Careers at iCivics

Who We Are

iCivics is a non-profit organization dedicated to reinvigorating civic learning through interactive and engaging learning resources. Their educational resources empower teachers and prepare the next generation of students to become knowledgeable and engaged citizens.

Founded and led by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, iCivics provides students with the tools they need for active participation and democratic action, and teachers with the materials and support to achieve this. iCivics’ free resources include print-and-go lesson plans, award-winning games, and digital interactives. A growing base of more than 120,000 educators and eight million students relies on iCivics to provide a high quality civics curriculum each year. iCivics games have been played more than 100 million times by students across the country.

An iCivics Type of Person

We are looking for a growth-minded entrepreneurial leader that is 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. Service-minded: We prioritize all of our activities around what’s best for teachers and students to increase educational opportunities in civic education.
  • Collaborator: We collaborate with state and federal legislators, other advocates, educators and with each other to continue to develop and share the best educational materials and practices. 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.

We have the following positions open:

Senior Director, Policy and Advocacy, CivXNow
Special Assistant to the Executive Director
Full Stack Web Developer

Senior Director, Policy and Advocacy, CivXNow

CivXNow: In our effort to champion civic education, iCivics is leading a project called CivXNow comprised of national coalition building, thought leadership, research, policy, and advocacy work. To date, 137 organizations have joined the CivXNow Coalition. The Coalition pledges to help every school in the nation fulfill its historic and vital civic mission, and to ensure that every young person acquires the civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for informed civic engagement.

The CivXNow Coalition is leading a cross-partisan, nationwide movement to improve policies and promote research-based, results-driven practices in civic education. CivXNow is based on the active participation of a national Coalition of leading civic learning providers, philanthropic organizations, academic and research institutions, and other supporters representing perspectives from across the political spectrum. To demonstrate cross-sector, cross-partisan support for civic learning, the member organizations of the Coalition have committed to improving civic education through their individual and collective missions.

Job Descripton: iCivics seeks its inaugural Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy for our CivXNow project. This individual will lead and guide the policy and advocacy work nationally, while overseeing civic education campaigns in several key states. S/he will play an active role in recruiting supporters to fund policy and advocacy efforts.

We seek a highly motivated, energetic, self-starter to lead the many components of this role, including:

  • Work to design, strategize, and formulate strategy and campaigns to gain legislative and education policy support for increased high quality civic education programs and funding in states and at the federal level;
  • Lead the CivXNow State Policy Task Force in collaboration with the Task Force Co-Chairs;
  • Lead the CivXNow Federal Policy Task Force in collaboration with the Task Force Co-Chairs;
  • Develop and foster relationships and collaboration at the state level across politically diverse environments to support prioritizing civic education;
  • Identify and cultivate local talent to lead campaigns in states;
  • Broaden and diversify the current base of supporters and Coalition members, and activate local chapters at the state level;
  • Help formulate and draft legislative and other policy recommendations;
  • Ensure continued focus and attention on policy implementation to ensure quality;
  • Play a critical role, in coordination with iCivics leadership, in fundraising to ensure there are the financial resources available to meet the critical milestones for this project;
  • Organize meetings and convenings, as appropriate.

This is an exciting opportunity for an entrepreneurial strategic thinker who is eager to lead the CivXNow policy work across the nation. There has never been a more urgent, dynamic, and exciting time for civic education in the United States.

This position reports to Louise Dubé, iCivics Executive Director.

Job responsibilities will include assignments such as:

  • Available to organize and attend events and meetings outside traditional work hours;
  • Collaborate across all iCivics work, as appropriate;
  • Ability to work remotely from the iCivics team and central office;
  • Other duties as they arise.

Qualities:

  • Ability to collaborate as a key member of the iCivics team and CivXNow Coalition;
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and work effectively across functions and at all levels of the organization;
  • Ability to sell others on the urgency and importance of our work;
  • Think both strategically and operationally by being able to identify solutions to issues and implement a thoughtful process to put the solution in place;
  • Proven ability to work with evolving coalitions and bringing people together for common goals, particularly from diverse political perspectives;
  • Well organized and self-motivated with the ability to work independently;
  • Adapt to quickly evolving priorities and respond with grace in a fast-paced environment.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required;
  • Advanced degree in relevant area preferred;
  • Proven ability and hands-on experience in the state and federal legislative process as a legislator, staff person, and/or advocate. Successful involvement in researching legislative and regulatory proposals and passing legislation and new regulations;
  • Fundraising or sales experience;
  • Experience in representing clients before state and federal agencies and legislative bodies.
  • Proficient knowledge of legislative processes;
  • Track record of strong project management skills and ability to juggle competing priorities;
  • Experience with donors and donor relations;
  • Experience in K-12 education a plus but not required;
  • Excellent, proven written and verbal communication 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;
  • Preferably at least 8 years of full-time or equivalent part-time relevant experience;
  • Track record of effectively leading and scaling a performance- and outcomes-based organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have positively impacted an organization

Location: preferably Boston or DC, but with approval the position could be in another location.
To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@icivics.org. Please include your last name and the job title in the subject line of your email.

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


Special Assistant to the Executive Director

iCivics seeks a highly motivated, energetic, self-starter to join the iCivics team as the Board Liaison & Special Project Manager. The primary functions of the role are work in coordination with the Executive Director to manage the Board of Directors, as well as strategize, manage, and execute on a range of strategic projects and initiatives. This is an exciting opportunity for a strategic thinker who is eager to help iCivics grow during a dynamic and exciting time for civic education. This position reports to the Executive Director.

Job responsibilities will include:

Manage Board Relations

  • Supports Board relations through calendar management and high-level communications.
  • Supports Board committees to ensure regular meetings and progress toward annual goals.
  • Acts as the Board Secretary: Drafts and circulates meeting minutes.
  • Manages Board communications and scheduling including quarterly Board meetings and regular committee calls, among other Board activities.
  • Manages all preparation for the quarterly Board meetings including agenda preparation, coordinating with senior leadership for Board Book materials, and final Board Book compiling.

Support the Executive Director (“ED”)

  • Prioritizes, organizes, and supports initiatives of the ED, and balances the competing interests of both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Reviews ED calendar, mail and email communications, and assists in providing timely responses to all inquiries.
  • Works with senior team and executive staff to prepare ED for internal and external meetings, and ensure timely follow-up of all action items.
  • Ensures high-functioning internal operations by arranging executive and external meetings.
  • Works with the Executive Assistant to ensure proper travel arrangements for the ED and proper ED expense tracking.

Special Projects

  • Acts as a member of the development team, helping drive the revenue forecasting and tracking process, assisting with events and grant writing, and helping launch national major gifts campaign.
  • Acts as a member of the Field Building team, owning writing assignments and project management assignments as required.
  • Works on research projects, including gathering feedback from teacher and student users, overseeing annual teacher survey, interviewing administrators.
  • Represents iCivics professionally at periodic local events.
  • Performs other duties as they arise.

Qualities:

  • Collaborate as a key member of the iCivics team. Proven ability to manage competing priorities and work effectively across functions and at all levels of the organization.
  • 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.
  • Adapt to quickly evolving priorities and respond with grace in a fast-paced environment.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Track record of strong project management skills and ability to juggle competing priorities.
  • Passion for and/or experience in K-12 education. Experience in the field of education technology a plus.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication 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.

Location: preferably Boston
To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@icivics.org. Please include your last name and the job title in the subject line of your email.

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


Full Stack Web Developer

iCivics seeks a Full Stack Web Developer with an emphasis on frontend skills. This position will work closely with the technology director to break down technical requirements, identify feasible solutions to design challenges, and then implement those features with minimal direct supervision. The Full Stack Web Developer will generally have access to a senior backend engineer and a web designer to round out the team. However, we are looking for someone who is excited to stretch outside their comfort zone and rapidly acquire new skills. iCivics’ web technology stack is primarily based on Drupal; however, new platforms are also being developed in React, Lambda, and Wordpress depending on the project requirements.

This position reports to Matt Osber, iCivics Technology Director.

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with designers, backend programmers, and stakeholders to conceptualize usable web experiences
  • Implement web design templates in the appropriate frontend framework
  • Communicate regularly with other developers and curriculum managers
  • Implement frontend themes in HTML, JavaScript, and CSS
  • Revise implementations based on user and stakeholder feedback
  • Test and modify HTML, Javascript, and CSS for browser and standards compliance
  • Customize CMS information architecture and install/configure plugins
  • Design data architectures
  • Implement application logic
  • Expose web service APIs
  • Stay current on the latest tools and methodologies
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Have a track record of reliably developing web applications
  • Proficiency in HTML, CSS, Javascript
  • Experience developing 3 tier applications
  • Proficiency with SQL and relational databases
  • Proficiency with Drupal and/or Wordpress
  • Familiarity with many or all of the following:
    • JS React
    • CMS theme development
    • Creating CMS custom plugins
    • Linux, Mac, or Windows shell scripting
    • Google Analytics
    • Google Tag Manager
    • Amazon Web Services

Location: Anywhere in the US. This is a remote position.

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@icivics.org. Please include your last name and the job title in the subject line of your email.

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