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Program Designer (Part-Time)

Department: Program Delivery & Content Development
Location: Home Office

Job Title: Program Designer

Location: US Based Home Office

Status: Part Time (50%); Exempt

Reports To: Associate Program Director of Special Projects

Start Date: February, 2021

Facing History and Ourselves uses lessons of history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate.

We are an international educational nonprofit that provides educational content, curriculum resources, and professional development to secondary school social studies, civics, humanities, and English teachers. Facing History’s educational content is informed by a unique pedagogical model that helps students explore questions of identity, human behavior, prejudice, and civic responsibility, and make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives today. We currently apply this model to explore case studies of pivotal historical moments such as the Holocaust and the Reconstruction Era following the American Civil War, as well as rich works of literature such as Brown Girl Dreaming.

Under the supervision of the Associate Program Director of Special Projects, the Program Designer will direct and manage a short-term program and writing project around contemporary antisemitism. They will collaborate on curating Facing History’s vast classroom resources on antisemitism, help rethink digital pathways for teachers to access the materials, design and co-facilitate professional learning series to engage educator and donor audiences, and be the primary writer for new resources to enhance the organization’s resources for contemporary antisemitism. 

Who You Are: You are a writer, teacher, facilitator, and learner at heart, who is passionate about our mission.  You value and are committed to anti-racist work and education.  You care deeply about creating educational experiences for students that center social-emotional learning (SEL) and equity and help them grow into informed, compassionate individuals and active civic participants.  You have a vision for how to help improve education that combats antisemitism within the larger structure and framework of racial justice.  You are a collaborative, inclusive thought generator. 

Who We Are: We are committed to confronting bigotry and hatred, believing that they pose dangers for what it means to live in a democracy.  We are passionate about engaging young people through education.  We are collaborative across regions and initiatives and bring passion to our work.  We recognize that racism and contemporary antisemitism are dangerous problems requiring education, dialogue, and the willingness to confront difficult truths. We work in a fast-paced environment and have the ability to juggle multiple projects at a time.  We invite you to engage with our broader organization and team of thought partners to think deeply about how we help and support teachers, transform schools, and promote systemic anti-racist education.  

Please submit 1-2 writing samples with application. Job posted until filled.

Specific Responsibilities Include:

Research and Development

  • Curate Facing History’s offerings on antisemitism

  • Explore and evaluate partner resources as potential collaborators

  • Identify central resources upon which to frame and design Facing History’s approach to antisemitism, racism, and the contemporary context

Design & Writing

  • Professional Learning journey for educators, utilizing Facing History resources, including online workshops, mini-courses, and webinar series 

  • Write short curriculum resources to support educators interested in combating racism and antisemitism in its current forms

Facilitation

  • Lead or collaborate on program delivery for  educators and donor audiences

  • Collaborate on planning and leading internal staff development in the areas of antisemitism and racism

  • Cultivate scholarly and institutional partners in the field

Skills and Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree required

  • Familiarity with Facing History’s approach and other curriculum on these topics. Minimum of 2-3 years of experience in writing curriculum, designing and facilitating adult learning opportunities

  • Interest and curiosity in educational technology and finding creative ways to present and deliver instructional content to teachers and students on digital platforms

  • Knowledge of and experience with culturally responsive teaching and social emotional learning

  • Superior research skills, and an ability to identify historical and literary sources (including primary documents) that are intellectually and emotionally appropriate and engaging for adolescents.

  • Knowledge of and comfort with complexities and politics of antisemitism and racism in history 

  • Experience seeking out, connecting with, and nurturing relationships within the fields of racism and antisemitism

In addition to meaningful and rewarding work, Facing History provides an excellent and competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life & long-term disability insurance, a 403(b) program, generous paid time off, an employee assistance plan & a travel assistance plan, pre-tax Transit-pass program, flexible spending health care and dependent care accounts, 4 voluntary Aflac plans, and a friendly work environment.

Facing History proudly values diversity and is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. 

Applications ONLY accepted online at facinghistory.org/careers. 

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