The Playful Words Project designs, creates, and sustains intentionally small-scale computer-supported community networks for children’s early literacy learning. These networks engage three stakeholders—child, parent, and family learning coach—in the child’s learning experience.
Developed as part of a research project in the Laboratory for Social Machines at the MIT Media Lab, these networks aim to support family involvement in children’s literacy learning activities and empower children as authors. We address this goal through specialized coaches who help families understand and contextualize their children's learning process on custom-built, open-ended apps. Our plan is to build these networks within the Greater Boston community.
As the Project and Community Manager you will take part in creating this new research program from the ground up, and implementing it within the Boston community. You will help keep this project on track to meet goals for improving children’s literacy, building innovative learning tools, and expanding the scope of organizational impact. You will work closely with PhD students, research scientists, and Professor Deb Roy to establish and run a pilot program of these networks across Boston.
This appointment is for one year with the possibility of extension based on funding availability and PI priorities.
You will equally spend your time between two main roles: (1) Community Management and (2) Program Management.
Your main duties as a community manager will include:
The role of a program manager involves working closely with PhD researchers to help design content, implement, and manage logistics related to the function of the program. Your main duties as a program manager will include:
Seeking a motivated self-starter and team player—we are a particularly congenial, tight-knit group, and this job is for someone who is happiest and at their best in this type of environment. Superior interpersonal skills for interacting with a diverse group of researchers, students, community partners, and other affiliates. Ability to be flexible and multitask and comfortable working in a demanding, fast-paced environment with frequent interruptions.
● At least 3 years of experience as a Project Manager or similar role
● A Bachelor’s degree required, MA in literacy or child development-related field preferred
● Past work experience with children and families
● Experience working with community partners
● Ability to work with a diverse group of researchers, software developers, staff, community partners, children, families, and others
● Flexible team player who is comfortable working in a demanding, fast-paced environment
● Desire to help build a program from the ground-up, and take part in new, ground-breaking research!
● Fluency in Spanish
● Experience with workshop design and implementation
● An interest in working with researchers to translate research out of the lab and into the field
● Passion for family engagement, children’s playful learning (especially literacy), and storytelling
● Experience with program evaluation a plus
To apply, go to hr.mit.edu/careers and search Job ID # 16633.
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