[jobs] Online Leadership Program – Online Community Developer/Content Editor

Online Leadership Program – Online Community Developer/Content Editor

Global Kids Inc., a New York City based non-profit organization dedicated to transforming urban youth into successful students and global and community leaders, is seeking to fill a short-term freelance position as Online Community Developer/Content Editor, to be filled within our New York City offices or remotely. The position will run from mid-March until end of June.

The Online Community Developer/Content Editor will work with staff at Global Kids to create the structure and content for a new social networking site called “RezEd: A Hub for Virtual World Educators.” This project is designed to provide educators using virtual worlds with access to the highest quality resources and research in the field, and to use the most effective technology to establish a strong network of those using virtual worlds for education. RezEd features will include podcasts, newsletters, best practice documents, contributor blogs, an event calendar, job postings, resource library, listserv, and other social networking functions.

Responsibilities of the Online Community Developer/Content Editor will include developing the content and technical strategy for the site and managing the production of both up to and soon after the site launch. The Online Community Developer/Content Editor will also work in collaboration with other GK staff on educator outreach and the production of podcasts.

The Community Developer/Content Editor will collaborate with Global Kid’s rapidly expanding Online Leadership Program (OLP) in New York City, where the position will be based. Global Kids is on the cutting-edge in developing best practices in the use of virtual worlds for supporting global youth leadership and its Online Leadership Program has grown in one year from three full time to a dozen employees.

This is an excellent position for someone interested in online community development, journalism, education, and social computing tools.

The ideal candidate is tech-savvy, resourceful, creative, and a team-player who possesses the following capabilities and experiences:

• Website development experience.
• Strong writing and editing skills, preferably as a journalist.

• Ability to quickly learn new knowledge and concepts.
• Experience with Web 2.0 and social networking tools.
• Skills in developing and managing collaborative relationships, networking with institutions and other collaborative partners.
• Confident encouraging busy professionals to submit content.

In addition, we prefer a candidate with:

• Knowledge of virtual worlds
• Knowledge of the education field, particularly technology-enhanced education
• The ability to take initiative.
• Strong communication, writing, organizational, and computer skills.
• A short learning curve around new digital and Internet tools and applications.
• The ability to work remotely with others.
• The ability to manage multiple streams of net-based interactivity and communication at the same time.
• Ability to work within a fast-paced, distracting environment.
• An efficient multitasker.
• Strong interpersonal skills.

More information about Global Kids work in Second Life can be found at: olp.globalkids.org and searching “holymeatballs” on YouTube.com.

Application Deadline:
March 7th, but the hire might be offered as resumes arrive.

To Apply
Interested candidates should apply via email and email alone. Email resume, cover letter, work sample, a writing sample to olpjobopenings@globalkids.org (either as a zipped or stuffed file) with “RezEd position” in the subject line. We encourage applicants to pay particular attention to the cover letter, addressing why the candidate is interested in the position, poses the required skills, and what role it plays in the narrative of the candidate’s career path. In addition, please let us know where you learned of the position.

Global Kids, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity and do not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, citizenship, mental or physical handicap or disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, military or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. We continue to support and promote equal employment opportunity, human dignity, and racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity.