We’re Hiring a FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellow and Program Associate (Massachusetts)

FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellowship and Generation Citizen
Fellow and Program Associate Position 2017-19

Generation Citizen (GC) is pleased to announce that it is partnering with the FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellowship to hire an exceptional recent college graduate to support our programs across Massachusetts and capacity building efforts at GC. This position is an ideal fit for a proactive and meticulous young leader who has previous experience working with college student groups and community organizations.

NOTE: Candidates must apply through Generation Citizen.

Specific job responsibilities will include:

Direct Service Work:

Approximately half of the Fellow’s time at Generation Citizen will be devoted to the following direct service activities that focus on empowering GC’s young people (middle and high school students as well as college students):

  • Democracy Coach: The Fellow will lead 1 class as a GC Democracy Coach (20 class sessions over Fall 2017). This experience will enable the Fellow to build lesson planning, project management, and group facilitation skills while gaining deep familiarity with GC’s curriculum and action planning model.
  • College Student Supervisor: The Fellow will maintain a portfolio of 2-4 college chapters and supervise Democracy Coach recruitment and retention, campus institutionalization, and classroom quality for those campuses. This will involve co-facilitation of GC’s initial semesterly college volunteer training weekend, weekly coaching conversations with each campus’s leadership, called Chapter Directors, as well as attendance and facilitation at chapter weekly meetings.
  • Classroom Observer and Supporter: In alignment with his or her chapter portfolio, the Fellow will maintain a portfolio of 10-15 GC classrooms per semester. Using GC’s standardized rubric tools, the Fellow will observe each of these classes twice per semester and provide real-time coaching and feedback to Democracy Coaches. The Fellow will also have mid- and end- semester conversations with the classroom teacher to monitor program quality, and provide additional support in struggling classrooms.
  • Community Change Fellowship Coordinator: During the summer months, when GC’s in-school action civics course is not in session, the Fellow will support managing GC’s Community Change Fellowship program. This Fellowship engages 10 youth per summer in MA. The Fellow will partner with other program staff and a small team of college interns to manage CCF recruitment, host recruitment, placement, mentorship and coaching, and deliver weekly leadership workshops.

Projects Related to Long-Term Organizational Strengthening:

GC hopes that its Fellow will support the following high-priority organizational projects:

  • Gateway Cities Growth: Fellow can research and outreach to 1-2 target communities, and lead the rest of the team in strategizing operations to serve those communities.
  • Building Diversity at College Chapters: GC’s commitment to diverse democratic participation necessitates an organization-wide focus on diversity. Included in this is a major organizational priority to build diversity of its college volunteers.

FAO Fellowship Responsibilities:

  • Attend four week-long non-profit professional development retreats in the fellow host cities of Boston, Philadelphia, and New York City. Retreats occur every Fall and Spring of each fellowship year.
  • Participate and be active in the coordination of all four retreats. Create and facilitate workshops, engage with other host organizations, and network throughout these visits.
  • Take on a role within the fellowship itself, which entails approximately 2 hrs/week of work. Possible roles include Website & Social Media Manager, Recruitment & Outreach Manager, and Newsletter & Alumni Outreach Manager.
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  • Experience training and facilitating college student groups as part of a student organization, with a particular passion for designing trainings that are both rigorous and engaging
  • Experience working in community-based organizations that are guided by asset-based approaches to community development that help build community power
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain detailed records and meticulous documentation of work and best practices
  • Demonstrated ability to respond proactively to unstructured environments and to navigate challenging situations and challenging relationships with creativity and diplomacy
  • Passion for Generation Citizen’s vision of a democracy in which young people work as active and effective citizens, and a fundamental belief in the unique potential of college students to help realize this vision
  • Interest in higher education and nonprofit career possibilities.

The following characteristics are ideal, although not required:

  • Entrepreneurial experience (starting or dramatically growing an organization, group, or movement).
  • Political campaign experience and/or community organizing experience.
  • Experience working with middle or high school aged youth, either in a classroom or in a community setting.
  • Knowledge of the Greater Boston community.

Qualified candidates should send a resume, a thoughtful cover letter, and a list of 2-3 references to Jobs@GenerationCitizen.org. No telephone inquiries please.

Generation Citizen is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  Candidates who reflect the diversity of the Greater Boston community are strongly encouraged to apply.