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Seeking a Director of New Media (HASTAC)

HASTAC is looking for a Director of New Media/New Media Strategist. Please forward to anyone who might be interested or apply yourself via the Requisiition Number below.

Position Title: New Media Strategist/Director of New Media
Requisition Number: 400284567

Location: Duke University, Durham, NC

30 hours a week (includes full benefits)

Term appointment, lasting until June 31, 2011, with possible renewal beyond depending on future funding possibilities.





1. Webmaster: Act as webmaster for all Drupal-based websites, for HASTAC and HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition, providing routine technical support and site maintenance, moderating content posted on the (about to be released in April 2009) new HASTAC website, maintaining security and functionalities according the best practices of web 2.0, assessing the current and future needs of the website and network; collaborate with Director of Social Networking and coordinate with external vendors to develop an online "Winner's Hub" that interfaces with both HASTAC's and Digital Media and Learning Competition's websites as well as conceptualizing and then implementing the visionary, exciting interactive functions that a social networking site can have in a 2.0 learning, research, and educational environment.

2. Technical leadership and support. Evaluate and implement technical needs of various programs, including the HASTAC Scholars Program; stay abreast of the latest web 2.0 developments, research, technologies, tools, trends etc. to provide recommendations as to ways in which the website can serve as the virtual hub of a dynamic and ever-changing virtual organization; provide standard and next-generation AV support, including planning for technology needs and designing technology plans for HASTAC and HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition events, working with external vendors to determine, procure, and implement needed technologies (both standard and digital), and to ensure technology needs for events are met and are within budget.

3. HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition co-webmaster: Working with colleagues at UCHRI, assist in the future development and ongoing maintenance of the Competition's website (

4. Competition technical support: Working with colleagues at UCHRI, coordinate the Digital Media and Learning Competition electronic application process (centralized at UCHRI) and participate in beta-testing all upgradesto the Competition's "FastApps" online
application system.

5. Team member: Participate in regular meetings with the HASTAC team and with program officers at the MacArthur Foundation, actively contribute to the HASTAC blogosphere and social network, and assist in the development of Duke-centric activities to establish a Duke identity within the multi-institutional virtual network that constitutes HASTAC.

6. Electronic communications, web 2.0 social networking, online publicity: Maintain HASTAC's and the Digital Media and Learning Competition's various list-servs and conceptualize new audiences, new modes of outreach, and new forms of participation; work with other HASTAC team members to coordinate electronic publicity efforts (including list-serv announcements, forums postings, blog postings, etc.) to insure maximum visibility.

7.Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.


? Significant expertise and experience with PHP, MySQL, XHTML, and CSS
required. Production experience in a Drupal-based website highly desirable.
? Experience with web-based multimedia.
? Solid graphic design skills and experience.
? Significant experience in higher education and in New Media directions
and applications for higher education and other learning environments to bring
technology expertise to visionary new modes of research and learning.

Job Skill Requirements: Please indicate the specific skill requirements
for this position.

? Must have a commitment to the educational vision of the grants and
appreciation for the reputation of the granting institutions and must be
able to communicate and enforce the highest standards of prestige and
accountability to the grantees.
? Requires diplomacy, excellent communication skills,
management skills, and technology skills and vision.
? Requires an ability to create an assessment tool (handle quantitative
data) and write detailed reports (qualitative assessment).
? Must be able to work in a collaborative team and, at the same time,
must be able to create an agenda for oneself, work individually, be a
team leader.
? Must be able to multitask, and to be able to meet deadlines and
prioritize as crises emerge.
? Must be able to maintain top professional standards in all situations.

***Must be able to envision "what comes next" and make it happen.

To apply, visit and search by Requisition #400284567.




Special thanks to Flickr member freeto 114 for this fabulous steampunk computer image, Virtual Peace for this simulated figure from their conflict resolution virtual environment, the DIVE at Duke for this Virtual Reality display, and guategringo for this image of the HIPerWall of Cultural Analytics displayed at HASTAC II at CALIT2 at UC Irvine.


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