Promise Presenters (Contract Trainers) - Massachusetts - application deadline 10.31.2018

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Part Time



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United States


Sandy Hook Promise is recruiting up to 25 “Promise Presenters” (Contract Trainers) to expand our program delivery in Massachusetts and the greater Northeast U.S.

These individuals deliver training to students and adults on how to recognize the signs and signals of young people who might be at risk of committing a violent act, and how to get those individuals help before a tragedy occurs.

Promise Presenters work on a flexible, contract basis to deliver SHP’s evidenced based, life-saving programs Say Something and Start With Hello to middle- and high-school audiences upon request.

Promise Presenters should:

  • be comfortable presenting to and engaging with youth audiences;
  • have a flexible schedule; and
  • be committed to empowering youth to become upstanders, look out for one another and save lives!

Presenters are required to deliver a minimum of five presentations per year. Greater detail on the role, including compensation and what is required to become a presenter can be found under “Job Description.”


Organizational Background

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and six educators. SHP is focused on preventing gun violence and other forms of violence and victimization before they happen by educating and mobilizing youth and adults on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.

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Job Description

Promise Presenters will typically deliver between one and five Something and/or Start With Hello presentations per month upon request to middle- and high-school audiences in accordance with SHP curriculum and mission. The majority of the program requests are for presentations during the regular school day (Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).

Say Something trains and empowers students on how to look for warning signs, signals and threats (especially in social media) and take these signs seriously, act immediately and say something to a trusted adult.


Start With Hello trains and empowers students on how to recognize social isolation in their classrooms and schools, reach out and help, and start with hello.

Sandy Hook Promise Presenters are contract employees and are compensated at a rate of $200 for each requested presentation delivered. This includes drive time, prep time, set up and delivery. On occasion, subsequent presentations will be requested in the same school and on the same day. In these cases, SHP will pay $50 for each subsequent presentation delivered.

The initial presentations for both programs are approximately 40 minutes long and can be presented in a classroom or school assembly setting. For more information about Sandy Hook Promise’s Say Something and Start With Hello programs, please visit:



  • Deliver Say Something and Start with Hello programs as assigned by the National Training Manager
  • Coordinate/communicate proactively with the National Training Manager and others in the SHP team regarding training availability and support needs
  • Complete post-program activities including, but not limited to:
  • Providing the National Training Manager with feedback from the training
  • Forwarding invoices within ten days in accordance with SHP policy
  • Engage in Promise Presenter support activities such as webinars, emails communications, ongoing development and evaluation/coaching
  • Comply with all SHP Promise Presenter policies
  • Complete the SHP Promise Presenter Certification and Train the Trainer Program with satisfactory results, including:
  • Independent review and preparation in advance of the in-person Train the Trainer (approximately ten hours)
  • Full attendance and participation in a two-day intensive in-person Train the Trainer:
  • MASSACHUSETTS: Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10 in Boston. Accepted applicants must be available to attend both days of the in-person training in order to be considered.

The two-day intensive training will include hands on, interactive training, background on SHP’s approach and mission; best practices in public speaking and engaging youth audiences; and practice presenting, receiving and giving feedback among Promise Presenter peers and SHP staff.

Promise Presenters are expected to conduct their own independent practice and review, including Skype and video practice and feedback with a skilled Promise Presenter or SHP staff member following the in-person Train the Trainer.


  • Personable, engaging and approachable
  • Flexible schedule
  • Responsive, friendly and organized with communications
  • Comfort and familiarity with presenting to and engaging youth in grades 6-12 in both classroom/small group and auditorium/large group settings
  • Deep commitment to the development and education of young people, violence prevention and agreement with Sandy Hook Promise’s mission and approach
  • Available to deliver programs during school hours (7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  • Commitment to embracing and valuing diversity of all kinds, openness to conversations about racism and equity, and comfort working cross-culturally and cross-community
  • Successful completion of the Sandy Hook Promise Presenter preparation, including participation in the entire two-day in-person Train the Trainer
  • Must pass a background check in accordance with Sandy Hook Promise’s policies


To Apply:

Resumes and cover letters are due by October 31st, 2018. Please send a resume and cover letter to Andre Elliott, SHP National Training Manager: Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.


Promise Presenter Details/Timelines:

  • October 31: Applications due
  • October 31 through November 2: Interviews take place (interviews will take place on a rolling basis)
  • November 2: Notification of acceptance as a Promise Presenters
  • November 2 through 8: Independent review and prep for in-person, two-day Train the Trainer session
  • MASSACHUSETTS: Friday, November 9 – Saturday, November, 10, in-person Train the Trainer (mandatory). Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
  • November 11 through 30: Independent review and practice and online practice sessions with SHP. Applicants accepted into the Promise Presenter program will be expected to pass a written exam and present an assigned portion of the curriculum. Further details will be provided upon acceptance into the program. Acceptance into the program does not guarantee certification as a Promise Presenter.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please apply via email to Andre Elliott, National Training Manager:

Please include both resume and cover letter.