About the Sustainable Development Solutions Network

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has been operating since 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

We aim to accelerate joint learning and promote integrated approaches that address the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. The SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, academia and civil society.

About the SDG Academy

The SDG Academy is the flagship education initiative of the SDSN, with the mandate of creating and curating the best available online educational content on sustainable development and making it available as a global public good. The Academy brings together the world’s foremost experts on sustainable development, from fields as varied as early childhood development, public health, food systems, and macroeconomics – to offer a comprehensive core curriculum around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), equipping the next generation of sustainable development practitioners to take on the complex challenges facing our planet. The SDG Academy is hosted by the SDSN Association, a 501(c)3 organization based in New York.

Project Background

Climate Action: Solutions for a Changing Planet is a massive open online course (MOOC) produced by the SDG Academy, with Professor Jeffrey Sachs as the lead faculty. The course introduces some of the key concepts and challenges underpinning the current global dialogue on how to address climate change as a planet. In particular, the technical solutions available to address climate change are presented. The course also looks at the role of private business, local government, and innovation to reduce global emissions. The course is free and open to the general public and available through the SDG Academy.

The SDG Academy is seeking a student to provide staff support to the Climate Action course as a “Teaching Assistant.”  The SDG Academy expects an online student population of approximately 1,000-5,000 students for the course, and the staff support will help to manage the preparation of the course platform, the release of course materials, and discussion forum engagement in collaboration with the course instructors and the SDG Academy team.

Position Responsibilities

The Teaching Assistant will be expected to work 10-15 hours/week, and will be responsible for:

  • Supporting preparation of the platform as needed, which includes sequencing of course lectures, uploading of reading materials, communicating course protocols and expectations, and other related tasks
  • Sending out weekly emails to students regarding class materials and schedules
  • Keeping the course team informed by monitoring statistics generated by the platform regarding student enrollment, assignment completion, and video usage
  • Overseeing the weekly uploading of course materials and live-session archives
  • Managing the discussion boards and responding to student inquiries
  • Managing and troubleshooting any issues related to the submission of assignments (i.e. online technical issues)
  • Assisting instructors in the coordination and preparation of live Q&A sessions via Google Hangouts

The position is open to both undergraduate and graduate students with the requisite skills.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Highly organized and responsive
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Interest in online education and MOOCs
  • Experience with MOOC platforms and/or computer programming preferred
  • Fluency in English required
  • Fluency in a second language (especially Spanish and/or Portuguese) preferred
  • Familiarity with energy technologies and their implications for broader climate change, sustainable development, environmental sustainability, and other relevant disciplines preferred

Position Duration: January 2, 2019 – May 8, 2019

To Apply

The applicant must be located in New York City and possess authorization to work in the USA.

To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample (1-2 pages) to with the subject line: “Application:  CA MOOC TA”. Deadline to apply is December 26th, 2018. 



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