Current Fellow positions

Graduate Community Fellows are a cadre of graduate students who work under the auspices of the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education on projects and assignments that enhance the life of graduate students in unique ways. Each Fellow works on specific assignments and reports to a staff person in the ODGE or in a partner organization.

General responsibilities

  • Spend an average of 10 hours a week in duties as a Fellow during the appointment period, which runs from September 1 to May 31 unless otherwise noted.
  • Attend monthly Fellow Roundtables, and meet with members of the ODGE staff and the ODGE’s business partners as required.
  • Maintain project records as required.
  • Serve as a resource to other graduate students.
  • Submit a year-end report on progress to the supervisor and the Graduate Community Fellows Program Coordinator.

Addir Fellows – MIT Interfaith Dialogue (position open for September 1, 2017)

This Fellow supports the Addir Fellows–MIT Interfaith Dialogue by working alongside and meeting weekly with the Coordinator/Director of the program.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Coordinate 3-4 weekly 1-hour small-dialogue sessions (50%)
    • Attend 3-4 weekly 1 hour small-dialogue sessions.
    • Identify and, with coordinator, troubleshoot issues and dynamics that weaken the process of engaging in meaningful dialogue. While Addir Fellows have agreed to attend weekly small-dialogue meetings and monthly (Sept., Oct., Nov., Feb., Mar., Apr.) Addir Fellow dinners and community-wide events, the Graduate Community Fellow will build relationships with those who are having trouble living up to these commitments.
    • With group members, will help implement the established process for identifying topics for small-dialogue meeting discussions.
    • Be available to Fellows as a resource and link to coordinator.
    • Prior to the weekly meeting, contact the fellow responsible for that week’s topic to ensure adequate preparation and communication with the rest of the group.
    • Help provide snacks to enhance ambiance of weekly meetings.
    • Establish him/herself as liaison and overall support to dialogue groups.
  • Extend the conversation to the broader graduate community (25%)
    • With guidance from the Coordinator, organize, oversee and facilitate 3-6 in dorm, interfaith, dialogue events.
    • Focus on publicity to graduate students around the monthly dinners and community-wide events.
    • Seek partnerships with other student groups to build conversations about faith.
  • Deepen and sustain the program (25%)
    • Work with coordinator to create plan for evaluating Addir Fellows program; develop a brief survey for outgoing Addir Fellows which targets the program’s impact on community.
    • Work with coordinator on communication and fund-raising activities with graduates of Addir.
    • Create/maintain web related ventures to enhance communication between fellows (current and Addir graduates).
    • Work with coordinator to determine other projects to enhance overall programming.

Also note general responsibilities above.

Skills AND qUALIFICATIONS

Willingness to work as a team; strong organizational and writing skills; ability to work independently.

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Assessment for Conflict Management@MIT

This Fellow supports data collection, data analysis, and graphic display of the data for the Conflict Management office, in particular with its work with the REFS programs. The position works closely with and reports to the Assistant Director for Conflict Management.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and support the completion of annual reports for each departmental REFS and iREFS.
  • Work with Campus Labs to develop instruments for data collection from REFS
  • Vision and develop data visualizations, such as PowerPoints, fact sheets, infographics, etc.
  • Vision and develop graphic designs for REFS outreach and publicity efforts
  • Consistent tracking of CM alumni numbers, REFS data.
  • Initiate new programs to improve on performance and efficacy of marketing and outreach, as well as data collection for CM@MIT.
  • Partner with other Fellows on mutually beneficial projects.
  • Select an additional project for their primary ownership in conjunction with the Assistant Director.

Also note general responsibilities above.

Skills AND qUALIFICATIONS

Strong data analysis and graphic design skills; strong organizational and writing skills; ability to work effectively both independently and with others; creative thinker; website development skills; detail oriented; interest in/experience with conflict management preferred.

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Celebrating Graduate Students (position open for September 1, 2017)

This Fellow supports communications in the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education by working closely with, and reporting to, the ODGE Communications Officer. The goal of this position is to make the diversity of MIT’s graduate students more visible and to provide a window into the graduate experience for prospective graduate students.

Tasks and responsibilities:

Discover and amplify student involvements and accomplishments

  • Search for items of interest about MIT grad students. We are interested in:
    • Students who are giving back to the community (i.e. public service).
    • Accomplishments (publications, awards, etc.).
    • Highlighting MIT’s cultural diversity.
    • Personal stories.
  • Work with the Communications Officer to elevate the visibility of the various items by writing short pieces for ODGE News, posting to our social media accounts, or creating connections with other campus entities (such as forwarding an item along to a particular department or student group that may not be aware).
  • Assist with special projects to celebrate graduate students and their accomplishments, such as National Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

Create pieces for MIT Campus News on graduate students

  • Interview graduate students about their work, involvements, and/or background.
  • Take photos as the opportunity allows.
  • Write pieces for MIT Campus News which may take the form of a medium-length. story piece, a photo montage, or a question-and-answer piece.

Also note general responsibilities above.

Skills AND qUALIFICATIONS

Strong writing and interpersonal skills; ability to meet deadlines; interest in photography or graphics; enjoys working on a team.

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Committed to Caring (position open for September 1, 2017)

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Communicator for DSLx Life Learning (position open now)

The Division of Student Life (DSL) is creating a pilot website to help students learn life-enhancing skills and information.  We’re seeking a good communicator who will help us develop and manage content that matches the needs of MIT graduate students.

Summer Fellowship with possibility for extension during 2017-2018 academic year.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Content development
    • Create content, which can be text, video, graphics, or a combination
    • Revise existing content to interest student audiences
    • Find appropriate material on other websites that we can link in
    • Encourage other graduate students to develop material
  • Communications
    • Negotiate permissions to use material
    • Handle questions from content creators
    • Create a publicity campaign for the pilot website
  • Project management and organization
    • Help to post and manage Youtube and website content (no experience needed)
    • Give input about website usability and organization
    • Organize content and other files (permissions, design ideas)

Also note general responsibilities above.

Skills AND qUALIFICATIONS

Clear and succinct, detail-oriented, creative, organized, willing to experiment, and able to work independently and collaboratively.

To apply, please submit application with resume and a cover letter.

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Diversity and Inclusion

In 2015, members of the MIT Black Students Union, the Black Graduate Student Association, and the LGBTQ community independently developed a set of recommendations that, when executed, are intended to enrich the student experience and enhance the student community in educational, social and cultural ways. These recommendations, as well additional ones from the Institute Community and Equity Office, were submitted to the senior administration. When considered alongside recommendations included in the 2010 Report on the “Initiative for Faculty Race and Diversity” at MIT, there emerges a compelling need for an MIT strategic plan for diversity and inclusion.

The Graduate Fellow will have major responsibility for several areas of work that will enhance the graduate student experience, which is not without implications for the undergraduate experience and indeed the MIT community as a whole.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Mine the information embedded in a number of the recommendations in order to disaggregate specific requests.
  • Help the D&I Officer to categorize the specific requests under one or more of various functions.
  • Prioritize implementation.
  • Determine any overlap among the recommendations.
  • Distill the true number and content of the recommendations.
  • Assist with preparation and, in some instances, participate in focus group discussions in an effort to ensure that the community building intended by the recommendations is in fact occurring.

Also note general responsibilities above.

Skills AND qUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong interpersonal and communication practice
  • Emotional maturity and grace in human interactions and difficult dialogues.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, particularly ability to create informative graphics and tables.

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Diversity Initiatives Community (position open for September 1, 2017)

This Fellow will work closely with the Assistant Director of Diversity Initiatives and the Program Associate of Diversity Initiatives to help identify and invite speakers to the Diversity Initiative’s community building series called IGNITE. IGNITE is a series of intensive, monthly seminars designed to promote academic, career, professional and leadership development. IGNITE will offer students the chance to deepen their peer relationships across scientific disciplines and share experiences, insights and strategies for managing the challenges of graduate work. Offering a unique informal setting, IGNITE will give students the opportunity to make meaningful connections with faculty, alumni and administrators of color, opening up avenues to build and foster community.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Meet with Assistant Director, bi-weekly to plan tasks and brainstorm ideas;
  • Identify and invite speakers.
  • Schedule seminars/workshops.
  • Reserve space at MIT.
  • Develop marketing materials and share with graduate student community with support of Program Associate.
  • Attend events as possible.
  • Develop and implement strategies to evaluate programming with support of Assistant Director.
  • Provide feedback on future topics.
  • Collaborate with Assistant Director on topics that will also be relevant to ODGE UCEM Scholars Program.

Also note general responsibilities above.

Skills AND qUALIFICATIONS

Creative thinking; commitment to being productive and accomplishing tasks; ability to work collaboratively and independently; event planning experience; strong organizational and communication skills, including interpersonal communication and writing skills; ability to meet deadlines.

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Diversity Initiatives Recruitment (position open for September 1, 2017)

This Fellow will work closely with the Assistant Director of Diversity Initiatives and the Program Associate of Diversity Initiatives to identify and train graduate students who will represent MIT at both local and national fall recruitment conferences and fairs. This Fellow will reach out to departments to ensure there is information about their departments provided at conferences. This Fellow with the support of the Program Associate will follow-up with prospective students who have questions regarding admissions or programs, such as MSRP and CONVERGE, at MIT.

This Fellow will also continue to implement the Grad Catalyst Workshop. This workshop teaches underclassmen at minority-serving institutions and liberal arts colleges how to plan their undergraduate trajectories so as to be strong graduate school candidates come senior year.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Meet with Assistant Director of Diversity Initiatives, bi-weekly to coordinate work.
  • Identify and train graduate students interested in representing MIT at local and national conferences such as NSBE, SHPE, AISES, and SACNAS.
  • Partner with student organizations that are interested in engaging in recruitment efforts of prospective URM graduate students.
  • Share information with prospective students about programs such as MSRP, CONVERGE, and the MIT UCEM Sloan Scholars Program.
  • Schedule Grad Catalyst workshops (in-person and online).
  • Present Grad Catalyst workshops.
  • Train other interested graduate students on conducting Grad Catalyst workshops.
  • Evaluate Grad Catalyst workshops and editing materials, as necessary;

Also note general responsibilities above.

Skills AND qUALIFICATIONS

Willingness to travel; committed to being productive and accomplishing tasks; ability to work collaboratively and independently; event planning experience; public speaking experience; strong organizational and communication skills, including interpersonal communication skills.

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Financial Literacy (position filled for 2017-2018)

This fellow supports the ODGE’s efforts to promote MIT graduate student financial literacy and health. The position will report directly to the ODGE’s Manager of Graduate Fellowships.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Assist in the promotion of the iGrad Financial Literacy Platform to the graduate student community through marketing campaigns and information sessions.
  • Help collect, analyze and report on data related to MIT graduate student financial health and needs through the development of survey’s and the organization of student focus groups.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of outreach efforts surrounding general financial literacy such as information sessions and seminars.
  • Help build and maintain website and social media content surrounding financial literacy and funding opportunities such as fellowships.
  • Organize and develop peer support groups on topics related to financial literacy and health including fellowship application preparation.
  • Assist in increasing the pool of funding resources such as fellowships and scholarships by searching for and researching such opportunities.
  • Facilitate iGrad Financial Literacy curriculum through small group discussions.

Also note general responsibilities above.

Skills AND qUALIFICATIONS

  • Event planning experience.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Experience with graphic design.
  • Experience or interest in creative marketing and publicity campaigns.
  • Willingness to work as a team and ability to work independently.
  • Some basic knowledge of finance preferred.

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Graduate Student Life Grants (position open for September 1, 2017)

This Fellow supports the Graduate Student Life Grants program by working closely with, and reporting to, the ODGE Coordinator of Graduate Education Initiatives.The preferred candidate for this position has been at MIT for one or more years.

  • Assist with plans for marketing and promotion of grant activities, including website development, email notices, posters, poster sessions.
  • Maintain documentation for all aspects of the grant process.
  • Serve as a member of the Grant Selection Panel.
  • Maintain a master list of grant project timelines; collect periodic reports from grant authors and assist with their publication for the Dean’s Selection Panel and, in edited versions, for the website.
  • Act as primary contact to grant authors and provide support as required.
  • Publicize the request-for-proposal process.
  • Create and/or implement a plan for evaluating projects; as needed, develop plans to integrate the best ideas into the ongoing work of the ODGE (or other Institute organizations).

Also note general responsibilities above.

Skills AND qUALIFICATIONS

Demonstrated commitment to community building activities; experience in organizing events, preferably at MIT; strong communication skills; excellent organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines; enjoys working on a team.

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GSC Creative Media Manager (position filled for 2017-2018)

This Fellow supports efforts in promoting engagement in and chronicling MIT graduate student life.  Her of she will provide a coordination role of many GSC marketing processes, which will include generating photos, videos, and graphic design content that will serve to document graduate student life and resources at the Institute, as well as designing  engaging and eye-catching marketing campaigns that will inform and engage graduate students more efficiently.  The Creative Media Manager will work closely with, and report to, the Graduate Student Council’s Administrators as well as the GSC Secretary.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Manage the marketing and publicity for GSC events in collaboration with the GSC Secretary.
  • Help recruit and coordinate designers for GSC publicity materials; design posters, etc for GSC events as needed.
  • Update social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook with relevant news items.
  • Partner with the Tech on graduate student news coverage.
  • Spotlight achievements by graduate student campus leaders in collaboration with the Graduate Accomplishments Writing Fellows.

Also note general responsibilities above.

Skills AND qUALIFICATIONS

Experience with graphic design; experience or interest in creative marketing and publicity campaigns; collaborative mindset and comfort working in teams.

GSC Graduate Orientation (Web & Marketing) (position filled for 2017)

This Fellow supports the Graduate Student Council’s initiatives by reporting to the GSC’s Financial Administrator, and working closely with the GSC leadership team.

The appointment period is June 1 through August 31.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Design flyers and posters for event publicity
  • Print posters and help advertise events and initiatives around campus, on the website, and through GSC social media
  • Manage GSC and orientation publicity in the months leading to the orientation and during orientation.
  • Work closely with GSC web master to maintain and improve orientation website; update orientation calendar and incoming student sign-up system
  • Develop the winning design from the orientation logo contest into workable art files for orientation publicity materials and give-aways
  • Combining the orientation logo with text or other graphic elements for printing on the tshirt and welcome gift
  • Gather orientation event pictures for posting onto social media and including in final report
  • Participate in documentation of event planning and good practices. Help prepare the post orientation report.
  • Respond promptly to communication from the Orientation Committee and GSC administrator

Also note general responsibilities above.

Skills AND qUALIFICATIONS

Willingness to work as a team; strong organizational skills; ability to work independently; web updates – experience on WordPress or CMS equivalent helpful; graphic experience or strong interest in graphic design preferred.

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Institute Community and Equity Office (ICEO) (position on hold)

This Fellow will support the Institute Community and Equity Office (ICEO) on several key diversity and inclusion projects.  The GCF will work directly with the Institute Community and Equity Officer Ed Bertschinger; Human Resources Manager of Staff and and Diversity Inclusion Alyce Johnson.

Planned projects include the Institute Diversity Summit; facilitated conversations across MIT on the topics of community, diversity, equity and inclusion; and promotion of the MLK Visiting Professors and Scholars Program.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the ICEO staff, HR manager of Staff Diversity and Inclusion, and MLK Writer/Editor to serve as a resource in the planning and execution of three projects (logistics, event planning and writing).
  • Work with Human Resources Manager of Staff Diversity and Inclusion, ICEO Program Director, Graduate Student Council (GSC) and other diversity staff on planning of the 2016 Institute Diversity Summit.
  • Work on updates to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professors and Scholars Program online newsletter with MLK Writer and Editor.
  • Update diversity documents for the office.
  • Interface with the Graduate Student Council (GSC) and the ICEO on topics of mutual interest such as the GSC Advising Initiative and the REFS program.
  • Participate in selected team meetings.

Also note general responsibilities above.

Skills AND qUALIFICATIONS

Demonstrated interest in community, diversity, inclusion, and equity issues.  Project management and organization experience; oral and written communication skills; web management experience, particularly WordPress, preferred; familiarity with social networking communications; event planning experience, ability to work independently and with a team approach.

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International Students Office Programming & Events (position open for August 1, 2017)


Two positions are available, each for 5 hours per week. Stipend is $337.50 per month for each Fellow. Duration is August 1, 2017 until May 31, 2018.

Two Fellows will work closely with and report directly to the ISO Programming Administrator. This position supports the objective of coordinating programs for international students to help them acclimate better to the U.S. and engage more with MIT, in particular for international grad students (who comprise about 42% of the grad population). The fellow(s) will also assist with outreach, including marketing and other publicity through the newsletter, social media, and the website. There may be other projects that could be assigned.

There will be evening events, usually ending by 7pm, and there is an expectation for the fellow(s) to assist with the larger events as much as possible, schedule and availability permitting. With two fellows, it will be easier to take turns.

  • 40% Assist with Event Design and Execution
  • 40% Assist with Newsletter Content and Social Media
  • 10% Website Assistance; other projects

Sample Past Events (around 25 events per semester):

  • Fall Grad Orientation (3 to 4 events)
  • Re-Orientation Series (6 or 7 per semester)
  • ISO Holiday events (at least twice a semester)
  • International Community Coffee Hours (at least once per month)
  • International Council meetings (twice per semester)
  • Spring Grad Orientation (2 to 3 events)
  • Other miscellaneous events (1 or 2 per semester)

Tasks and responsibilities:

Program Support

  • Assist with design and execution of ISO programs and events for grad students & visiting students (set-up/facilitation/clean-up)
  • Assist with design and execution of ISO Grad Orientation and Spring Orientation events for grad students, in conjunction with Grad Student Council (GSC)
  • Help design schedule and topics for ISO Re-Orientation Series and assist with coordinating speakers and presenters
  • Help develop ideas for ISO Holiday events
  • Help develop new ideas for any other programs/events and help coordinate speakers and presenters
  • Help develop programs to bring together domestic students with international students
  • Take ownership of at least one event or program per semester

Outreach

  • Assist in facilitating and enhancing outreach efforts to students, student groups, and faculty/staff including social media and e-newsletter (assist with adding table of contents, ideas for Culture Corner, student interviews, resources, etc.)
  • Assist with updating website and enhancing readability
  • Assist with other projects as assigned (example: student handbook for international grad students)

Also note general responsibilities above.

Skills AND qUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrated interest in supporting student populations, in particular the international student population.
  • Enthusiasm and ideas for various kinds of programs and events
  • Self-starter who enjoys being creative
  • Good communicator, both verbally and written
  • Organized and committed
  • Good time management skills
  • Event/Program planning experience
  • Interest and experience in other languages and cultures
  • Experience living or studying abroad
  • Experience in MailChimp or other email campaigns such as Constant Contact
  • Experience in designing flyers and/or email campaigns
  • Experience with other technologies, such as coding, video, etc.

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Language Conversation Exchange (position open for September 1, 2017)

Two Fellows support intercultural exchange among graduate students and others at MIT, by coordinating the MIT Language Conversation Exchange Program. The Fellows work closely with and report directly to the Program Manager.

The appointment period is August 1 through May 31. This position is for 5 hours per week, in collaboration with another Fellow who also works 5 hours per week. Fellowship stipend is $337.50 per month.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Market the program and recruit participants (orientation events, social media, info fairs, outreach to foreign language departments, etc.).
  • Be the primary contact for applicants and participants.
  • Monitor the website, approve applications, keep participant database updated.
  • Perform regular program evaluations, incorporating participants’ feedback where possible.
  • Develop new outreach efforts and community programs that bring together conversation partners.

Also note general responsibilities above.

Skills

Demonstrated interest in languages and cultural exchange; experience with marketing and event planning; excellent interpersonal skills and good judgment about people; experience in online community management; self starter, independent worker .

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MindHandHeart: Innovation Fund

MindHandHeart was launched on September 2, 2015 and is developing an infrastructure to enhance MIT’s ability to develop, implement, and evaluate community health and preventive strategies to promote resilience and mental well-being. We are looking for a Graduate Fellow to support our ongoing development and strengthen our understanding of how the initiative can support the graduate community.

This Fellow supports MindHandHeart by working closely with, and reporting to, the Executive Administrator and MindHandHeart Program Manager. The Fellow’s work will be toward two aims: 1) Supporting the work of MindHandHeart including: Innovation Fund and Selection Committee operations and 2) Organizing meetings/event planning, visibility and marketing, evaluation and assessment.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Outreach to a broad cross-section of the graduate and undergraduate student community to draw a large, diverse group of students into the initiative’s work and to events.
  • Connect and support graduate students involved in the MindHandHeart committee structure to provide context for choosing, developing and implementing an action or service project of the Fellow’s own design in the spring semester.
  • Ensure that programs focus on particular issues of importance to the MIT graduate student community through coordination with various offices at MIT.
  • Provide administrative support to MindHandHeart.
  • Use knowledge of the graduate community in developing, implementing, evaluating and refining MindHandHeart programs and activities.

Also note general responsibilities above

Skills

Strong community-organizing and organizational skills, strong communication skills, experience with project planning, curiosity and interest in learning, ability to work well in a team.

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MindHandHeart: Working Group

MindHandHeart was launched on September 2, 2015 and is developing an infrastructure to enhance MIT’s ability to develop, implement and evaluate community health and preventive strategies to promote resilience and mental well-being.  We are looking for a Graduate Fellow to support our ongoing development and strengthen our understanding of how the initiative can support the graduate community.
This Fellow supports MindHandHeart by working closely with, and reporting to, the Executive Administrator and MindHandHeart Program Manager.  The Fellow’s work will be toward providing student leadership to a MindHandHeart Working Group: coordinating with staff co-chairs on annual goals and objectives, a workplan to achieve goals, logistics for each meeting, and participating in Co-chair coordination/training sessions.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Outreach to a broad cross-section of the graduate and undergraduate student community to draw a large, diverse group of students into the initiative’s work and to events.
  • Connect and support graduate students involved in the MindHandHeart committee structure to provide context for choosing, developing and implementing an action or service project of the Fellow’s own design in the spring semester.
  • Ensure that programs focus on particular issues of importance to the MIT graduate student community through coordination with various offices at MIT.
  • Provide administrative support to MindHandHeart.
  • Use knowledge of the graduate community in developing, implementing, evaluating and refining MindHandHeart programs and activities.

Also note general responsibilities above.

Skills

Strong community-organizing and organizational skills, strong communication skills, experience with project planning, curiosity and interest in learning, ability to work well in a team.

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MindHandHeart: Resources and Communications

The MindHandHeart Resources and Communications Graduate Community Fellow (GCF) will support communications efforts for the MindHandHeart Initiative (MHH).  The primary goal of this position is to ensure that MIT students are aware of the resources, programs, and support services available to them.  The GCF will work closely with communications staff from MHH, ODGE, DUE, DSL, and the Chancellor’s Office to keep the resources.mit.edu site up-to-date.  Additionally, the Fellow will help to promote these resources across a number of print and digital channels.

Tasks and responsibilities:

Website (70%)

  • Review and edit the descriptions of resources listed on the mit.edu site (extensively to start, then periodically)
  • Curate the site’s content by adding resources as they become available or removing them as necessary
  • Check the site for broken links and run monthly analytic reports to gauge traffic
  • Update the site’s banner and imagery

Writing and Social Media (30%)

  • Contribute to MindHandHeart’s social media presence (write content, develop Twitter lists, track analytics, etc.)
  • Write and edit news stories and/or blog posts documenting the work of MindHandHeart and our partners

Also note general responsibilities above.

SKILLS:

Drupal CMS; attention to detail; knowledge of the MIT community and resources landscape (helpful, but not required); social media skills (helpful, but not required); strong writing and editing skills; ability to meet deadlines and work in a collaborative environment

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Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center

The Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center (PKG Center) connects MIT students with a wide variety of public service projects in local, national, and global communities. We also provide guidance — and often funding — for public service projects.

We are a small team dedicated to helping the Institute achieve its mission of working wisely, creatively, and effectively with our local and global neighbors for the betterment of humankind. We provide MIT students with opportunities, mentorship, advice, logistical support, and funding as they engage in humanitarian efforts in the neighborhood, throughout the U.S., or around the world.

The Community Service Work-Study program gives undergraduate and graduate students, who are eligible for Federal Work-Study, the opportunity to earn a paycheck and gain valuable personal and professional experience while serving the community.

The PKG Center’s engagement staff work to create meaningful volunteer experiences that connect MIT community members to local agencies. In particular, the fellow will help with outreach for the CityDays, MIT Alternative Spring Break, and Giving Tree programs. The fellow will also help raise graduate student awareness about opportunities for spouses and family members to be engaged in our neighboring communities.

Tasks and responsibilities:

The Graduate Community Fellow will support two initiatives: 1) PKG Center’s efforts to raise awareness around Federal Work-Study as part of a student’s financial aid package and promote the Community Service Work-Study program to MIT graduate students, 2) PKG Center’s efforts to raise graduate student awareness and participation in community engagement and volunteer opportunities. The position will report to the PKG Center’s Community Employment Administrator and Community Engagement Administrator (splitting time 50% between the initiatives). 25% of the tasks can be done remotely. Occasional evening hours for on-campus events.

  • Assist in the promotion of the Community Service Work-Study program and volunteer opportunities to the graduate student community through marketing campaigns and information sessions.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of outreach efforts surrounding Federal Work-Study and volunteer opportunities such as information sessions and other events.
  • Help maintain website and social media content surrounding these programs specifically targeting the graduate community.
  • Assist in the identification and development of cross-campus partnerships and establish him/herself as liaison for relevant offices, departments and groups.
  • Outreach to faculty in order to increase faculty engagement with students on service projects will also be included.
  • Recognizing that many graduate students seek a balanced work-life, the fellow will also help promote service opportunities for spouses and children.
  • With guidance from the PKG Center staff, organize, oversee and facilitate specific programmatic reflection activities for MIT graduate students.

Qualifications and skills

  • Experience or interest in community building and outreach campaigns
  • Great communication skills, including interpersonal communication and writing
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Excellent organizing skills; excellent time management skills
  • Creative thinking and strategic problem solving
  • Interest in public service; service experience preferred but not required

Programs for Graduate Student Support

This Fellow supports graduate student programs and events that focus on graduate student support by working closely with, and reporting directly to the Assistant Dean for Graduate Personal Support, and indirectly to the Senior Associate Dean.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Maintain and enhance ODGE’s social media presence through the GradLink initiative
  • Support the development, implementation, and assessment of programs and events that promote the holistic well-being of graduate students; such as Resource Ambassador Dinners, departmental presentations, etc.
  • Interact with departments, administrative offices, and student groups with which the ODGE  partners or whose activities the ODGE funds.
  • Partner with other Fellows on mutually beneficial projects.
  • Collaborate with ODGE Communications Officer, the Diversity Initiatives Team, and International Students Office in meeting student needs.
  • Represent the ODGE on committees and/or working groups as needed and appropriate.

Also note general responsibilities above.

Skills

Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; ability to work independently; creative thinker; public speaking/presentation skills.  Experience with project/event planning as well as an interest in organizational systems is a plus.  Preference will be given to candidates in their second year of study or higher.

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Programs for Women

This Fellow supports graduate student programs and events for women by working closely with, and reporting to, the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education.

The appointment period is September through January.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Plan, implement, and evaluate programs and events that promote the professional and leadership development of graduate women students, including the annual Path of Professorship workshop.
  • Assist in creation and stewardship of opportunities for graduate women to build and broaden networks of support to enhance the graduate experience; past examples include Mens et Manus et Salus and a celebration of graduate women.
  • Assist in designing and implementing approaches to assess and document the success of programmatic efforts.
  • Interact with departments, administrative offices, and student groups with which the ODGE partners or whose activities the ODGE funds.
  • Develop marketing tools for programs and events.
  • Convene focus groups to identify student needs, interests, and experiences.
  • Partner with other Fellows on mutually beneficial projects.

Also note general responsibilities above.

Skills

Strong organizational skills; strong communication skills; experience with project planning; enjoys working on a team. Background in science or engineering. Candidates should be interested in holding the position for two years.

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Resources for Easing Friction and Stress (REFS)

This Fellow supports marketing, outreach, workshops, events, and assessment for the REFS (Resources for Easing Friction and Stress) Programs by working closely with and reporting to the Assistant Director for Conflict Management.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Assist with events and coordinate continuing education for REFS at least monthly throughout the semester (e.g., monthly all-REFS meetings)
  • Take notes during monthly meetings and post on the REFS website
  • Maintain spreadsheets of REFS data (names of current REFS, attendance at meetings, etc)
  • Research and identify additional resources to support REFS programs; write grant applications as needed
  • Assist with training and coordination of 40-hour conflict management trainings run in August, fall semester, and spring semester
  • Assist in designing and implementing approaches to assess and document the successes and challenges of REFS programs
  • Continue to populate REFS website with resources
  • Assist in designing and implementing an outreach strategy to increase the number of individuals and departments involved in the REFS program (e.g., create marketing and promotional materials tailored to each department)
  • Obtain further training in negotiation and conflict management in order to support and present on behalf of CM@MIT
  • Partner with other Fellows on mutually beneficial projects
  • Select an additional project for their primary ownership in conjunction with the Assistant Director

Also note general responsibilities above.

Skills

Strong organizational and writing skills; ability to work independently; creative thinker; wiki development skills; public speaking or presentation skills; interest in/experience with conflict resolution.

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Shadow Magicians

This Fellow supports the work of Shadow Magicians which fosters emotional well-being and healthy relationships at MIT by promoting vulnerability, authenticity, and self-awareness. The Fellow will work with the staff team of facilitators to help best position Shadow Magicians to serve the graduate student community. More information about Shadow Magicians can be found at shadowmagicians.mit.edu.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Training
    • Personal emotional literacy and self-awareness
    • Container building and stewardship
    • Facilitating “shadow work” processes
  • Coordination and facilitation of regular Shadow Work circles
  • Publicity
    • Develop web and social media presence
    • Utilize and measure the effectiveness of various publicity chanels.
  • Consulting Services Development
    • Identifying and establishing partnership opportunities within various graduate student constituencies (e.g. dorms, departments, labs, clubs).
    • Module development
    • Logistical coordination of seminars of workshops
  • Identifying and exploring new strategic opportunities to leverage the Shadow Magicians core competencies within the MIT community.
  • Research
    • Finding and digesting various materials that deepen the collective knowledge and understanding of Shadow Magicians
    • Experimentation with new facilitation techniques

Also note general responsibilities above.

skills

  • A strong interest in emotional literacy, self-awareness and personal growth
  • Willingness to be vulnerable in group settings
  • Comfort with facilitating small group discussions
  • Willingness to work with a team
  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Web and social media skills a plus

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Title IX Office Website Support

MIT’s Title IX Office strives to promote a living, working and learning environment where all members of our community can thrive, free from gender-based discrimination. The Title IX website (titleix.mit.edu) is a clearinghouse of information related to gender-based discrimination across the Institute, including how to report instances of gender-based discrimination, including sexual assault; MIT policies, procedures and definitions; frequently asked questions; and other resources for students, faculty and staff. The goal of the Title IX Office is that this information is presented in the clearest and most accessible way possible for the entire MIT community

This Fellow position will be focused on helping to improve and maintain MIT’s Title IX website.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Support a comprehensive overview of the Title IX website to identify areas for improvement;
  • Conduct surveys and focus groups with students to assess usability, content and clarity of information delivery;
  • Support the creation of informational content such as videos and graphics;
  • Meet weekly with the Title IX Education Specialist for supervision;
  • Other work to support the Title IX Office as needed.

Also note general responsibilities above.

Skills:

Familiarity with and interest in Title IX and Title IX initiatives across the Institute; Creativity; Ability to work independently and take initiative; Strong communication and organizational skills; Experience with website design and marketing a plus.

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Violence Prevention & Response: Prevention Programming

This Fellow supports Violence Prevention and Response (VPR) by working closely with, and reporting to, the Program Manager for VPR. This fellowship consists of two main components: 1) supporting the work of VPR on sexual violence, relationship abuse, stalking and harassment on campus, which includes supporting/participating in the committees that annually plan and execute Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April), Intimate Partner Violence Awareness Month (October), and Stalking Awareness Month (January); and 2) completing a project of the Fellow’s own choosing on one or more of the following topics: sexual violence, relationship abuse, stalking, and/or harassment (this may be the continuation of an existing project or a new project depending on the needs of the office, and will be discussed in consultation with the Fellow’s supervisor).

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Learn about issues of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking and harassment.
  • Outreach to a broad cross-section of the graduate and undergraduate student community to draw a large, diverse group of students into the project’s work and to events.
  • Draw other graduate students into a leadership team or advisory board to plan and lead a project of the Fellow’s choosing.
  • Ensure that all programs focus on issues of importance to the MIT graduate student community through coordination with the other Graduate Community Fellow for VPR in Programming Development as well as various offices at MIT, including one or more of the following: Women’s & Gender Studies, Graduate Women @ MIT, the International Students Office, the Graduate Student Council, MIT Spouses & Partners, Office of the Dean for Graduate Education, MIT Chaplains, MIT Medical, and Radius, among others.
  • Oversee development and maintenance of the It’s On Us, MIT website.
  • Work to increase student and community attendance at sponsored events.

Also note general responsibilities above.

SKILLS

Strong community-organizing skills; strong communication skills; experience with project planning; curiosity and interest in learning; team focus.

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