Careers at iCivics

iCivics currently has 4 positions open:

Curriculum Associate

Digital Illustrator - Part Time Contract Position

Part-time EAD Curation Coordinator

Who We Are

iCivics is a fast-growing civic education nonprofit located in Cambridge, MA. 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 120 million times! Our growth continues: last year, teacher accounts and active users grew at over 27%.

What We Need

We are looking for education enthusiasts with an eye for detail and a knack for exercising new skills. Our organizational culture is shaped for those with the following traits:

  • Passionately Committed: 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. New tasks and opportunities present themselves quickly. The ideal candidate for this position will excel at self-management and delivery in achieving 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.
  • Friendly and accessible: At the end of the day, we are all in this together. We are friendly and accessible, so educators feel comfortable trusting and partnering with us.

 

Curriculum Associate

Job Description: iCivics seeks a skilled and team-oriented Curriculum Associate. This individual will work with the Curriculum Team togrow andmaintain iCivics’leading library of civic education curriculum. The Curriculum Associate will be responsible for conceptualizing and developing educational curricula at the elementary and middle school levels. This person will also act as a customer liaison and bridge for iCivics users and the iCivics Technology Team. To thrive in this demanding position, you must beable to think in both big and detail-oriented ways, successfully deliver across shifting priorities, and possess a unique ability to create and manage multiple systems at once.

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

  • Support curriculum development needs and state- or project-specific initiatives.
    • Develop effective and engaging, standards-aligned civics lessons from conception to completion
    • Develop effective and engaging, standards-aligned civics lessons from conception to completion
    • Engage with a dynamic team of curriculum writers in theresearch,planning,and reviewof resources to advance racial equity and inclusion in the field of civics
    • Apply culturally relevant considerations to iCivics products
    • Be responsible for developing layoutsfor lessons and student activities using InDesign and Adobe Creative Suite software
    • Manage a student advisory board to amplify student voice and input ensuring the relevancy of student-facing materials
    • Perform routine updates and edits to content management
  • Act as an intermediary between users (who often have little understanding of tech) and the iCivics Tech Team (who often speak in more technical terms).
    • Manage the iCivics Help Desk
    • Respond to and assess user requests, recognizing patterns of user errors and suggesting fixes as needed
    • Communicate with the Tech Team about user reported bugs and site management
    • Provide friendly and timely customer service
  • Represent iCivics as a champion for teachers, students, civics, and active learning strategies
    • Participate in conferences on iCivics’ behalf
    • Hold webinars and trainings to promote iCivics and civic education best practices

 

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 Director of Curriculum & Content.

Job responsibilities may also include assignments such as:

  • When it is safe to do so, ability to complete some travel as needed
  • Available to organize and attend events and meetings outside traditional work hours
  • Collaborate across all iCivics work, as appropriate
  • Other duties as they arise

 

Qualities:

  • Ability to collaborate as a member of the iCivics team
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and work effectively across departments
  • Capacity to think both strategically and operationally by being able to identify solutions to issues and implement a thoughtful process to put the solution in place
  • Well-organized and self-motivated with the ability to work independently
  • Capacity to adapt to quickly evolving priorities and respond with grace in a fast-paced environment

 

Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of teaching experience preferred at the elementary and middle school levels
  • Broad knowledge of educational pedagogy, interests in civics and government is a plus
  • Demonstrated skill in applying culturally relevant teaching considerations
  • Understanding of the role race, gender, and other identities play in shaping education and civics as a whole
  • Excellent proven written and verbal communication skills
  • Solid Internet research skills
  • Ability to quickly problem solve, answer source, and achieve expert-level familiarity with new resources and tools
  • Experience with Google Suite and Adobe Creative Suite a plus
  • Intimate 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 is a plus

 

Location: Flexible – iCivics’ headquarters is located in Boston, but with approval the Curriculum Associate could work in another location.

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@icivics.org.

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.

 
 

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.

 

EAD Curation Coordinator

Educating for American Democracy is a joint endeavor among iCivics, Arizona State University, Harvard University, and Tufts University creating and disseminating the Educating for American Democracy Roadmap—a visionary and highly implementable guide that seeks to integrate American history and civics in an inquiry-driven framework for K-12 social studies. 

What We’re Doing

As part of the dissemination of the Educating for American Democracy Roadmap, we curated an initial collection of roughly 200 instructional resources aligned to the seven themes and five design challenges. As interest and participation in the initiative continues to grow among various stakeholders, additional educator resources are being submitted for review by content providers across the country. We currently have a backlog of submitted resources, and a plan to grow the collection significantly by the end of the calendar year. 

Job Description

  • Facilitate and oversee resource approval process from submission, review, copyediting, and posting on website
  • Coordinate and facilitate regular meetings with teacher reviewers and other stakeholders
  • Meet regularly with EAD PI Jane Kamensky and curation interns
  • Meet with web designer to ensure seamless integration of new resources into EAD website
  • Copyedit content of individual resource cards posted on webpage
  • Maintain balanced representation across grade bands, regions, EAD themes, and points of view in the final resource collection

Qualities

  • Attention to detail and ability to manage and work through spreadsheets
  • Knowledge of American history and passion for civic education
  • Well-organized and self-motivated with the ability to work independently
  • Ability to collaborate as a member of the iCivics team
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and work effectively across initiatives
  • Capacity to think both strategically and operationally by being able to identify solutions to issues and implement a thoughtful process to put the solution in place
  • Capacity to adapt to quickly evolving priorities and respond with grace in a fast-paced environment.
     

Qualifications

  • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience (i.e., publishing, teaching, working in a museum or library)
  • Knowledge of American history and civics, as well as best practices in social studies education
  • Appreciation for the core commitments of the EAD Initiative: braiding history and civics, combining content-based and action approaches to learning, and working with an ideologically diverse group of stakeholders 
  • Track record of strong project management skills 
  • Excellent time management, problem solving, and organizational skills
  • Willingness to work in a fast-paced environment with limited supervision
  • Team player with a positive attitude
  • Proven written and verbal communication skills
  • Solid Internet research skills

This position is supported and managed by iCivics and reports to Emma Humphries, Chief Education Officer and Deputy Director, CivXNow.

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

This position is currently for 20 hours per week. Preferably, the team member will reside in  Boston, but the position could be approved for another location.

Please send your cover letter and resume to jobs@icivics.org.