Research Assistant Position with TASCHA (Fall Quarter 2016)

Technology & Social Change GroupThe University of Washington Information School’s Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) has an outstanding opportunity for a student to provide key support to TASCHA’s research communications activities.

The Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School explores the design, use, and effects of information and communication technologies in communities facing social and economic challenges. With experience in over 50 countries, TASCHA brings together a multidisciplinary network of researchers, practitioners, and policy experts to advance knowledge, create public resources, and improve policy and program design. Our purpose? To spark innovation and opportunities for those who need it most.

The student in this position will play an integral role by working directly with TASCHA’s Communications Specialist, along with the leadership and researchers at TASCHA. The student will have an opportunity to learn more about TASCHA’s research, the areas we work in, and to provide communications support to the TASCHA team. As we want this to be a mutually beneficial role, TASCHA’s Communications Specialist will work with the student to identify and nurture their interests and goals in working at TASCHA, while still getting the important support needed to communicate our work effectively.

  • Position Title: Research Assistant- Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA)
  • Location: The Information School, UW – Bloedel Hall
  • Start Date: Autumn Quarter 2016- preferably 9/16/16, no later than 10/1/16
  • End Date: 12/15/16 with possibility of extension
  • Deadline to Apply: This position is open until filled. Priority will be given to applicants that apply before 9/1/16. This position will average 20 hours per week.

Duties & Requirements Duties include:

  • Writing about TASCHA’s research for dissemination on the group’s website, social media platforms, and more
  • Assisting the Communications Specialist in managing and maintaining TASCHA’s website, social media accounts, and other online research communications platforms
  • Actively monitoring and reporting on what is happening in the fields of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D), Digital Development, Public Libraries (in and outside the United States), Innovation, eLearning, and more related to technology & social change
  • Providing regular updates on their work to both the Communications Specialist and other TASCHA members
  • Participating in TASCHA meetings as necessary and appropriate
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements:

  • Current, or incoming, UW Masters student for the 2016-2017 academic year
  • Exceptionally strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and positive work practices (i.e., take initiative, flexible with shifting priorities, and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team)
  • Ability to work independently – planning and carrying out tasks with guidance from the Communications Specialist
  • Working knowledge of WordPress
  • Savvy in strategic social media use and professional online communications
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
  • Interest in the work of the Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA)
  • Student must be enrolled for a minimum of 10 credits per quarter to be eligible.

Desired qualifications:

  • Previous experience in writing for online communications (website/blog posts, briefs, etc.)
  • Experience conducting desk research, literature reviews, and scanning the landscape of research areas to spot trends
  • Experience in managing and maintaining a WordPress site
  • Experience working in international development and/or public libraries

Qualified students with an interest in the design, use, and effects of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in communities facing social and economic challenges and who are enrolled in the Information School autumn quarter 2016 are encouraged to apply. Students from other departments will also be considered for this position.

Compensation:

Questions regarding salary and benefits should be directed to iSchool Human Resources at iHRhelp@uw.edu<mailto:iHRhelp@uw.edu>.

  1.  Please include a cover letter briefly describing your skills and experiences relevant to this type of work in one page or less, please include your student ID number.

  2.  Attach a current resume that includes your work history and academic accomplishments.

  3.  Attach no more than 3 samples in PDF format of your very best writing samples, preferably on topics related to ICT4D, digital development, public libraries, or any other TASCHA research area. We will look at these materials for both style and content.

To apply, please send application materials to iApply@uw.edu<mailto:iApply@uw.edu

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