Boston_Portal Curator (short-term)

We are looking for a curator to work for four (4) weeks in Boston and Cambridge from November 1st, 2017 – December 1st, 2017. Portal Curators are the glue that hold our global network together. They staff each Portal, engage local communities, program special events, and occasionally provide language interpretation too. The Portal Curator is the public face of our community.  

Our Portal in Boston will rotate between Harvard University's Divinity School (Nov 3-9), Boston College (Nov 10-16), and the American Academy of Religion's Annual Meeting in downtown Boston (Nov 17-21). We are looking for bright, engaged individuals -- especially graduate students in religious studies, migration or a related field --  interested in working for a short time to curating a Portal focused on the ethical and religious dimensions of the global refugee and migration crisis. The Boston Portal will connect to two distant locations during this project: a camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees near Erbil, Iraq; and a location in Berlin, Germany near large communities of Syrian refugees. Portal Curators will work closely with Shared Studio staff and the program leaders at Harvard, BC and the AAR to make sure the portal runs smoothly. The salary will be $15/hour.


Operate the Portal:
opening and closing the Portal, mastering and troubleshooting the videoconference and scheduling technology, ushering individuals into and out of the Portal every 20 or 30-minutes, talking to passersby, and explaining the Portals initiative;

Coordinate related campus events: work with program leaders at each sponsoring institution to coordinate exhibits, lectures, artist collaborations, performances, classroom visits, and other special events related to the portal project;

Conduct outreach within each academic community: work with the program committee at each sponsoring institution to publicize the portal project; this will include liaising with campus and local media, posting photos and video on social media, and communicating with related campus organizations, faculty, and staff.


  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to engage people from diverse backgrounds;
  • Attention to detail, particularly around scheduling and logistics;
  • Responsible, results-oriented, and self-motivated;
  • Flexible schedule: Portal encounters will take place in the mornings (usually 8am-12noon) and administrative/promotional work will happen at flexible times, mostly online;
  • Some content knowledge about religion, ethics and international politics; migration and refugee issues; and Middle Eastern and European politics is greatly desired; 
  • Arabic language proficiency is a plus as well;
  • Comfort with computers, VOIP systems, and social media appreciated;
  • Located in Cambridge and Boston, MA.