Collaborative Media designer for futurist thinktank
May 1st, 2008

I don’t usually — actually never — post job descriptions. But this is a pretty interesting one:

IFTF RESEARCH &

COLLABORATIVE MEDIA DESIGNER

Position Summary

Looking for the right person with a passion for new technologies and social software. If you are a developer or researcher with an interest in experimenting, designing, developing, and implementing collaborative technology tools—such as open-source online platforms and social software (blogs, wikis and other new tools) to support dynamic research processes—this is the job for you. If you are a Drupal tinkerer or developer, we’d love to meet you!
Only individual candidates living in the bay area, please.

Primary Responsibilities

· Manage and maintain IFTF.org

· Develop and implement collaborative tools, including program sites and beyond

· Develop new dynamic functionality for our intranet and program sites, coordinating with Communications Director on cohesive look and branding.

· Help researchers interact with clients online, incorporating new media such as video and visualization

· Build or manage relationship with contractors to build visual tools with Alex for IFTF’s X2 Project—which will also be available to the other projects

· Work in collaboration with the marketing staff to track online metrics of IFTF.org and to propose signals process-type projects for specific clients. For example, helping propose and later design an IT platform for Trend/Snapshot database for Procter & Gamble.

Secondary Responsibilities

· Review research goals and objectives and advise researchers on appropriate tools to meet those objectives

· Train staff and IFTF network partners on new tools and software

· Support ongoing use of the tools in specific task settings

· Assist in the procurement of online services, software and hardware

Knowledge and Skills

o Drupal programming experience

o Strong computer skills; knowledge of Macintosh and PC platforms, and MS Office suite of programs

o Video editing (Quicktime/Final Cut)

o General knowledge of emerging information technologies areas is preferred

o Ability to communicate with research staff in a variety of forms (written and face-to-face)

o Ability to complete multiple projects successfully while meeting deadlines. Has a proactive approach in obtaining required information to complete a task

o This position requires a helpful, willing, cheerful attitude and ability to be flexible. Candidate should have a detail-oriented approach to work and should be a strong team player.

Education/ Training

The technical experience required includes familiarity with Drupal core functionality, as well as the CCK and Views modules. This role involves taking input from researchers and clients, guiding and prioritizing those interests, and synthesizing into coherent, use-able project spaces. Ability to make modifications to PHP code is not necessary, although this would be a plus.

About IFTF

The Institute for the Future (IFTF) is an independent nonprofit research group. We work with organizations of all kinds to help them make better, more informed decisions about the future. We provide the foresight to create insights that lead to action.

We bring a combination of tools, methodologies, and a deep understanding of emerging trends and discontinuities to our work with companies, foundations, and government agencies. We take an explicitly global approach to strategic planning, linking macro trends to local issues in such areas as:

* Work and daily life

* Technology and society

* Health and health care

* Global business trends

* Changing consumer society

The Institute is based in California’s Silicon Valley, in a community at the crossroads of technological innovation, social experimentation, and global interchange. Founded in 1968 by a group of former RAND Corporation researchers with a grant from the Ford Foundation to take leading-edge research methodologies into the public and business sectors, the IFTF is committed to building the future by understanding it deeply.


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