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Careers at iCivics

iCivics currently has 6 positions open:

Senior Full-stack Web Developer (remote)

National Defense Education Program (NDEP) Special Grant Project Director

National Defense Education Program (NDEP) Special Grant Project Coordinator

Curriculum Associate

Curriculum Associate, Educating for American Democracy (EAD)

Digital Illustrator - Part Time Contract Position

Who We Are

iCivics is a fast growing civic education nonprofit. Founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, iCivics re-imagines civic education for American democracy. We champion equitable and non-partisan civic education, while providing engaging resources that empower educators in the critical task of preparing young people for lifelong civic engagement.

With iCivics, nearly 10 million students learn about our government, the rule of law, and civic issues. We make civic education relevant to new generations of Americans through online games and innovative classroom resources—for free. Our reach is substantial: 156,000 teachers across all 50 states are registered with iCivics. Furthermore, our games have been played by students a staggering 148 million times! Our growth continues: last year, teacher accounts and active users grew at over 30%.

We’re the leading national movement elevating the importance of civics in our schools, and the largest civics education brand. We’re currently making a major investment in how our flagship product supports our students and teachers.

An iCivics Type of Person

We are looking for growth-minded entrepreneurial leaders that are ready to make a difference in education and work in a collaborative and fast-paced environment. Our organizational culture is shaped for those with the following traits:

  • Passionate Commitment: We are committed to the success of our mission to bring a high-quality civic education to every student nationwide. We believe all our work should be done with purpose and a focus to further our mission.
  • Goal-Oriented: There is an urgency to our work, and we are relentless in achieving our goals.
  • Equity-Centered: We believe that equitable civic education must acknowledge students’ identities, knowledge, and lived experiences through diverse histories and a teaching of American government that is truthful and transparent. It must be inclusive, representative, and relatable across lines of race, gender, and ability.
  • Collaborative: We prioritize all of our activities around what’s best for teachers and students in teaching civics knowledge and skills in a relevant, equitable, and engaging way. For this reason, we collaborate with educators, partners, students, and with each other to continue to develop and share the best educational materials.
  • Service-minded: We prioritize all of our activities around what’s best for teachers and students to increase educational opportunities in civic education.
  • Friendly and accessible:At the end of the day, we are all in this together. We are friendly and accessible, so all educators and organizations feel comfortable trusting and partnering with us.
  • Innovator: We understand that all great things start with a groundbreaking idea/strategy and are followed with diligent and collaborative execution and insight.

 

 

 

Senior Full-stack Web Developer (remote)

 

 

This person will be a key contributor as we grow our technical team and expand our product line. You will be highly visible within the organization and must thrive in a dynamic, small-team environment where multi-tasking, problem solving and the delivery of quality code is paramount. You will be responsible for interacting with design, curriculum, and marketing to turn features specs into efficient code. Additionally, you will be involved with 3RD party IT management, software reviews and deliverables. This includes serving as the technical lead for interaction with Filament Games, a game production studio partnered with iCivics. The ideal candidate is an experienced, product-focused, multi-talented engineer who is looking for a place to make a very visible software contribution that will influence generations of students and teachers throughout the country.

While this position will work on the full stack: frontend, backend, and infrastructure; we are looking for someone that is really comfortable on backend and can stretch to frontend and infrastructure.

Your passion, interest and experience in developing successful products for our educators and students is as important to us as your current technical skills and your ability to learn.

There is NO such thing as the perfect candidate. We’re not looking for someone who matches all our criteria; we’re looking for someone to grow outward and upward. Minimally, you should be proficient in building web applications to scale. Sure, you can always be a member a larger team but at iCivics you will be the Full-Stack “goto” person with your prints all over the plumbing and stack.

Required Skills/Abilities

  • 7-10 years of recent professional web application development experience.
  • Launched and maintained for at least 1 year a large web application where you significantly contributed to the frontend.
  • Launched and maintained for at least 1 year a large web application where you significantly contributed to the backend. This could be the same or a different application as above.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Expert in all of: Git, PHP, Javascript, HTML, CSS, and SQL
  • Proficient in at least one of: Wordpress, React, or Drupal 8/9
  • Proficient in either SASS or LESS
  • Proficient with at least 5 distinct AWS services, or a similar level of experience with Azure or Google Compute Cloud
  • Proficient with Jira, Trello or another scrum/kanban tool
  • Ability to problem solve technology issues in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience working on small teams
  • Experience working in an iterative software development environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • No H-1 visa, visa sponsorship, contractors, 3rd parties, or offshore
  • Has a good sense of humor and understands of the importance of giving our kids the best civics education possible
  • Excited to be part of a dynamic team that totally embraces their mission and is proud of it

Desired Skills/Abilities

  • Significant Drupal 8/9 experience
  • Experience with modern app stacks like AWS SAM, FastAPI, Express, Loopback, Flask, Django, or Laravel
  • Experience in EdTech or games industry
  • A strong visual sensibility
  • Experience writing automated tests in a framework like Jasmine, Mocha, Jest, PHPUnit, etc.
  • Experience deploying applications using configuration as code via Cloudformation, Terraform, etc
  • Experience building CI/CD pipelines
  • Experience with Docker and/or Kubernetes

To Apply: Send resume and any additional info you have ( Linked-in, github, etc) to:

Mike Sheffer (Contract Recruiter)
michaelsheffer23@gmail.com
781.771.6976

iCivics is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. iCivics celebrates diversity in building a team and work environment that is inclusive and welcoming to all. All persons are encouraged to apply.

Unfortunately, due to potential volume of applications we receive, we are not able to make contact with individuals who are not going to be invited to interview.

 

 

 

National Defense Education Program (NDEP) Special Grant Project Director

 

 

iCivics seeks an experienced project director to support a multi-year project under a U.S. Department of Defense National Defense Education Program (NDEP) grant. The project director is responsible for the overall management of the project including serving as the main liaison between staff and relevant departments within the U.S. Department of Defense; supervising independent contractors, subawardees, and volunteers on the project team; working in coordination with iCivics Senior Director of Partnerships to oversee project implementation; financial and administrative oversight, reporting, and monitoring and evaluation of the project. This position will also oversee the operations and delivery of grants support management activities to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Over the next two years, the project director will oversee the launch of DoDEA school-based and JROTC pilots and a military classroom volunteer program, the implementation of teacher professional development across multiple states, and the formation of a Military Educator Network. S/he will also work closely with iCivics curriculum team as they rapidly expand a range of resources relevant to this project.

Project Launch

  • Implement project management and project oversight ensuring timely completion of all deliverables, and that deliverables meet the requirements of the U.S. Department of Defense.
  • Create metrics and progress reports detailing the status, outputs, and progress associated with the Civics, Service, and Leadership program.

Supervisory Leadership

  • Serve as primary liaison between staff and relevant departments within the U.S. Department of Defense.
  • Develop and manage initial and full pilot, as well as evaluation and feedback.
  • Provide inspiring and motivating project leadership that ensures strong momentum for the project.
  • Provide financial and administrative oversight, reporting, monitoring and evaluation of project.
  • Supervise a number of independent contractors and volunteers on the project team.

Qualifications

  • Experience and knowledge in the administration of federal grants. Experience with Department of Defense grants, in particular, is a plus.
  • 3-5 years’ experience in federal grants management
  • 3-5 years’ experience supervising direct reports
  • Demonstrated ability/experience in successfully managing government grants and projects
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively when speaking and in writing
  • Experience and capacity to work effectively in web-based systems, databases and tracking systems
  • Experience effectively managing multiple priorities and negotiating necessary changes with stakeholders
  • Ability to travel as needed to support project

This is a full-time position for the two year duration of the grant, with the possibility for extension.

Location: flexible

iCivics is an equal opportunity employer. iCivics celebrates diversity in building a team and work environment that is inclusive and welcoming to all. All persons are encouraged to apply.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@icivics.org
 

 

 

 

National Defense Education Program (NDEP) Special Grant Project Coordinator

 

 

iCivics seeks an experienced project coordinator to support a multi-year project under a U.S. Department of Defense National Defense Education Program (NDEP) grant. The project coordinator is responsible for coordinating the rapid development of curricular materials, the initial and full DoDEA school-based and JROTC pilots, and teacher professional development efforts across multiple states. The project coordinator will also serve as the lead for a military classroom volunteer program, and convene a newly formed Military Educator Network.

Project Launch and Implementation

  • Assist the iCivics Curriculum team in developing new curricular materials.
  • Implement initial and full pilot, as well as evaluation and feedback.
  • Work with iCivics staff to develop and manage teacher professional development efforts across multiple states.
  • Work with iCivics staff to create and oversee Military Educator Network.
  • Create and oversee the implementation of a military classroom volunteer program.
  • Serve as a liaison between independent contractors and volunteers and iCivics staff assigned to the project team.

Qualifications

  • 3-5 years’ experience in curriculum development and teacher professional development
  • 3-5 years’ experience in overseeing volunteer projects and supervising volunteers
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively when speaking and in writing
  • Experience effectively managing multiple priorities and negotiating necessary changes with stakeholders
  • Ability to travel as needed to support project

This is a full-time position for the two year duration of the grant, with the possibility for extension.

Location: flexible

iCivics is an equal opportunity employer. iCivics celebrates diversity in building a team and work environment that is inclusive and welcoming to all. All persons are encouraged to apply.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@icivics.org
 

 

 

 

Curriculum Associate

 

 

iCivics seeks a skilled and team-oriented Curriculum Associate skilled in civics and social studies education and culturally relevant pedagogy. This individual will work with the Curriculum Team to grow and maintain iCivics’ leading library of civic education curriculum.

The Curriculum Associate will be responsible for conceptualizing and developing educational curricula at the middle and high school levels, contributing to the development of digital tools and games, managing multiple projects, and assisting with teacher engagement. This person will also contribute to a full review and update of our curriculum with an eye to culturally relevant and responsive teaching.

This is a multifaceted role centered on supporting the development of iCivics’ growing curriculum line and accessibility on our site. The position offers plenty of opportunity for growth and expansion, and we anticipate that job responsibilities will evolve with the individual over time. This position reports to iCivics Senior Director of Digital Learning, Carrie Ray-Hill.

We seek a highly motivated, energetic, and knowledgeable individual to lead the many components of this role, including:

  • Support curriculum development needs informed by:
    • state standards and project-specific goals
    • educational best practices, including civics education
    • thorough and accurate self-conducted research
    • culturally relevant pedagogy
    • teacher feedback and student voice
  • Be responsible for project management, such as:
    • project detail and delivery
    • liaising with project stakeholders
    • routine updates and edits to content
    • library inventory and organization
  • Support the development and maintenance of digital learning tools by:
    • assisting with content research and writing
    • playtesting
    • developing support materials
  • Represent iCivics as a champion for teachers, students, civics, and learning by:
    • participating in conferences on iCivics’ behalf
    • holding webinars and trainings

What you’ll need

  • 3-5 years of teaching experience, middle and high school levels preferred
  • Expertise in civics, social studies, and/or history
  • Demonstrated skill in applying culturally relevant teaching considerations
  • Understanding of the role race, gender, and other identities play in shaping education
  • Knowledge of how Indigenous, Black, Latinx, and Asian histories—as well as the narratives of other traditionally underrepresented groups—intersect with American government and history
  • Excellent proven written and verbal communication skills

Location: Flexible – iCivics’ headquarters is in Boston, but our team is located in various areas.

iCivics has engaged Equitable Hiring Group to support this hiring process. To apply, please complete the short form here. Individuals who apply by Wednesday, November 3rd will be given priority; therefore, we encourage you to submit yours soon! When you apply, we kindly ask you to remove your schools from your resume. There is no need to reformat your resume and leave your degree as is; simplify it to “B.A. Economics” for example. Just remember to remove any undergraduate and graduate school name references where possible. This “bias blind” process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates, reviewing applicants on performance assessments instead of resume proxies (e.g., where you went to school).

If you have any questions about the opportunity, please feel free to email abe@equitablehiringgroup.com.

iCivics is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented applicants.

 

 

 

Curriculum Associate, Educating for American Democracy (EAD)

 

 

iCivics seeks a skilled and team-oriented Curriculum Associate skilled in civics and social studies education, project-based inquiry, and culturally relevant pedagogy. This individual will work with the Curriculum and EAD Implementation Teams to support our EAD Teacher Fellowships, grow and maintain iCivics’ leading library of civic education curriculum, including its new EAD-inspired inquiry-based curriculum.

The Curriculum Associate will be responsible for supporting our EAD teacher fellowship, which includes working with educators to conceptualize and develop educational curricula at the middle and high school levels, collaborating with content, pedagogical, and district partners, managing multiple projects and assisting with teacher engagement.

This is a multifaceted role centered on supporting the advancement of EAD and iCivics curricular goals, the development of iCivics’ growing curriculum line, and accessibility on our site. The position offers plenty of opportunity for growth and expansion, and we anticipate that job responsibilities will evolve with the individual over time. This position reports to iCivics Director of Implementation for EAD, Christina Ross.

We seek a highly motivated, energetic, and knowledgeable individual to lead the many components of this role, including:

  • Support curriculum development needs informed by:
    • the Educating for American Democracy (EAD) Roadmap
    • project-based inquiry design
    • culturally responsive pedagogy
    • teacher feedback and student voice
    • state standards and project-specific goals
    • educational best practices, including civics education
    • thorough and accurate self-conducted research
  • Be responsible for project management, such as:
    • project detail and delivery
    • liaising with project stakeholders
    • routine updates and edits to content
    • library inventory and organization
  • Represent iCivics as a champion for teachers, students, civics, and learning by:
    • participating in conferences on iCivics’ behalf
    • holding webinars and trainings

What you’ll need

  • 3-5 years of teaching experience, middle school level preferred
  • Expertise in civics, social studies, and/or history
  • Expertise in implementing culturally responsive curriculum and pedagogical approaches.
  • Expertise and experience in designing project-based inquiries.
  • Experience with coaching and/or professional development of teachers.
  • Understanding of the role race, gender, and other identities play in shaping education
  • Knowledge of how Indigenous, Black, Latinx, and Asian histories—as well as the narratives of other traditionally underrepresented groups—intersect with American government and history
  • Excellent proven written and verbal communication skills

Location: Flexible – iCivics’ headquarters is in Boston, but our team is located in various areas.

iCivics has engaged Equitable Hiring Group to support this hiring process. To apply, please complete the short form here. Individuals who apply by Tuesday, November 9 will be given priority; therefore, we encourage you to submit yours soon! When you apply, we kindly ask you to remove your schools from your resume. There is no need to reformat your resume and leave your degree as is; simplify it to “B.A. Economics” for example. Just remember to remove any undergraduate and graduate school name references where possible. This “bias blind” process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates, reviewing applicants on performance assessments instead of resume proxies (e.g., where you went to school).

 

 

 

Digital Illustrator

 

 

iCivics is seeking a part time, contracted digital Illustrator/Artist to collaborate with our team of curriculum development professionals on a collection of illustrations that support and enhance our lesson plans, learning tools, and professional development offerings. We are looking for an initial package of approximately 150 hours of work.

iCivics is known for it’s civic-focused video games for middle and high school students, but we offer so much more through print and digital learning materials. This position might be for you if you like to draw:

  • Historically accurate characters
  • Diverse characters with proudly representative features
  • Situational vignettes
  • Icons, symbols, other “big idea” visual concepts
  • Illustrations for youth media

Please look through examples of our games at www.icivics.org/games before applying. We are looking for someone who can match the games' visual artistic style, and at the same time move us forward creatively and aesthetically. When applying, include a cover letter, a resume, and a visual portfolio (preferably web-based) showcasing your very best work.

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with a small team of curriculum developers to match existing styles, and develop new visual styles as needed.
  • Draw and color lesson-ready assets
  • Format and deliver assets according to design specs, technical requirements, and best practices
  • Maintain style consistency throughout the collection
  • Illustrate slide templates for educational presentations

Required Skills and Experience

  • Proven experience collaborating with clients a must, educational content providers a plus
  • World-class visual portfolio
  • Degree or certificate in art, digital art, or a related discipline, or comparable experience
  • 3 years creating professional art
  • Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator, or other industry-standard 2D art program
  • A bright, colorful, engaging aesthetic
  • Strong grasp of color, form, composition, and motion
  • Exceptional digital painting skills
  • Experience establishing and maintaining compelling visual styles
  • Experience working in established art styles and matching styles with existing art as needed
  • Experience in children's media a bonus

Personal Characteristics

  • Self-directed and responsive
  • Imaginative, innovative, and versatile
  • Receptive to critical feedback
  • Comfortable sharing, inspiring, brainstorming, and communicating ideas and concepts
  • Committed to the craft and passionate about communicating through art

Location: Flexible – iCivics’ headquarters is in Boston, but our team is located in various areas.

To Apply: Please send resume, cover letter, and visual portfolio to jobs@icivics.org, using ILLUSTRATOR as the subject line. Qualified applicants will be asked to submit an art test.

iCivics is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. iCivics celebrates diversity in building a team and work environment that is inclusive and welcoming to all. All persons are encouraged to apply.