CEP Job Opportunities Position Openings & Employment Dates

CEP Job Opportunities Position Openings & Employment Dates

Position Openings & Employment Dates

Join CEP for a weekend, week- or month-long experience in Baltimore, Berkeley, Chicago or Washington, DC—over 125 positions are available each year!

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Job Descriptions, Qualifications & Compensation

Job Descriptions, Qualifications & Compensation

Job Descriptions, Qualifications & Compensation

CEP seeks dynamic educators with experience facilitating service-learning or experiential education programs and expertise working with outstanding middle or high school students, for a range of program staff and administrative positions. See Details below for job descriptions, qualifications and compensation for each position.

Details

What to Expect

CEP programs are quite intensive, and all staff positions require a significant commitment.

 Before the Program

  • Once hired, staff are expected to spend sufficient time prior to the program reviewing pre-program trainings, including staff handbooks and curriculum materials, and (if applicable) preparing lesson plans and activities.
  • Additionally, all staff members participate in on-site training sessions before the program begins. See Position Openings & Employment Dates for training dates by program.

 During the Program

  • Each day is quite full, and the program moves at a fairly strenuous pace.
  • All staff members (except Maple CivicAction [spring] and Taking Action instructional staff [summer]) live on site with students to facilitate an integrated living-learning community, and many staff positions have 24-hour responsibilities during the program. See specific job responsibilities for each position below.
  • Following the program, staff may have additional responsibilities for student evaluation and program documentation.

 How to Have A Successful Experience

  • All staff should be committed to the goals of the program; attuned to the academic, social and emotional needs of gifted learners; and understanding of the particular challenges of working with students in a residential environment.
  • Staff should possess passion, energy, creativity, organizational skills, flexibility, teamwork, and the ability to troubleshoot, problem solve, and manage stress.
  • Our most successful staff members not only appreciate the intensity of this kind of immersive experience, but also thrive within the community it creates.

How to Apply & Hiring Timelines

Please carefully review our Position Openings & Employment Dates before completing a Staff Application.

In the online Staff Application (see above) you will be asked to supply:

  • A current résumé reflecting your education, employment, and volunteer experience;
  • A brief personal statement of no more than 500 words, articulating why you are interested in these positions and what skills or experiences you bring to the program;
  • Contact information (name, phone number, email address) for three professional references. Note: references are contacted via email at the time candidates who are invited to interview for a position call CEP to schedule their interview.

Please prepare these materials before you begin the staff application, as it is not an option to save and return to the application to complete at a later time. 

You will be notified via e-mail once we have received your completed online application, résumé, and personal statement. Due to a high volume of applicants, we are unable to review incomplete applications.

Interview Process

Candidates receiving further consideration will be invited to participate in an interview via phone or video chat (CLI senior administrative candidates only). Candidates may also be asked to submit additional materials during the hire process, including lesson or activity plans, official undergraduate and graduate transcripts, copies of teaching certifications, and additional references.

Hiring Timelines

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received, so candidates are encouraged to apply early to ensure full consideration. Candidates will be notified of their status as soon as all positions are filled.

As of April 1, applications are still being accepted for positions across all summer sites and programs.

Season Program(s) Staff Consideration Begins Most Hiring Decisions Complete
Winter CivicAction December 1 Mid-December
Spring

CivicWeek

CivicAction

December 1
(Returning Staff)

January 1
(New Staff)

January 1
(Returning Staff)

February 1
(New Staff)

Summer

Civic Leadership Institute

CivicWeek

Taking Action

December 1
(Returning Staff)

January 1
(New Staff)

January 1
(Returning Staff)

February 1
(New Administrators, Instructors, Lead Facilitators)

March 1
(New TAs, RAs, Assistant Facilitators)

Fall CivicAction October 1 Mid-October

 

Northwestern University Hiring Policies

Northwestern University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. For more information on recruitment and hiring policies, visit the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access.

All candidates selected for hire must successfully complete a criminal background check. (Background checks are at no cost to the candidate. Details will be discussed during the interview process.)

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Academic Counselor

Administrative position with CTY Civic Leadership Institutes in Baltimore & Berkeley (Summer)

See CTY Summer Employment for a job description and application details.

Academic Dean

Administrative position with Civic Leadership Institute (Summer)

The Academic Dean is a member of the site administrative team and assumes primary responsibility for supervising instructional staff and coordinating the academic program. Academic Deans support and guide instructional staff with a variety of educational backgrounds and teaching skills. Through classroom observations and conferences with staff, Academic Deans provide feedback and mentoring on teaching strategies and classroom management. Academic Deans also address student performance issues and oversee the editing of student evaluations. In addition, they furnish logistical support for field experiences, speakers, class projects and other academic activities. See the complete Academic Dean Job Description for more detail.

Academic Deans should have at least five years of experience teaching high-achieving students in junior high or high school settings, including a strong background in service-learning and/or experiential education. Academic Deans should also have administrative and staff management experience and strong communication, organizational, and computer skills. Experience working in a residential program is preferred.

Academic Deans earn $3,500, plus room and board (valued at $1,750).

Academic Deans for the CTY Civic Leadership Institutes in Baltimore and Berkeley are required to attend an orientation session the first weekend of June (Friday evening – Sunday afternoon). Travel, housing, and meals for this training session are provided.

Assistant Facilitator

Staff position with CivicAction (Fall, Winter & Spring) & CivicWeek (Spring & Summer)

The Assistant Facilitator works closely with the Lead Facilitator to help manage a group of 12–18 students on a service-learning immersion program. The Assistant Facilitator helps execute the daily itineraries; assists with planning and facilitating educational activities; coordinates residential and recreational activities; ensures students are aware of and adhere to program rules and policies; builds healthy, appropriate relationships with students; helps create a sense of community; and otherwise supports students’ academic, social, and emotional well-being. See the complete Assistant Facilitator Job Description for more detail.

Assistant Facilitators should have at least one to two years of youth development experience with high school or middle school students, as a camp counselor, teacher or tutor, experiential educator, or other youth development professional. Experience working in a residential program is preferred. Generally, successful candidates are at least three years older than the oldest students with whom they might be working.

Assistant Facilitators earn $100 per one-day program, $150 per two-day (non-residential) program, $200 per two-day (residential) program, $300 per four-day program, and $500 per weeklong program, plus room, board, and transportation for the duration of the program. Travel reimbursement to the training and/or program site is available, depending on the travel required (generally $50-$100 for CivicAction, $350-$600 for CivicWeek).

Assistant Site Administrator

Administrative position with CivicAction (Fall & Spring) & CivicWeek (Summer)

Assistant Site Administrators (ASAs) support the Site Administrator in managing the day-to-day operations of the program, including helping to execute the daily itineraries for each group, and managing program logistics. Specific responsibilities include arranging logistics for service projects and other program activities, conducting supply runs, transporting students and staff, serving as a health assistant (as necessary), and providing customer service to students, families, and staff. ASAs assist with student supervision during the program as needed, and help staff the program office. ASAs may be asked to assume the duties of an Assistant Facilitator, in the event an Assistant Facilitator is unable to fulfill his/her job description. See the complete Assistant Site Administrator Job Description for more detail.

Assistant Site Administrators should have at least one to two years of administrative experience, including a demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced office environment, and strong organizational, interpersonal, and computer skills. Experience working with youth or in an educational setting is preferred. At most sites, Assistant Site Administrators must be at least 21 years of age with a valid driver’s license for insurance purposes; candidates are subject to a driving check as part of the hiring process.

Assistant Site Administrators earn $150 per one-day program, $200 per two-day (non-residential) program, $250 per two-day (residential) program, and $600 per weeklong session, plus room and board for the duration of the program. Travel reimbursement to the training and/or program site is available, depending on the travel required (generally $50-$100 for CivicAction, $350-$600 for CivicWeek).

Instructor

Staff position with Civic Leadership Institute (Summer) & Taking Action (Summer)

Instructors are primarily responsible for all educational activities for a class section of 12–16 students. Using service-learning and experiential education methodologies, Instructors teach five hours of class daily, five days per week, and support an additional two-hour class session in the evenings. CEP provides recommended curricula and organizes all field experiences; with the help of Teaching Assistants, Instructors prepare and facilitate all lesson plans and class activities and evaluate student work. See the complete CLI Instructor Job Description or Taking Action Instructor Job Description for more detail.

Given the pace of the program, the limited timeframe, and the intellectual demands of the students, Instructors must be veteran, master teachers, adept at using a variety of teaching methods, differentiating instruction, and employing assessment tools to guide student learning. Instructors should have a minimum of five years of full-time classroom teaching experience as a lead instructor, or five years of full-time facilitation experience with youth experiential education programs, preferably working with gifted high school or middle school students, plus demonstrated experience in service-learning and/or experiential education.

CLI Instructors are required to live on site, and room and board are provided (valued at $1,475). (Taking Action Instructors do not have a residential requirement.) Instructors earn $2,400 - $3,000 per session, depending on education, experience, and course taught.

Lead Facilitator

Staff position with CivicAction (Fall, Winter & Spring) & CivicWeek (Spring & Summer)

The Lead Facilitator is the primary staff person responsible for a group of 12–18 students on a service-learning immersion program. The Lead Facilitator executes the daily itineraries; serves as the main liaison to the host sites, families and the Civic Education Project (CEP) and Center for Talent Development (CTD); plans and facilitates educational activities for students; supervises supporting staff members; and serves as the main program administrator for financial, health and disciplinary matters. The Lead Facilitator is ultimately responsible for the safety and quality of the group’s experience. See the complete Lead Facilitator Job Description for more detail.

Lead Facilitators should have a minimum of three to five years of full-time classroom teaching experience as a lead instructor, or three to five years of full-time facilitation experience with youth experiential education programs, preferably working with high school or middle school students, plus demonstrated experience in service-learning and/or experiential education. Residential program experience is required, and experience managing a staff team is preferred.

Lead Facilitators earn $150 per one-day program, $225 per two-day (non-residential) program, $300 per two-day (residential) program, $450 per four-day program, and $750 per weeklong program; plus room, board and transportation for the duration of the program. Travel reimbursement to the training and/or program site is available, depending on the travel required (generally $50-$100 for CivicAction, $350-$600 for CivicWeek).

Operations Assistant

Administrative position with Civic Leadership Institute (Summer)

Operations Assistants provide support in managing the day-to-day operations of the academic and residential programs, main site office, and health office, as needed. Working as a team, Operations Assistants arrange logistics for service projects, other academic activities, and residential activities on and off campus; and help manage the site office, including providing customer service to students, families, and staff. Operations Assistants may also help plan, facilitate, and supervise students during academic and residential activities. At some sites, Operations Assistants administer student medications and accompany students to seek medical care, as needed. See the complete Operations Assistant Job Description for more detail.

Operations Assistants should have at least one to two years of administrative experience, including a demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced office environment, and strong organizational, interpersonal, and computer skills. Experience working with youth or in an educational setting is preferred. At most sites, Operations Assistants must be at least 21 years of age with a valid driver’s license for insurance purposes; candidates are subject to a driving check as part of the hiring process.

Operations Assistants earn $1,850 per three-week session, plus room and board (valued at $1,750).

Operations Coordinator

Administrative position with Civic Leadership Institute (Summer)

The Operations Coordinator assumes primary responsibility for managing the day-to-day operations of the main site office, and acts as the first point of contact for the site’s “customers,” including students, families, program staff, and the host institution. Along with a team of 2­–3 Operations Assistants, Operations Coordinators arrange logistics for academic and residential activities on and off campus, and are the central figures in maintaining an organized and professional office environment that supports all program operations. See the complete Operations Coordinator Job Description for more detail.

Operations Coordinators should have at least two to four years of administrative experience, including a demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced office environment, create and maintain organizational systems, manage details of multiple projects, and provide outstanding customer service. Operations Coordinators should also have strong communication and interpersonal skills, experience supervising staff, and strong computer skills, including proficiency with Mac and Windows systems and advanced knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and other programs. Experience managing a program budget is preferred.

Operations Coordinators earn $2,750, plus room and board (valued at $1,750).

Operations Coordinators for the CTY Civic Leadership Institutes in Baltimore and Berkeley are required to attend an orientation session the first weekend of June (Friday evening – Sunday afternoon). Travel, housing and meals for this training session are provided.

Resident Assistant

Staff position with Civic Leadership Institute (Summer)

Resident Assistants (RAs) are responsible for the supervision, safety, and well-being of a group of 12–15 students. Working closely as a team, RAs create a community that supports the mission of CLI, in which students can succeed academically and socially. RAs plan and facilitate large-group and small-group residential activities for students during afternoons, evenings, and weekends. In order to foster an integrated living-learning community, RAs attend classes, participate in field experiences, and communicate frequently with instructional staff. See the complete Resident Assistant Job Description for more detail.

Resident Assistants should have at least one to two years of residential experience as a camp counselor or college RA, or at least one to two years of youth development experience as a teacher, counselor or social worker, experiential educator, or other youth development professional. Experience working with high school students in residential settings is preferred. Generally, successful candidates are at least three years older than the oldest students with whom they might be working.

Resident Assistants earn $1,400 per session, plus room and board (valued at $1,475).

Residential Dean

Administrative position with Civic Leadership Institute (Summer)

The Residential Dean is a member of the site administrative team and assumes primary responsibility for supervising the residential staff and coordinating the residential program. Residential Deans guide a team of RAs to coordinate daily campus life and recreational activities and ensure that the residential community is safe, engaging, and complementary to the academic mission of the program. Residential Deans also address student health, social, emotional, and disciplinary issues and furnish logistical support for residential activities. Finally, Residential Deans work closely with academic staff to help coordinate the residential with the academic aspects of the program. See the complete Residential Dean Job Description for more detail.

Residential Deans should have at least three to five years of experience in residential life or camp programming, as well as a background in teaching, counseling, or youth development, and/or graduate training in a relevant discipline. Residential Deans should also have administrative and staff management experience and strong communication, organizational and computer skills.

Residential Deans earn $3,500, plus room and board (valued at $1,750).

Residential Deans for the CTY Civic Leadership Institutes in Baltimore and Berkeley are required to attend an orientation session the first weekend of June (Friday evening – Sunday afternoon). Travel, housing and meals for this training session are provided.

Residential Program Assistant

Staff position with CivicAction (Fall)

Residential Program Assistants work closely with the Site Administrator to support the execution of a service-learning immersion program. Residential Program Assistants help manage the program schedule and logistics; supervise students during residential and recreational time; provide administrative support; assist with supervision of students on site visits and community experiences, as needed; ensure students are aware of and adhere to program rules and policies; build healthy, appropriate relationships with students; help create a sense of community; and otherwise support students’ academic, social and emotional well-being. See the complete Residential Program Assistant Job Description for more detail.

Residential Program Assistants should have prior youth development experience with middle school or high school students. Experience with service-learning and/or residential programs is preferred. Generally, successful candidates are at least three years older than the oldest students with whom they might be working.

The Residential Program Assistant stipend starts at $150 per two-day program (or $75 per 24-hour shift, if available), plus room, board and transportation for the duration of the program. Travel reimbursement to the training and/or program site is available, depending on the travel required (generally $50-$100 for CivicAction).

Site Administrator

Administrative position with CivicWeek (Summer)

The Site Administrator provides overall leadership and manages the day-to-day operations of the program. Specific responsibilities include assisting with staff training; managing the program schedule, including Opening and Closing Days, all-program speakers and activities, and daily site visits for each group; and troubleshooting any student, staff, or site concerns that arise during the program. The Site Administrator also coordinates logistics, communicates with host contacts, facilitates student arrival and departure, oversees the operations of the site office, and manages program finances. See the complete Site Administrator Job Description for more detail.

Site Administrators should have at least five years of educational program management experience, as well as experience with teaching, residential life, and/or camp programming. Site Administrators should also have a strong background in service-learning or experiential education and a demonstrated commitment to the mission of the program. Finally, Site Administrators should have extensive staff management experience and outstanding communication and organizational skills. 

The Site Administrator stipend starts at $1,000 per weeklong session, plus room and board for the duration of the program. Travel reimbursement to the training and/or program site is available, depending on the travel required (generally $350-$600 for CivicWeek).

Site Director

Administrative position with Civic Leadership Institute (Summer)

The Site Director provides leadership and supervision for a team of 20-30 staff members, oversees all academic and residential program activities, and directly manages day-to-day operations of the site. Site Directors maintain high visibility on campus, coordinate all major events, meet daily with staff and students, and coach staff members in addressing academic, residential, health, and social-emotional issues that arise with students. Site Directors also serve as the primary liaison to host institution representatives and various advisory contacts (e.g., year-round program staff, human resources, legal counsel and risk management). Site Directors are visible, available and approachable leaders and members of the program community. See the complete Site Director Job Description for more detail. 

Site Directors should have at least five years of educational program management experience, as well as experience with teaching, residential life, and/or camp programming. Site Directors should also have a strong background in service-learning or experiential education and a demonstrated commitment to the mission of the program. Finally, Site Directors should have extensive staff management experience and outstanding communication and organizational skills. 

Site Directors earn $4,000, plus room and board (valued at $1,750).

Site Directors for the CTY Civic Leadership Institutes in Baltimore and Berkeley are required to attend an orientation session the first weekend of June (Friday evening – Sunday afternoon). Travel, housing, and meals for this training session are provided.

Site Nurse

Administrative position with CTY Civic Leadership Institutes in Baltimore & Berkeley (Summer)

See CTY Summer Employment for a job description and application details.

Teaching Assistant

Staff position with Civic Leadership Institute (Summer) & Taking Action (Summer)

Teaching Assistants (TAs) work closely with Instructors to support a class section of 12-16 students. TAs attend and assist with daily class activities and facilitate an additional two-hour class session in the evenings. TAs contribute to the course in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, researching and photocopying class materials, supervising students on field experiences and facilitating reflection sessions, assisting students with individual and small group projects, giving feedback on student work, and preparing lessons and leading a class. See the complete CLI Teaching Assistant Job Description or Taking Action Teaching Assistant Job Description for more detail.

Teaching Assistants should have at least one to two years of teaching or youth development experience with high school or middle school students, as a teacher or tutor, experiential educator, or other youth development professional. Experience working in a residential program is preferred. Generally, successful candidates are at least three years older than the oldest students with whom they might be working.

CLI Teaching Assistants are required to live on site, and room and board are provided (valued at $1,475). (Taking Action Teaching Assistants do not have a residential requirement.) Teaching Assistants earn $1,200 - $1,400 per session, depending on education and experience.

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