We’re Hiring a Rhode Island Program Director

March 26, 2018

Generation Citizen (GC) is excited to announce that we are looking for an exceptional leader to join our team as the Rhode Island Program Director. The Program Director will guide the strategy and development of Action Civics programming across Rhode Island, working directly with a local site team as well as educators and administrators from across the state.

About Generation Citizen:

Generation Citizen is an innovative, quickly scaling nonprofit 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. We partner with schools to implement an Action Civics program that teaches students how to address community issues by taking political action. Our traditional program model partners trained college volunteer Democracy Coaches with classroom teachers to lead this work, and we are developing new models which support schools in institutionalizing Action Civics independently. 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 (Rhode Island, Central Texas, Greater Boston, New York City, Oklahoma City, and the San Francisco Bay Area) and beyond. In the 2017-18 school year alone, we will provide Action Civics to more than 1,700 students in Rhode Island.

Position Details:

The Program Director is the head of GC’s Rhode Island program, responsible for overseeing GC’s program delivery, quality, strategy and expansion in Rhode Island. The Program Director will oversee a team comprised of a Program Manager, a Program Associate and an Americorps VISTA. The Program Director will manage the Rhode Island Program Associate and the Providence VISTA in implementing GC’s Democracy Coach Program, which involves recruiting, training and managing college volunteers, training teachers, and supporting classrooms. In addition, the Program Director will work with the Program Manager to scale GC’s Teacher-led Program, which involves training and working directly with teachers and schools to implement the action civics curriculum. The Program Director will report to and work closely with the Rhode Island Executive Director, and collaborate with GC’s National Director of Programming and program team leaders across the organization.

We have a small and growing team, and we are looking for an innovative and visionary leader who can elevate and amplify our programmatic impact. We need a Program Director who is hungry to dig into all aspects of this work – from deepening school and district partnerships to overseeing college student development to managing the professional development of program staff. The Program Director will represent GC as a leader in Rhode Island education spheres, and will closely collaborate with the Executive Director in leading and shaping GC in Rhode Island. This is a dynamic role within an ambitious organization, which means that there will be significant opportunities for leadership and growth.

Specific job responsibilities will include:

Strategic Program Planning & Growth

  • Work closely with the Rhode Island Executive Director and National Director of Programming to identify and deepen partnerships to ensure growth and impact of the organization’s Action Civics programs
  • Manage top-level district relationships and work with the Program Manager to develop a pipeline of potential school partners in Rhode Island, with an eye towards confirming multi-year commitments and institutionalizing Action Civics within schools
  • Cultivate relationships within nonprofit, advocacy, corporate, and government spheres to accelerate site learning, support classroom advocacy, increase collaboration, and enhance GC’s presence as a thought-leader in civics education
  • Identify and manage opportunities for program pilots that allow GC to extend its learning, influence, and impact

Program Innovation, Oversight and Management

  • Ensure the Rhode Island team achieves ambitious program quality, school recruitment, and fee-for-service goals
  • Manage the teacher-led professional development program, which will include supervising the Rhode Island Program Manager, recruiting school partners, training participating teachers, supporting class advocacy projects, connecting students with advocacy resources and experts, and collaborating with teachers to drive evolution of the model
  • Manage a Program Associate and Americorps VISTA in all facets of the Democracy Coach program
  • Oversee other local programmatic opportunities, including management of the Community Change Fellowship (a summer internship program for GC student alumni) and coordination with Rhode Island-based members of GC’s national Student Leadership Board
  • Track rigorously site’s program progress and coach team members in achieving quality goals.
  • Oversee coordination of end-of-semester (student showcase) Civics Day events

Organizational Evaluation, Operations, Development & Advocacy

  • Engage with and support Rhode Island Executive Director in local fundraising efforts, including aligning programmatic and development goals in grant-making, planning events to showcase programmatic impact to GC’s broader network, and driving fee-for-service revenue
  • Collaborate with the Rhode Island Executive Director on Action Civics-related city and state advocacy campaigns and in strategic planning, designing and setting goals for both annual and multi-year planning processes
  • Manage program monitoring and evaluation, including supervising the full program team in coordinating evaluation efforts for both program models and collaborating with GC’s national program and measurement teams to drive data recordkeeping, review and reflection
  • Supervise operational systems for the GC program, including start of semester ordering
  • Represent GC’s program in Rhode Island Board meetings to ensure that board members are effectively supporting site priorities, including program growth, fundraising, professional development and local advocacy efforts


The position will be full-time. Some evenings and weekends will be required.


    • 6+ years of relevant nonprofit or education experience, including at least 4 years in a teaching or training capacity
    • Experience working with middle or high school students, educators, and administrators and familiarity with the language of education standards and school priorities
    • In-depth knowledge of the Rhode Island community, its educational institutions, and its governmental structures
    • Experience managing multiple staff with varying degrees of experience
    • Demonstrated ability to establish and manage high-stakes partnerships
    • Strong interpersonal and group facilitation skills, as well as demonstrated ability to connect to, engage, and inspire others
    • Strong organizational and project management skills and attention to detail
    • Significant experience setting and exceeding ambitious goals
    • 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 GC’s core values: Grassroots Change, Systemic Impact, Collaboration and Diversity, Action, and Open-Mindedness

To Apply

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, a thoughtful cover letter that speaks to your experience in each of the above outlined qualifications, and a list of 3 references to Jobs@GenerationCitizen.org. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Please include “Rhode Island Program Director” 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.

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