New York City Program Associate (Teacher-Led)
Generation Citizen New York City is looking for an exceptional young professional to join our team as New York City Program Associate. The Program Associate will work directly with teachers and youth to support Action Civics programming in New York City classrooms.
About Generation Citizen
Generation Citizen (GC) is an innovative, quickly scaling nonprofit that envisions a country of young people working as active and effective citizens to collectively strengthen our American democracy. GC’s ultimate mission is to ensure that every student in the United States receives an effective Action Civics education that provides them with the civic knowledge and skills to actively participate in our 21st century democracy for the long-term. Generation Citizen works in six sites nationwide: Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York City, the San Francisco Bay area, Oklahoma City, and Central Texas. GC NYC has operated in New York City since 2011 and has educated and empowered over 10,000 students since then, including approximately 3,300 during the 2016-17 school year alone.
GC deploys two models to implement our Action Civics curriculum in secondary schools: college volunteer, or Democracy Coach model; and teacher led model. Our two models are unified by a shared Action Civics curriculum, our innovative approach to advocacy planning and support, and supplemental resources for students, teachers, and schools. The GC Democracy Coach model trains college students to co-facilitate GC’s Action Civics curriculum in middle and high school classrooms, alongside experienced teachers, with the goal of educating and empowering students to take action on pressing issues in their community. GC NYC will pilot and scale a Teacher-Led model where schedule, geography, or preference precludes GC from partnering a Democracy Coach to implement the program. Through this program model, GC will equip teachers with the training and support necessary to facilitate our curriculum and teach advocacy in the nonpartisan manner.
The Program Associate is responsible for coordinating GC’s Action Civics programming in middle and high schools. The Teacher-Led Program Associate will support the implementation of the GC Teacher-Led Program model, as well as oversight of program quality, classroom evaluations and supporting program expansion. The Program Associate will report directly to the New York City Program Director and work closely with the New York City Program Associates, New York City Program Manager, New York City Operations Associate, New York City Executive Director, the National Director of Programming, and other organizational staff.
This position is not for everyone: GC is a small and growing team, and we want someone who is hungry to engage in all aspects of this work – from liaising with teachers who implement GC’s curriculum in the classroom to building GC’s community in the NYC education and political spheres.
Implement and Support Teacher-Led Programming to ensure that GC cultivates a committed, engaged and highly effective cohort of Teacher-Led classrooms:
- Plan and facilitate trainings for GC Teachers each semester, and provide intensive ongoing coaching in GC’s Action Civics curriculum and advocacy framework
- Conduct coaching sessions during the semester to give constructive feedback to Teachers
- Track class progress rigorously and manage quality benchmarks and milestones
- Provide research articles and schedule guest speakers for all Teacher-Led GC classrooms
- Support teachers in confidently navigating the inner workings and structures of local government
- Plan and implement GC Teacher engagement
- Establish and cultivate relationships with school administrators to lay the groundwork for successful and enduring school partnerships, including supporting fee-for-service strategy and conversations
Support Program Quality and Site Operations to ensure GC delivers the highest-quality action civics experience to NYC classrooms while continually growing and improving our model:
- Support the planning and execution of end-of-semester Civics Day, at which students present their action projects to community leaders and public officials
- Adapt nationally created program materials to meet local needs, and develop teachers’ advocacy knowledge to align action projects to ongoing campaigns and political activity in NYC
- Implement and manage systems of data collection and upkeep, and distribution and collection of student, and teacher surveys
- Collaborate with program staff in other sites to solicit best practices and contribute to national program efforts and overall desired program outcomes
- Support program pilot opportunities that allow GC to extend our reach and impact, including a summer internship program for students and a teacher professional development program which supports schools in independently implementing action civics in their classrooms
- Help plan and implement teacher orientation each semester and provide ongoing support to ensure teachers are equipped to implement GC curriculum effectively
- During program launch support other PA’s with Democracy Coach placement, trainings, and observations
Required Qualifications and Skills
- A bachelor’s degree.
- Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders, including college, middle or high school students.
- Strong oral and written communications skills, with a demonstrated ability to communicate with a wide range of audiences and stakeholders.
- Strong organizational and project management skills, with a high level of attention to detail
- Ability to flexibly navigate between varied responsibilities.
The following characteristics are strongly preferred, but not required:
- Experience teaching or working with diverse middle or high school aged youth in a classroom setting.
- Political campaign experience and/or community organizing experience.
- In-depth knowledge of the New York City community, its educational institutions (school district and/or colleges), and its government structures.
Salary, Hours and Terms
This is a full-time position based in New York City. While access to a car is not necessary, candidates should expect to travel frequently throughout the five boroughs and outside of the city via public transportation and in some cases to remote locations which may require multiple modes of transportation. Some evenings and weekends will be required, which could result in overtime hours.
The application deadline is January 22, 2018, but applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis and decisions will be made as soon as appropriate candidates are identified. We encourage applicants to submit their applications early. The anticipated starting date for this position is approximately February 5th, 2018, and a firm two-year commitment is required. Qualified candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and a list of 2-3 references to Jobs@GenerationCitizen.org. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Please include “New York City Teacher-Led Program Associate” in your email subject line. No telephone inquiries please.
Generation Citizen is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Candidates who reflect the diversity of the NYC community are strongly encouraged to apply.