Junior Program Assistant, Membership & University Relations

Posted January 11, 2021
Position Title:  Junior Program Assistant, Membership & University Relations
(P/T 20 hrs/week, duration 1/25/2021 – 6/20/2021)
Supervisors:    Director, Membership & University Relations
Program Assistant, Membership & University Relations
Location:         Telework
NYU Unit:       Provost / Scholars at Risk Network

JOB DESCRIPTION: Scholars at Risk membership team is seeking a highly organized, proactive and detail-oriented individualwho understands that quality support and administrative functions are essential to SAR’s achieving maximum efficiency and impact.  The Junior Program 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 the membership team, including but not limited to promoting membership services; enhancing external and internal communication; systematizing and managing data; preparing letters, emails and materials; and general office administration. The Junior Assistant should develop familiarity with SAR’s work in order to support strategies for effectively servicing current members as well as 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 Junior 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 Membership Program Assistant.KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES:

  • 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 crafting and formatting membership communications, including updates to the SAR website.
  • Assist in scheduling and formatting informational webinars for current and prospective members.
  • Maintain membership data and enhance information tracking systems
  • Develop fluency, under the guidance of supervisors, in responding to queries from current and prospective members and partners; develop independent responsibility tracking outreach campaigns; maintain outreach records; and other administrative duties, as needed.
  • Handle increasing responsibility for the above and other membership-related activities as appropriate.


  • Undergraduate or Master’s 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 external relations and client engagement.
  • Previous administrative experience desirable.
  • Preferable: students with coursework and/or experience in journalism, marketing, human rights, education, international studies, data analysis

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: This is a part-time, 20-hour a week at-will position for the Spring 2021 term, beginning January 25th and running through June 20th, 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 “Junior Program Assistant, [Your last name]” as the subject of your email.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  Submit to scholarsatrisk@nyu.edu. 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. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.(Regrettably, SAR is not able to sponsor work-eligible visas for these positions.)

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