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Two Positions open with TNSchangemakers

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TNSchangemakers is a program incubator that is developing activities to accelerate, broaden and deepen social entrepreneurship and social innovation education at The New School.

There are two positions open. One position is for a website to be developed and the other is for videos that need to be produced. These are both paid positions. Descriptions below.

WEBSITE DEVELOPER POSITION:
NEWchallenge website design and construction (this is a work study position)
The 2011-2012 school year is the pilot year of the NEWchallenge, a call for all students at The New School (TNS) to collaborate and solve today’s most pressing social issues in innovative ways with the opportunity to win seed funding to further develop their ideas.

The NEWchallenge’s website will serve the following purposes:
• Marketing – The website will be a place for people to learn more about the challenge, its rules, and corresponding events.
• Application – The website will need to have a way for people to apply to the challenge. There is a website that hosts business plan competitions, http://istart.org/, which may be useful. This can be discussed further upon meeting.
• Collaboration – The NEWchallenge strongly encourages students to collaborate with one another. Applicants my crowdsource feedback, support, or anything else through whatever means they see fit. One option is for applicants to crowdsource online, on the NEWchallenge website. Again, this aspect can be further discussed upon meeting.
• Voting – There will be a “community choice” finalist chosen through voting open to all students, staff, and faculty at TNS. Voting should be able to be done on the NEWchallenge website.

The NEWchallenge is sponsored and planned by TNSchangemakers, a group of students and faculty that are developing diverse activities to accelerate, broaden, and deepen social entrepreneurship and social innovation education at TNS. We welcome your ideas and insight into how to make the NEWchallenge website as functional and user-friendly as possible.
The website must be live by the last week of October, as the NEWchallenge is scheduled for kick-off in the first week of November. It does not need to be fully functional by the last week of October (please see timeline below for timeline), but will need to be live for marketing and information purposes.

Timeline:
November 7th
• Announcement of NEWchallenge
o NEWchallenge website must be up as a place to learn more about the rules, dates, and corresponding events.
Late November-early December
• Team formation event
o The collaboration aspect of website must be functioning by this date. In addition to attending the team formation event, students should be able to connect online (on the NEWchallenge website) to form teams.
February
• Round 1 applications due
o The application aspect of the website must be functioning by this date. Applicants will submit all their materials online. We have already created an application with questions to be answered by applicants for Round 1.
March
• Semi-finalists announced
April
• Round 2 applications due (early April)
• Exhibition and awards (late April)
o The voting aspect of the website must be functioning by this date. The “community choice” finalist will be chosen through online voting on the NEWchallenge website.

To apply: Please send cover letter, resume, salary requirements (an estimate of what you require to be paid in total for this position, not an hourly rate), and links to work (if applicable) to Jenny Groza, TNSchangemakers Program Manager, at jenny.groza@gmail.com.

VIDEO PRODUCTION POSITION:
The New School’s Social Innovation website is scheduled to launch September 5th. One of the features on the site will be “Changemaker Profiles.” The profiles will initially include 8-10 different student social entrepreneurs and innovators who have started their own projects. The profiles will be one page of text describing the student and their project, a photo maybe more than one if applicable, and a 3-4-minute video interview about their project. Over time we hope to add more profiles of student changemakers as well as faculty changemakers.

Additionally, we would like a very short (no more than 60-seconds) video interview in which the student answers the question of what it means to them to be a changemaker. These videos may be used on their own in some capacity or as a montage.
The Social Innovation’s profile page will be set up like the one at Parsons: http://www.newschool.edu/parsons/profiles.aspx
Before beginning work, we would set up a meeting with someone from CEA/Special Projects to discuss technical specifications for video.

Preference will be made for qualified work-study students at The New School. Start time is immediate. To apply: Please send cover letter, resume, salary requirements (an estimate of what you require to be paid in total for this position based on an estimate of hours you think it would require to complete), and links to work (if applicable) to Jenny Groza, TNSchangemakers Program Manager, at jenny.groza@gmail.com.

Videography and editing – done on a rolling basis, at least one student’s videos (two videos) done by August 23rd, the rest due by the end of fall semester.
• 8-10 students (16-20 videos)

One of the TNSchangemakers managers will work with the videographer to conduct interviews and to loosely guide editing. Two videos will be produced for each student interviewed: a 3-4-minute project description video and a 60-second changemaker video.
Project Description video: The student will be asked to describe their project, what inspired them to start their project, how their time at The New School has affected their work, and any other questions that arise. The videos should be documentary style, with b-roll and/or still images (stock video and images are fine).

Changemaker Video: The students will be asked what being a changemaker means to them. This is will just be a talking head shot. These videos may later be used to create a montage.

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