December 21, 2017
Street Law is seeking a program director to lead teacher training programs and write curricula. We’re looking for a dynamic trainer to join our team and provide professional development and teaching materials to secondary social studies teachers. Our teacher-focused programs are growing, and we need someone who can effectively prepare law, government, civics, and history teachers to embrace student-centered methods and deepen their content knowledge.
Who We Are
For 45 years, Street Law has been hard at work in communities and schools across the country and around the globe, developing programs and teaching materials that educate young people about law and democracy.
We believe that when people have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to understand how law and government work, to advocate effectively for themselves and others, and to participate in civic life, their lives and society will be better.
We move the needle on our mission by helping others—specifically classroom teachers, the legal community, government agencies, and community organizations—be effective law and civics educators.
We are a dedicated and diverse staff of 12. Our colleagues bring a great deal of enthusiasm and expertise to the table and enjoy collaborating to make Street Law’s programs and curricula the best that they can be. Our workplace is flexible and fun, and we strive each day to embody our core values of quality, transparency, inclusion, creativity, operational effectiveness, and nonpartisanship.
What You’ll Do
You’ll help deliver on our mission by:
- Implementing a new program designed to prepare teachers to conduct classroom deliberations that will help students and community members develop empathy across differences. This will include training the teachers and then supporting them for an entire school year as they conduct classroom and community deliberations.
- Leading, co-leading, or assisting with a variety of professional development programs for teachers, from brief sessions on individual topics or strategies to multi-day institutes designed to deepen content knowledge and transform instruction.
- Writing and adapting lesson plans and curricula for high school classrooms on topics in law, government, civics, and history.
- Generating new programs or expansions of existing programs by increasing demand for Street Law’s work, identifying new opportunities, and seeking and securing support for programs.
The professional development programs and teaching materials you’ll work on are well known and well regarded by secondary social studies teachers. Our work focuses on blending deep knowledge of current legal and policy topics with teaching strategies that build students’ civic skills. Our trainings—including the flagship Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers—are engaging and provide teachers with information and methods that they can use in class the next day. Our curricula (including textbooks published by McGraw-Hill Education, www.LandmarkCases.org, and a variety of free online lesson plans) are timely, accurate, and balanced. Street Law doesn’t tell students what to think, we teach them how to think.
Who You Are
You are able to:
- Deliver dynamic and powerful professional development to social studies teachers to help them shift and improve their practice
- Communicate information about complex concepts very clearly, both orally and in writing
- Coach teachers as they implement and refine student-centered strategies
- Create organizational systems that track multiple deadlines and projects smoothly
- Build strong relationships with peers, funders, and decision makers
You have a strong commitment to getting results and are persistent in the face of challenges. You have proven experience successfully training adults; experience training teachers is a plus. You have first-hand knowledge of what works in a social studies classroom and the challenges teachers face in implementing student-centered, skill-building strategies. You have deep knowledge—or the ability to gain it—about the content Street Law teaches (primarily law, government, civics, and history). Street Law is committed to providing balanced, non-partisan teaching materials, so you are able to probe for hidden or unintended bias and fairly and accurately present multiple perspectives on controversial issues.
What Else You Should Know
We are an equal opportunity employer, and we value a diverse staff. Street Law, Inc. is based in Silver Spring, Maryland, just outside Washington, DC. This position will be expected to work out of the Silver Spring office. We are convenient to the Metro’s red line and many bus lines. This position likely involves some travel, a few times a year, to deliver professional development sessions in other cities. We expect this position to begin in the winter of 2018, and to be a full time position, but we would consider part time work (at least 60% time) for the right candidate.
The annual salary range for this position is $65,000-$75,000. Street Law offers a robust package of benefits that includes medical and dental insurance, generous vacation and sick leave, short- and long-term disability insurance and life insurance, pre-tax transit and parking benefits, health and dependent care flexible spending accounts, and a 403(b) retirement program with employer match.
How to Apply
Candidates interested in this position should submit an email (no more than 250 words; send to email@example.com) responding to this prompt:
Describe one of your favorite teaching strategies. Tell us how to do it and why it’s so great.
DO NOT send resumes or cover letters at this time. Candidates whose responses demonstrate a good fit for the position will be invited to submit a resume and cover letter. Responses to the prompt will be reviewed, and resumes requested, on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to respond early. The last day we will accept responses to the initial prompt is January 15, 2018.
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