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Careers at iCivics

iCivics has the following positions open:

Implementation Coach

Who We Are—iCivics 


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. 

 

In partnership with iCivics, up to 9 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 available at no cost. Our reach is substantial: 145,000 teachers across all 50 states are registered with iCivics—and we are growing by leaps and bounds based on a 30% increase in just one year in teacher accounts and active users. Student engagement is at the heart of the iCivics story: our games have been played by students a staggering 148 million times.

 

But we're not only the leading provider of civic education, but also working to catalyze a movement to prioritize civic education in the United States and demonstrate its impact in sustaining and strengthening our nation's constitutional democracy.

 

iCivics has developed, along with many others, the Educating for American Democracy (“EAD”) Roadmap. We believe the roadmap offers a path forward for a divided nation. iCivics has developed a full year United States history curriculum that it plans to expand, implement and research.  This position leads the implementation, support and impact of our curriculum.

About the Role - Implementation Coach

iCivics seeks an Implementation Coach to support our district partners implementing the iCivics US History curriculum and instructional materials. The Implementation Coach is a member of the Learning Services team and supports iCivics in its goal to promote strong, social studies teaching and learning in our partner districts. 

We seek a highly motivated, experienced coach who will be responsible for the following:

  • Oversee the implementation of a core US History curriculum and professional learning services with a district cohort of teachers, which includes:
    • Build relationships with the district and teachers based on trust, mutual respect, and shared goals for success
    • Work with the district leadership and potential local partners to localize the iCivics US History core curriculum and professional learning unpacking sessions  to ensure positive outcomes such as student engagement, student growth, increased teacher satisfaction
    • Plan, coordinate, and facilitate monthly PD with implementing teachers to unpack the curriculum and plan for the upcoming unit
    • Using either iCivics coaching cycles or coaching protocols that exist in the district, informally observe (non-evaluative) lessons and provide feedback for a teacher’s professional growth and students’ success.
    • Utilize Adult Learning Theory to motivate adult learners to improve professional practice.
    • Use that data to provide differentiated support for teachers and recommend changes to improve classroom instructional practices to individual teachers or the group utilizing evidence-based best practices 
    • Provide efficient and timely access to rigorous content expertise, implementation resources, and key information to all partners 
    • Monitor implementing teachers’ progress through frequent classroom visits, providing growth-producing feedback and support
    • Promptly submit reports on progress of teaching and learnings to iCivics and district leadership
    • Serve as a liaison between the district and iCivics
    • Support communication between iCivics, the research partners (AIR), and the teachers regarding research and/or meeting deadlines for research
    • Clearly communicate all progress or challenges to the iCivics team members and the district partners 
    • Contribute to the development of resources that support implementation success
    • Facilitate or co-facilitate professional learning sessions with other iCivics members or teachers
    • Represent iCivics at professional conferences, working with other organizations, and at networking events 

Who you are:

  • Local to the District: You live in or near the district, are familiar with the state standards and community’s history, and are motivated to support teachers and students in your community 
  • An Inquiry-based Educator: You have five years or more of social studies classroom teaching experience, are deeply familiar with inquiry-based instruction, and have experience with facilitating adult learning
  • An Effective Collaborator. You’ve successfully worked across cultural lines on a dispersed team, and you have the ability to operate in complex situations. You can easily gain trust from team members and are known for supporting them to ensure they are set up for success. You’re not afraid to ask questions.
  • Resourceful and Adaptable. You're at ease with ambiguity and rapid change. You possess a positive attitude and identify creative solutions to obstacles. You can juggle many essential responsibilities at once, and you're rigorous about prioritizing.
  • A Team Player.  You can work on any project with any team.  Not because you know everything, because you love working on teams, and you are the one who always puts it on themselves to see their team succeed. You're not afraid to ask questions.
  • Flexible. You can manage a diverse set of team needs and aren't afraid to step outside your job description or comfort zone to help the team reach its goals. You're comfortable with shifting schedules and don't expect every day to go "as planned."
  • Committed to Inclusion. You're always asking: “whose voice is not at the table?” You have experience working with diverse teams and successfully navigating cross-cultural communication in both local and global contexts, and you deeply value creating a workplace that is supportive of difference.

What you’ll need

  • Ability to handle multiple deadlines and complete assignments reliably and on-time with minimal supervision in a fast-paced workplace.
  • Expertise at efficiently and clearly communicating to teachers, districts partners, and as a member of the internal team
  • Impeccable organization - you are highly detail-oriented and someone who gets a real sense of satisfaction from producing polished work and managing smooth and orderly processes. 

Why this role is compelling

A successful candidate will develop and grow a broad set of professional skills, honing them to the level of excellence in a demanding and fast-paced environment. You will work with, learn from, and grow alongside a high-performing and diverse team in which everyone is committed to the development of themselves and others.

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.  
  • Service-minded: We prioritize all of our activities around what’s best for teachers and students to increase educational opportunities in civics education.
  • Collaborator: We collaborate with state and federal legislators, other advocates, educators, and 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 all educators 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.

Salary: The average salary for this position is $75,500. 

Location: This position supports our Texas-based district partnerships with regular travel to work with Round Rock ISD.  We expect roughly 40% travel in this role.

Application Process: To apply please email your resume to jobs@icivics.org.  Cover letters are optional. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, and priority will be given to applications submitted by May 24. Below is our timeline and process for hiring, though times may shift:

  • May 13 - May 24: Accepting and reviewing applications
  • May 27 - May 31: Initial 30-minute screening
  • June 3 - June 7: Performance Task (iCivics closed for staff retreat – expect slow responses)
  • June 10 - June 14: Second round 60-minute interviews
  • June 17 - June 21: Checking referrals and extending offer
  • July 8: Proposed start Date