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Curriculum Designer (Governance Innovation)

Background: The MIT Governance Lab (MIT GOV/LAB) is a group of political scientists focusing on innovation in citizen engagement and government responsiveness, based in the Political Science Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. More information on our projects and research can be found at mitgovlab.org. The Governance Innovation initiative applies human-centered design; social, political, and behavioral science; and technology to governance-related projects. Current work focuses on facilitating and piloting processes, models, and training experiences for governance innovation in the Global South and co-designing and co-facilitating innovation workshops for government officials and civil society stakeholders.

 

Overview: We are seeking a Curriculum Designer to support MIT GOV/LAB’s Governance Innovation initiative. The position will work with the MIT GOV/LAB innovation team to develop curricular strategy and materials for policymakers and research fellows according to the Governance Innovation methodology and strategic research plan. 

The candidate will support the Governance Innovation team in applying human-centered design methodologies to facilitate and pilot processes, models, and training experiences for governance innovation in the Global South; co-design innovation workshops for government officials and other stakeholders; design engaging and thoughtful graphics; contribute to a variety of communication materials; and perform additional responsibilities as determined by organizational needs.

QUALIFICATIONS: Our ideal candidate has expertise in human-centered design, design thinking, participatory design, or related areas; an 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.

Because of the nature of our work, the candidate should have experience working on interdisciplinary and/or international teams and demonstrated integration skills; a background employing qualitative and/or quantitative research methodologies; and self-motivation and ability to work in a dynamic and ambiguous environment.

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; professional experience 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. 

Logistics: This is a 15-20 hour freelance position in the Political Science department through June 30 with the potential for extension.

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 cventres@mit.edu with the subject line “Curriculum Designer – Name”:

Resume;
Cover letter (~1 page) explaining your interest/relevant experience and including desired hourly compensation;
Portfolio showcasing your work

Experience:

Required:

—Expertise in human-centered design or related areas

—Excellent presentation, visual design, writing and communication skills

—Experience working on interdisciplinary and/or international teams and

demonstrated integration skills

—Self-motivation and ability to work in a dynamic and ambiguous environment

Preferred:

—Experience using qualitative and/or quantitative research methods

—UX, UI, visual or product design experience

—Experience with innovation strategy and establishing innovation networks, or projects related to trust, digitization, accountability, citizen engagement, and transparency in the public sector or applied social sciences

—Experience bringing together academics and practitioners

—Professional experience in the Global South

Responsibilities:

—Apply human-centered design methodologies to design and develop curricula for policymakers and program fellows in concert with the Governance Innovation team

—Design engaging and thoughtful graphics

—Contribute to a variety of communication materials

—Additional responsibilities as determined by organizational needs

Policy and Communications Associate

Overview: We are seeking a Policy and Communications Associate to provide content and strategy support for production of GOV/LAB’s communications materials, grants and donor reporting, and events.  Will explain technical academic work, including quantitative analysis and results, for a public audience; conceptualize, plan, and execute communications projects with staff and partners; draft and edit policy publications highlighting key findings, summarize individual research papers, and/or synthesize themes/policy implications across multiple research projects; draft and edit grant proposals and donor reports; create systems and formats for how communications operate within the lab and coordinate the faculty review and revision process to finalize publications; interpret and translate quantitative analysis and findings into non-technical language; produce and publish blogs, newsletters, videos, event materials, and other publications explaining GOVLAB’s work; conduct interviews for written pieces; provide editing and proofreading support; and coordinate social media accounts, website, and other outreach.

Requirements: bachelor’s degree in a specialized/related field; four years’ professional experience in qualitative data analysis, research methods, and social sciences (may include experience gained as an undergraduate); experience in the fields of international development and/or social science research; writing and communications experience, preferably with social science research and/or grant writing; excellent writing skills; self-motivation; ability to advance multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize, manage time effectively, and generate output with minimal supervision; meticulous attention to detail and accuracy; discretion and good judgment when sharing news/information; and interest in public policy, international development, public health, economics, social welfare, political science, sociology, or related field. Preferred:  graduate degree and quantitative analysis skills.

Salary range: $63,860 – 69,010, depending on experience.

Application material must include a short writing sample (1-5 pages). We are especially interested in examples of writing (blog posts, articles, reports, briefs, etc.) that demonstrate ability to explain complex or technical detail in accessible language.  The writing sample may be included as part of the cover letter or resume field of the application.

This appointment is for one year with the possibility of extension based on needs, funding, and performance.

To apply: All applications must be submitted through MIT HR (Job #20296).

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) 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.