Technical Specialist and Faculty @ Parsons

Job Posted
December 2, 2007

Parsons The New School for Design

Job Title
Technical Specialist and Faculty

Parsons School of Design, a division of New School University, is seeking a Technical Specialist (faculty rank: Lecturer) in its Communication Design and Technology Department. The Technical Specialist is responsible for the development and management of systems and resources related primarily to department network presence (web, e-mail and other network services) and the physical computing, programming, and mobile telephony research environment. This is a full-time (five day a week) position, year-round. 

Parsons School of Design's Communication Design and Technology Department is the leading technology-driven design program in the world today. It offers several academic degrees including a full-time graduate MFA in Design and Technology and undergraduate BFA degrees in Design and Technology as well as Communication Design. In addition to its academic programs the Communication Design and Technology Department serves as a hub for technology-related research throughout the university and New York area. The department has recently received grants from the MacArthur Foundation, Open Society Institute, Electronic Arts, and Nokia among others. Research projects span the globe, with current activity in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. For more info see

-Develop and maintain all aspects of the Communication Design and Technology Department's network presence, including account administration, web services, file storage, e-mail management, security control and windows and Linux server management.
-Teach one course per semester, as deemed appropriate, Courses will be assigned based on departmental needs and are of course dependent on individual skills and experience. Possible topics could include but are not limited to databases, programming, physical computing, web design, audio, video, and MaxMSP. 
-Must be an active participant in a collaborative environment working on an evolving, cutting edge curriculum.
-Provide technical support for the physical computing and programming environment including systems installation and maintenance (Macintosh, Windows and Linux), overall lab management, equipment inventory control, and broader design and fabrication environment. 
-Work with the department to propose new additions to the technology infrastructure related to advanced and experimental Communication Design and Technology research.
-Maintain physical lab facility, including equipment and furnishings.
-Serve on departmental and university-wide IT committees as a representative of the department.
-Assist in technology needs for various departmental events including critiques and annual exhibitions.
-Co-ordinate group of undergraduate and graduate student workers to assist and support these tasks.
-Lead and participate in specific research and development projects 

The ideal candidate will possess:
-Extensive Linux systems administration experience; configuration of mail systems, security, web services, LDAP.
-Fluency in scripting languages and back-end technologies (Perl, PHP, mySQL and other open-source languages).
-Experience in network troubleshooting and support.
-Thorough knowledge of the Macintosh OS and Windows Systems.
-Solid organizational skills and team player a must.
-Independent problem solving; self-direction is crucial.

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Graphic Design

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