Street Law, Inc. is seeking an Education and Training Specialist to support Street Law's array of U. S. and international programs by developing high-quality, learner-centered curricular materials, delivering teacher professional development, and implementing training-of-trainers programs that prepare law students, legal professionals, civic activists, and others to teach Street Law lessons.
Who We Are
For nearly 50 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 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 legal and civics educators.
We are a dedicated and diverse staff. 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 Will Do
You will support Street Law's U. S. and international programs by:
- Writing or adapting lesson plans and instructional resources on topics of civics, law, government, or history for use in Street Law's U. S. and international programs. Street Law lessons are typically designed for youth ages 11-18 but at times may include older or younger age groups as well. Our lessons reach diverse populations including English language learners, youth with special needs, and youth from a range of national, racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.
- Delivering, co-delivering, or assisting with a variety of professional development workshops for teachers and train-the-trainer workshops for law students, legal professionals, civic activists, and others who teach Street Law lessons.
- Providing coaching, classroom observation, and other support to teachers and trainers to help them use our pedagogy and our lessons.
- Building productive relationships with partners, funders, and participants (both in the U. S and international settings) to understand their needs and to inform program activities.
- Helping to prepare funding proposals by contributing to project design, writing, and editing.
Who You Are
You are able to:
- Create interactive, learner-centered lessons and materials through which youth and community members will build civic and legal knowledge, skills, and confidence.
- Develop materials for a wide variety of audiences, including by incorporating scaffolding, lived experience, and cultural sensitivity to meet the needs of diverse learners.
- Deliver dynamic and powerful professional development (in person and virtually) to help teachers and trainers improve their practice.
- Communicate information about complex concepts very clearly, both orally and in writing.
- Collaborate successfully with a wide range of U. S. and international partners and participants, including educators, community-based organizations, legal professionals, funders, and more.
- Work as part of a team to develop content, strategize, problem solve, and set and accomplish goals.
- Skillfully use virtual platforms and information management systems to deliver online professional development and training and to communicate with stakeholders.
- Juggle competing priorities and achieve results in the face of challenges.
Required: You have a minimum of 6 years' professional experience related to curriculum development for youth, teacher professional development, and/or designing and delivering training for adult learners. You have experience writing curriculum that will be taught by others. You have subject matter expertise in government, law, civics, political science, or a related field. You have experience working with global populations either within the U. S. or in other countries. You have a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and enthusiasm for Street Law's mission. You have a bachelor's degree in a relevant skill or content area.
Desired: You have two or more years of classroom teaching experience. You have one or more years' experience working outside of the United States. You are familiar with applying concepts of social-emotional learning and Universal Design for Learning to lesson creation and professional development. Having an advanced degree in a relevant field (such as law, education, government, or international relations) or fluency in a language other than English are both plusses as well.
What Else You Should Know
This position requires frequent domestic and international travel (once it is safe to do so).
This is a full-time position with a salary range of $62,000-$70,000. Street Law offers a robust package of benefits that includes medical and dental insurance, generous vacation and sick leave, pre-tax transit and parking benefits, health and dependent care flexible spending accounts, short- and long-term disability insurance and life insurance, and a 403(b) retirement program with employer match.
This position is based at Street Law's headquarters in Silver Spring, MD, USA. However, Street Law will consider remote candidates based anywhere in the USA for this position.
Street Law is an equal opportunity employer. We make an effort to recruit people of color and people with diverse background and experiences to apply for open positions.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit the following via email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Current résumé
- Cover letter describing your experience, qualifications, and interest in the position
- A written response (250 words or less) to the following prompt: What is one of your favorite teaching or training strategies? Explain how to do it and why it's so great.
Please include your full name and "Education and Training Specialist" in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. Application deadline is October 8, 2021. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.