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Contract Assistant Program Coordinator, Program of African Studies

Job Summary: The assistant program coordinator supports the implementation of the Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) for young African leaders, a 6-week summer program funded by the US State Department that brings 25 African fellows to Northwestern to participate in an Entrepreneurship and Business Institute.

Working with the Program Coordinator for the Fellowship as well as the staff of the Program of African Studies and the Kellogg School of Management, the assistant program coordinator will oversee logistical arrangements for living arrangements, campus access, classroom materials, experiential learning trips, special events, and major events and receptions for MWF fellows. The Assistant Program Coordinator will assemble all necessary documentation for a MWF resource manual, manage the MWF website and social media, and handle payments and financial records. 

Position begins part time (~15 hours/week) for 6 weeks, mid-April through May and moves to full time (~35 hours/week) for 8 weeks from June 1st through July 30th. Compensation is $16 per hour. Must be able to work some nights/weekends in June and July. 


Administration & Logistics (70%)

  • Assemble and prepare a comprehensive MWF manual for fellows
  • Work with faculty to compile materials for MWF fellows
  • Post materials to Canvas and help with classroom logistics
  • Arrange all logistics for experiential learning and leisure trips. 
  • Arrange logistics of opening, closing, and special events for MWF fellows.

Communications (20%)

  • Update PAS website and Facebook pages with relevant MWF stories
  • Prepare articles for the PAS newsletter on MWF
  • Prepare reports for IREX/State Department
  • Prepare promotional materials for opening, closing, and special events for the general community
  • Liaise with University Relations on press releases

Budget (10%)

  • Working with PAS staff, follow MWF budget plans, process payments, track expenses and prepare expenditure reports for IREX/State Department. 

Minimum Qualification:

  • Pursuing or holding a bachelor's degree
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Detail oriented, accurate and quality focused
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks, meet deadlines and work independently
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Ability to analyze financial accounts and manage a budget
  • Passionate about working with people with diverse backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with CTA, Evanston, and Chicago
  • International development or international volunteering experience in Africa
  • Entrepreneurship and business training or experience
  • Experience in education and/or a university work environment
  • Ability to participate in evening and weekend events during the 6-week program
  • Graphic design skills
  • Experience with social media

Please send your cover letter and resume to Meagan Keefe by April 1st.