Job Opportunities

The Life Span Institute strives to improve the quality of life for individuals across the life span and in communities throughout the world. Our research spans education, intellectual and physical disabilities, community health and development, health policy, addiction, childhood obesity and more. We are accepting applications for the following positions:

Video Production Intern

Student Hourly
We are seeking a video production assistant to start August 2019. The position requires experience in all aspects of video production, from creative concept, organized narrative to executing production, knowledge of equipment and detailed post-production editing. Work closely with communications team members to develop video and media content for presentations, web and social. Video content may be narrative promotional material, or for research purposes, or instructional or training related. Materials will be produced in studio or on location in research settings including laboratory, classrooms, and in communities. Must be comfortable and professional working with a variety of subjects included children and adults with and without disabilities.

To Apply follow applications instructions at KU HR Listing

Application deadline 8/16/19
Contact Information Drew Rosdahl rosdahl@ku.edu

 

Visual Design Intern

Student Hourly
Join our communications team as the next visual design intern. The ideal candidate enjoys the challenge of creating visual representations of abstract concepts in static illustration or motion graphics, but also has strong foundation in layout and graphic design. The individual hired for this position will illustrate, design or help animate content to accompany news releases, web features, social media posts and print publications. There will also be opportunities to create marketing materials, including advertisements, brochures or a newsletter.

Examples of possible work include: 

  • An illustration that accompanies a news release about research that aims to someday give a voice to those who cannot speak verbally because of ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease. 
  • A social media post illustration for an announcement about a federal grant to study the addictive qualities of “hyperpalatable” foods – foods found freezer aisle, fast food and boxed dinners.
  • An illustration for a website banner for an article about a youth violence reduction program underway in Wyandotte County

Required Qualifications: 

  • Junior or senior or graduate student in visual communication design, illustration, art or related field.
  • Proficiency in Adobe products, such as Illustrator, Photoshop and After Effects, as demonstrated by online portfolio
  • Availability to work 10 to 15 hours per week weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm
  • Organized and detail oriented as demonstrated by application materials

Apply through the KU Human Resources website.

Application review begins: 8/19/19
Contact Information: Jen Humphrey,  jenhumphrey@ku.edu

 

Communications Intern

Student Hourly

We are seeking a strong content creator to be our next communications intern. The ideal candidate is interested in translating data and discoveries –  and profiling the people who make those discoveries –  to engage the public in Life Span Institute research. The communications intern will work closely with communications team members to develop written content across web, social media and print projects.  Specific tasks may include conducting interviews with researchers and developing content for lifespan.ku.edu; creating content for social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and MailChimp; and assisting with communications to the public, media, and donors.


Required Qualifications:

  • Junior, senior or graduate student level standing majoring in journalism, strategic communications, applied behavioral science, speech-language-hearing, or a related area
  • Strong English writing and editing skills as demonstrated by coursework, resume and cover letter
  • Availability to work 10-15 hours per week on weekdays between 9 AM and 5 PM

Apply through the KU Human Resources website.

Application review begins 8/19/19
Contact Information: Jen Humphrey,  jenhumphrey@ku.edu

 

Communications Production Manager

Student Hourly

The ideal candidate for this position is a creative problem solver who enjoys following through (likes to check boxes), isn’t afraid to drill down into the details to bring projects into reality, and is driven by curiosity. Experience with Drupal content management systems or familiarity with other website creation platforms is a plus, but it’s most important that the candidate be willing to learn.

Examples of the work include:

  • Keeping communications projects on track for completion by managing a detailed production and content calendar for web content, social media posts, blog posts, videos and photo shoots
  • Creating pages from templates and adding content to Life Span Institute website properties such as lifespan.ku.edu
  • Reviewing new research grants awarded to Life Span Institute faculty and preparing summaries for communications staff members.

Required Qualifications:

  • Junior or senior or graduate student as demonstrated in application materials.
  • Strong English writing skills as demonstrated by coursework, resume and cover letter.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office programs Excel and Word as shown in application materials.
  • Availability to work 10 to 15 hours per week weekdays between 9 am and 5 pm., as displayed in application materials.
  • Organized and detail oriented as demonstrated by application materials

Apply through the KU Human Resources website.

Application review begins 8/19/19
Contact Information: Jen Humphrey,  jenhumphrey@ku.edu

 

Communications Specialist

Full Time, unclassified professional

The Communications Specialist will work with faculty and staff at the Research & Training Center on Independent Living (RTC) and the Institute for Health & Disability Policy Studies (IHDPS) at Life Span Institute to develop informational materials, format training materials, assist in grant writing and reporting, distribute project materials, and contribute to social media products. This staff person will also provide administrative support that may include preparing and attending training, conferences, and communicating with project partners. The Communications Specialist should have experience in writing and editing but also be willing to learn new ways to communicate through social media and electronic means.

Required qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • High degree of computer literacy as evidenced by a minimum of five years’ experience working with Excel, Word, desk top publishing, and PowerPoint.
  • Previous experience that demonstrates the ability to establish excellent working relationships with a variety of audiences as evidenced by application materials.
  • Excellent writing skills as evidenced by previous documents and materials.
  • Proven organizational skills and attention to detail as evidenced by application materials.
  • Ability to manage time and meet deadlines as evidenced by recommendation of previous supervisor(s).

 Apply through the KU Human Resources website.