Scholars at Risk is seeking a highly-organized, proactive and detail-oriented individual who understands that quality support and administrative functions are essential to SAR’s achieving maximum efficiency and impact to join the Scholars at Risk membership team as an External Relations Assistant. The External Relations Assistant provides support to the SAR membership team, which works to develop university engagement in all areas of SAR programming, including protection of threatened scholars and related country conditions research; research, teaching, publications and advocacy for threatened scholars; and research, trainings, and publications on academic freedom and related higher education values.
The position provides primary administrative support for external relations and network recruitment, including tracking outreach; preparing letters, emails and materials; scheduling meetings and travel; and general office administration. The Assistant should develop fluency in all areas of SAR’s work in order to support strategies for identifying and recruiting universities and faculty. The position requires strong research and writing skills, timely and professional communication, including with members, partners, clients, SAR and NYU staff, and the public. The Assistant will be encouraged to handle increasing responsibility for these and other activities as appropriate. The position reports primarily to SAR’s Director of Membership and University Relations and secondarily to SAR’s Senior Program Officer, North America.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES:
Outreach to universities, colleges, academic associations, and faculty
• Research and support outreach efforts to grow the SAR network, including researching possibilities for new institutional members, national SAR sections and new partner networks with academic associations and societies in the US and abroad.
• Assist in scheduling meetings and informational sessions for prospective members.
• Handle increasing responsibility for the above and other membership-related activities as appropriate.
• Develop fluency, under the guidance of supervisors, in responding to queries from prospective members and partners; develop independent responsibility tracking outreach campaigns; maintain outreach records; and other administrative duties, as needed.
• Undergraduate degree in process or completed, students are encouraged to apply.
• 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.
• Demonstrated interest in fundraising and client engagement.
• Previous administrative experience desirable.
• Preferable: students with coursework and/or experience in journalism, marketing, human rights, education, international studies.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
This is a part-time, 10 hour a week at-will position for the summer and fall term, subject to program priorities, exemplary performance and availability of funds.
HOW TO APPLY:
PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY (no phone calls or email inquiries, please) by emailing in a single document: (1) a letter of interest, (2) resume, and (3) a brief, unedited writing sample. Please use “External Relations Assistant, [Your last name]” as the subject of your email. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org. SAR is an equal opportunity employer. SAR does not discriminate due to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability, unemployment status or any other legally protected basis, and to the extent permitted by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply. (Regrettably, SAR is not able to sponsor work-eligible visas for these positions.)