University of Utah Program Assistant in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 06/19/2017

Requisition Number PRN14555B

Job Title Program Assistant

Working Title Digital Science Writer/Public Programs Assistant

Job Grade C

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Care Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Generally Monday-Friday, some weekends and evenings

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00018 - Utah Museum of Natl Hist Oper

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $15

Close Date

NOTE: May close at anytime. 06/26/2017

Open Until Filled

NOTE: May close at anytime. No

Job Summary

Assist with the development and implementation of innovative, high-quality programs and produce dynamic, wide-ranging editorial content that advances the museum’s mission, stimulates interest in natural history, educates, and informs. Through innovative public programs and in written posts, highlight and communicate the work of the Museum to raise its profile and build its reputation. Promote the research conducted by Museum scientists, University of Utah faculty and students, and subjects related to Museum special exhibits. Areas of focus are paleontology, earth sciences, biology, archaeology, and anthropology. This is a two year position, which will end on June 30, 2019.

At the Natural History Museum of Utah we place a strong emphasis on providing an exceptional experience to every guest who visits the museum or participates in any of our programs. All staff members, at every level and in all departments, are a critical part of providing this level of experience. Candidates selected for employment withNHMUwill receive training and be expected to consistently contribute to creating an exceptional and memorable experience at every opportunity.


• Produce new web pages, blog posts, social media posts, and other editorial content for publication online and sometimes in print.

• Support Museum’s content creation goals.

• Develop story ideas and new content in collaboration with the Director of Marketing, curators, researchers, and others at the Museum.

• In collaboration with Public Programs and other Museum staff, University and community partners, assist with the development and implementation of public programs that support and highlight the work of the Museum.

• Keep abreast of scientific trends and movements.

• Provide organizational and departmental support such as scheduling, filing, maintaining correspondence and calendars, etc. to assure the smooth operation of the Public Programs department.

• Collect, organize, and analyze data in order to evaluate departmental projects.

Minimum Qualifications

Associate’s degree in a related field, or equivalency, plus two years of related experience required; ability to use logic and reasoning to prioritize tasks; computer skills including word processing, spreadsheet software, and/or database software preferred; demonstrated human relation and effective communication skills also required.

Bachelor’s degree in a related field may be preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Possess curiosity and passion for science and the natural world. Welcome the opportunity to collaborate with staff, scientists, and scholars. Have the ability to work with researchers to understand and translate complex scientific information, theories, and practices into language and public programs that are relevant, understandable, and appealing for mass audiences. Work well under pressure, multitask, and consistently meet deadlines. Bachelor’s degree in related field is preferred. Second language proficiency, particularly in Spanish, is preferred for this position.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.