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Graduate Student Opportunity with IEI


The Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative​ (IEI) is a new university-wide initiative that grows out of​ two popular co-curricular offerings at The New School: New Challenge​, launched in 2011, and​ Parsons E-Lab​, launched in 2014. The IEI supports students in developing the entrepreneurial mindsets, skills, and sense of purpose needed to thrive in a rapidly changing world by nurturing their capacity to collaboratively identify and implement new solutions that drive economic, social, and environmental impact. The IEI aims to foster the creation of an inclusive economy by making entrepreneurship education, resources, and networks more accessible to students from diverse backgrounds at different stages of the entrepreneurial journey.
In their hiring process, they strive to build a team that reflects the diversity of the students we serve and provide a significant learning experience that allows individuals to further develop their​ professional skills while sharing their unique strengths and insights. ​ The scope of this position​ and level of responsibility is broader and more substantial than many other student positions at The New School. They expect a lot from our team, in terms of commitment, responsibility, and quality of work, and we give a lot in return. Student Research Assistants will have an opportunity to network widely, both within and beyond The New School, and receive informal mentorship. Previous Project Research Assistants have made significant contributions in this role.
Responsibilities: The Project Research Assistant will work closely with the IEI leadership team​ to help design, publicize, and implement various components of the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative. In this role, the Project Research Assistant will assist in developing, promoting, and​ managing events and also play a key role in managing the initiative’s digital presence across websites, blogs, social media, and electronic communications. Specific responsibilities will be
based on the candidate’s skills and may include the following:
Program Design and Management:
Work collaboratively with the IEI leadership team to:
  • Help design and implement various events throughout the academic year (info sessions, public programs, workshops, pitch events, orientations, design sprints, etc)
  • Promote and attend all IEI events during the academic year.
  • Manage the selection process for the Venture Lab and Graduate Fellowship.
  • Help define and develop the student experience for a cohort-based Graduate Fellowship serving high-potential impact entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Manage space reservations and oversee logistics for facilities, IT, and catering
  • Identify and track courses across The New School focused on impact entrepreneurship
  • Create and test assessment tools that measure student learning/venture development
  • Develop digital tools and platforms that help students connect with each other

Marketing and Communications: 

Support the IEI leadership team with the following:

  • Help manage the IEI website (new and existing content)
  • Post announcements, opportunities, and events to the IEI website, blog, and social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter)
  • Develop and produce promotional materials (print and digital), including posters, electronic graphics, presentations, and visual diagrams
  • Manage the IEI listserv (MailChimp) and draft/curate content for monthly E-newsletters
  • Produce/curate content summarizing events and documenting the work of students, faculty and alumni
  • Promote the Graduate Fellowship to external constituents (key influencers and prospective applicants)
  • Create and maintain Excel databases to support marketing and outreach efforts
  • Carry out publicity and outreach efforts internally and externally
  • Help draft periodic reports and foundation proposals to funders as necessary

Stakeholder Engagement and Management:

Support the IEI leadership team with the following:

  • Coordinate, prepare for, and document meetings with various stakeholders (ie Faculty Steering Committee, Student Advisory Council, etc)
  • Serve as a liaison among students participating in various programs of the IEI
  • Help manage the recruitment, vetting, and onboarding process of Mentors and Advisors
  • Track and publicize events and opportunities internally and externally that may interest to early-stage  student entrepreneurs

Desired Qualifications

  • Highly motivated
  • Able to work effectively as part of a team and with limited in-person supervision
  • Highly organized with demonstrated proficiency in project management
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Able to effectively manage time across multiple projects and shifting priorities
  • Strong interest and/or knowledge of social/impact entrepreneurship
  • Familiarity with design thinking methods
  • Ability to engage effectively with diverse populations
  • Commitment to social justice and inclusion
  • Tolerance for ambiguity and openness to learning new skills
  • Systems thinker with the confidence to recommend and implement improvements
  • Experience with graphic design and marketing/communication preferred
  • Experience with WordPress, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator and other web design/publishing software preferred

Pay Rate:​ $18.00/hour
Hours per week: Up to 20 hours during the academic year, with additional hours over school
breaks, to be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

To Apply: ​Send a resume and cover letter describing your qualifications to Elizabeth Werbe
(, Director of the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative at The New
School. Please include the following information in the subject line of your e-mail application:
Program Manager: Last Name, First Name. Selected candidates will be asked to provide a
writing sample and contact information of two job references (name, email, telephone number,
and relationship to the applicant).

Additional Details:​ The Project Research Assistant will report to the IEI leadership team, which
includes Elizabeth Werbe and Michele Kahane.

This position will be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified (with some flexibility on
start date), and will continue through the current academic year and into the 2018–2019
academic year. Preference will be given to current master’s students who have at least one
year left at The New School and can commit to the position through Spring 2019. Students from
all divisions and programs of The New School (Parsons, Milano, GPIA, Media Studies, NSSR,
etc) are eligible to apply, including work-study students.

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