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Student Affairs Marketing (SAM) tells the story of the Division of Student Affairs and its multiple departments to the Northwestern community through the creation, implementation, and assessment of effective integrated marketing communications. 

In addition to our full-time staff, SAM works with a large team of students to complete projects for the departments across Student Affairs. The SAM student team is made up of the following areas: Graphic Design, Communications, and Visual Communications (Photography, Video). 

By joining our student team, you will:

Student Job Descriptions

We are currently hiring for the following student positions for the 2022-2023 academic year:

Work Study is preferred during the academic year. Summer positions are not Work Study.

Graphic Design Team

Graphic Designer

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Student graphic designers report to SAM's full-time graphic designer, and work closely with various members of the SAM team and professional staff/clients from around the Division of Student Affairs. Student graphic designers participate in various meetings, workshops, critiques, and brainstorming sessions as necessary.

Each student graphic designer is expected to determine creative and effective marketing solutions by thinking big, taking risks, and collaborating to develop strategies that build awareness, engagement, and action from target audiences.

Work-study is required.

Graphic designers create effective campaigns by way of print and digital designs using various Adobe graphic design programs.

HUMAN RESOURCES DETAILS
Shifts

6-8 hours/week • Weekday mornings and afternoons available

Starting Wage

$13.35/hour

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Works closely with copywriters to collaborate on creative solutions to build effective campaigns.
  • Uses creativity and design principles to clearly communicate purpose of the marketing piece.
  • Follows the project management process steps to accomplish work.
  • Communicates internally regarding critiques and production updates.
  • Communicates with clients in a timely and professional manner. Assures completion of project, provides digital files to client for production.
MINIMUM SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
  • Current Northwestern University undergraduate student
  • Fine attention to detail
  • Professionalism, dependability, and respect for others
  • Exceptional decision making skills and autonomy
  • Exceptional written and communication skills
  • Strong sense of curiosity and creativity
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud (CC), Illustrator, Indesign, Photoshop
  • Understanding of typography and design principles
PREFERRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
  • Knowledge of additional Adobe CC programs is a plus
  • Photography skills are a plus

Note: Students interested in our graphic designer position must have a portfolio available to review for an interview.

Communications Team

Copywriter

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Copywriter reports to the Associate Director and works closely with various members of the SAM team and professional staff/clients from around the Division of Student Affairs. Members of SAM participate in various meetings, workshops, critiques, and brainstorming sessions as necessary.

Each member of SAM is expected to determine creative and effective marketing solutions by thinking big, taking risks, and collaborating to develop strategies that build awareness, engagement, and action from target audiences.

Work-study is required.

HUMAN RESOURCES DETAILS
Shifts

6-8 hours/week • Weekday mornings and afternoons available

Starting Wage

$13.35/hour

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Works closely with graphic designers to produce creative copy solutions (intentionally overlap schedules with designers)
  • Researches, interviews, writes, edits, and publishes articles, blurbs, and press releases for the Student Affairs Blog and other mediums.
  • Copyedits long-form publications, campaigns, and other communications.
  • Edits and moves copy to Communication Spreadsheets
  • Develops creative solutions/writes copy for advertising campaigns.
  • Ensures constant flow of new and timely blog posts on the Student Affairs Blog.

The Strategist/Copywriter works closely with the Director of Student Affairs Marketing, other full-time staff, and Communications Supervisors to ensure a consistent brand is upheld for the departments within the Division of Student Affairs.

MINIMUM SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
  • Current Northwestern University Undergraduate student
  • Exceptional written, editing, and communication skills
  • Fine attention to detail
  • Professionalism, dependability, and respect for others
  • Exceptional decision making skills
  • Strong sense of curiosity and creativity

Student Feature Writer

The Student Feature Writer reports to the Communications Specialist to help tell the story of Student Affairs at Northwestern. Our writers will work closely with various members of the Student Affairs Marketing team and clients from around the Division of Student Affairs.

Each writer will have the chance to cover student life at Northwestern and determine creative and effective ways to tell these stories. Members of SAM participate in meetings, workshops, critiques, and brainstorming sessions, as necessary. Writers will be asked to think big, take risks, and collaborate with a team of students to create stories that build awareness, engagement, and action from target audiences. 

Work-study is required.

HUMAN RESOURCES DETAILS
Shifts
6-8 hours/week • Weekday mornings and afternoons available

Starting Wage
$13.35/hour

MINIMUM SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
  • Current Northwestern University Undergraduate student
  • Exceptional written, editing, and communication skills
  • Fine attention to detail
  • Professionalism, dependability, and respect for others
  • Exceptional decision making skills
  • Strong sense of curiosity and creativity

 

Social Media Coordinator

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Social Media Coordinator reports to the Associate Director and works closely with various members of the SAM team and professional staff/clients from around the Division of Student Affairs. Members of SAM participate in various meetings, workshops, critiques, and brainstorming sessions as necessary.

*For the 2022-23 Year this position will also assist NUIT on projects when needed.

Each member of SAM is expected to determine creative and effective marketing solutions by thinking big, taking risks, and collaborating to develop strategies that build awareness, engagement, and action from target audiences.

Work-study is required.

HUMAN RESOURCES DETAILS
Shifts

6-8 hours/week • Weekday mornings and afternoons available, as well as some social media monitoring during nights and weekends

Starting Wage

$13.35/hour

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Strategizes, monitors, and posts on social media accounts to engage with the Northwestern community regarding the services, promotions, events, and other offerings.
  • Maintain the accounts on, but not limited to, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, YouTube, and other relevant social media platforms
  • Implements marketing strategies via other digital platforms that connect with integrated marketing communications on social channels and others.
  • Researches and analyzes social media trends to determine which platforms and methods will best reach target markets.
  • Works collaboratively with team members to determine best strategies to implement.
MINIMUM SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
  • Current Northwestern University Undergraduate student
  • Exceptional written, editing, and communication skills
  • Fine attention to detail
  • Professionalism, dependability, and respect for others
  • Exceptional decision making skills
  • Strong sense of curiosity and creativity
  • Understanding of various social media accounts, how they are used, and how to strategically engage via these platforms.
PREFERRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
  • Experience managing social media accounts that were not personal

Visual Communications Team

Photographer/Videographer

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Photographer/Videographer reports to the Associate Director and works closely with various members of the SAM team and professional staff/clients from around the Division of Student Affairs. Members of SAM participate in various meetings, workshops, critiques, and brainstorming sessions as necessary.

Each member of SAM is expected to determine creative and effective marketing solutions by thinking big, taking risks, and collaborating to develop strategies that build awareness, engagement, and action from target audiences.

Work-study is required.

The SAM Photographer/Videographer is someone with a creative eye and a flexible schedule who is willing to work some evenings and weekends. They will cover everything from major University events, department functions, marketing campaigns, as well as portraits of staff and students.

HUMAN RESOURCES DETAILS
Shifts

6-8 hours/week • Weekday mornings and afternoons available (Shifts may vary based on projects)

Starting Wage

$13.35/hour

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Photo/Video of coverage events and programs for documentation purposes.
  • Photo/Video of people, places, and scenes for advertising campaigns.
  • Photographs headshots, campus, and other scenes as necessary.
  • Creates smaller videos for social media and other digital outlets.
  • Edits and shares photo collections & video projects with clients, team members, and the public in a timely manner.
  • Maintains structure of Photo/Video Libraries to optimize search capabilities.
  • Collaborates with designers and other staff for brainstorms if needed.
  • Films events and programs for documentation purposes.
  • Plans, films, and edits videos to advertise various promotions and initiatives. Works with clients to storyboard ideas, sets up shoots, films scenes, edits, and communicates with the client and your team throughout the process to ensure goals are met with the video project.
MINIMUM SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
  • Current Northwestern University Undergraduate student
  • Basic understanding of DSLR cameras, audio and lighting equipment
  • Experience editing photos with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
  • Professionalism, dependability, and respect for others
  • Exceptional decision making skills
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Experience in video editing
PREFERRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
  • Fine attention to detail
  • Professionalism, dependability, and respect for others
  • Exceptional time management and decision making skills
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Strong sense of curiosity and creativity
  • Desire to improve constantly and learn more about photography/videography
  • Comfortable directing others, including full time staff and management.

Note: Students interested in our Photographer/Videographer position must have a portfolio available to review for an interview.

Photo/Video Editor

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Photo/Video Editor reports to the Associate Director and works closely with various members of the SAM team and professional staff/clients from around the Division of Student Affairs. Members of SAM participate in various meetings, workshops, critiques, and brainstorming sessions as necessary.

Each member of SAM is expected to determine creative and effective marketing solutions by thinking big, taking risks, and collaborating to develop strategies that build awareness, engagement, and action from target audiences.

Work-study is required.

The SAM Photo/Video Editor is someone with a strong talent in editing, working with Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and Bridge as well as Premiere or a comparable editing software. They will assist the photographers and videographers with the editing of projects, including everything from major University events, department functions, marketing campaigns, as well as portraits of staff and students.

HUMAN RESOURCES DETAILS
Shifts

6-8 hours/week • Weekday mornings and afternoons available (Shifts may vary based on projects)

Starting Wage

$13.35/hour

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Editing of Photo/Video of coverage events and programs for documentation purposes.
  • Editing of Photo/Video of people, places, and scenes for advertising campaigns.
  • Photographs headshots, campus, and other scenes as necessary.
  • Creates smaller videos for social media and other digital outlets.
  • Assisting in maintaining Division Staff on Department sites (new photos added/terminated staff removed)
  • Edits and shares photo collections & video projects with clients, team members, and the public in a timely manner.
  • Maintains structure of Photo/Video Libraries to optimize search capabilities.
  • Collaborates with designers and other staff for brainstorms if needed.
  • Possibly films events and programs for documentation purposes.
  • Edits videos to advertise various promotions and initiatives. Works with clients to storyboard ideas, sets up shoots, films scenes, edits, and communicates with the client and your team throughout the process to ensure goals are met with the video project.
  • If available can also be an acting photographer or videographer as needed.
  • Graphic Animation would be a part of this position, will teach if not familiar with it.
MINIMUM SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
  • Current Northwestern University Undergraduate student
  • Experience editing photos with Adobe Photoshop, Bridge and Lightroom 
  • Professionalism, dependability, and respect for others
  • Exceptional decision making skills
  • Experience in video editing in Premiere
PREFERRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
  • Fine attention to detail
  • Professionalism, dependability, and respect for others
  • Exceptional time management and decision making skills
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Strong sense of curiosity and creativity
  • Desire to improve constantly and learn more about photography/videography
  • Comfortable directing others, including full time staff and management.

Note: Students interested in our Photo/Video position must have a portfolio available to review for an interview.

Web Coordinator

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Website Coordinator reports to the Associate Director, ensuring the content migration and maintenance of the current and impending redesigned Student Affairs websites. This position also works with various members of the Student Affairs Marketing (SAM) team, such as photographers, graphic designers, and copywriters as well as professional staff/clients from around the Division of Student Affairs. Members of SAM participate in various meetings, workshops, critiques, and brainstorming sessions as necessary. This position is also involved in marketing on the websites for the division.

Each member of SAM is expected to determine creative and effective marketing solutions by thinking big, taking risks, and collaborating to develop strategies that build awareness, engagement, and action from target audiences.
*Students must be available September 2018 through June 2019.

Starting Wage

$13.35/hour

Essential Functions
  • Work directly with the Associate Director of SAM
  • Intake/follow through of website requests from division
  • Utilize the website resource Siteimprove to find and correct broken links and misspellings, as well as checking on accessibility standards.
  • Work with SAM colleagues to implement campaigns on the appropriate websites.
  • Assist training division marketing partners on Cascade content management system.
  • Assisting Associate Director in compiling and analyzing stats in social media platforms.
  • Implementation of Web Audit for Departmental websites.
Minimum Skills and Qualifications
  • Current Northwestern University student
  • Basic understanding of Content Management Systems and HTML code
  • Background in Cascade is ideal but not necessary
  • Fine attention to detail
  • Professionalism, dependability, and respect for others
  • Exceptional decision making skills and autonomy
  • Strong time management skills

Application to Work for SAM

Graduate Assistants

All Graduate Assistant positions are currently filled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Graduate Assistant – Communications Coordinator

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Communications Coordinator Graduate Assistant reports to the Associate Director of Student Affairs Marketing (SAM) and works closely with various members of the SAM team and professional staff/clients from around the Division of Student Affairs. Members of SAM participate in various meetings, workshops, critiques, and brainstorming sessions as necessary.

This position will be responsible for collecting stories and content from partners within the division, editing a weekly newsletter, managing the newsletter content calendar and other writing and editing as necessary.

*Ideal candidates will be available from Fall 2020 through Spring 2021.

Application for Graduate Assistant-Communications Coordinator

HUMAN RESOURCES DETAILS
Shifts

15-20 hours/week • Weekday mornings and afternoons available

Starting Wage

$15.00/hour

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Writes content for the Student Affairs blog, edits content submitted for the blog and a weekly newsletter to Student Affairs staff. Ensures all information is accurate and complete. Contributes additional strategies, ideas, and mediums to each project as necessary.
  • Manages content submitted through Student Affairs website, solicits content and story ideas from partners across the division.
  • Maintains content calendar for weekly newsletter, must be able to meet deadlines and help partners meet deadlines.
  • Must be an independent, self-starter with exceptional written communication skills.
  • An excellent copy editor with a passion for writing and grammar.
  • Leads and actively participates in a collaborative atmosphere; offering encouragement and constructive criticism to colleagues.
MINIMUM SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
  • Current Northwestern University Graduate student
  • Close attention to detail
  • Professionalism, dependability, and respect for others
  • Exceptional decision making skills and autonomy
  • Exceptional written and communication skills
  • Strong sense of curiosity and creativity
  • Extensive knowledge of communications concepts

 

Graduate Assistant - Design Team Project Manager

POSITION DESCRIPTION 

The Project Manager Graduate Assistant reports to the Graphic Designer of Student Affairs Marketing (SAM) and works closely with various members of the SAM team and professional staff/clients from around the Division of Student Affairs. Members of SAM participate in various meetings, workshops, critiques, and brainstorming sessions as necessary. 

This position will be responsible for managing design projects and project requests from partners within the division, helping coordinate with SAM’s team of student designers, conducting client satisfaction surveys and managing client and designer meetings. HUMAN RESOURCES DETAILS 

Shifts
15-20 hours/week • Weekday mornings and afternoons available, as well as remote shifts
Starting Wage

$15.00/hour 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 
  • Coordinate with designers and clients to deliver projects on time and with the desired outcomes aligned to objectives. 
  • Serving as a point of contact for teams when multiple units are assigned to the same project to ensure team actions remain in synergy 
  • Develop and manage a detailed project schedule and work plan 
  • Measure project performance to identify areas for improvement 
  • Must be an independent, self-starter with exceptional written communication skills. 
  • An excellent communicator with a passion for collaborating with others. 
  • Leads and actively participates in a collaborative atmosphere; offering encouragement and constructive criticism to colleagues. 
MINIMUM SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS 
  • Current Northwestern University Graduate student 
  • Close attention to detail 
  • Professionalism, dependability, and respect for others 
  • Exceptional decision-making skills and autonomy 
  • Exceptional written and communication skills 
  • Strong sense of curiosity and creativity 
  • Proven ability to complete projects according to outlined scope, and timeline 
  • Experience in graphic design, marketing or communications preferred, but not required. 

Apply to Join the Team