Design & Communications Student Assistant

About this Job

POSITION SUMMARY 15 hours/week $14/hour.

PSU’s Office of Research & Graduate Studies (RGS) is currently seeking a Student Assistant to assist with daily office communications operations, including online and email communications, graphic design, photography, and document preparation assignments. This position works with Research and Graduate Studies (RGS) employees, and reports to the office’s Communications Manager.


Update content on RGS website and affiliated website pages as needed – Assist with updating content on RGS website and subdomains as requested by RGS Communications Manager and departmental administrators.
Add syndicated content to PSU Enterprise Drupal Content Management System (CMS) – Upload and format content created by RGS Communications Manager to PSU’s Enterprise CMS.
Maintain RGS social media feeds – Regularly add content to RGS’s @psu_research Twitter account and Portland State Research Instagram feed.
Graphic and document design – Work with Communications Manager and RGS staff to create graphic elements for office communications projects; design digital and print brochures, flyers, posters, and other marketing collateral on an as-needed basis.
Maintain confidentiality – Work with professional discretion, protecting the confidentiality of any and all office documents, as well as any confidential information divulged in conversations.
Other duties as assigned – Assist RGS staff members with requests as needed.


Coordinates with the RGS Communications Manager to complete assignments that require work over multiple shifts, asking questions when clarification is needed and volunteering updates.
Ability to multi-task and manage priorities.
Collaborative nature and a drive to perform.
Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
Excellent attention to detail.
Capability to handle confidential information with care and sensitivity.
Knowledge working with databases and shared files.
Ability to adhere to all departmental policies and stay current on procedural changes.
Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences.
Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.
Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement.
Adheres to all PSU policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment, Professional Standards of Conduct, and Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting.


Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and/or Google Apps, and Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop).
Enrolled in at least 6 Undergraduate credits or 5 Graduate credits per term.
Meets all requirements for student employment listed in the HR Student Handbook.
Ability and willingness to deliver items across campus.


Experience with the following platforms and tools: HTML, Emma, and Google Analytics.
1+ year(s) graphic and document design experience.
1+ year(s) experience with digital photography.
Experience working with Drupal or other CMS.
Knowledge of appropriate writing styles for social media.
Knowledge of SEO and SEM best practices.


10-15 hours per week, M-F 8am-5pm, flexible by term to complement academic obligations
Funding available for three (3) terms, with possible discretionary extension through the end of summer term.

To Apply:

Applications are excepted at Handshake (https://www.joinhandshake.com/). Position #2574792. Applications window opens 4/1/19, closes 4/26/19.