Job Opportunities

Student Assistant: Photography & Digital Media

The Simpson Center for the Humanities seeks a student assistant to photograph events such as lectures, conferences, and other campus activities. This position requires attendance at Simpson Center events (about 6 per quarter). Most of those events take place on campus in the afternoon and evenings during the school week. Additional office hours for editing and processing photos are flexible, based on the student’s class schedule. Hours will vary but will average approximately 5 per week.

This position requires an independent, organized student who can photograph events with minimal supervision. There may be opportunities for additional multimedia projects. Those may include videos, audio recordings, photo illustrations, social media graphics, and other forms that illustrate important scholarly investigations.

Preference will be given to students with experience in photography, especially event photography or photojournalism. Also desired: experience in video production, visual communications, journalism, and/or related coursework. Candidates must provide their own equipment (i.e. DSLR and editing software); access to campus media-lab equipment is fine. Some software is available for use at the Center.

This position reports to the Center’s Communications Specialist.

Description of work:

  • Shoot photographs at Center events.
  • Review, sort, and edit photographs, occasionally with short turnaround times.
  • Manage digital photo storage system and assist with uploading archival photos.
  • Possibly assist with preparing audio/podcast files for Center website
  • Possibly shoot and edit digital videos, such as graduate student profiles, faculty interviews, and short features on Center-funded research and programs

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be a student enrolled at the UW Seattle campus taking at least 6 credits
  • Ability to independently plan and organize a work schedule
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to take well-composed digital photographs, especially photographs of people
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop

Desired Qualifications:

  • Work-Study Eligible
  • Interest in the humanities and the mission of the Simpson Center
  • Ability to shoot videos, especially of interviews
  • Video editing skills with Audacity and Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro

To apply please email your résumé, a brief cover letter outlining your experience and interest in the position, and 3-5 samples of your work (links preferred) to Address cover letters to Jonathan Hiskes, Communications Specialist.

The Student Assistant is a part-time position. Hourly compensation is $15/hour. Hours per week may vary based on project needs, but will average approximately 5 hours per week. Hours are negotiated on a quarterly basis depending on the student assistant’s class schedule and the Simpson Center’s needs. For more information about the Simpson Center, visit

Preferred consideration will be given to candidates who apply by August 14, 2015.


Student Assistant: Communications, Events & Operations

Come help us support great scholarship projects in the humanities. The Simpson Center is looking for a part-time student assistant for communications, events, and general office operations. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Provide front desk reception coverage 
  • Assist in maintaining Center spaces
  • Assist with production & distribution of flyers, e-flyers, event-related materials & email correspondence
  • Format/edit publicity pieces
  • Assist with mailing list maintenance
  • Maintain digital photography & publicity archive, stationery inventory, & supplies
  • Manage Center bulletin boards
  • Organize & track office supplies 
  • Provide event support, including occasional evening hours 
  • Other duties as assigned

The Student Assistant is a part-time position at 8-18 hours per week. Hours are negotiated on a quarterly basis depending on the your class schedule and the Simpson Center’s needs.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Must be an undergraduate student enrolled for at least 6 credits or a graduate student enrolled for at least 4 credits at the UW Seattle Campus
  • Experience with Adobe InDesign
  • Experience with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 
  • Ability to work independently and exercise good judgment and initiative 
  • Ability to work cooperatively with other students and Simpson Center staff 
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills - editing and proofreading ability, with attention to detail 
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience with standard office equipment such as printers, copiers, fax machines, and scanners

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Work-study eligible
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop
  • Familiarity with basic web design and editing (HTML, Dreamweaver) a plus.
  • Interest in the humanities and the mission of the Simpson Center

To apply please email your résumé and a brief cover letter outlining your experience and interest in the position to Address cover letters to Mariah Moody, Administrator.