August 29, 2012
US Financial Diaries Project is HiringBy FAI
The US Financial Diaries Project is hiring a Writer/Managing Editor. For more details about the position, the project and how to apply see details below:
Writer/Managing Editor– US Financial Diaries
The U.S. Financial Diaries (USFD) project is seeking a Writer/Managing Editor to join the project team. Led by New York University’s Financial Access Initiative (FAI), Bankable Frontier Associates (BFA) and The Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI), the project will track 300 families in four geographic regions in the U.S. over a year and collect highly detailed data on household financial activity. The study promises a timely and independent look at how low- and moderate-income households are managing their financial lives.
The Writer/Managing Editor will be primarily responsible for working closely with the Project team to develop and execute the publication of a set of written outputs such as white papers, blog posts, briefs, and reports, as well as work with the USFD Communications Director, as needed, to support the creation of multi-media outputs. In order to accomplish this, the writer will need to become well versed in the Diaries findings.
The Writer/Managing Editor will be based at the Center for Financial Services Innovation in its New York City office, where the CFSI Principal Investigator and USFD Research Coordinator are based.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Write first outlines and drafts of papers working closely with the lead researchers on the project;
• Manage the entire print production process, including but not limited to coordinating and leading content planning meetings, setting up schedules, tracking workflows, proof reading and copy-editing all content;
• Coordinate conferences and presentations schedule and support development and submission of materials for such events;
• Conduct quantitative and/or qualitative research and analysis relevant to written and print outputs;
• And other responsibilities on a one-time or ongoing basis as assigned by the USFD Research Coordinator or Lead Investigators.
Bachelor's degree required along with 5 years experience in journalism, Web communications, publications development and/or related areas. Must demonstrate a talent for research and writing about the social sciences and/or economics or business. Superior written, verbal, organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills.
• Advanced degree valued but not required; Knowledge of personal financial services, economic development and/or poverty alleviation in the U.S. a plus;
• Proven project-management, copy editing and proofreading skills; Outstanding written and verbal communication skills;
• Strong interpersonal skills, and a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with colleagues and principal investigators involved in the project;
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;
• Excellent judgment and discretion in handling sensitive and confidential issues;
• Demonstrated ability to be highly flexible, juggle multiple projects while working effectively under the pressure of last-minute deadlines and changing priorities; and
• Demonstrated experience in working well both independently and as part of a team.
Duration: Full-time, October 2012-July 2014
To Apply: Please submit the following via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject heading Writer/Managing Editor Position:
1. Cover letter
3. 2 Writing Samples (maximum 3 pages each)
Application Deadline: We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
About the US Financial Diaries:
New York University’s Financial Access Initiative (FAI), Bankable Frontier Associates (BFA) and The Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI), will track 300 families in four geographic regions in the U.S. over a year and collect highly detailed data on household financial activity. The study promises a timely and independent look at how low- and moderate-income households are managing their financial lives. Led by researchers Daryl Collins (Bankable Frontier Associates), Jonathan Morduch (New York University) and Rachel Schneider (Center for Financial Services Innovation), the landmark study will help us to better understand the financial lives of working Americans, greatly improving the ability of the financial industry, nonprofits, and policymakers to meet their needs and increase the quality, affordability, and accessibility of financial services. For more information: http://usfinancialdiaries.com/