Work Study: Events Management Assistant
The Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute (HRI) invites applications for a year-long Work Study Event Management Assistant, available Fall through Spring semester.
HRI advances international human rights through education, advocacy, fact-finding, research, scholarship, and critical reflection. We work in partnership with advocates, communities, and organizations pushing for social change to develop and strengthen the human rights legal framework and mechanisms, promote justice and accountability for human rights violations, and build and amplify collective power.
HRI’s Event Management Assistant will provide holistic event and programmatic support to HRI’s team.This person will support planning and implementation for the Institute’s conferences, with a focus on the Trial Watch Project. The Event Management Assistant will gain a close understanding of conference and event initiation and implementation in the non-profit sector, in addition to in-depth exposure to the Institute’s work overall.
Under the direct supervision of HRI’s Managing Director and in coordination with the Institute’s Faculty Co-Directors, Project Directors, and Program Manager, the Work Study Communications Assistant will be responsible for:
- Assisting in HRI’s event planning and implementation: HRI’s programming includes a robust speaker series, panels, conferences, symposia, workshops, trainings, and meetings with civil society groups, government officials, academics, and others. The Event Management Assistant will support the Program Manager and other HRI staff members to plan and implement event logistics and publicity
- Assisting in developing content for program outreach and publicity which may include social media, press releases, flyers, or newsletter design.
- Providing general administrative support in the area of program management, including occasional copying, creating reports, and taking meeting notes.
- Participating in bi-monthly team meetings.
- Currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s program in human rights, political science, international affairs, program management or other relevant discipline or graduated from university no more than one semester prior to applying for the position.
- Demonstrated commitment to and participation in human rights, public interest, or social justice issues and activities
- Prior experience in this field
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Additional desirable requirements:
- A deep commitment to advancing human rights through research and education.
- Knowledge across multiple human rights issues.
- Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively and work efficiently and under pressure.
- Experience at facilitating and coordinating meetings, networks, and events.
- Capacity to effectively use social and other media.
- Ability to function independently and to exercise discretion and judgment in sensitive matters.
- Excellent interpersonal, administrative, and organizational skills.
- Excellent computer/technology skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), InDesign, Adobe Acrobat Professional, MailChimp, Google documents, etc.
- Ability to initiate work and follow-through, be part of a collegial team, adapt to changing priorities, balance competing priorities, and have a deep personal commitment and ability to work in mutually empowering partnerships.
- Excellent organizational skills
We strongly encourage applications from persons educated outside the United States, people of color, women, LGBTQI persons, and persons with disabilities. Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer – Race/ Gender/ Disability/ Veteran.
Hourly rate: $18.75
Time Frame: Semester-Year Long
To apply, please submit the following to [email protected] with the subject line “Work Study: Events Management Assistant Application”: (a) a cover letter, describing the applicant’s qualifications and interest in the position; (b) a resume; (c) a university transcript; (d) a writing sample; and (e) the names of two references. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls or in-person applications, please.
Applications accepted until February 28th, 2019.