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About the Department/Unit
American University’s School of Communication (AU SOC) welcomes
applicants to join its creative and dynamic team of professionals.
Our community is committed to the mission of engaging the most
pressing issues of our time through teaching, scholarship, and
professional experiences in communication and media in Washington
and beyond. SOC empowers undergraduates and graduates in its
programs to tell stories that influence change, inspire action, and
transform our communities and our world. Faculty are leaders in
their fields, contributing scholarly, creative and professional
work in communication studies, film and media arts, journalism, and
public communication. We know that teams perform best when they are
diverse, and every team member feels that they belong. The unique
contributions of SOC employees drive our success, and we are
committed to building a culture where everyone has an opportunity
to do meaningful work. Learn more about SOC at
The Assistant Director of Special Programs is responsible for
managing School of Communication (SOC) strategic programming and
select revenue generating projects with external partners for the
School. They are responsible for assisting in the development,
coordination, and implementation of new and existing SOC signature
programs and partnerships, such as its summer high school and
Dean’s Interns programs. The Assistant Director coordinates the
full range of exciting special program and event logistics and
budgets, supervises part time program staff, and facilitates
ongoing evaluation of strategic programs. This position provides
technical direction to stakeholders, acting as a liaison to program
partners, faculty, and SOC leadership.
- Program management and assessment: Assists with
management and oversight of multiple programs, oversees daily
operations, program expenditures/budgets, and coordinates the
activities of SOC strategic programs with the Dean’s Office and
stakeholders. Performs administrative duties commensurate with the
requirements of the organization, including data gathering, metrics
and reports, implementing project timelines and programmatic
budgets. Meets with stakeholders to discuss program status and
- Communication and marketing:Works with internal and
external stakeholders to develop and execute communications plan
for prospective students/participants in SOC strategic program
offerings. Work with SOC and AU’s communication and outreach team
on promotional, marketing and outreach strategies for programs and
- Partnership development and support:Work with SOC Dean’s
Office, academic programs, and faculty to develop and execute new
SOC strategic and revenue programs. Assist with administration of
memorandums of agreement (MOA) and partnership contracts.
- Supervision: Oversees cross-functional part-time teams,
including part-time and student staff assistants and consultants.
Coordinates with SOC faculty on delivering of content.
- Other duties as assignedto contribute to SOC strategic
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
- On campus position; may be eligible for hybrid work
- Some flexible hours (evening and weekend) are required to
support programming and events.
- Some episodic program travel may be needed.
Required Education and Experience
- Full Time - 35 hours/week.
- Sr. Coordinator/Analyst B
Preferred Education and Experience
- Bachelor's degree
- 1-3 years of relevant experience
- Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office suite required.
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
- 2-4 years of relevant experience
- Experience working in educational setting is desirable.
- Proven excellent interpersonal and verbal and written
communication skills and ability to effectively present information
and respond to questions.
- Demonstrated adaptability when required to meet multiple
shifting priorities, and rapid change.
- Proven strong attention to detail with excellent organizational
skills to manage and prioritize workload demands.
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills and an
understanding of providing excellent customer service in a fast
- Ability to work under limited supervision.
- Basic knowledge of finance and budget tracking.
- Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful
completion of a background check.
- To ensure the health and safety of our community AU requires
COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty and staff. Click here to learn
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- Please note this job description is not designed to cover or
contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or
responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.
Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with
or without notice.
AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching
retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their
families, several leadership development certificates, and has been
recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly
worksite.Click here to learn about American University's unique
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