STAR Academic Partnerships & Communications Assistant

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Suite 239
United States


About CUGH:

The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) is a membership-based organization comprised of more than 170 international academic institutions and professional associations. CUGH supports academic institutions and partners to improve the wellbeing of people and the planet through education, research, service, and advocacy.

About the STAR Program:

Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health (GH) Bureau. Its purpose is twofold: (1) Through individual fellowships, STAR will help strengthen the capacity of diverse American and low-and-middle-income country (LMIC) health professionals at all levels to make innovative contributions to global health (GH); and (2) STAR will create ground-breaking opportunities for both US and LMIC GH academic institutions and other groups, including professional associations, to create systems for open-access knowledge sharing, resulting in effective partnerships. STAR’s individual and institutional participants are contributing to the development of self-sustaining systems and tools that will produce global citizens with the full spectrum of relevant health competencies. The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) is a partner on the STAR project contributing to the creation of open-access knowledge sharing systems and tools for US and LMIC-based academic institutions.

Position Description:

The Academic Partnerships and Communications Assistant supports CUGH’s activities funded by the Public Health Institute’s (PHI) Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) project. 



  • With support from CUGH leadership, communicates the organization’s role on the STAR project across CUGH’s network, and incentivizes, galvanizes and organizes CUGH’s membership towards the successful completion of all STAR/CUGH workplan tasks and deliverables
  • Develops all CUGH-focused communications materials
  • Works closely with CUGH’s Administrative Assistant to develop and manage STAR-related web content across all virtual platforms and social media
  • Supports STAR project outreach and informational interviews as needed

Project Management

  • Submits all of CUGH’s network-generated resources and material to CUGH leadership for review/refining before submitting to STAR project teams to ensure technical accuracy and appropriate messaging
  • Creates and manages a tracking system to monetize CUGH membership’s hourly contributions to STAR project’s tasks and deliverables towards cost-share reporting
  • Manages all reports requested by USAID, PHI or the STAR project
  • Participates in CUGH committees, subcommittees, working groups related to STAR activities
  • Led by CUGH leadership, contributes to STAR/CUGH work planning efforts
  • Other duties as assigned

Project Learning Coordination

  • Supports participant learning goals by mapping and sharing available global health learning courses and resources across CUGH’s network
  • Supports the identification and pairing of STAR participants with mentors from CUGH’s network

QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Experience with website design and maintenance (Drupal, WordPress or SharePoint)
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Docs required. Preferred candidates will have experience with the Adobe Acrobat design suite, including InDesign and Photoshop, or similar software
  • Bachelor’s Degree required, including a minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible operational and administrative experience; Preferred candidates will have experience with USAID in health, education, and/or international development 
  • Exceptional verbal, interpersonal, and written communication skills in English
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, flexibility, resourcefulness, and creative problem-solving skills
  • Strong demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong ability to balance appropriately between independent action and referring issues to supervisors
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team
  • Ability to work independently as well as with all levels of management and staff
  • Background in health strongly desired
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you have questions regarding this vacancy or the application process, please email Applications deadline is October 7th, 2018.