School of Art, Media, and Technology

Research​ ​Assistant Wanted: Content​ ​and​ ​Community​ ​Web​ ​Manager

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The New School Collaboratory is a university-wide initiative that aims to enhance the University’s goals of connecting the social sciences and design fields and fostering meaningful, efficacious, and sustainable engagements with community and institutional partners. Formally launched in 2013 with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Collaboratory has provided a context to explore and reflect on socially-engaged learning and public scholarship.

In 2017, the Collaboratory started developing the digital arm of the initiative (the
“Collaboratory Digital Platform”) in order to:

● Raise the profile of public scholarship as a form of knowledge creation and public

● Foster dialogue nationally across higher education institutions that deepens
understanding of diverse approaches to public engagement/public
scholarship/engaged learning, including scholars, educators, students, community
members, and practitioners;

● Promote public engagement with diverse audiences around specific projects and

● Enhance capacity of faculty, students and community partners to access, produce,
and share tools to facilitate implementation, documentation, and dissemination of
their publicly engaged work; and

● Improve wayfinding across across all stakeholder groups


The Content and Community Web Manager will source, curate and edit content for the
Collaboratory web platform.

Over the course of the 2017-2018 academic year, the Collaboratory intends to greatly
expand the content available on its web platform. Our aim is to develop an expansive
network of people, projects and pedagogy connected to socially-engaged learning and
public scholarship.

The position will also support the production and implementation of Collaboratory
workshops and events.


Content Development:
● Identify, acquire, and/or develop new content for the Collaboratory site
● Edit and upload submissions to the Collaboratory Digital Platform on a regular
● Propose and develop ideas on how to best feature content on the site
● Provide support to and follow-up with project teams (faculty, students and outside
partners) to guarantee we meet deadlines and quality standards for content
● Work to migrate the platform migration from Squarespace to WordPress

Capacity and Community Building (Design and Facilitation):
● Contribute to the ideation and implementation of the Collaboratory workshops,
events and other forms of engagement that will support this community of practice
● Help develop tools for the Collaboratory participants that may be useful as they
develop their projects
● Support event-planning


● Highly motivated with the ability to take initiative and function as a self-starter
● Ability to work effectively as part of a team, as well as independently
● Experience working in digital media including: blogs, social media, digital archives,
and multimedia storytelling
● Extensive experience working with SquareSpace and WordPress, including ability to
code basic modifications
● Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through
● Demonstrated proficiency in project management, operations, and systems
● Strong written and verbal communication skills
● An interest in critical, socially engaged, and public pedagogy
● Design and Technical skills: Adobe Creative Cloud, CSS, HTML

Hours:​ Approximately 10 – 20 hours during the academic year. $18.46/hour.


This position reports to Michele Kahane, Associate Dean, Schools of Public Engagement
and collaborates with the Collaboratory Program Manager, Zachary Rosen.


Please provide a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and two work references
to The position will be filled when appropriate candidate is

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