WE’RE HIRING A Manager of Program Development

April 21, 2017

Generation Citizen Manager of Program Development

Generation Citizen (GC) is looking for a passionate, innovative, and collaborative educator to fill its first Manager of Program Development (MPD) role. The MPD will work closely with GC’s National Director of Programming and program team members across the organization to build out a structured teacher professional development program as well as supports and materials for GC’s other program models. This involves workshop and curricular creation, training design and facilitation, research, strategic development, pilot implementation and evaluation, and collaboration with partners across the civics education sphere. GC has ambitious plans to scale up our programs to meet the growing demand for effective civics education, and this team member will help position us to support the civic learning and development of thousands of students across the country in the years ahead. This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in building out robust programming that engages teachers nationally in implementing a new type of civics that is urgently needed at this time in our democracy.

 About Generation Citizen:

Generation Citizen is an innovative, quickly scaling non-profit that seeks to strengthen our nation’s democracy by empowering young people to become engaged and effective citizens. Generation Citizen (GC) believes all students have the right to civics education that prepares them to participate in our democracy.

We partner with schools to implement an action civics program that teaches students how to address community issues through local government. Students learn communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills and are inspired to become active citizens. As a pioneer in the field, we also advocate for action civics education on a national scale.

This approach is revolutionizing civics education in this country, and is, in its 7th year of operation, serving more than 10,000 students across its six sites (Central Texas, Greater Boston, New York City, Oklahoma City, Rhode Island, and the San Francisco Bay area). We are led by co-founder and CEO, Scott Warren, a former recipient of a Draper Richards Kaplan Fellowship and an Echoing Green Fellowship who was named one of Forbes’ Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs under 30. Generation Citizen is building a new generation of youth activists and leaders, a generation inspired and equipped to make change.

 Specific job responsibilities will include:

Program Development:

  • Create professional development workshops and materials to prepare educators to facilitate action civics projects in their classrooms and administrators to institutionalize action civics within their schools
  • Stay current on best practices in professional development for adult learners and ensure that these are represented in GC’s operating procedures
  • Review and strengthen standard GC curricular and training materials used across delivery models
  • Support ongoing development of the Student Leadership Board and Community Change Fellowship programs

Partnership Cultivation and Pilot Support:

  • Work closely with the National Director of Programming to identify and deepen national program partnerships to ensure organizational growth and impact
  • Identify and manage opportunities for program pilots in rural communities and beyond
  • Train and support local program staff in their implementation of teacher professional development pilots, compile ongoing feedback from partners, and aggregate lessons learned to improve national resources

Program Evaluation & Operations:

  • Work with national evaluation team to develop evaluation metrics and systems to assess the efficacy of new program models
  • Research national and local professional development certification opportunities and standards to support the expansion of site models

Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of experience teaching middle or high school students, preferably in an American classroom setting and a social studies content area, and developing curricular materials
  • Experience leading professional development trainings or workshops for adults
  • Experience building relationships with educators and school or district administrators
  • Demonstrated ability to respond proactively to dynamic environments and to navigate challenging situations and relationships with diplomacy and efficiency
  • Eye for organization and systems-building
  • Strong interpersonal and group facilitation skills; demonstrated ability to connect to, engage and inspire others
  • Passion for Generation Citizen’s vision of a country of young people working as active and effective citizens to collectively rebuild our American democracy
  • Ability and excitement to model Generation Citizen’s Core Values: Grassroots Change, Systemic Impact, Collaboration and Diversity, Action, and Open-mindedness

The following characteristic is ideal, although not required:

  • Experience working in politics, ie. through an elected official’s office, government agency, political campaign, or community organization engaging in issue-based advocacy

This position will preferably be based in New York City, though candidates from GC’s other locations will be considered (Austin, Boston, Oklahoma City, Providence, or San Francisco).

Qualified candidates should send a resume, a thoughtful cover letter that speaks to your experience in each of the above-outlined qualifications, and a list of 2-3 references to Jobs@GenerationCitizen.org. No telephone inquiries, please.

 Generation Citizen is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

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