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Student Assistant II - Communications Assistant, Urban Systems Lab

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Position Title: Student Assistant II - Communications Assistant, Urban Systems Lab
Requisition Number: 0406072297
Location New York City
Position Type: Student
Department: SPE/Program Admin.

The Urban Systems Lab is an interdisciplinary research, design and practice space at The New School focused on improving life in cities where most of us live. Our interdisciplinary scholarship examines the social, ecological, and technical-infrastructure system (SETs) interactions that drive persistent patterns and challenges in cities. Our goal is that by studying and visualizing SETs dynamics we hope to provide new insight into opportunities for supporting wellbeing of human and non-human species for planning and designing more equitable, resilient and sustainable cities. Rapidly expanding urbanization, biodiversity loss, and climate change pose potentially dramatic implications for the wellbeing of urban residents and the natural systems they depend on. Our research, from theory to practice, aims to reveal and support the social-ecological-technical system processes that together drive everyday experiences in cities and urban areas. We use both empirical (e.g. “Big Data” analysis, field experiments, spatial methods, scenario modeling) and theoretical approaches (social-ecological systems and resilience theory) as well as cutting-edge data visualization to advance urban systems research and practice.

We are currently seeking a Student Assistant to assist with managing our website (via Squarespace), social media, and general communication strategy.

Tasks may include, but are not limited to:
- Oversee all Urban Systems Lab (USL) communication channels, including website and social media pages
- Research and post relevant articles and information on social media at least three to five times a week
- Help with specific dissemination strategies on social media (i.e. new research or events)
- Track and report on traffic and engagement on various sites (once a month)
- Propose strategies to improve social media presence
- Assist with documenting events for the USL pages (e.g. live post via social media, take photos and notes, prepare write-ups for the website, conduct short video interviews)

Minimum Qualifications:

- Interest in the work of the Urban Systems Lab
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Experience using Squarespace and/or other website platform
- Social media savvy and knowledgeable about best practices
- Ability to undertake multiple tasks in a timely manner
- The ability and commitment to work for the agreed hours and days

Preferred Qualifications:

- Some knowledge of graphic design (e.g. Photoshop)
- Some knowledge of video production (iMovie is fine)

Job Family: Schools of Public Engagement
Posting Date: 01/11/2018
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes

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