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Job #: 11517
Employer: CREECA On Busline?: Yes
Pay: $1704.00/month Posted: 08/25/2017
Category:  Graduate Assistant Deadline: 08/31/2017
# of Positions: 1

Contact Information

Name: Jennifer Tishler
Email Address:
Address: 1155 Observatory Drive 210 Ingraham Hall Madison, Wisconsin 53706
Primary Phone: 608-262-3379

CREECA/NU Project Assistant: 50%.

This position is for the fall 2017 semester only.

The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) is seeking an organized, efficient, and personable graduate student with strong writing, communication, and organizational skills to work as a project assistant on communications for CREECA and on various aspects of the UW-Madison Partnership with Nazarbayev University (NU) for the fall 2017 semester. All applicants must be graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Applicants should have excellent writing and communication skills, experience with social media, and experience with desktop publishing. Experience with website management and design also desired.

Working under the supervision of the CREECA Associate Director, Jennifer Tishler, the CREECA/NU PA will:

  • Research and write stories for print and electronic newsletters
  • Have primary responsibility for design and layout of printed newsletters, flyers and other marketing materials, as well as electronic newsletters (experience with MailChimp and knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator required)
  • Manage social media presence (including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
  • Assist with maintenance and further build-out of CREECA website (knowledge of Wordpress desirable)
  • Provide logistical support for the “Student Life and Student Services” section of the UW-NU agreement, including:
    • Scheduling meetings
    • Taking notes at meetings to disseminate to team members
    • Keeping good files of UW-NU documents and correspondence
    • Assisting with writing and editing quarterly progress reports

The ideal candidate will have previous coursework in the languages and/or area studies of Russia, East Europe, and/or Central Asia. Applicants should have excellent time-management skills and should be able to handle multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously by working independently and with the CREECA Associate Director and other faculty and staff. The PA should also have experience with word processing, data management, layout, and Web design, using Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Adobe Dreamweaver, Drupal, Wordpress, Photoshop, Illustrator, or other comparable programs. Photography skills are desirable.

Applications should include: (1) a cover letter (detailing the applicant’s background and qualifications); (2) a current resume or CV; (3) names and contact information for two references, and (4) a sample of Web and/or print work. Applications will be reviewed starting August 31, 2017.

This is a half-time (50%) graduate project assistantship for fall 2017 that requires a commitment of 20 hours per week. Candidated should commit to working at least 15 of those hours in the CREECA office during regular business hours, with an additional 5 hours/week that may be scheduled flexibly.

Application materials should be sent as electronic files via email to Please include "CREECA PA" in the subject line. Questions may be addressed to Jennifer Tishler, CREECA Associate Director, at or 608-262-3379.

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