Graduate Student Positions (Full-Time)

  1. Sustainable Design GSR

Undergraduate Student Positions (Part-Time)

  1. Work-Study Student Assistant
  2. Design Assistant
  3. Website Coordinator


Big Ideas Contest: Sustainable Design GSR
Summer-Fall 2018
Hours: Up to 40 hours/week (100%) for Summer 2018; Up to 20 hours/week (50% 2018-19 for Fall/Spring semesters
Start Date (Flexible): July 1, 2018

Overview:
The Blum Center for Developing Economies is UC Berkeley’s interdisciplinary hub for poverty action and poverty studies, bridging technology, scholarship, and practice to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges.The Blum Center is not only a university-wide interdisciplinary hub, but also serves as a cross campus center, with Blum Centers now located at all 10 universities within the University of California system.

Managed by the Blum Center, the Big Ideas Contest is an annual competition aimed at providing funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of students who have creative solutions to pressing social challenges. Since its founding in 2006, Big Ideas has inspired innovative and high-impact student-led projects aimed at solving problems that matter to this generation. To find out more about Big Ideas, visit our website.

The primary responsibility of the Sustainable Design Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) will be to integrate sustainable design principles into the Big Ideas Contest. The goal is to help student innovators examine the potential environmental impacts of their innovations at the very beginning phase of their invention. We aim to leverage life-cycle analysis, systems thinking, biomimicry, and circular economy in order to help students adopt a whole systems approach to innovation. To this end, the GSR will develop and oversee a suite of workshops and resources that introduce such concepts and frameworks for sustainable design. The GSR will also lead trainings for students on methods to integrate sustainability principles into their work, designs, products, innovations, or inventions.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan, implement and manage all activities related to a Fall Enviro-Design Innovation Week, including an overview seminar and a Practitioners in Residence series, and Spring Intensive Enviro-Design Workshop.
  • Provide ongoing advice and support to Big Ideas applicants on methods for integrating environmental sustainability into their products, designs or technologies.
  • Develop a sustainable design evaluation criteria that will push innovators to incorporate sustainable design strategies and think through the potential life-cycle implications from the beginning of the project.
  • Curate a comprehensive repository of environmental responsibility tools and resources for Big Ideas teams to easily access.
  • Coordinate with the Big Ideas program manager to incorporate sustainable design concepts into Big Ideas information sessions.
  • Collaborate with Network Coordinator on the recruitment of and judges with expertise in environmental responsibility and sustainable design.
  • Develop a framework for incorporating environmental responsibility into the Big Ideas judging criteria.
  • Augment the current Big Ideas Toolkit to include a section on how to integrate environmental responsibility into innovation contests.
  • Develop, deploy and analyze surveys to assess how participants’ knowledge of environmental responsibility shift and by what means.
  • Participate on panels and present at conferences and events to present findings on the challenges and opportunities to integrate sustainable design in students’ innovations.

Qualifications:

  • Graduate level (PhD) student in a related field with demonstrated experience and expertise in sustainable design, life-cycle analysis, and environmental responsibility.
  • Experience designing and leading student programs and/or student advising.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and summarize complex information.
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal/relationship management skills are required.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in working with diverse student audience in a team-oriented environment.
  • Accuracy, close attention to detail, exceptional follow-up skills, and the ability to adhere to deadlines.
  • Extensive understanding of the entrepreneurial, innovation, and international development landscape both within and outside of the Bay Area.
  • Strong project management skills necessary to set and monitor progress against goals, to develop plans and timelines, and to measure success toward goals.

Interested applicants (UC Berkeley graduate students only) should send a cover letter and résumé to pdenny@berkeley.edu.



Work-Study Student Assistant (Student Assistant II)
(Time: 8 – 12 hours per week; Pay: $13.00/hour)

The Big Ideas Student Assistant provides basic support to the the Big Ideas Contest staff and colleagues at the Blum Center for Developing Economies, an interdisciplinary hub for understanding and acting on global poverty and inequality. Duties include but are not limited to:

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Working on various projects related to all aspects of the Big Ideas Contest and Blum Center.
  • Drafting internal reports and public documents.
  • Conducting research related to the programs and initiatives in the Blum Center/Big Ideas.
  • General clerical duties, including answering phones and front desk administration.
  • Campus deliveries.
  • Maintaining public work spaces in a general way for student and departmental use.
  • Staffing and supporting Big Ideas/Blum Center events (occasional weekend and evenings).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff; faculty, students, etc., both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to produce detail oriented work.
  • Intermediate or better proficiency in using MS Office applications (i.e. excel and word).
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems.
  • Proven record of maintaining confidentiality.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and résumé to pdenny@berkeley.edu.



Design Assistant (Student Assistant II)
(Time: 8 – 10 hours per week; Pay: $13-$15.00/hour)

Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide graphic design and other design support to the Blum Center for Developing Economies, an interdisciplinary hub for understanding and acting on global poverty and inequality. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating informational posters, flyers and other print media materials for events and activities of the Center
  • Creating designs within the parameters of the Center’s style guide
    Formatting documents for dissemination. Formatting documents for off-site printing per specified requirements
  • Working on various outreach projects related to all aspects of the Center
  • Drafting reports and public documents
  • Conducting research related to the programs and initiatives in the Blum Center
  • Staffing and reporting on Center events (occasional weekend and evenings)

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated skills to effectively produce visual materials that meet and satisfy the needs of the client with strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of applicable design software applications (Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Excellent project and time management skills to effectively establish priorities and meet competing deadlines.
  • Strong internet research skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff; faculty, students, etc., both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to think creatively and work well in a multi-tasked environment.
  • Ability to work both with a small team on multiple concurring projects, as well, as independently
  • Ability to maintain excellent attendance and be prompt

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and résumé to pdenny@berkeley.edu.



2. Website Coordinator

Job ID: 2242871147
Time: 10 – 15 hours per week
Pay: $20 – $25 based upon experience

Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide basic support to the staff of the Blum Center for Developing Economies, an interdisciplinary hub for understanding and acting on global poverty and inequality. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Create, develop and manage content for organization’s web presence (requires working with WordPress content management software)
  • Ensure that the layout of the content is accessible, consistent, and logical; recommend improvements if necessary.
  • Copyedit and proofread all web content. Assure web-based information is archived for future needs and reference.
  • Perform maintenance and security updates to existing websites when required.

Qualifications:

  • Experience in web design and maintenance, including hands on, advanced, WordPress development experience.
  • Strong knowledge of CSS, PHP and HTML
  • Demonstrated portfolio of website management/design/development projects.
  • Knowledge of current web-design trends and techniques.
  • Attention to detail, customer-service orientation, and creativity in problem-solving.
  • Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal communication skills and political acumen.
  • Time management and organizational skills.
  • Basic Adobe Photoshop skills

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and résumé to pdenny@berkeley.edu.