Communications Associate

21 May, 2022


Communications Associate

Stanford University
Stanford, CA


The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University stimulates cutting edge social science on important societal problems. A national and international resource founded in 1954, CASBS convenes collaborative teams of researchers and practitioners that cut across the disciplinary boundaries of the social and behavioral sciences (anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology) but also the humanities, education, linguistics, communications, and the biological, natural, health, and computer sciences.  The Center has a distinguished history of fellowship support for individual scholars and research projects through its renowned single-year residency program and its convening of multi-year collaborative projects with dynamic teams that are both interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral.  It attracts world-class academics, industry leaders, and policy makers and analysts from the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.


Our VPDoR Diversity Journey:

  • We create a hub of innovation through the power of diversity of disciplines and people.
  • We provide equitable access and opportunity to all members of the community in order to do their best work, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
  • We listen to and value all colleagues who bring diverse perspectives to the advancement and development of a respectful community.
  • We promote a culture of belonging, equity, and safety.
  • We embed these values in excellence of education, research, and operation.



The Center seeks an experienced candidate for the position of Communications Associate.   Reporting to the Communications Director, the primary function of the position is to provide support in planning, coordinating, and implementing the Center’s communication programs.  Specific tasks include assisting in the design and layout of newsletters, designing and creating graphics for social media and news stories, developing social media accounts including occasional posting, proofreading text of marketing disseminations, assisting in the creation of promotional print materials and videos, and helping to organize internal programming and public outreach events.


The ideal candidate is a friendly, proactive, and dependable self-starter with strong written and oral communication skills. The role requires an individual with a high level of professionalism, attention to detail, productivity, and organization.


This is a one-year fixed term, 100% FTE, benefits-eligible position. There may be occasional extended hours and weekends for event support. This position will be based on the Stanford campus and after a trial period will be considered for an option of a hybrid schedule, subject to operational need. For consideration, please submit a resume. All final candidates must complete a background check.



  • Assist and support in day-to-day activities for communication deliverables in an area of expertise or for a unit or program.
  • Assist in the production and timely distribution of content for applicable unit channels.
  • Assist in the development of materials according to defined requirements using software applications and mediums.
  • Support the production of publications and other communication vehicles, adhering to deadlines.
  • Perform other administrative duties as assigned.
  • Work in collaboration with Institutional Communicators on media relations content.




Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree and one year of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated planning and/or project management and organizational skills.
  • May demonstrate proficiency and creative or technical ability in a particular field.
  • Ability to be self-directed and take initiative.
  • Experience with photo-editing software, Mailchimp, Twitter and web content management system Drupal is preferred.


Certifications and Licenses:

  • None



  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, speaking.
  • Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork.



  • Occasional work on evenings and weekends.



  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,


Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!


The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned. 

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job. 

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Job posted: 2022-05-21