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JOB OPPS w/Center for Urban Pedagogy

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1. CUP is seeking a Researcher
2. CUP is seeking a Graphic Designer
3. CUP is seeking another Graphic Designer
4. CUP is seeking an Outreach Coordinator
5. CUP is seeking a Summer Intern
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The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a nonprofit organization that uses art, design, and visual culture to improve the quality of public participation in urban planning and community design. We bring together art and design professionals with community-based organizers, advocates, researchers, and policy-makers to create projects that demystify the city and how it works.

For more information about CUP, visit: http://anothercupdevelopment.org/
For more information on Making Policy Public, visit: http://makingpolicypublic.net/
For more information on Envisioning Development, visit: http://envisioningdevelopment.net/

1. CUP is seeking a Researcher.

CUP is seeking a short-term researcher to conduct policy and planning research for a project on the Brownfields Opportunity Area (BOA) planning process. BOA is a state program that provides funds to community organizations to develop revitalization plans and implementation strategies for areas affected by brownfields. CUP will be developing an outreach tool to help communities in Brooklyn and Queens understand this process. The researcher’s role will be to assist in compiling, analyzing, and summarizing relevant policy and planning information from CUP’s project partners.

We are looking for applicants with excellent research, writing, and communication skills and a strong interest in policy, law, and planning. A degree or background in policy, law, planning, or related fields is a big plus.

The project time frame is April through June. The position pays a stipend of $800, and we anticipate that it will take approximately 60 hours, with the bulk of the work in late April and May. Hours are flexible and work may be completed in CUP’s office in Gowanus or off-site.

Interested candidates should send a resume, letter of interest, two references, and a writing sample (max 5 pages) on a topic for which you conducted research. Please email your materials with the subject heading “Researcher” to info@anothercupdevelopment.org by 6 pm on Friday, April 16th.

2. CUP is seeking a Graphic Designer.

CUP is seeking a graphic designer to collaborate with us on the development of an outreach tool to explain the Brownfields Opportunity Area (BOA) planning process. BOA is a state program that provides funds to community organizations to develop revitalization plans and implementation strategies for areas affected by brownfields. The tool will be a print piece that is distributed widely to residents and business owners in several neighborhoods in Queens and Brooklyn.

We are looking for a designer that is interested in collaborating with CUP and a small group of community organizations to develop the tool. The designer will be a close collaborator in interpreting the policy information into an accessible, unexpected, and playful visual format that can reach a broad audience. The project timeframe is mid-April through June.

Candidates should send a cover letter detailing their interest in working with community organizations and/or policy topics, a resume, and samples of past work in a PDF of no more than 3 MB. Please email all materials with the subject heading “BOA” to info@anothercupdevelopment.org by 6 pm on Monday, April 19th.

3. CUP is seeking another Graphic Designer.

CUP is seeking a graphic designer to collaborate with us on our next Envisioning Development Toolkit. The toolkits are used by community organizations to educate their constituents on important and complex topics related to land use and development in New York City. Our last toolkit was on affordable housing, and featured a plastic case with a colorful interactive felt chart, a guidebook on affordable housing programs and how to run a workshop, and an interactive online map. Learn more about it here:
http://envisioningdevelopment.net/affordable-housing

The next toolkit is about zoning. Zoning law regulates the use, size, and design of buildings on a block-by-block basis. It affects what a neighborhood looks like and what happens there, but its complexity prevents many individuals from being able to participate in shaping their own communities. The zoning toolkit will include a number of activities that use small site plans and Legos to allow participants to craft their own developments. We will also produce a guidebook and packaging for the activities, as well as an online tool, for which we may bring in additional coding/web design assistance.

We are looking for a designer who is interested in collaborating with CUP and a small group of community organizations to develop the tool. The designer will be a close collaborator in interpreting the zoning information into an accessible, unexpected, and playful visual format that can reach a broad audience. We expect to work together as a team to understand the information and to develop tools that really explain how they work. The last toolkit was featured in design and urbanism blogs and publications, and received considerable media attention. We hope this toolkit will also be standout piece of design as well as a useful tool for community organizations. The project timeframe is May through Fall 2010.

Candidates should send a letter detailing their interest in collaborating on this project, a resume, and samples of past work in a PDF of no more than 3 MB. Please email all materials with the subject heading “Zoning” to info@anothercupdevelopment.org by 6 pm on Friday, April 30th.

4. CUP is seeking an Outreach Coordinator.

CUP is seeking a short-term, part-time outreach coordinator to work on several aspects of CUP’s communications on current projects, including:

+ Conduct phone calls and meetings to identify and recruit community organizations for CUP’s Envisioning Development Advisory Board
+ Manage the call for projects and designers, and coordinating the jury process for CUP’s Making Policy Public program
+ Assist Program Manager with topic research, identifying interviewees, and setting up interviews for CUP’s two summer Urban Investigation projects
+ With assistance from Program Manager, coordinate and oversee evaluation process for CUP’s Affordable Housing Toolkit, including observation and documentation of workshops; interviews and conversations with community groups using the tool; and presenting findings in written and/or visual form to CUP staff
+ Update news/outreach sections of CUP’s Making Policy Public and Envisioning Development websites with images and short written descriptions
+ General outreach – help set up CUP’s email outreach software, assist with various aspects of CUP’s new website, and support other projects as needed.

We are looking for a candidate with excellent verbal and written communication skills who is comfortable with and enthusiastic about interacting with CUP’s core community partners. A background in planning, organizing, or policy or previous experience working with community or advocacy organizations is useful. Proficiency in MS Office programs is necessary, and experience with graphics software (Adobe Creative Suite) and/or web platforms is a plus.

Position dates are flexible, based on candidate’s availability, but we anticipate a start date in May, and an end date in August, for a total of 12-16 weeks. The position pays $325/week for approximate 24 hours/week, with flexible days/times.

Please email with the subject heading “Outreach Coordinator” a resume; letter of interest; a short writing sample (max 5 pages); and two references (name, title, contact information, and relationship) to info@anothercupdeveloment.org by 6 pm on Friday, April 30th.

5. CUP is seeking a Summer Intern.

CUP is seeking a summer intern to assist with several current projects, including:
+ Image editing and preparation for CUP’s web site
+ General project support with the development of the Zoning Toolkit, including production research and documentation of workshops
+ Assembly and final product preparation work on CUP’s Sewer in a Suitcase models
+ General project support for CUP staff, as needed. This may include research, some graphics work, database and website upkeep,

We are looking for a candidate with excellent verbal and written communication skills, who is comfortable with and enthusiastic about interacting with CUP’s core community partners. A background in planning, organizing, or policy, or previous experience working with community or advocacy organizations is useful. Proficiency in MS Office programs is necessary, and experience with graphics software (Adobe Creative Suite) and/or web platforms is a plus.

Position dates are flexible, based on candidate’s availability, but we anticipate a start date in June, and an end date in August, for a total of about 12 weeks. We’re looking for a candidate who can get school credit or outside funding for the internship.

Please send a resume, letter of interest, and two references to info@anothercupdeveloment.org by 6 pm on Friday, April 23rd.

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