Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

The Robina Institute is Now Hiring

The Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice has an opening for a Communications Associate Position located in our offices at the University of Minnesota Law School. 

The job description is below. To apply, please visit the University of Minnesota Job Center and search for Job 327936

Communications Associate (8442)
Working Title: Communications and Program Coordinator
Job ID

Location: Twin Cities
Job Family: Communications
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular 



  • BA in Communications, Journalism, English, or other closely-related field, or 4 years combined equivalent education and experience.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Flexibility regarding work schedule is necessary, as some evening and weekend hours will be required.


  • Experience working in an academic or other research environment.
  • Website and blog management skills.
  • Experience using CMS for web content, preferably Drupal 7 &/or Drupal 8.
  • Experience with graphic design.
  • Experience using mass mail programs such as Mail Chimp and/or Salesforce.
  • Demonstrated ability to creatively utilize new media.
  • Experience with, or willingness to train, in the University Financial System (EFS).
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, prioritize tasks, and handle multiple responsibilities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively and professionally across a wide group of constituents.

About the Job

This is a full-time, twelve-month, nonexempt Civil Service appointment.

Communications and Publications Coordination (70%):

  • Write and disseminate compelling news articles, newsletters, and web content to promote the research and work of the Institute within the University and legal communities.
  • Manage Institute social media accounts and messaging.
  • Coordinate the design and publication of a variety of Institute print and digital materials that range from research reports, event flyers, and web pages, to digital newsletters, and video.
  • Perform final edits before printing or posting content online.
  • Coordinate with graphic designers, web designers, photographers, videographers, and other vendors on Institute projects.
  • Create and post content to Institute websites and share that content with Law School Communications and other internal sources.
  • Manage Institute blog by soliciting blog posts, providing edits and comments to authors, and posting and disseminating new posts.
  • Coordinate with the Executive Director and Law School Communications on any media requests.
  • Maintain Institute media, including the video library, photo library, and the Institute’s Youtube or other video channels.
  • Under the direction of the Executive Director, assist in researching and identifying potential grant and funding opportunities, including those internal to the University and contribute to the development program narratives and project descriptions that can be used for grant applications and letters of inquiry to foundation and other funders.
  • Serve as a liaison and first point of contact for the public, other University departments, faculty, students, and student organizations.

Administrative & Program Support (30%)

  • Provide administrative financial support, including processing expense reimbursements for faculty and staff and event speakers or attendees, preparing all required forms and paperwork to complete purchase orders and contracts for professional services, reconciling p-card transactions, and maintaining appropriate records and files. Act as a liaison with Law Finance, problem solve when necessary, follow up on any outstanding issues, and ensure the Institute is complying with University standards, policies, and procedure.
  • Provide planning and support for Institute events, including creating and distributing invitations, reserving rooms, arranging for catering, arranging travel and accommodation for visitors and speakers, creating and distributing materials, creating a registration page and monitoring registrations, liaising as necessary with other faculty and staff in the Law School and across the University, as well as with outside bodies, and acting as a first line of contact for queries about events.
  • Provide administrative support of consultants, post-doctoral fellows, faculty, and staff.
  • Perform administrative tasks such as managing office supplies and equipment, monitoring Institute phones and general email, maintaining Institute contact lists, screening and distributing mail.
  • Assist the Executive Director with other administrative, programmatic, or communications duties as assigned-including, but not limited to, researching administrative problems related to the Institute, identifying vendors, such as photographers, caterers, and designers, and communicating with internal units on behalf of the Institute.

About the Department

The Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice is a research Institute within the University of Minnesota Law School.  We perform interdisciplinary research, bringing legal and social science research together with policy analysis and practice to develop policy-focused solutions to issues within the field of criminal justice. Our mission is to bring together interdisciplinary education, research, and policy analysis to achieve transformative change in sentencing and correctional policies and practices. This position will help Robina maintain its place on the national stage, and provide core operations support for the Institute.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online.  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "Add Attachments" section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


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Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.