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Assistantship Positions

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Graduate Assistant - Marketing Specialist - Fall 2020
Full-Time (20 hours/week) - School of Engineering - Quad Cities campus


Serves as representative supporting the marketing needs of WIU-QC School of Engineering and CBT. Works in tandem with School of Engineering faculty, staff and students to plan, develop and execute all aspects of recruiting programs and strategic marketing campaigns. This includes establishing and maintaining relationships with key staff (internal and external audiences), developing written, digital and audiovisual materials promoting programs and services, developing recommendations for improving the marketing strategy based on analysis of feedback from affected or interested audiences.

  • Prepares recruiting programming, keeping all internal and external audiences informed of programs and activities; drafts and markets articles and official talking points to internal and external media.
  • Assists in the execution of events, primarily recruiting events.  Coordinates the marketing of said recruiting events to include newspapers, other print, electronic, broadcast media sources to positively promotive WIU-QC School of Engineering and CBT.
  • Ensures WIU-QC success stories are communicated to internal and external media.
  • Drafts responses to media queries about WIU-QC School of Engineering and CBT programs.
  • Helps coordinate the development and design of marketing collateral materials, including posters, print banners, table tents, brochures, fact sheets, information cards, desk guides, newsletters, articles, flyers, website banners, social media graphics, and electronic advertisements to use in promoting programs.
  • Uses a variety of digital marketing techniques to share information about WIU-QC School of Engineering and CBT programs with young customers, including emerging social media platforms, mobile instant messaging, wireless text messaging, electronic newsletters, digital advertisements, podcasts, and other interactive technologies.
  • Maintains and enhances the content of websites and social media in compliance with WIU policies.
  • Develops and deploys online and video products to reach potential customers, such as mobile applications, podcasts, YouTube videos.
  • Researches and develops speeches and talking points for faculty, staff and students.
  • Presents ideas orally and in written materials in new ways that will increase understanding among publics targeting Engineering and CBT interested individuals.
  • Identifies survey mechanisms and metrics, and creates methods of reporting and tracking in order to analyze the effectiveness of marketing efforts.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Communications, Public Relations or Marketing is preferred.
  • High level knowledge and experience with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube is essential.
  • Knowledge of a variety of software programs such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint and Adobe Creative Cloud is required.
  • Candidate must possess excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills, the ability to deal effectively with diverse groups of people, and exercise good judgment and diplomacy.


  • Assigned work area: Quad Cities Riverfront Hall 207.
  • Requires a valid State Driver’s License
  • Operate a phone, keyboard and computer
  • Operate light audio/visual equipment.
  • WIU School of Engineering encourages applications from persons of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Application Procedures:

Submit Resume and Cover Letter to

Work Location:

  • Quad Cities Campus, Moline, Illinois

This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

  • Dependable -- more reliable than spontaneous
  • People-oriented -- enjoys interacting with people and working on group projects
  • Adaptable/flexible -- enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in direction
  • Detail-oriented -- would rather focus on the details of work than the bigger picture
  • Achievement-oriented -- enjoys taking on challenges, even if they might fail
  • Autonomous/Independent -- enjoys working with little direction
  • Innovative -- prefers working in unconventional ways or on tasks that require creativity
  • High stress tolerance -- thrives in a high-pressure environment

WIU School of Engineering Describes Its Culture as:

  • Team-oriented -- cooperative and collaborative
  • People-oriented -- supportive and fairness-focused
  • Stable -- traditional, stable, strong processes
  • Outcome-oriented -- results-focused with strong performance culture


  • Generally, Monday to Friday with flexibility to work events scheduled outside of work hours.
  • Some evenings
  • Some weekends

Graduate Student Employment Positions - Non-Assistantship

The below positions are employment opportunities for graduate students but are not assistantship positions. They do not come with a tuition waiver nor follow the eligibility requirements of assistantships.

None posted at this time.