouraging their continued involvement in SAR from year to year
  • Under the guidance of the Senior Program Officer for Membership, respond to queries from prospective, new and current members, handle invoicing, new member processing, maintaining and improving member materials, maintaining contact and database records.
  • Maintain accurate membership records including members and primary representative lists
  • Generate membership-related reports, statistics and numbers as needed
  • Assist with mailings/digests to members, prospective members and others as required
  • Support outreach efforts to grow the SAR network, including the development of new SAR sections and partner networks.
  • Assist in planning member and prospective member events and meetings as needed

20%- Communications

  • Under the guidance of SAR’s Acting Director of Advocacy, maintain and increase the visibility of SAR’s work through social media, press outreach, e-blasts, mailings, website updates, and additional related tools.
  • Chair SAR’s bi-weekly communications meetings, providing and soliciting agenda items, leading staff discussions around these issues, and following up on action items.
  • Develop and maintain SAR’s press relations, including seeking out contacts at media outlets, drafting press releases, and directing press inquiries to relevant staff.
  • Maintain and further develop SAR’s social media presence, including representation of all areas of SAR’s work.
  • Compile and distribute a weekly review of media covering academic freedom issues.
  • Troubleshoot technical issues related to SAR’s website and social media as needed.


  • Exceptional research, writing and editorial skills
  • Strong attention to detail, and strong organizational and multi-tasking abilities
  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights and/or international education
  • Previous membership/communications experience desirable


PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY (no phone calls or email inquiries, please) by emailing in a single document: (1) a letter of interest, (2) resume, (3) list of references or etters of reference, and (4) a brief, unedited writing sample. Email with the subject line “Program Assistant, Membership & Communications- [Your last name]”. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


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