The Development Research Institute is seeking a full-time staff member to work closely with Professor William Easterly and DRI’s Managing Director Laura Freschi. Our ideal candidate is self-motivated, smart and flexible; comfortable with technology and excited about social media; an independent worker; a proactive problem-solver. This position is a mix of administrative and creative responsibilities that will evolve and change over time, really two jobs in one:
1) As Personal Assistant, you will help Professor Easterly keep up with daily email correspondence, appointments, and travel arrangements. You will also file expense reports, support DRI events, and troubleshoot technological glitches (you will come to know and love the Apple Store if you don’t already).
2) Wearing the hat of Online Communications Genius, you will draw on a strong understanding of the debates in international development to think creatively about DRI’s online presence. You will be the enthusiastic master of DRI websites, FB, Twitter and whatever online platform comes next. You will know how to use humor, irony and even satire in snappy, effective written communication and will enthusiastically pitch ideas and create online content.
Required Skills and Qualifications:
- Excellent English written and oral communication skills
- Journalistic or editorial experience (some writing experience beyond academic papers is a must)
- BA or MA in any field, as long as you can explain why it’s relevant to this job
- Demonstrated interest and training in international development and economics
- You know – or have a demonstrated ability to figure out on the fly – blogging software, photo, video and audio editing software
- High level of attention to detail: You can write pitch-perfect emails to people in all stations of life, you have impeccable follow-up, you dominate logistics- you’re staying on top of it all
Benefits and salary are competitive. Title is negotiable. Location is Washington Mews, on the NYU campus.
Please send 1) your resume 2) a short cover letter specifically addressing how you meet the above criteria, and 3) a non-academic writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject line should read “Last name, First name: Program Coordinator.” We will screen applicants as they come in and are looking to hire as soon as possible, to start in January 2014.
About Our Organization:
The Development Research Institute (DRI) is devoted to rigorous, scholarly research on the economic development and growth of poor countries. An independent and non-partisan organization, DRI is led by NYU Professors William Easterly and Yaw Nyarko and is home to a growing team of researchers. DRI seeks to engage the academic world and the wider public about effective solutions to world poverty through a range of activities including our Aid Watch initiative. Through our work, we seek to expand the number and diversity of serious commentators on the state of foreign aid and development. Our ultimate goal is to have a positive impact on the lives of the poor, who deserve the benefit of high-quality, clear-eyed, hard-headed economic research applied to the problems of world poverty. See http://nyudri.org/ and http://aidwatchers.com/