Graduate Research Assistant


Civic Education Graduate Assistant

The Annette Strauss Institue for Civic Life is seeking a motivated and innovative Graduate Assistant with an interest in K-12 public education, specifically in the area of social studies and civic education.  The 20 hour per week role is to administer the Strauss Institute’s Speak Up! Speak Out! K-12 project-based civic education program.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Support and expand the Speak Up! Speak Out! K-12 civic education program by overseeing content creation, communication, outreach, teacher coordination, implementation, and evaluation. (40%) 

  • Identify, propose, and execute new opportunities to advance the Institute's K-12 educational initiatives. (10%) 

  • Transition the program's focus to primarily target middle schools. (10%) 

  • Develop training materials and attend conferences to cultivate partnerships and promote K-12 educational outreach programs, activities, and curriculum for the Institute. (10%) 

  • Simplify and streamline educator participation in the program to encourage increased involvement and ease of integration into the curriculum. (10%) 

  • Collaborate in securing external funding and contribute to maintaining the fiscal sustainability of the Institute's K-12 initiatives. (10%) 

  • Undertake other duties as assigned by the Director and contribute to special projects as needed. (10%) 



  • Enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin. 
  • Prior experience in program management, operations, or a related field  

  • Relevant experience in education, program coordination, or related fields. 

  • Familiarity with K-12 educational settings and practices. 

  • Exceptional organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills. 

  • Ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic environment. 


Preferred Skills: 

  • Proficiency in project management tools and stakeholder communication. 

  • Established network within educational and community networks. 

  • Experience in securing external funding and proposal writing. 



  • Competitive stipend based on qualifications and experience. 


Apply now:

To initiate your application, please follow these instructions: 

Utilize the provided link to submit the required documents: a resume, a cover letter, and two references.