University of Oregon Sustainable Cities Initiative
Eugene, OR
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
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SCI is seeking a student to assist with the Sustainable City Year Program’s (SCYP) Report Editor position. We are seeking undergraduates (8-12 hours per week) or graduate students (up to 8 hours per week) and welcome students with federal work study financial aid. Preference will be given to students graduating in 2019 or later.

Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) is a cross-disciplinary organization at the University of Oregon that operates with the energy and mindset of a creative start-up. We operate several programs that span research, pedagogy, professional training, and policy engagement – all related to the sustainable design and function of cities. On campus, we work across many disciplines in several schools and colleges. Off campus, we work at a variety of scales from local cities to federal agencies to universities throughout the world. Student staff have been critical to the development and management of these efforts while simultaneously developing tremendous job skills. As a small team, student staff receive tremendous job skill development and opportunities.

A cornerstone of the Sustainable Cities Initiative is the Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP), a partnership between SCI and a city in Oregon for an entire academic year. The program focuses a number of courses from across the campus on assisting the partner with their sustainability goals and projects.

SCYP Report Editor
The successful candidate will coordinate the SCYP report writing process. Each term, each SCYP class has a report writer to transform the student work of that term into a single professional report that is eventually delivered to the SCYP partner city. This position, the SCYP Report Editor, manages those other student writers and conducts significant editing before sending the reports to a graphic designer for final production. This position may also do initial layout in graphic design software.

Key Tasks
- Use SCYP’s report writing protocol to manage other student writers so that drafts are developed in a timely manner
- Meet and communicate regularly with other student writers to keep things on task and on time
- Edit reports for thematic consistency, as well as for grammar and spelling as necessary
- Set up file structures on SCI server to help student teams upload written and graphics work (SCI protocol is provided)

Key Skills
- Excellent organization, writing and attention to detail
- Ability to keep others to a tight timeline in a friendly, supportive, and helpful way
- Ability to write for a professional audience (mostly city staff)

Hours per week may vary during the term but are typically 4-12 hours/week.

Applicant must be able to work January – September, with the opportunity for up to 20 hours/week June-September, depending on additional SCI needs and student interest.

Please email Megan Banks with your resume, references, and examples of your previous work, as appropriate, to Your email subject line should be: "SCYP Report Editor Student Position". The position is hourly (no GE opportunities); please include the number of hours you are available for winter, spring and summer terms and the earliest you can start working. The position starts at $13/hour. Materials will be reviewed on a rolling basis and positions will remain open until filled.