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Project Coordinator: The Maintainers

This position has now closed and Educopia is no longer accepting applications. The job posting will remain on our website until the position has been filled so that candidates may reference the job description during the interview process. 

Exempt Full-time, Remote Position*

24 Month Contract
Salary Range: $50,000-$55,000

Responsible to: Director for Research & Strategy

Job Description:

This position will be responsible for project coordination and daily management of project activities for Building the Movement for Maintenance Thinking and Action: A Community-Based Approach project, a three-year partnership between SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Virginia Tech, and the Educopia Institute that is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Building the Movement for Maintenance Thinking and Action: A Community-Based Approach aims to build, support, and sustain a movement that advocates for the importance of maintenance in technology and American society. Our goals include seeing more resources devoted to maintenance; better compensation, working conditions, and social status devoted to maintainers; and a stronger infrastructure for research and advocacy around maintenance and long-term thinking in all walks of life.  This project is part of the Maintainers, a global, interdisciplinary research network that shares an interest in the concepts of maintenance, infrastructure, repair, and the myriad forms of labor and expertise that sustain our human-built world

Responsibilities:

  • Monitor project schedule and deadlines
  • Provide research assistance to advance project objectives
  • Document project findings and accomplishments in a timely and professional manner; prepare progress reports for the PI and funding agency
  • Provide logistical assistance and support for events (virtual or in-person)
  • Manage and respond to project-related email with internal and external partners
  • Prepare, maintain, and update website materials
  • Attend and help to facilitate weekly project meetings
  • Handle confidential and sensitive data with integrity

Qualifications:

  • Educational degree in sociology, organizational psychology, management, public policy/administration, information studies, or related field 
  • Some project management experience
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Basic social science research skills
  • Ability to learn new software and research techniques as needed
  • Basic familiarity with tracking and interpreting engagement and impact metrics
  • Ability to work under pressure, to adjust to change, and to handle multiple tasks
  • Experience coordinating the work of extended/diverse groups or project teams
  • Ability to develop, interpret, and apply policy & procedures to a variety of situations
  • High level of self-motivation, independent judgment, resourcefulness, creativity, and initiative

Preferred:

  • Developed research skills
  • Experience managing complex, collaborative, multi-institutional projects 
  • Research interest in community formation and development
  • Experience bridging disciplinary and professional communities
  • Experience with hosting and organizing events

Compensation and Application

Salary range is $50,000-$55,000/year, commensurate with experience. Benefits include 24 vacation days per year (accruing monthly) and 11 paid holidays, as well as insurance options and retirement match options. 

This position has now closed and Educopia is no longer accepting applications. The job posting will remain on our website until the position has been filled so that candidates may reference the job description during the interview process. 

Work Environment

Educopia Institute is a fully distributed team, and this position will work remotely. Success in working in a geographically distributed, collaborative, and research-intensive environment requires a demonstrated ability to accomplish timely, high-quality work, handle a variety of duties, adapt to changing priorities, work successfully in a team, and communicate effectively with all segments of an extended community.

About Educopia

The Educopia Institute empowers collaborative communities to create, share, and preserve knowledge. We believe in the power of connection and collaboration. In all of our work, we encourage knowledge sharing and network building—across institutions, communities, and sectors. The Educopia Institute provides training, knowledge, and a neutral administrative backbone to cultivate and facilitate community networks. Educopia’s decentralized staff moderate, encourage, and elevate community member efforts, while distilling, disseminating, and aligning emerging practices and standards. For more information about our organization, please visit http://www.educopia.org. Educopia Institute is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status.

*This is an exempt position, limited to 24 months with the possibility of extension. Employees in this position are paid a salary on a monthly basis and are not eligible to receive overtime pay.