Cornell Tech is a new graduate campus of Cornell University that brings together faculty, students, business leaders and tech entrepreneurs in a catalytic environment to reinvent the way we live in the digital age.
A hallmark of Cornell Tech is a rapid pace of change and growth, which serve as opportunities to pursue excellence and improvement, not merely scale. We iterate to learn quickly from our activities and to improve our programs and ways of working. We further expect our organizational structure to continue to change, given the pace of our activities and programs and our iterative learning process. We see Cornell Tech serving as a model organization for our students, demonstrating the operations of a highly effective, dynamic, information-age organization.
The Studio Associate will assist in launching the new Public Interest Tech Studio (PiTech), which is part of the broader Studio program, as well as support the execution of Cornell Tech's Studio program, working with the Studio Director to manage, scale, and improve the many moving parts of this program.
Students develop products in the Studio that are contemporary and relevant to the real world. This means collaborating with companies, organizations, and individual practitioners to tackle challenges. It means extending the campus beyond our buildings and bringing in expertise, mentorship, and perspectives beyond our students and faculty to help create an education that's in and of today's digital economy. In a given semester, 100s of organizations and practitioners engage with students in a variety of ways, from weekly sessions in the Studio, to one-off meetings for expert advice, to mentorship relationships. The Studio Associate supports and continually improves this experience, working proactively with students, student teams, staff, faculty, and practitioners.
The Studio Associate works closely with the faculty and administration of Cornell Tech, reports directly to the Studio Director, who owns the management and infrastructure of the Studio, and is a part of the team under the Chief Practice Officer, who is responsible for the Studio overall.
The ideal candidate has a flexible, entrepreneurial spirit, thrives in a startup environment, has the ability to connect academic culture and curriculum to real-world digital culture, and excels in developing and managing relationships.
This position is 50% effort at approximately 20 hours per week and benefits eligible. It is a 2 year term position with the potential for renewal. We anticipate future funding will allow this to become a full time role. Preference will be given to candidates who have flexibility for full time work. The responsibilities may be completed primarily remotely during the employment initial period and would be expected to work on location on our Cornell Tech NYC campus when instruction resumes in person. This position requires occasional work on evenings and weekends, particularly during the academic year.
The Studio Associate has the following responsibilities:
Assist in launching a new Public Interest Tech (PiTech) Studio: 50%
Support new curriculum development including coordinating meetings, recording action items, and facilitating follow ups
Coordinate PiTech classes and events and manage PiTech Canvas courses
Facilitate student surveys and analyze results to improve the content and quality of the program
Help students understand course requirements and provide guidance to students during Spring Studio course selection
Support the Studio operations: 40%
Support the facilitation of Zoom classes and events
Help to coordinate Studio events, including crits, scrums, sprints, etc.
Oversee the Studio Slack workspace
Manage Studio classroom supplies and hardware device library
Assist with the setup and operations of the physical Studio -- especially supporting faculty and practitioners in the logistics of operating a classroom, including classroom activities like attendance, deliverables (homework), and coordinating with student graders.
Work with faculty to provide support for Studio
Support the Open Studio event every semester
Support students in the Studio: 10%
Provide guidance to support students around execution planning, professionalism, etc.
Actively help students resolve obstacles and maintain forward progress
Help teams improve their team dynamics and peer relationships
Mediate relationships between students and practitioners
Bachelor's degree with 2-5 years of relevant work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Work in either an academic or corporate setting coordinating or managing student services, event planning, training, or program development and implementation
Must have strong organizational skills
Strong communication and interpersonal skills and relationship building qualities are essential. Ability to communicate with, work effectively with, and maintain a positive rapport with students, faculty, corporate stakeholders, vendors, and community partners alike
Proven ability to work in a team context, as well as the ability to be effective when working independently
Demonstrated computer skills and experience with standard desktop tools
Highest standards of integrity to develop trust with current students, faculty, staff, partners, and employers
Experience with Salesforce or another CRM
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