Calling all Communications Students!

PKP is hiring a social media assistant (student position).

Social Media Assistant (Student JD)

Organization: Public Knowledge Project (PKP)

Contact: Nathalie Vallières – Communications Manager

Public Knowledge Project

SFU Library, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC


Job Title: Social Media Assistant (Student/Undergraduate position) 

The Public Knowledge Project’s Communications Manager is seeking a motivated, resourceful and tech-savvy student to serve as a social media assistant. The student will work directly with the Communications Manager to strategize, craft and execute content for all platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Applicants should have a strong level of experience with these channels, a demonstrated writing ability, organizational skills, the ability to work both as part of a team and solo, and creativity to spare.


The Social Media Assistant reports to the Communications Manager, and is expected to work with other teams as necessary. 


  • Support PKP’s social media channels, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other relevant platforms.
  • Develop and curate engaging content for PKP’s social media platforms.
  • Assist in the creation and editing of written content.
  • Assist with large projects, events, and community management.
  • Attend online events and produce live social media content.
  • Collaborate with the Communications Manager to create a social media calendar.
  • Monitor social media channels for industry trends.
  • Interact with users and respond to social media messages, inquiries, and comments.
  • Review analytics and create reports on key metrics.
  • Assist in the development and management of social media marketing and influencer marketing strategy.


  1. Passion for social media and proficiency with major social media platforms and social media management tools.
  2. Excellent social listening skills.
  3. Ability to understand historical, current, and future trends in the digital content and social media space.
  4. Strong copywriting and copy editing skills.
  5. Top-notch oral and verbal communication skills.
  6. Impeccable time management skills with the ability to multitask between academic work and PKP work.
  7. Ability to stay on task, and multitask, in a remote work environment.

Working arrangements

This is an initial Academic Winter Session independent contractor position, with the possibility of extension (including possible future summer work).


PKP is a remote team. This position offers a flexible working arrangement with the ability to work remotely. The chosen candidate should be highly motivated and able to work independently under limited supervision. The position is 10 hours a week. Working hours are flexible throughout the week, with some obligation to participate in scheduled meetings, conferences, webinars, etc. 


$16.00 -$18.00 per hour, depending on experience and hours worked (inclusive of pay in lieu of benefits and vacation).

Remote work. Approximately 10 hours/week. Flexible schedule M – F. 


Application process

Please apply with a resume, cover letter, and optionally some examples of your communications or social media work, no later than 4pm Pacific Time on Friday, December 10, 2021.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The Public Knowledge Project is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from qualified candidates of all genders, visible minorities, persons of First Nations, Inuit, or Métis heritage, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ2SIA+ identified persons.


About PKP

PKP is a university-based initiative developing (free) open source software and conducting research to improve the quality, reach, and diversity of scholarly publishing. PKP’s various website platforms, including Open Journal Systems, Open Preprint Systems, and Open Monograph Press, guide users through the editorial workflow of scholarly publishing, including submission, review, editing, publishing and indexing. Thousands of people around the world are now using the software to publish independent journals on a peer-reviewed and open access basis, greatly increasing the public and global contribution of research and scholarship.

PKP works with several stakeholders, including sustainers, donors, and development partners who provide financial support; software developers and programmers who contribute to the ongoing development of open source software; and strategic partners who consult with PKP on strategic goals.  

In addition to supporting free, open source software, PKP offers journal hosting to organizations from around the world, including university libraries, scholarly and scientific societies and associations, commercial publishers, non-profit organizations, and independent scholar-publishers. 

PKP is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive working environment. We believe an open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We seek to contribute to efforts and goals to develop and support the decolonization of scholarly publishing, to collaborate in postcolonial publishing initiatives, and to provide the means for a diversity of academic inquiry and voices to readily engage in scholarly publishing.

For more information on PKP, please see our Organization page