Social Science Research Council Job Opening in New York City

[ 0 ] January 14, 2011 |

Social Science Research Council
Director of the New Youth City Learning Network (NYCLN)

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC), a not-for-profit organization devoted to the advancement of social science research and scholarship, invites applications for the position of  Director of the New Youth City Learning Network.

Beginning in January 2009, with funding from the MacArthur Foundation, a group of diverse organizations throughout New York City have come together to plan and pilot the New Youth City Learning Network (NYCLN). The Learning Network is a group of youth-serving institutions – libraries, museums, community-based organizations, school and afterschool programs, media companies, etc – working together to create and connect learning opportunities for local middle and high school aged youth.  Funded by the MacArthur Foundation, the NYCLN is focused on understanding how digital media are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize and participate in civic life as well as how institutions are adapting to these changes.

The NYCLN  Director’s primary roles are strategy development, partner management and project management. S/he will create and update work plans, guide strategy and implementation, and manage internal and external partner relationships. To execute these responsibilities, the Director will work closely with several stakeholders. First, the Director will work directly with the members of the NYCLN to encourage meaningful participation, resolve issues, manage expectations and make links between partner organizations.

Second, the Director must work closely with the NYCLN Steering Committee and other subcommittees on a regular basis to strategize goals, discuss progress, and drive these teams to decisions in order to maintain project schedule and meet milestones. Third, s/he will be responsible for working with consultants and researchers to create, for example, an appropriate evaluation strategy and a long-term financial plan. Fourth, the Director will also be responsible for supporting the NYC Community Trust with NYCLN funding and fundraising activities on behalf of the NYCLN. Finally, the Director will also work directly with the staff of the Chicago Learning Network and the Learning Network Leadership Team.

The best qualified candidate will have seven to ten years of professional experience in educational leadership, nonprofit management, or in the digital media field, and be proven decision makers with a track record for successfully designing, implementing and evaluating large-scale initiatives involving diverse institutions or organizations.  A bachelor’s degree is required and a graduate degree would be preferable in learning sciences, education and/or management.  Equivalent experience will be considered.  Significant project management experience is required, including stakeholder management roles and responsibilities, program and budget management and the ability to manage personnel remotely.  Clear communication and strong public speaking skills are a must.  Experience in managing collaborative programs relying on a shared technology platform or digital infrastructure, and fluency with new technologies and social media is preferred.  Entrepreneurial experience in creating start up organizations, businesses, or program initiatives is a plus.

Salary and Benefits:
Annual salary will be commensurate with experience.  This is a full-time position with benefits, including health, dental, vision, disability and life insurance; gym reimbursement; outstanding pension plan and tax savings programs; generous vacation and sick leave; and more.

To Apply:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but should be received by February 26th, 2011.  Ideally, the position will be filled by April 1, 2011.
To apply, candidates must send a detailed letter of application, resume and/or curriculum vitae and three references.
E-mail: (please indicate “NYCLN Director” in the subject)
Social Science Research Council Director of the New Youth City Learning Network (NYCLN)

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