Job Opportunity: Communications Associate at CSIS

August 23, 2021

Communications Associate, Center for Social Impact Strategy

Scope. 10-20 hours/week for fall semester. Renewal conditional on positive review. Reports to: Managing Director.

Summary. The Center for Social Impact Strategy (CSIS) at the University of Pennsylvania seeks a part-time employee to support its social media and community outreach efforts. This is an entry-level, paid position, with the expectation that the successful candidates will learn and expand their skill sets through their work with the center and through their mentorship from current center staff. The goals of this function involve community-building, information-sharing, and marketing and recruitment for CSIS’s educational programs. Successful candidates will have some knowledge and proficiency in most of these areas and will be eager to learn the skills required to tackle others. This position will begin remotely with a transition to the CSIS offices on Penn campus if and when safety guidelines allow.

Fall 2021 Responsibilities include support for:

  • Implementing a results-driven social media presence around CSIS’ program calendar in a sensible, substantive, and authentic way, that maximizes dissemination of our media assets produced in the past few years.
  • Writing and producing features about our students and alumni, and real-world instances of their using our curriculum
  • Creating engaging text, image and video content to enhance CSIS’ online presence
  • Monitoring and assessing online engagement, traffic, and conversions
  • Developing a system for alumni to submit updates and news items for CSIS to share across platforms and marketing campaigns
  • Helping alumni participate in applicant recruitment efforts our educational programs, including for example facilitating alumni nominations
  • Possible occasional Philadelphia-based events that combine education and community expansion 

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent time management skills
  • Able to maintain a precise account of tasks and execute them by or before agreed deadlines
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills, including professionalism and courtesy in written communications
  • Proactive effort to learn new tools in accomplishing tasks
  • Accompanies every “no” with a constructive, realistic alternative
  • Proactively identifies opportunities for better coordination and potential problems or conflicts
  • Demonstrated interest in social impact
  • Must become a champion for the Center for Social Impact Strategy

Desired Qualifications

  • Current student or recent graduate in communications, marketing, or related field
  • Knowledge in social media platforms, especially Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and management tools such as Hootsuite or Sprout Social
  • Comfortable using Google Drive, Airtable, WordPress
  • Knowledge of SEO, keyword research, and Google Analytics or other campaign performance tracking tools
  • Experience with digital media editing tools, such as Adobe Creative Cloud

Application. To apply, send a resume and statement of interest (1 page maximum) to with “Application for Communications position” in the subject line. If you have a portfolio, samples or links to your prior work, you are welcome to share those in your statement of interest. We would be very happy to take a look. 

About CSIS. The Center for Social Impact strategy is a research and action center based in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2). Our mission is to make tools and resources for social impact available to anyone, anywhere. Our educational, residential, and fellowship programs are designed for accessibility and affordability. For more information, visit

 About SP2. The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice contributes to the advancement of more effective, efficient, and humane human services through education, research, and civic engagement. In pursuit of this mission, our theory-based masters and doctoral programs in social work, social welfare, nonprofit leadership, and social policy encourage students to think and work across disciplinary lines and cultures as well as across national and international boundaries. The pursuit of social justice is at the heart of the School’s knowledge-building activities. Our innovative educational and research programs reinforce our vision of active student engagement in their own learning as well as that of social agencies and larger social collectivities organized at the local, national, and international levels. For more information, visit

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