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30 Aug 2021

Instructional Support Program Fellow (Temporary)

Facing History and Ourselves

Job Description

Position:  Program Fellow

Department: Program Delivery & Content Development (10 month position, October 1- August 31)

Reports to:  Program Director, Chicago

Status: Full Time; Temporary; Exempt

Location: Chicago, IL (preferred) – remote through 2021

Start date: October 2021

Position description:

Facing History and Ourselves is 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.

The ideal candidate for the Facing History and Ourselves Program Fellow role is someone who has been implementing Facing History units in their middle or high school classroom for a number of years, who has been a member of the Teacher Leadership team, and has worked in Chicago Public Schools. We seek a learner at heart, who is passionate about our mission and excited to work as a part of our program team on a number of local and Chicago Public Schools projects from October 2021- August 2022.

Responsibilities include:

Facing History and Ourselves Chicago Program Team Member (50%)

  • Working collaboratively with the program team to develop and implement Chicago area events and projects
  • Regular participation in program meetings and national program staff retreats to build and share understanding and practices
  • Actively participating in Chicago staff meetings and team-building activities
  • Represent Facing History and Ourselves and Chicago Public Schools as an advocate and thought leader in multiple settings, including internal meetings, board meetings, and community events.
  • Provide Tier 1 coaching and support to teachers in the district remotely

Facing History and Ourselves Resource and Professional Development Support (50%)

  • Facilitate online Professional Learning for the Curriculum Project for Chicago Public Schools educators. This project focuses on training educators to teach Choices in Little Rock, Holocaust and Human Behavior and Teaching Reconstruction.
  • Plan and support district-wide student focused events related to the CPS Curriculum Project content areas: the integration of Central High School in 1957, the Reconstruction Era, the Holocaust, and Red Summer in Chicago
  • Support the development of the Chicago Racial History Neighborhoods Project, including as a reader of draft documents and supporting teachers who are using the resources in the pilot
  • Convert our Red Summer in Chicago unit into student-facing “playlists” using Google slides and into the format used for a teacher facilitation guide in the Skyline Curriculum Teacher Facilitation Guide

Essential Skills/ Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated and effective communication and facilitation skills with adult educators
  • Knowledge of Chicago Public Schools and the key initiatives in the 2021-2022 school year
  • 3-5 years of experience using Facing History and Ourselves in the classroom
  • In-depth knowledge of European and US history required (Facing History’s resources focus on the Holocaust and other examples of collective violence, US history with a focus on civil rights and eugenics)
  • Entrepreneurial and collegial style; ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Fluency in online digital media literacy skills and comfort with integrating the use of Internet and other social media technologies; Knowledge of Internet and web communication for support of global network of teachers and students
  • Interest in, and ability to, articulate the mission of Facing History and Ourselves

Full Time Benefits: 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 with a discretionary organizational contribution, 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.  To read our full statement on diversity, please follow this link from our careers page. We are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.


How to Apply

Bureaus: Chicago. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Instructional Support.