Tufts University
Apr 01, 2013
May 01, 2013
Human Resources
Full Time
COMMUNICATIONS AND LEARNING SPECIALIST - Youth Economic Participation Initiative, Talloires Network

This is a part-time position anticipated to work 18-20 hours per week with some flexibility of schedule. This is a grant funded position and is not eligible for severance pay. Please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample (no longer than 5 pages) when applying for this position.

The Talloires Network is a coalition of universities – 270 institutions in 62 countries enrolling over 6 million students – that are moving beyond the ivory tower to tackle pressing societal problems. The Network is the primary global alliance committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education. It mobilizes its members to improve community conditions and, in the process, to educate students to be leaders for change. Our vision is that a decisive majority of universities worldwide collaborate actively with the communities where they are located; that institutions of higher education become dramatically more effective engines of social and economic development; that they systematically partner with NGOs, government agencies and private businesses; and that the gold standard in higher education is the “engaged university,” one that achieves both positive community impacts and academic excellence.

The Youth Economic Participation Initiative (YEPI) aims to address the global crisis in youth unemployment by supporting the efforts of universities in developing countries to develop and test innovative university-led models that enable upper-year university students and recent alumni to accelerate their transition to the work force.

The Communications and Learning Specialist will be responsible for leading the design and implementation of a global Community of Practice on university engagement for youth economic participation. S/he will establish and promote participation in online communication platforms, foster informal and structured online dialogues, organize webinars and conference calls, create opportunities for international collaboration among Network members, and lead the development of content for the YEPI and contribute to developing content for other sections of the TN web site. S/he will promote and help coordinate the communications functions of all TN staff members and act as the key point of contact for all TN communications-related tasks. S/he will build the learning and communication capabilities of other team members and partners. With the YEPI Program Manager, s/he will develop and institute practices for internal learning and communications among YEPI and other TN staff. S/he will train and support Demonstration Grant recipients in developing their communications capabilities and contribute to the dissemination of learning from the YEPI and other TN programs via conferences and publications.

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Three (3) years of related experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, WordPress.
  • Experience managing communications projects in the field of international development; Experience leveraging key social media platforms for social change, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and/or Ning; Experience with web site content development; Ability to draft concise, clear, informative and engaging written communications; Acute sensitivity to the requirements of effective cross-cultural communication and outstanding ability to communicate cross-culturally. Adept at international travel, including to less resourced settings.
  • An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master of International Affairs, Journalism, Communications or related field; Fluency in Spanish or French; Experience living and working abroad (including time in developing countries); Adept at international travel, including to less resourced settings; Experience with web site design and editing; Experience with online learning platforms; Familiar with the effective nonprofit sector marketing and communications strategies; Proficiency in Vertical Response, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop; basic video-editing skills.

Special Work Schedule Requirements:

  • TBD. This position is anticipated to work 18-20 hours per week with some flexibility of schedule. Due to the nature of the required national and international work, the Communications and Learning Specialist will sometimes work and travel evenings and weekends.

Tufts University is an AA/EO employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds.

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