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Social Innovation Initiative – Student Graphic Designer

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The Student Graphic Designer will work with the core team of the Social Innovation Initiative to develop and implement print and web marketing materials for cross-divisional programs and events at The New School. (See description of the Initiative below).  This position will be filled as soon as a candidate is identified and would continue through the end of the Spring 2013 academic semester (and possibly summer). There is an opportunity for the position to continue into the 2013 – 2014 academic year. Preference will be given to students who have at least 3 semesters left at The New School.

Description of the Social Innovation Initiative:
In 2011, established the university-wide Social Innovation Initiative, a cross-divisional effort supported by the Deans of the New School for Public Engagement, Parsons, and Lang in conjunction with the Provost Office.   The primary aim of The Social Innovation Initiative is to expand opportunities for students and faculty to engage cross-divisionally in interdisciplinary learning and research that contributes to real-world problem solving and to prepare students to become skilled changemakers equipped to address contemporary social and environmental challenges whatever their career paths may be.

Responsibilities of the Graphic Designer:
Produce professional-quality visuals by designing art and copy layouts for use across multiple platforms, including:

  • new and updated logos
  • web graphics
  • print posters
  • print and digital brochures
  • info-graphics
  • gallery-style displays
  • PowerPoint templates

As well as:

  • Develop detailed project plans with clear deliverables and timelines, and ensure timely completion of deliverables.
  • Communicate efficiently and accurately with the team about any project progress and/or delays.

Skills and Qualifications of the Graphic Designer:

  • Excellent design sensibilities.
  • Expert abilities Adobe Suite (inDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop)
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team, bringing original ideas to the table and swiftly incorporating feedback from others.
  • Ability to work within an existing brand and, possibly, build a new brand.
  • Ability to work independently, with a minimum supervision.
  • Ability to work under deadline, requiring occasional weekend or evening work.
  • Ability to engage in outside-the-box thinking and to be self-taught in any arising skill needs to provide high value-of-service to the team.
  • Ability to work closely with a website developer.
  • Previous professional graphic design experience preferred.
  • Previous experience coordinating with outside print vendors preferred.
  • If you also are an expert website developer/manager, there is the possibility of combining this position with the Student Website Developer position also available in our office.

Pay rate: $15/hr
Hours per week: approximately 5 hours per week during the academic year.  Hours per week will vary greatly depending on project deadlines, and student workers’ time needs for academic pursuits will be respected.  This position is available to be fulfilled mostly from your home office, but you must be available to come into 72 5th Ave. for regular team meetings as well as any project-related meetings. Work may also be available during the summer.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume to Michele Kahane at  This position will be supervised by Michele Kahane, Professor of Professional Practice, NSPE-Milano.

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