The Uni Project is a nonprofit that brings learning and enrichment 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 activities that let people of all ages embrace the act of learning. We partner with community-based organizations and also with the city, 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 lives, strengthen communities, and make education a visible, enjoyable part of urban life.
We’re looking to hire great people for these positions:
EMPLOYMENT DATES: Dates to be determined based on availability, April-Oct 2016
HOURS + PAY: Part-time (15-25 hrs/week) and Temporary (occasional dates, 4-5 hrs/day), including many Saturdays. $20/hr. (Update: Part-time position filled for 2016, still hiring for temporary.)
LOCATION: Various outdoor public locations around New York City.
We’re seeking motivated, organized, and highly responsible people to manage the Uni Project’s pop-up learning environments as Site Managers (both part-time and temporary). Work will include lots of time on your feet outdoors, interacting with the public. As a Site Manager, you will be responsible for:
- 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 in advance 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).
- Operation of program: You will be responsible for greeting the public; assisting patrons; facilitating use of materials (while also making sure nothing gets taken); 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.
- Ability to maneuver equipment as described above and ability to lift up to 40 lbs;
- Experience and passion for working with the public (with children in particular);
- Experience in a similar position of responsibility;
- Skill and comfort in interacting with the public (with children in particular);
- Confidence in representing the Uni Project as an organization;
- Strong commitment to excellent “customer service” and safety;
- Spanish-language skills and some knowledge of NYC neighborhoods/subways a plus.
To apply, contact Leslie Davol with a cover letter and resume describing your interest in working with us and your 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
EMPLOYMENT DATES: April-Oct 2016 (flexible based on availability)
HOURS: Part-time, 15-25 hrs/week
LOCATION: New York City
We’re looking to hire a motivated, highly responsible person who will drive, unload, and manage a 16 foot box truck during the spring, summer, and early fall. The driver will pick up our truck from a parking lot in downtown Brooklyn or the Bronx and deliver the reading room kit to the appropriate destination at a scheduled time, unloading items via lift gate, ramp, and hand truck, always with the help of at least one other person. The cargo includes a large 300 lb cart on wheels, benches on a dolly, and 40 lb book bins. 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. The driver will also communicate with Uni Project staff about routes prior to each job.
- 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 communicating with Uni Project staff
- Ability to maneuver and deliver a 300 lb wheeled cart to street level via a lift gate or ramp.
- Ability to lift up to 40 lbs
- Must be comfortable interacting with fellow staff, including volunteers
- Strong commitment to customer service and safety
- Ability to work a flexible schedule and willingness to assist with other tasks during scheduled hours, such as organizing truck cargo, and truck-sitting near site during deployment
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.