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Youth Communication seeks an education director to lead our efforts to support educators who work with marginalized teens in schools and out-of-school settings. The education director will write lessons and curricula that help educators engage teens and strengthen their social, emotional, and literacy skills. The Education Director will also provide professional development to help educators effectively implement the curricula.
About Youth Communication: Youth Communication is a nonprofit educational publisher, founded in 1980. Our mission is to help marginalized youth strengthen the social, emotional, and literacy skills they need to succeed in school, work, and life. We do that by providing educators with non-fiction teen-written stories, supported by lessons and professional development. The stories are developed in an intensive writing program in which teens work one-on-one, with full-time professional editors. The teens in the writing program mirror the characteristics of teens in our target audience: Many are immigrants, in foster care, living in poverty, or facing other serious challenges. Our process results in stories of uncommon depth and authenticity, which deeply resonate with hard-to-reach teens. We package the teens' stories for use by educators in print and digital magazines and anthologies, and support them with lessons and curricula. Educators use the stories and lessons with teens nationwide to help them become more reflective, show them how to make better decisions, and motivate them to do so. Our lessons reflect the respectful youth development approach of our story development process. Our lessons and professional development help educators in several disciplines tap the full potential of our stories. For example, we serve educators whose goals include helping teens learn work readiness skills, strengthen general social and emotional skills, improve reading and writing skills, and learn to make better decisions around health and sexuality. To date, all of our curricula have been developed by the Executive Director and program staff, and the Executive Director has developed and conducted all our professional development. Demand for our services has grown to the point that we now need a dedicated Education Director to lead and systematize this work going forward. The first major project will be working with staff at foster care agencies and other sites to revise our Real Jobs curriculum. (Please see http://www.realstoriesrealteens.org/)
Scope of Responsibilities:
Shape and codify our approach/best practices for professional development
Create and conduct professional development to train educators and youth development staff to use our lessons and curricula, based on our existing methods.
Coordinate training schedules and technical assistance meetings
Lesson and Curriculum Development:
Shape and codify our approach/best practices for lessons and curricula
Develop lessons and curricula based on our approach
Supervise freelance lesson writers as needed
Collaborate with other staff, including program managers/editors, and marketing on product development
Assessment and Continuous Improvement:
Work with other staff and outside experts to develop and implement methods to assess fidelity and outcomes for all lessons and curricula
Work with other staff and outside experts to develop and implement methods to assess fidelity and outcomes for professional development
Manage and support program implementations at partner sites, including technical assistance and data collection
Assist with analysis and interpretation of data from implementation sites
Qualifications: Our ideal candidate would possess:
Experience and enthusiasm for providing professional development
Experience teaching and/or developing curricula for teens. Because our approach is story-based, this includes the ability to intuit the themes of a story, craft thoughtful discussion questions, and create compelling activities that build on those themes to meet youth development goals
Ability to work independently and balance all aspects of the position, including conducting trainings, reading teen-written stories, writing lessons, linking lessons to relevant research, and participating in and conducting meetings
Ability to handle multiple projects at once and set and meet deadlines
Experience or interest in youth development and social-emotional learning, and a passion for reading and writing
Ability to collaborate and supervise: the education director will be working with program staff, marketing staff, and outside experts and may also supervise lesson writers
Familiarity with and/or interest in social science research and how it applies to our mission
Interest/experience in building tools to assess outcomes and fidelity of implementation.
Bachelor's degree or higher with at least three years of experience in a related field
Salary, Schedule, and Benefits: Starting salary is $55-$70k/year plus benefits, commensurate with experience
To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, and a sample lesson you developed for teens or adults to firstname.lastname@example.org. With the lesson, include a brief description or annotation describing why it works. Please no phone calls. Candidates will be contacted for interviews on a rolling basis. We are unable to respond to all applications. If you are selected for an interview you will be contacted within three weeks.