2437 15th Street Northwest
District of Columbia
One Common Unity (OCU) is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, which began in 2000. OCU breaks cycles of violence and builds compassionate, healthy communities through the transformative power of music, arts, and peace education. For 18 years OCU has successfully created spaces to transform the lives of youth and families. Through arts-based peace education in schools, summer youth initiatives and filmmaking, we have reached over 20,500 youth and families with our work.
Our flagship initiative is our “Fly By Light” youth development program. Launched in 2011, Fly By Light is training the next generation of youth leaders in nonviolent communication and conflict resolution and empowering them to use art, music, and creative expression to create positive social change in their communities. This award-winning program engages youth (age 10 - 18) in critical, lifelong transferable skills to cope with trauma, maintain healthier interpersonal relations, and increase social-emotional awareness.
OCU is currently interviewing DC-area artist-educators to facilitate our Fly By Light youth program in District of Columbia Public Middle & High Schools. This position is available during the school year, from August – June. Programs occur one to two times weekly after school, on site between 3:00PM - 6:00PM. Facilitators also dedicate time in the OCU office to engage in facilitator meetings, trainings, and to complete required administrative duties. In addition, our annual summer retreats are held in July and/or August.
Facilitators will use the Fly By Light curriculum as a guide in helping students learn about the arts and integrate lessons on emotional literacy and social justice. Artist-educators will have creative control over individual workshops, but must adhere to the program requirements as determined by the Program Director, Managing Director and Executive Director.
- Creating and implementing innovative workshops for students, faculty, and parents on social-emotional skills, mindfulness, conflict resolution skills, nonviolent communication, creative expression, art therapy, restorative justice and other related topics.
- Leading professional development trainings for faculty and staff.
- Recruiting and interviewing students for the program at your chapter site.
- School-based community organizing
- Organizing social justice advocacy campaigns, art showcases and pop-up art events with your students.
- Providing as-needed support for students outside of the workshops.
- Communicating with students’ families about Fly By Light events.
- Attending weekly staff meetings at the OCU main office and periodic facilitator professional development meetings.
- Relaying information from the OCU main office to students and their families.
This position reports directly to the Program Director and the Managing Director.
- 5+ years experience in one or more forms of artistic expression
- 2+ years experience with teaching urban youth and leading youth programming.
- Commitment to social justice, environmentalism, and nonviolence
- Positive, team oriented attitude, as well as a passion for youth and community development.
- Facilitating a process of creating final pieces that can be showcased to the entire school community.
- Experience in teaching social-emotional skills, mindfulness, conflict resolution skills, nonviolent communication, or other related topics.
The projected start date is September 15, 2018. The salary range for this part-time position is commensurate with experience. The position will require 20 hours/week. The position will require some evening and weekend hours.
Submit a CV or resume, bio, 3 references, and thoughtful cover letter outlining your interest in this position to email@example.com with "Application for Part-Time Program Facilitator" in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Level of Language Proficiency
Speaking english, ideally proficient in Spanish
Minimum Education Required