Deaf and HoH Community Coordinator

Poetic Justice at MIT Media Lab

Poetic Justice at MIT Media Lab
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Poetic Justice at MIT Media Lab is exploring new forms of social justice through art. We’re currently looking for a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community Coordinator to work on A Counting, an ongoing series of participatory public artworks that portray the linguistic and ethnic diversity of the United States. It’s been featured on NPR and in the New York Times.

There are 1300+ spoken languages and 30+ signed languages used across the US and we want to include all of them in their various dialects and accents. Currently, A Counting includes nearly 100 spoken languages across its city-specific editions in New York City, Houston, St. Louis and Omaha and a few signed languages in its nationwide Signed edition. Each sound and video-based edition, accessible via phone or online, features a non-stop loop of people counting from 1 to 100 with a different person and language for every number, on every repeat.

A Counting: Signed is unreleased and is currently being developed in collaboration with various volunteers from Deaf and HoH communities as well as a Deaf writing and design consultant.

As one of two Deaf and HoH Community Coordinators, you’d be working alongside our Hearing Community Coordinator and Director to build, nurture, grow, and sustain engagement within Deaf and HoH communities through planning, implementing, coordinating, and monitoring various campaigns. This role is a remote freelance position (NYC or Boston areas are preferred). Join our team and help us create a diverse portrait of signed languages used in the US.

  • Research and develop long-term outreach strategies/plans

  • Develop targeted outreach campaigns and measure their success

  • Research various Deaf and HoH advocacy and affinity groups

  • Contact various groups and individuals

  • Manage content which includes watching recordings, reviewing transcriptions, and contacting participants as needed

  • Moderate social media

  • Maintain best practice guidelines and documentation around language and communications

  • Coordinate with external partners to ensure project success as directed

  • Other tasks as needed

  • B.A. or M.A. in Communications or related field; comparable work experience will be considered

  • Fluent in ASL (knowledge of other sign languages)

  • Strong writing and task management skills

  • Interest in equity and social justice

How to Apply

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Posted on July 12