Category: Technical Writer

CUNY Academic Commons Seeks Part-time Employees

cac logoEstablished in 2009 and now nationally renowned as an example of a successful academic social network, the CUNY Academic Commons is designed to provide a flexible online space for discovery, connection, collaboration, and sharing between faculty members, graduate students, administrators, and staff of the City University of New York.

As a group of committed open-source technologists and community advocates, the CUNY Academic Commons staff is committed to the values of openness and access that animate CUNY’s public mission. We work together to support the Commons and to dream up new features for it in response to member feedback, and we share the code we develop for the Commons with the larger public ( ).

We are currently searching for the following positions on our community and development teams:

Community Facilitator

Responsibilities: Foster community on the site through user support (email support and help documentation), outreach (campus/conference presentations, workshops), site testing, site analytics reports, usability testing, promotion (homepage slide creation), community development (blogging roundups).

Grant Writer

Responsibilities: Help the Commons build on its successful Commons In A Box project ( ) by researching and writing grants supporting further development of that software and related projects.

  • Special Requirements: 1-2 years of grant writing experience

Project Manager

Responsibilities: Oversee internal workflow for Commons development team, including: bug triage, ticket delegation, issue prioritization, and release milestone adjustment. Ensure that development projects stay on track, follow up with vendors, liaise between development and community teams.

  • Special Requirements: 1-2 years of project management experience


All positions require strong organizational skills; familiarity with the CUNY Academic Commons; a willingness to work collaboratively with a team; a fluid understanding of socially networked online spaces; comfort and familiarity with common social networking platforms; the ability to respond to support requests with speed, empathy, and creativity. Also desired is experience with HTML, CSS, WordPress, BuddyPress, and Mediawiki.

Compensation and Hours

All positions require 7-10 hours a week are paid at a rate of $38.91/hour.

To apply, please send a CV and a statement of interest to Matthew K. Gold, Director, CUNY Academic Commons at Review of applications will begin immediately.

Internship – Touro College – Faculty Publications

Touro College Libraries is looking for an intern to work on its Faculty Publications database project The student needs to be detail-oriented and organized who in addition to maintaining and improving this evolving database will help us with populating the database, verifying the citations that we receive from faculty and finally entering the citations into the faculty publications database in the correct APA style.

Additionally, the Office of the President of the College has endorsed the library to publish an annual book of faculty’s current publications with which we also need help every year. Please let me know if this would be a project of interest to your students.  As the manager of this project, I can guarantee you that there is room for creativity as this is still a project in its infancy.