Generation Citizen (GC) Rhode Island is looking for an exceptional and energetic professional to join our team as a Rhode Island Program Associate. The Program Associate is responsible for the recruitment, training, coordination, and coaching of college student volunteers and will work directly with volunteers as well as teachers, youth, and GC’s program team to support Action Civics programming in Rhode Island classrooms.
About Generation Citizen
Generation Citizen (www.GenerationCitizen.org) 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. GC believes all students have the right to an effective civics education that prepares them to participate in our democracy.
GC partners with schools to implement an Action Civics program that teaches students how to address community issues through local government. Students develop communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills and are given space to learn and practice the behaviors of active citizenship within an academic setting. As a pioneer in the field, GC also advocates for Action Civics on a national scale.
This approach is revolutionizing civics education in this country, and is, in its 10th year of operation, serving more than 13,000 students across its six sites (Central Texas, Greater Boston, New York City, Oklahoma City, Rhode Island, and the San Francisco Bay Area) and beyond. In the 2017-18 school year alone, we will provide Action Civics to more than 1,800 students in Rhode Island. Generation Citizen is building a new generation of youth leaders, a generation inspired and equipped to make change.
The Program Associate is part of a team responsible for managing GC’s Action Civics programming in local middle and high schools. The Program Associate oversees college volunteer recruitment and leads the development, mentorship, and management of their volunteer cohort. They also collaborate with their local team in the oversight of program quality and stewardship of relationships with partners in schools and the community. The Program Associate will report directly to the Rhode Island Program Director and will work closely with Program Associates in other sites around the country, the Rhode Island Executive Director and other organizational staff.
This position is a great two-year opportunity for early-career achievers with demonstrated commitment to civic participation, equity, and personal growth. Success in this role spans many responsibilities, and the Program Associate can expect significant on-the-job learning and the development of professional skills such as managing and supporting volunteers, facilitating workshops and meetings, building partnerships with educators, managing complex projects, and navigating local governmental and advocacy structures. In their second year, Program Associates take on greater leadership of project management and partnership development within local teams and have the opportunity to engage more deeply in broader organizational initiatives.
Develop College Student Talent and Oversee College Partnerships to ensure that GC cultivates a committed, engaged and highly effective cohort of college volunteers and program alumni:
- Engage and support college volunteer leaders, empowering them to recruit and lead strong GC chapters on their campuses
- Cultivate volunteer leadership and drive recruitment action plans on each partner college campus
- Plan and facilitate training for college Democracy Coach volunteers each semester, and provide intensive ongoing coaching of volunteers on GC’s Action Civics curriculum and advocacy frameworks
- Conduct regular classroom observations to oversee program quality and provide assistance and constructive feedback to Democracy Coaches and classes
- Track class and chapter progress rigorously and manage quality benchmarks and milestones
- Plan and implement volunteer appreciation activities
- Establish strategic partnerships with faculty and administrators to support the institutionalization of GC on college and university campuses
Support Program Quality and Site Operations to ensure GC delivers the highest-quality Action Civics experience to classrooms while continually growing and improving the organization:
- Help plan and implement teacher orientation each semester and provide ongoing support to ensure teachers are equipped to work with college volunteers and classroom projects are successful
- Implement and manage systems of volunteer placements, data collection and upkeep, and distribution and collection of student, teacher, and volunteer surveys
- Utilize nationally created program materials to meet local needs, and develop volunteers’ and teachers’ advocacy knowledge to connect action projects to ongoing campaigns and political activity in Rhode Island
- Assist in the planning and execution of an end-of-semester Civics Day event, at which students present their action projects to community leaders and public officials
- 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 pilot opportunities that allow GC to extend its reach and impact, including a teacher professional development program which supports schools in independently implementing Action Civics in their classrooms
- Collaborate with national program staff and other sites to solicit best practices and contribute to national program efforts and overall desired program outcomes
- Serve always as a team player in supporting the site and organization’s interconnected fundraising, advocacy, and programmatic efforts
Required Qualifications and Skills
- A bachelor’s degree or relevant experience
- Demonstrated ability to build and maintain personal relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders, such as college and 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 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 Rhode Island, its educational institutions (school districts and/or colleges), and its government structures
Salary, Hours and Terms
This is a full-time position based in Rhode Island. Access to a car is preferred, as the Program Associate will need to travel frequently throughout Providence for school and college visits, meetings and observations. Some evenings and weekends will be required.
The desired start date for this position is June 1, 2018, and a firm two-year commitment is required.
Relevant 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. 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 “Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island community are strongly encouraged to apply.