Graduate Assistants Needed – Spring 2016

February 11, 2016

Graduate Research Assistant: Smart and adept Web Designer for Spring 2016

  • to create a web archive of a past SJDC exhibition.
  • to create a home page and navigation for the SJDC’s archive site.
  • Imaginative, good-humored, self-directed and reliable
  • Work: Approx 5 hours a week (flexible). Must be completed by semester’s end.
  • Compensation: $2550

If interested, please respond with resume including link to past web design work, names of 2 faculty references, and a very brief cover note to



Graduate Student Research Assistant: Participatory Action Research on NYC Urban Land Use Issues

  • Students interested in urban planning, urban land use, urban housing and economic development policy, participatory design and research strategies.

Project Background

Mapping the DNA of Community Building seeks to create an online resources for students, faculty, urban design and policy practitioners and community residents to collaborate and exchange resources on pressing land use issues in their community. The goal is to expand understanding of community development and land use in New York City while advancing participatory approaches to urban research, design and planning.

Job Description Overview
The Urban Land Use Research Assistant will work closely with the Principal Investigator and a cross section of project partners and stakeholders including Parsons students, faculty, community development practitioners and activists to research and compile information on land use in zones designated for gentrification in New York City including the Bronx and Harlem. This position is open to graduate students at the New School University.

• Research and compile report on property and land use history for key study areas
Research historical maps of the study area: i.e. Sanborn maps and other city maps for the study area in Bronx and Harlem
• Prepare maps for workshops
• Enter and summarize data collected during interviews and other sources
Assist with data visualization
Conduct survey and interviews with neighborhood residents
• Assist and prepare other researchers for surveys
• Assist with workshops in the Bronx and other areas of the city
• Assist with developing concept reports and exhibits for a broad audience: community-based, government and campus/academic

Minimum Qualifications:
• Must be enrolled as a graduate student at The New School
• Experience in working on community-based and/or public sector projects in urban settings
• Strong interest in urban land use, particularly urban economic and housing development
• Interest in research co-created and co-analyzed with economically vulnerable communities
• Experience working with diverse populations
• Ability to work independently, self-organize


Jane Pirone, Dean of the School of Design Strategies is looking for two Research Assistants for the Spring 2016 semester to work on her Not For Tourists guidebook project.

Research Assistant #1 — Design & Production

  • An upper level UG or Grad student interested in book design & production
  • Skilled with InDesign and Illustrator to work on the upcoming 2017 editions of the award-winning guidebook series, Not For Tourists, as well as designing marketing collateral.
  • Person should be extremely detail-oriented, highly professional in meeting deadlines and communication,
  • and be available for approximately 10-15 hours of work per week from February through the end of May 2016.
  • Outside of a meeting or two in person, the majority of the work and communication can be done remotely.

Please send resume, portfolio link, and cover letter to Dean Jane Pirone (

Research Assistant #2 — Social Media/Marketing Assistant

  • An upper level UG or Grad student will work directly with Jane as a Social Media/Marketing assistant to help expand the Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter presence of the Not For Tourists brand.
  • The student will also work on marketing projects designed to connect the brand with our corporate clients, retail sales locations, and our fans and users worldwide.
  • Person should be well-versed in Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter conventions and
  • have excellent communication skills – both in writing and on the phone.

Please send resume and cover letter to Dean Jane Pirone (


Graduate Assistant: Participatory Community Engagement

The Participatory Community Engagement course (Milano Management Programs) is seeking to hire a part time graduate assistant to work with students on community partnership projects with Groundswell and the Humanities Action Lab.

  • The assistant will work directly with the student project groups on meeting logistics, communications and information systems, and research on online web templates and tools.
  • Must be very organized, a strong researcher and writer, and have skills in website and/or online curriculum development.
  • The assistant will work 5-8 hours a week with the student teams in organizing workshops and producing online community engagement Tool Kits for each community partner.

Please submit resume and interest to