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JOB: Brown Institute, Creative Technologist

Brown Institute for Media Innovation

Creative Technologist

The Brown Institute for Media Innovation / School of Engineering

The David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute is a joint effort between Stanford’s School of Engineering and the Columbia Journalism School. Its mission is to explore the ways in which new forms of technology (data, computation, sensors, 3d printing, and the list goes on) can advance multimedia storytelling and media.

The Institute at Stanford is seeking a Creative Technologist /Associate Program Developer to work collaboratively with members of the Brown Institute, students, faculty and other members of the Stanford Engineering community to develop new ways to inform and entertain. Because of the hands-on nature of the job, an ideal candidate should have a firm grounding in practicalities (be comfortable with web development, have an eye for design, fluent in at least one programming language, have a history of learning new technological platforms, and have a general curiosity about how technology might shape narrative). The successful applicant will have a strong background in storytelling, multimedia and social media. Applicants will have the opportunity to conduct their own “creative research” in areas that re-imagine new forms of storytelling and point to new areas of Institute research, grant-making and creative partnerships.

This is an ideal junior officer position for someone with experience applying technology in a creative field.  The position will be appointed for up to 12 months, renewable for up to 2 additional years, contingent on performance and the continued availability of funding.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Forming creative partnerships with Institute scholars, grantees and fellows at both Stanford and Columbia, as well as other members of the broader communities at each school.
  • Together with other members of the Brown Institute, help organize, recommend and support seminars and workshops around new forms of multimedia storytelling and journalism practice.
  • Help organize events for the Institute, including identifying and booking speakers.
  • Help organize and execute quarterly meetings, assist with annual Fall project “Showcase” presentations.
  • Oversee the Institute’s social media strategy.
  • Create promotional materials such as event posters, email newsletters, blog posts.
  • Maintain approved content on websites; assist with quarterly newsletters.
  • Initiate, lead or participate in creative research and/or ongoing  projects within the Brown Institute in areas that re-imagine new forms of storytelling and point to new areas of Institute research, grant-making and creative partnerships.


To be successful in this position, you will bring:

  • The ability to work well with remote teams; the ability to communicate and work easily across interdisciplinary teams, including teams of journalists and other members of the Brown Institute and the Stanford Engineering community
  • Ability to help create and apply new forms of technology to find and tell stories.
  • Knowledge of web development, design processes, programming, social media and multimedia skills.
  • The ability to coach others through aspects of the design process and/or otherwise aid in project development.
  • Familiarity with current technological innovations in one or more of the following areas: visualization, physical computing, app development, game design, general data and computer science, and computational media.
  • An appreciation for journalism and media, the power of a good story, and the ability to experiment with the technical means of its production.
  • Strong organizational, verbal and written communication skills.
  • An ability to prioritize and multi-task.

In addition, preferred requirements include:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree, plus two years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Advanced degree preferred.

*Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


Why Stanford is for You

Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture andunique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

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