This is a limited term position ending December 31, 2021. This is a grant funded position and is not eligible for severance pay.
The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life prepares Tufts students to become active citizens and community leaders. As the only university-wide college of its kind, its mission is to engage Tufts students in meaningful community building, public service experiences, and transformational learning. It conducts and supports groundbreaking research on civic and political participation and forges innovative community partnerships. Tisch College is a national leader in civic education, whose model and research are setting the standard for higher education's role in civic engagement.
MGGG (The Metric Geometry & Gerrymandering Group) is a working group that studies applications of geometry and computing to U.S. redistricting. MGGG pursues cutting-edge research on the redistricting problem and builds publicly accessible tools and resources to help citizens and community groups better understand districts and their consequences. Founded in 2016-17, MGGG partners with civil rights organizations to strengthen the quantitative toolkit for protecting voting rights in the U.S. This year, MGGG will be supporting legislatures, independent redistricting commissions, and parallel public processes in at least eight states as they do their crucial decennial redistricting.
This is a full-time limited-term position, funded on grants and contracts held by the Lab, with an end date of 12/31/2021. Under limited supervision, the Mapping and Outreach Program Coordinator will support and perform complex and diverse duties for the MGGG team. Reporting to the MGGG Director, the Program Coordinator will work as part of the MGGG team on research products and activities. They will also interact with a larger group of colleagues at Tisch College. The Program Coordinator will serve as a source of information and problem solving on the work of the Lab with state commissions and legislatures. They will provide general guidance and explanation of the teams work to the public and organizational partners and will communicate on behalf the lab to explain or disseminate information. The Program Coordinator will provide administrative support, including responding to outside inquiries, events, marketing and publicity materials, tracking responses, working with speakers and on materials and set up. They will also provide support for coordinating meetings, and handling documents and spreadsheets and datasets. They may also be involved in department projects or programs, which may entail assisting with development of materials and brochures, updating web information, and assisting with content and design. The Coordinator, in collaboration with a broad array of professionals, will help to build and maintain relationships with our community partners and support reform efforts in voting rights and redistricting. Willingness to learn new skills across problem domains is a must. They will be responsible for paperwork which includes completing and submitting various forms and requests. Strong communication skills and sound judgment are needed to interact in a positive and effective way with multiple stakeholders. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate cultural awareness and agility, collaborate, and act as a resource to a vibrant and diverse community. The position will be expected to handle sensitive information with discretion, and to meet deadlines and vet deliverables.
Bachelor's Degree and 1-2 years of related work experience;
Significant coursework in political science, policy, statistics, and/or human geography (BA/BS in one of these areas is preferred);
Strong interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills;
Strong organizational and time management skills with ability to meet deadlines;
Self-motivation and ability to work independently;
Ability to oversee part-time and student staff and volunteers;
Ability to build positive relationships with community partners and treat a diverse and inclusive group of partners and staff with respect;
Ability to work effectively in a team with flexibility and adaptability;
Ability to send professional emails, phone calls, while maintaining good customer service;
Proficiency in Microsoft and Google Suite and willingness to draft and share social media posts;
Demonstrated interest in social and racial justice.
Fluency in another major world language (especially Spanish or Chinese)
Ability to work in a University setting and under the Director;
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
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