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Senior Innovation Strategist

SENIOR INNOVATION STRATEGISTPolitical Science-MIT Governance Lab (MIT GOV/LAB), to support initiatives that apply human-centered design; social, political, and behavioral science; and technology to governance-related projects.  Will conduct user research and strategy development to advance GOV/LAB’s approach to governance innovation; apply human-centered design methodologies to facilitate and pilot processes, models, and training experiences for governance innovation in the Global South; co-design and co-facilitate innovation workshops for government officials and other stakeholders; track and evaluate the progress of innovation and research activities under agile frameworks and adjust project pace/direction accordingly; design engaging and thoughtful graphics; contribute to a variety of communication materials; and perform additional responsibilities as determined by organizational needs.

REQUIRED:  bachelor’s degree; four years’ professional experience; expertise in qualitative research methods and human-centered design, design thinking, participatory design, or related areas; experience working on interdisciplinary and/or international teams and demonstrated integration skills; self-motivation and ability to work in a dynamic and ambiguous environment; ability to interact with and represent GOV/LAB to partners; project management skills and experience with online collaboration tools; ability to present ideas in a visually appealing manner, including proficiency with graphic design and the Adobe Suite, especially Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop; and excellent writing and communication skills. PREFERRED:  master’s degree; UX, UI, visual or product design experience; background in innovation strategy and/or social, political, or behavioral science; professional experience in the Global South, preferably sub-Saharan Africa, and in the public sector or applied social sciences; experience establishing networks of innovators across countries and bridging the gap between academics and practitioners; and experience with projects related to trust, digitization, accountability, citizen engagement, and transparency in the public sector. Must be able to travel internationally as needed (25% time or less). This appointment is for one year with possibility of extension based on needs, funding, and performance.

Apply online. Job #19881

 

Postdoctoral Associate

Overview: We are looking for a postdoc to lead collaborative projects with practitioner partners on governance and political behavior.  Will contribute to MIT GOV/LAB applied research projects, with approximately 25% of time allotted for independent research.

The position offers the opportunity to drive GOV/LAB’s mission to produce and promote engaged scholarship, a process of rigorous research that is co-created by practitioners and grounded in local problems.

Responsibilities include conducting collaborative applied and policy-relevant research studies with practitioner organizations, established scholars and leaders, and global partners to define evidence-based frameworks that are practical and specific to the governance and accountability fields, ultimately delivering impact and value; carrying out all policy research study components, including conceptualization, design, implementation, data analysis, and writing of reports/policy briefs; contributing to the development of tools for engaged scholarship and wider interdisciplinary research activities; developing and executing independent research projects for eventual publication in academic journals; and additional responsibilities as determined by organizational needs.

MIT GOV/LAB focuses on innovation in citizen engagement and government responsiveness.

Requirements

Ph.D. (with all requirements completed by the start date) in political science, social psychology, economics, public policy, or related social science field; advanced quantitative methods training with expertise in experiments, identification, and causal inference; demonstrated research experience in citizen engagement, government accountability, public trust, and other related areas; experience in the practitioner world, with expertise in developing country contexts; publications that contribute to the study of the above-noted areas; attention to detail; self-motivation; ability to work on projects independently, handle multiple projects concurrently, and meet deadlines; and demonstrated proficiency with statistical software (e.g., Stata/R).  PREFERRED:  qualitative fieldwork experience. Job #19574

Apply here. Application material should include a cover letter, CV, and a three to five page research statement of primary research interests including ongoing and planned projects.  Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide three letters of reference.

The appointment is for one year beginning July/August 2021 (flexible start date), with the possibility of renewal for a second year.  Will work from the United States for the duration of the appointment. There are no teaching requirements for this position. The position is eligible for MIT benefits.

Graphic Designer/Illustrator (Freelance)

Overview: We are seeking a part-time graphic designer/illustrator to support design needs and development of new materials to communicate and share our research and policy impact. The position will work with MIT GOV/LAB staff to support visual and digital design that communicates lab activities and research in accessible, non-technical ways for online dissemination.

We are looking for someone with creative energy, excellent design and artistic skills who is excited to collaborate with a cross-disciplinary team and can generate output with minimal supervision. The ideal candidate will be able to comprehend and clearly convey technical academic work through design intended for diverse international audiences. Preference will be given to candidates with previous science communications experience and demonstrated ability to translate nuanced research into visual communications materials. 

 

Responsibilities

— Work with the MIT GOV/LAB team to refine and support execution of a work plan and design strategy to generate visual and interactive materials that communicate MIT GOV/LAB  insights, research results and ideas.

— Collaborate with the MIT GOV/LAB design team to create easy-to-understand toolkits, workshop materials, infographics, interactive features, layouts, illustrations and other visual narrative products that foster innovative thinking for governance in the Global South.

— Contribute to the design, pilot, and building of communication materials and graphic synthesis, including website, newsletter, presentation templates, infographics and others as requested.

Qualifications

— Bachelors or equivalent degree in graphic design, communications, or a related field.

— Minimum of one to two years professional experience within the design field.

— Demonstrated interest or experience in the fields of international development and/or social science research a plus. 

 Skills and Experience

—Solid understanding of digital and graphic design fundamentals and awareness of current design and creative trends. 

— Solid illustration and editorial skills to transform complex ideas into appealing visualizations for different online platforms

— Knowledge of design and technical specs for online media, including visuals viewed on smartphones, desktop, and for social media

—Proficiency with Adobe Suite tools, especially Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, and After Effects

Basic to intermediate experience in programming online interactive visualizations (eg. Webflow, D3, Squarespace, WordPress or similar platforms)

—Self-motivated with strong attention to detail and academic accuracy.

—Ability to anticipate, plan, prioritize, and meet deadlines. Capacity to handle multiple projects at once, effectively manage time, and interface confidently with co-workers.

—Professionalism, discretion, and good judgment when sharing news and information publicly.

—Resourcefulness to problem-solve independently and ability to grasp new procedures quickly 

Compensation and Logistics: This is a part-time freelance position, with expected workload of approximately 8-12 hours/week. The initial position is for three months with the strong possibility of extension depending on performance and needs. We are looking for someone who can start in January or February. The position will be paid hourly, commensurate with experience. 

Application Information: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled. Please send the following application materials to mitgovlab@mit.edu with the subject line “Graphic Designer – Name”: 1) Resume; 2) Cover letter (~1 page) explaining your interest/relevant experience and including desired hourly compensation; 3) Portfolio showcasing your work. We are especially interested in examples of projects that demonstrate your ability to convey complex or technical detail to a public audience.

Research Scientist

RESEARCH SCIENTISTPolitical Science-MIT Governance Lab (MIT GOV/LAB), to lead collaborative and independent projects to advance the research agenda and mission of the lab. MIT GOV/LAB is a group of political scientists focusing on innovation in citizen engagement and government responsiveness.  Will lead one or more collaborative research studies with practitioner organizations, established scholars and leaders, and global partners of MIT GOV/LAB and work with these partners to define evidence-based frameworks that are practical and specific to the governance and accountability fields, ultimately delivering impact and value.

Responsibilities include overseeing all research study components, including design, data analysis, and writing of reports, briefs, and academic papers for publication via internal and external channels; supporting MIT GOV/LAB’s mission and strategic development through interactions and representation at events with donors, partners, and high-level leaders in the field; contributing to the development of tools for engaged scholarship in collaboration with the MIT GOV/LAB team; developing and executing independent research projects for the eventual publication of results in academic journals; and performing additional duties as determined by organizational needs. Independent research is expected not to exceed 25% of the role. Independent project selection to be determined in consultation with MIT GOV/LAB leadership.

Job Requirements
REQUIRED:  Ph.D. in political science, economics, public policy, or related field social science field; advanced quantitative methods training with expertise in identification and causal inference; at least two years’ postdoctoral research experience in citizen engagement, government accountability, public trust, misinformation and polarization, governance innovation, or related area, with expertise in developing country contexts; and a proven record of publishing contributions in the study of the above areas.

Apply online. Job #18961