Project Manager – Collaboratory Digital Forum

November 30, 2015

The New School Collaboratory
Project Manager
Collaboratory Digital Forum

The Collaboratory Digital Forum (the “Forum”) is a multi-media platform that has grown out of the work of The New School Collaboratory (see description below) and is currently in a development phase. The Forum seeks to address vital gaps in communication, knowledge dissemination, and collaboration across these different sets of stakeholders. Using an online digital platform, the Forum seeks to showcase diverse representations of socially engaged projects, pedagogies, research and resources, the Forum will:
● Improve knowledge-and resource­-sharing, as well as collaboration, across the University and with outside partners; and
● Enable the university to position itself as an intellectual hub for public scholarship and increase the University’s visibility as the destination for socially engaged-education and project-based, applied learning.

The New School Collaboratory is a university-wide research and design initiative supported by Rockefeller Foundation and launched in June 2013. The Collaboratory aims to enhance the University’s efforts to foster meaningful, efficacious, and sustainable engagements with communities and external partners. In association with a community of practice that includes faculty, students, and external civic, cultural and community partners, the Collaboratory is working to examine and test new approaches to creating a more just, resilient and equitable society. Additionally, the Collaboratory acts as a university incubator to develop tools and systems that can enhance university-wide efforts to achieve excellence in socially engaged learning and public scholarship.

The Project Manager will join an interdisciplinary team of students, faculty and partners to spearhead the design, rollout, and ongoing development of the Collaboratory Digital Forum. As we enter into the next phase of the Collaboratory, the Project Manager will lead strategic planning, fundraising, knowledge dissemination and communications.

● Manage and convene an internal team of faculty and students charged with launching and growing the Collaboratory Digital Forum
● Identify and work with social innovation projects at the New School to help them showcase their work on the Forum
● Design training sessions and educational materials to help faculty and students learn to draft clear and compelling narrative through diverse media
● Develop new strategies, frameworks and processes to improve the operations of the Forum and strengthen its positioning and visibility at The New School
● Craft communications and marketing collateral in order to encourage the use and adoption of the Forum
● Work with the university’s finance, legal and development units as needed to ensure effective financial management and reporting to outside funders of the project
● Identify opportunities for future funding to support the continued growth of the Collaboratory Digital Forum

● At least 3 – 5 years work experience in a relevant field
● Excellent research, writing and interpersonal communication skills
● Excellent project management skills, including the ability to meet deadlines, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively
● Capacity to design and manage the implementation of a multi-media strategy to document the work of the Collaboratory project partnerships
● Basic understanding of the user experience (ux design) process and principles and/or who have worked in digital media.
● Experience organizing and facilitating workshops and academically oriented events
● Strong interest and experience in developing partnerships in conjunction with community, civic and cultural organizations
● Experience working in an academic environment, including teaching is preferred

Apply: Please provide a cover letter, resume and writing sample to The position will be filled when appropriate candidate is identified.
Hours: 15 – 20 hours per week. Strong preference will be given to students who can work during academic years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. Start date is as soon as possible.

Questions: Please direct any questions to Michele Kahane, Professor of Professional Practice, at