Playful Words Project and Community Manager

Massachusetts, United States
22 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
22 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Job Number: 16633
  • Functional Area: Administration
  • Department: Media Laboratory
  • School Area: Architecture & Planning
  • Employment Type: Full-Time Temporary
  • Employment Category: Exempt
  • Visa Sponsorship Available: No

PLAYFULWORDS PROJECT AND COMMUNITY MANAGERMedia Laboratory-Laboratory for Social Machines (LSM), to assist in creating a research program from the ground-up and implementing it within the Boston community. The Playful Words Project designs, creates, and sustains intentionally small-scale computer-supported community networks for children’s early literacy learning.  Will help the project meet its goals of improving children’s literacy, building innovative learning tools, and expanding the scope of organizational impact; and work with the team to establish and run a pilot program.  Responsibilities include managing relationships with partner organizations, families, and volunteer coaches; seeking out new partnerships and conducting informational meetings to build interest; recruiting volunteer coaches and families; working with researchers to design content, implement, and manage logistics related to the function of the program; organizing and implementing trainings/workshops/events for coaches, community partners, and families; and a variety of other duties.  

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Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  bachelor’s degree (M.A. in literacy/child development-related field preferred); at least three years’ project management or similar experience; work experience with children and families; experience working with community partners; ability to work with a diverse group of researchers, software developers, staff, community partners, children, families, and others; desire to help build a program from the ground-up and take part in new, ground-breaking research; and superior interpersonal skills. Seek flexible team player who is comfortable working in a demanding, fast-paced environment with frequent interruptions.  Fluency in Spanish; experience with workshop design/implementation; interest in working with researchers to translate research out of the lab and into the field; and a passion for family engagement, children’s playful learning, and storytelling preferred. Program evaluation experience a plus.  

This is a temporary, one-year position with the possibility of renewal.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.