Urbanism Next Program Support GE

Contact Information
Becky Steckler
70 NW Couch St.
Monday, December 18, 2017 - 9:00am
Open Until Filled: 
Open until filled, review begins on: 
Friday, December 15, 2017 - 9:00am
Sustainable Cities Initiative - Portland office
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Urbanism Next is a research initiative of the Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI), a cross-disciplinary organization at the University of Oregon that seeks to promote research, education, service, and public outreach related to the design and development of sustainable cities. SCI’s Urbanism Next initiative focuses on the ramifications of changes in technology on the design and planning of cities. Through a multidisciplinary approach, our research proposes to gather the latest thinking on the state and trajectories of these technologies, analyze the potential implications for urban form and development, and project how these changes should affect current design, planning, and development decisions.

 For more information, visit our blog at urbanismnext.uoregon.edu.


The successful candidate will assist with the coordination of the 2018 Urbanism Next Conference, conduct research and write reports, and take the lead with a variety of digital communications, including writing for web pages, blog posts, and posts on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

 Key programmatic Areas

  • Work with the Program Manager and Program Assistant on the 2018 Urbanism Next Conference on logistics, creating the conference program, working with speakers, helping to coordinate workshops, conduct outreach, creating a program evaluation, and other activities as assigned
  • Work with the Urbanism Next program manager to develop and implement communications and outreach strategies, such as writing articles, blog posts, and Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
  • Conduct research on the secondary impacts of emerging technologies on land use, urban design, real estate, and transportation (exact topics to be determined).
  • Assist with Urbanism Next events as necessary.

 Key Skills, Written Communications

  • Excellent writing and attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, including ability to receive feedback and constructive criticism
  • Understanding of how and why to write for different audiences
  • Coordinate with AAA (and UO) External Relations and Communications Offices

 Key Skills, Social Media

  • Contribute as a thought leader on social landscape, best practices, and cultural happenings on all digital platforms
  • Understanding of social media in a professional context
  • Strong technical research and writing skills
  • Create schedules for posts
  • Build out contact and ‘following’ lists with similar organizations
  • Search for specific content that is relevant to our sustainability efforts
  • Be familiar with and comply with the UO social media communications standards and guidelines


Graduate students pursuing any master’s or doctoral degree may apply.

Preferred Qualifications: 

1.  Admission to University of Oregon graduate program as a master's or doctoral degree-seeking student.

2.  Field knowledge and interest, as evidenced by graduate enrollment in Architecture, Public Policy, Planning or related major.

3.  Record of academic excellence.


Application Procedure: 

A complete application will include:  1) cover letter addressing the position you wish to be considered for and why you are especially qualified; 2) your resume; 3) past GE positions head and the supervising faculty for each positon; and 4) the names of two College of Design faculty who are willing to serve as professional references.   


Applications should be submitted electronically to:  beckys@uoregon.edu

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