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Student Assistant - Program Support (Hybrid)

The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) is seeking to hire a student assistant within the Communications & Stakeholders Relations (CSR) Branch who will be responsible for internal and external communications, stakeholder outreach, and state and federal legislation to help ensure the sustainability of the CalPERS fund.

Minimum Qualifications
  •  Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong writing ability.
  • General understanding of news media outlets and social media platforms.
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Sharepoint.
  • Positive attitude, creative, flexible, ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Researches, develops, and completes outreach-related tasks such as writing and/or editing news articles, special event messaging, member correspondence, and special outreach campaigns.
  • Assists with management of speech requests and externally facing communication projects.
  • Assists with project management.
  • Works with content creators and assists with blog and website content.
  • Conducts daily quality assurance testing and maintains content on the intranet.
  • Researches topics and develops content for areas of the intranet.
  • Monitors internal social networking site.
  • Distributes communication collateral, signage, and other materials at events.
  • Assists with project management, internal events, and special projects.

CalPERS is the nations' largest pension fund. We serve more than 1.9 million members in the retirement system and 1.4 million members and their families in our health program. Our membership consists of 1,257,400 active and inactive members and 668,059 retirees, beneficiaries, and survivors from state, school, and public agencies. Headquartered in Sacramento, we also operate eight Regional Offices located in Fresno, Glendale, Orange, Sacramento, San Diego, San Bernardino, San Jose, and Walnut Creek.

We are governed by a 13-member Board of Administration, consisting of elected, appointed, and ex officio members. The board's responsibilities include setting employer contribution rates, determining investment asset allocations, providing actuarial valuations, and much more. However, the board does not have the authority to add, change, or delete benefits without the concurrence of the Legislature.

Established by legislation in 1931, the System became operational in 1932 with a purpose to provide a secure retirement to state employees. In 1939, new legislation allowed public agency and classified school employees to join the System for retirement benefits. CalPERS began administering health benefits for State employees in 1962, and five years later, public agencies joined the Health Program on a contract basis.

As a defined benefit retirement plan, we provide benefits based on a member's years of service, age, and highest compensation. In addition, benefits are provided for disability and death. Today CalPERS offers additional programs, including long-term care insurance, deferred compensation plans (for participating public agencies and schools), and member education services.

The Office of Public Affairs (PAOF), within CSR, provides strategic communications support for CalPERS’ external audiences, employee communications, and supports internal and external events and conferences.

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