Communications Assistant

Date: 08/07/2012 Office/Department: Communications
Starting Wage: Min. Wage Supervisor: Gillian Frew
Openings: No Department Head: Assistant Vice President of Communications

Position Purpose:

To assist communications staff with the development, writing, proofing and distribution of news, communications and media relations materials.


  1. Write basic press releases for student “hometowners” (stories about student activities and achievements sent to their hometown newspapers) as assigned.
  2. Send hometowner press releases to relevant newspapers.
  3. Assist with other press releases and media relations tasks as assigned.
  4. Handle a variety of clerical assignments, including filing of press releases, maintaining the media list as well as maintenance of office files.
  5. Search for and file Whitman news clips and maintain clip collection.
  6. Assist with the Whitman magazine and other publications projects, including conducting research, making contacts and proofing.
  7. Compile and/or post event listings for various sources, including The Fountain, Whitman Web site, external media sites, etc.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Ability to write well.  Some knowledge and/or experience with basic journalism is desirable.
  2. Ability to work independently.
  3. Well-developed organizational skills.
  4. Reliable, able to take responsibility for the job.
  5. Excellent people skills, able to deal comfortably with faculty and students on behalf of the office.
  6. Attention to accuracy.
  7. Basic computer and Web navigation skills.
  8. Must be eligible for work study.

Application Process:

 Please submit resume and two writing samples to Gillian Frew, Media Relations Officer at