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Now Hiring

The Uni Project is a 501c3 nonprofit that brings learning opportunities to public space in New York City. Using custom-designed installations, we pop up in parks, plazas, and other public spaces to offer reading, drawing, and hands-on experiences for New Yorkers of all ages. We partner with community-based organizations and city agencies, and we prioritize underserved locations. We also send kits around the world so that others can copy our model. We do this work to improve the urban environment, strengthen communities, and make education a visible, enjoyable part of urban life.

We’re looking to hire great people for these positions:

Program and Operations Manager (full-time, salaried) (click to view)

POSITION: Program and Operations Manager for the Uni Project, NY, NY.
EMPLOYMENT DATES: Start immediately.
SALARY: $42,000, Full-time, Exempt.
LOCATION: New York City.
Download job posting (PDF).

 

Job Purpose:

This year, we anticipate doing 225 pop-up events on 70 days in at least 62 different locations across NYC. About half of these events will be produced in partnership with the city’s Department of Transportation, and the remainder will be produced exclusively by the Uni Project. We need a hands-on manager who can oversee this level of programming activity for our organization, managing logistics, staffing, and operations, and ensuring a high-quality experience for the public.

Working conditions:

This is not a 9-5 desk job! Work hours will include some weekends, evening hours, and time on your feet in the heat and sun. The work also requires lots of travel around NYC by public transportation. Everyone at our small organization splits time between an office desk and working in the field. You should be ready and excited to step in and tackle physical tasks and also interact with the public. For example, the Executive Director and Program Director often work alongside front-line staff at our installations, reading books to kids, cleaning up program carts, and even driving the truck before returning to the office to work on reports etc. All staff are also invited to participate in the creative side of our work, helping to curate our installations and participating in program design. This is an exempt, salaried position that does not pay overtime, however we will work with you to create a flexible work schedule that does not exceed 40 hours/week.

Responsibilities include:

  • Supervision: Directly supervise at least four part-time Program Coordinators, two part-time drivers, and over 40 active volunteers.
  • Planning: Plan event logistics including truck routes and staffing. Develop and implement a community outreach strategy and work with community host partners.
  • Fieldwork: Meet driver at event site to oversee load-in and help set up. Maintain inventory of supplies and distribute to appropriate carts at each event. Troubleshoot field operations as needed (emergencies, weather). Cover shifts for Program Coordinators and other staff as needed, and be prepared to participate in any capacity necessary, including rolling carts into position, setting up, greeting the public, cleaning up, and loading out.
  • Administrative: Compile weekly program data, such as head counts, time sheets, and other paperwork to submit to Executive Director (ED).
  • Meetings: Attend staff meetings and provide information to senior staff. Attend programming meetings with city agencies and other community groups across the city as needed.
  • Any other tasks that will help ensure the safe and successful implementation of the Uni Project’s public service and programming.

The Uni Project READ cartDesired Qualifications and Experience:

You should be highly motivated and have experience or skills in organizing, staffing, and supervising public events. You must be able to work well with diverse communities and stakeholders across New York City. We are a small, fast-growing nonprofit with a start-up feel. You should be excited about helping the organization grow, pitching in, and working alongside the organization’s founders to create a new kind of cultural organization for New York City. Other things that we’re looking for:

  • Strong organization, planning, and time management skills. 
  • Strong interpersonal relationship-building skills
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Experience with and passion for interacting with the public
  • Strong commitment to excellent “customer service” and safety
  • Experience working with low-income communities
  • Confidence in representing the Uni Project as an organization
  • Willingness to travel by public transportation throughout all five boroughs of NYC
  • Ability to roll bureau-sized stage cases by hand and lift 25lb bins to a height of 3-4 feet
  • Spanish, Chinese, and other language skills and knowledge of NYC neighborhoods a plus
  • Photography skills a plus
  • Basic computer skills and comfort in a Mac-based office environment

To apply, contact Leslie Davol with a resume and cover letter describing your interest in working with us and relevant skills. If interviewed, two references will be required.

Program Coordinator (part-time, hourly) (click to view)

POSITION: Program Coordinator for the Uni Project, NY, NY.
EMPLOYMENT DATES: Dates to be determined based on availability, April-Oct 2017.
HOURS + PAY: Join a team of Program Coordinators who work either Part-time (10-15 hrs/week) or Temporary (occasional dates, 4-5 hrs/day). $20/hr.
LOCATION: Various outdoor public locations around New York City.
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Uni Project staff

We’re seeking motivated, organized, and highly responsible people to manage our pop-up learning environments in NYC as a Program Coordinator. Work will include lots of time on your feet outdoors, interacting with the public. As a Program Coordinator, you will be responsible for:

Uni staff

  • Coordinating access to equipment: Uni cart(s) and benches will be stored inside our truck parked nearby, or stored in a local building. You will be responsible for coordinating with the driver or other local partners to access equipment and return it at the end of day. 
  • Set-up/pack-up: You will be responsible for moving the Uni carts and benches by hand from the truck or storage into public space. The driver will assist on the truck ramp or lift gate. In most cases, you will also have other staff and volunteers to help move gear along the sidewalk, but you should be prepared to take the lead in moving items (wear sturdy shoes and clothes).
  • Uni staffWorking with the public: You will be responsible for greeting the public; assisting patrons; facilitating use of materials and keeping the whole installation looking great and materials organized on shelves. You will also manage other Uni program staff on site to do these same tasks.
  • Data collection/documentation: You will be responsible for recording head-counts, conducting occasional surveys, and taking photos of each event.
  • Any other tasks that will help ensure the safe and successful implementation of the Uni Project’s public service and programming.

Qualifications:

  • Experience with and passion for interacting with the public (children in particular)
  • Experience in a similar position of responsibility
  • Confidence in representing the Uni Project as an organization
  • Strong commitment to excellent “customer service” and safety
  • Ability to roll bureau-sized stage cases by hand and lift 25lb bins to a height of 3-4 feet 
  • Spanish, Chinese, and other language skills and knowledge of NYC neighborhoods a plus

To apply, contact Leslie Davol with a resume and cover letter describing your interest in working with us and relevant skills. If interviewed, two references will be required.

“It’s a great way to see the city” – Kelleen

“I definitely felt like I was making an impact. Whether it was introducing young kids to different areas of science/things I will be studying in college, or reading books to kids who don’t have someone at home to read to them, I felt that my presence aided them in several ways. Hearing all the different stories and working with children has also inspired me to do more service work” – Marco

“I want to thank you for allowing me to be part of the Uni Project this summer. It allowed me to travel to different pockets of the city that are very overlooked, some places where most never go, and feel like I had an impact.” – Rasheed

“All was well on Saturday. We had about a dozen kids overall, and some stayed all day. Several I recognized from last time I was there, and some kids asked for Greig, so it’s nice that we’re getting a regular crowd. The kids also have favorite books that they remember from prior weeks. One little boy had been obsessed with a book about frogs, and when I pulled it out for him he said ‘Oh no. Now I like funny books, like the book about Mr. Grover.’ (He was, hands down, my favorite kid.)” – Emily

Truck Driver/Installer (part-time, hourly) (click to view)

POSITION: Truck Driver and Installer for the Uni Project, NY, NY.
EMPLOYMENT DATES: June-September, 2017 (flexible based on availability).
HOURS: Part-time, up to 20 hrs a week.
PAY: $18-20/hour (depending on experience).
LOCATION: New York City.
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The Uni Project is hiring a truck driver to work as part of a team that deploys our programs city-wide. We are looking to hire a motivated, highly responsible person who will drive, unload, and manage a 16 foot box truck during our summer season. The driver will pick up our truck from a parking lot in downtown Brooklyn or the Bronx, deliver equipment to destinations at a scheduled time, unload items via lift gate and hand truck, sit in the truck during the event, and then re-load and return to the lot. The Driver is expected to maintain a professional manner at all times, communicating by email, text, and phone with supervisors regarding any delays or equipment issues. Safety is a top priority as there are often children at the locations where we work.

Qualifications:

  • 21 years of age or older 
  • One year commercial truck driving experience or recent CDL graduate 
  • Familiarity with and driving knowledge of NYC streets 
  • Ability to access Internet for planning routes and email communication with Uni Project staff
  • Ability to maneuver and deliver a 300 lb wheeled cart and other gear to street level via a lift gate.
  • Ability to professionally tie down and strap cargo inside a box truck.
  • Must be comfortable interacting with fellow staff and have a strong commitment to customer service and safety
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule

Driving Record requirements:

  • Must have a valid NY, NJ, CT or PA driver license
  • CDL is not required, but a plus
  • 3 points or less on a motor vehicle report
  • No suspensions (regardless of cause)

To apply, contact Sam Davol. Tell us why you want to work with us and describe your skills. Attach resume if available. If interviewed, references will be required.

The Uni Project does not discriminate against any applicant or employee with regard to hiring, retention, promotion, benefits or compensation because of race, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship, gender, age, marital status, creed, sexual orientation, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. The Uni Project is also committed to the promotion of diversity in all of its programs.

The Uni Project is the operating name (DBA) of Street Lab, a 501c3 nonprofit.