Job Opportunities

Assistant Program Director: Reaching New Publics in the Humanities Program

The Simpson Center invites applications for a part-time Assistant Program Director (50% FTE), to administer a new four-year program starting July 1, 2015. At this time of accelerating change in higher education, Reimagining the Humanities Ph.D. and Reaching New Publics addresses the pressing need to enhance doctoral education in the humanities and to take scholarship and teaching in the humanities to broader publics. The program is made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Assistant Program Director is responsible for the strategic development, implementation, and evaluation of "Reimagining the Humanities Ph.D. and Reaching New Publics." The purpose of the program is to provide a model for doctoral education that reaches new publics by establishing the following: reciprocal vectors between our research university and two-year colleges, with doctoral students mentored by faculty at the three two-year colleges in the Seattle District; funds for faculty to develop graduate seminars for doctoral students with components devoted to public scholarship; and summer fellowships for doctoral students to pursue public scholarship projects.

The Assistant Program Director, working with the Director of the Simpson Center, will generally oversee the program; make policy decisions; develop and publicize the criteria for the selection of UW faculty and doctoral students at all levels in the grant; conceptualize, develop, and administer the two annual workshops; undertake research on the state of higher education; and document, assess, and report on the program. This role is integral to the success of the program and will be that of project manager for the entire program. The Assistant Program Director will report to the Director of the Simpson Center and work with members of the Simpson Center staff on Reimagining the Ph.D.

Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree plus 2 years of experience (Ph.D. preferred) in any field(s) of the humanities, broadly understood; demonstrated program- or project-management skills and experience, including logistical support; excellent organizational skills; ability to work independently and collaboratively; excellent interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills; excellent computer skills, including fluency with the suite of Microsoft Office applications

To apply, visit the University of Washington Employment website (Requisition 118726):


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.