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Student Website Developer Needed for Social Innovation Initiative

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Social Innovation Initiative – Job posting


The Student Website Developer will work with the core team of the Social Innovation Initiative to refine and maintain the web presence 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 Website Developer:

Refine and maintain the web presences of the New Challenge competition ( and the broader Social Innovation Initiative (, in collaboration with the New School’s Communcations and External Affairs office.  Responsibilities include both technical site development and architectural restructuring, technical site management, and web content management, as well as to:

  • Determine appropriate technical solutions for our web needs and make relevant recommendations to the team.
  • Maintain a consistent look and feel throughout all web properties.
  • Convert raw images and layouts from the graphic designer into CSS/XHTML themes.
  • Develop innovative, reusable Web-based tools for marketing and community building.
  • Track and report on all site metrics.
  • Assure web-based information is archived for future needs and reference.
  • When needed, restructure the architecture of the Social Innovation Initiative’s web presences.

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 Web Developer:

  • Expert abilities with WordPress
  • Advanced knowledge of HTML/CSS
  • 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 independently, with a minimum of 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 develop detailed project plans with clear deliverables and timelines, and ensure timely completion of deliverables.
  • Ability to communicate efficiently and accurately with the team about any project progress and/or delays.
  • Ability to work closely with a graphic designer.
  • Previous professional website development and site-management experience prefered.
    • Previous experience with HTML/CSS
    • Previous web programming experience, including PHP, Javascript.
    • Previous experience developing WordPress themes, plugins, and widgets
      • Familiarity with custom post types, custom functions, etc.
  • If you also are an expert graphic designer, there is the possibility of combining this position with the Student Graphic Designer position also available in our office.

Pay rate: $15/hr
Hours per week: approximately 5 – 10 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, but would not be a requirement of the position.

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


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