About the role – Youth Fellowship Community Lead
iCivics seeks a Youth Fellowship Community Lead to run our iCivics Youth Fellowship Program. This highly motivated, energetic individual will support the design/iteration, implementation, and evaluation of our youth fellowship program. Most importantly, this individual will support our youth in finding and using their voice towards their own civic passion. This role reports to Natacha Scott, Director of Educator Engagement.
The majority of your time in this role will be spent connecting and communicating and coming to understand the fellowship community as a whole. Your calendar will be quite busy, and some days will include 5+ phone/video calls with various stakeholders. You should be someone who gains energy constantly communicating with others and managing the logistical needs of our community.
Your responsibilities will include:
- Engage with youth fellowship participants and Alumni Network on a regular basis.
- Design and implement a year-long learning plan and curriculum focused on civic competencies for the student fellowship participants.
- Maintain student communications via a monthly newsletter, emails, and student group platform/app
- Maintain student records and student directory.
- Identify and track evaluation metrics to capture program impact on student growth.
- Develop promotional strategies and communication efforts for leadership development programs, events, and processes.
- Collaborate with iCivics’ marketing team to facilitate external student engagement including public speaking opportunities, social media campaigns, or special events.
What you’ll need
- 4+ years of overall professional experience (we are background agnostic and are excited by candidates with unique and different work histories, ideally with some time spent working with middle and high school students).
- This is a great opportunity for a teacher looking to leave the classroom.
- Experience leveraging virtual collaboration tools (listservs, webinar technology, social media platforms, etc.).
- Quantifiable track record in building an engaged community.
- Knowledge of mediation and/or conflict resolution strategies and methods; skill in mediating disputes between students, parents, and community representatives
- Experience leading transformative student experiences such as fellowships or other long-term student programming with clear and rigorous outcomes.
Who you are:
- Convener. You recognize that a well-prepared and supported community can achieve far more than a single, highly talented individual. You can bring together thought leaders and facilitate conversations to identify the best/most creative ways to build a community that is both nurturing and generative. You enjoy removing barriers to our students/fellows coming together including taking care of the logistical details so they don’t have to.
- An Effective Collaborator. You’ve successfully worked across cultural lines on a dispersed team, and you have the ability to operate in complex situations. You can easily gain trust from community members and are known for supporting them to ensure they are set up for success. You’re not afraid to ask questions.
- Flexible. You can manage a diverse set of team needs and aren't afraid to step outside your job description or comfort zone to help the team reach its goals. You're comfortable with shifting schedules and don't expect every day to go "as planned."
- A Humble Teammate. Nothing is beneath or above you. You are quick to always lend a hand or two! You are able to earn influence without authority and naturally seek to support both small projects or large strategic goals.
- Committed to Inclusion. You're always asking: “whose voice is not at the table?” You have experience working with diverse teams and successfully navigating cross-cultural communication in both local and global contexts, and you deeply value creating a workplace that is supportive of difference.
- Mission-oriented. You believe that lasting, meaningful change comes from the grassroots: from the organized efforts of people, communities, and organizations to enliven the social imagination, envision a better future, experiment with and scale new ideas. You have a passion for elevating student voices and supporting student activism.