Program Assistant – MGGG, Tisch College – (21001197)
This is a limited term position for 1 year.
The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life prepares Tufts students to become active citizens and community leaders. As the only university-wide college of its kind, its mission is to engage Tufts students in meaningful community building, public service experiences, and transformational learning. It conducts and supports groundbreaking research on civic and political participation and forges innovative community partnerships. Tisch College is a national leader in civic education, whose model and research are setting the standard for higher education’s role in civic engagement.
MGGG (The Metric Geometry & Gerrymandering Group) is a working group that studies applications of geometry and computing to U.S. redistricting. MGGG pursues cutting-edge research on the redistricting problem and builds publicly accessible tools and resources to help citizens and community groups better understand districts and their consequences. Founded in 2016-17, MGGG partners with civil rights organizations to strengthen the quantitative toolkit for protecting voting rights in the U.S.
Under limited supervision, the Program Assistant will support and perform complex and diverse duties for the MGGG team. Reporting to the MGGG Director, the Program Assistant will work as part of the MGGG team on research products and activities. They will also interact with a larger group of colleagues at Tisch College. The Program Assistant will serve as a source of information and problem solving on the work of the Lab with state commissions and legislatures. They will provide general guidance and explanation of the teams work to the public and organizational partners and may communicate on behalf the lab to explain or disseminate information. The Program Assistant will provide research and administrative support, including responding to outside inquiries, events, marketing and publicity materials, tracking responses, working with speakers and on materials and set up. They will also provide support for coordinating meetings, and handling documents and spreadsheets and datasets. They may also be involved in department projects or programs, which may entail assisting with development of materials and brochures, updating web information, and assisting with content and design. They will assist staff with drafting and tracking grant applications and may be responsible for paperwork which includes completing and submitting various forms and requests. Strong communication skills and sound judgment are needed to interact in a positive and effective way with multiple stakeholders. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate cultural awareness and agility, collaborate, and act as a resource to a vibrant and diverse community. The position will be expected to handle sensitive information with discretion, and to meet deadlines and vet deliverables.
Bachelor’s degree OR demonstrated competencies in relevant skills
Proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite
Keen attention to details and ability to manage multiple project deliverables and timelines
Strong administrative, organizational, and communication skills
Engage with diverse stakeholders of varied educational and professional backgrounds and perspectives
Passion for using research to achieve equity in civic learning opportunities through systemic changes
Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects including events with multiple stakeholders
Experience writing long-form materials and professional email correspondence.
Compose accurate and clearly written reports and documents
Work independently within basic guidelines and parameters
Establish and maintain effective collaborative working team relationships
Engage in proactive problem solving and critical thinking/analysis
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.