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 cities across the country—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

Working with CEP: 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 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.

Season Program(s) Staff Consideration Begins Hiring Decesions Begin
Winter CivicAction December 11 Mid-December
Spring CivicWeek

January 1
(Returning Staff)

January 1
(New Staff)

January 15
(Returning Staff)

February 1
(New Staff)

Summer

CivicWeek

Civic Leadership Institute

Taking Action

January 1
(Returning Staff)

January 15
(New Staff)

February 1
(Returning Staff)

February 15
(New Staff)

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 staff application details. Candidates interested in applying for an Academic Counselor role at CTY CLI should apply directly to CTY.

Academic Director

Administrative position with Civic Leadership Institute (Summer)

The Academic Director is a member of the Civic Leadership Institute site administrative team and assumes primary responsibility for coordinating the academic program and supervising instructional staff. Academic Directors oversee staff in implementing the CLI curriculum and coordinate logistics for field experiences, speakers, class projects, and other academic activities. See the complete Academic Director Job Posting for more detail.

Academic Directors 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 Directors should also have administrative and staff management experience and strong communication, organizational, and computer skills. Experience working in a residential program is preferred.

Academic Directors earn $3,500, plus room and board (valued at $1,750). CLI administrators are responsible for their own travel to and from the program site.

Academic 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.

Assistant Facilitator

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

The Assistant Facilitator works closely with the Lead Facilitator to 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 Posting 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, $350 per four-day program, and $650 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 for non-local staff, 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 enrolled in the Civic Leadership Institute or up to 18 students enrolled in Taking Action: Leadership & Service. Using service-learning and experiential education methodologies, Instructors teach five hours of class daily, five days per week. CLI Instructors also 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 Posting or Taking Action Instructor Job Posting 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. CLI and Taking Action staff are responsible for their own travel to and from the program site.

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 host sites, families, and program administrators; plans and facilitates educational activities for students; supervises 1-2 Assistant Facilitators; and serves as the main program administrator for student needs. The Lead Facilitator is ultimately responsible for the safety and quality of the group’s experience. See the complete Lead Facilitator Job Posting 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, $500 per four-day program, and $900 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 for non-local staff, 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 support the Operations Coordinator and administrative team in managing the operations of the site office and arranging logistics for academic and residential activities. The operations team serves as the first point of contact for students, families, program staff, and the host institution. Operations Assistants may also help facilitate and supervise students during academic and residential activities. See the complete Operations Assistant Job Posting 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). CLI administrators are responsible for their own travel to and from the program site.

Operations Coordinator

Administrative position with Civic Leadership Institute (Summer)

The Operations Coordinator assumes primary responsibility for managing the daily operations of the site office that supports all program operations, and supervises a team of 2-3 Operations Assistants to coordinate logistics for academic and residential activities. Operations Coordinators act as the first point of contact for students, families, program staff, community partners, and the host institution. See the complete Operations Coordinator Job Posting 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). CLI administrators are responsible for their own travel to and from the program site.

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 are responsible for the supervision, safety, and well-being of a group of 12–16 students enrolled in the Civic Leadership Institute. Resident Assistants plan and facilitate residential activities, provide active supervision during recreational time and lights out, and hold daily residential hall meetings. Resident Assistants 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 supports students’ academic, social and emotional well-being. Resident Assistants also attend classes on occasion, participate in field experiences, and communicate with instructional staff. See the complete Resident Assistant Job Posting for more detail.

Resident Assistants should have at least one to two years of residential experience as a camp counselor or college Resident Assistant, 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). CLI staff are responsible for their own travel to and from the program site.

Residential Director

Administrative position with Civic Leadership Institute (Summer)

The Residential Director is a member of the Civic Leadership Institute site administrative team and assumes primary responsibility for coordinating the residential program and supervising residential staff. Residential Directors oversee a team of Residential Assistants in creating an inclusive living-learning community for students that upholds and promotes the mission of the program. Residential Directors coordinate campus life and residential activities, and manage student behavioral, disciplinary, health, and social-emotional concerns. See the complete Residential Director Job Posting for more detail.

Residential Directors 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 Directors should also have administrative and staff management experience and strong communication, organizational and computer skills.

Residential Directors earn $3,500, plus room and board (valued at $1,750). CLI administrators are responsible for their own travel to and from the program site.

Residential 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 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 a Civic Leadership Institute site. Site Directors maintain high visibility on campus, coordinate all major events, meet daily with staff and students and coach staff members in addressing student concerns. Site Directors are visible, available and approachable leaders and members of the program community. See the complete Site Director Job Posting 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 $4,500, plus room and board (valued at $1,750). CLI administrators are responsible for their own travel to and from the program site.

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 staff application details. Candidates interested in applying for a Site Nurse role at CTY CLI should apply directly to CTY.

Teaching Assistant

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

Teaching Assistants work closely with Instructors to support a class section of 12–16 students enrolled in the Civic Leadership Institute or up to 18 students enrolled in Taking Action: Leadership & Service. Teaching Assistants attend and assist with daily class activities. For CLI, Teaching Assistants facilitate an additional two-hour class session in the evenings. Taking Action: Leadership & Service Teaching Assistants facilitate two-hour evening study sessions twice a week. Teaching Assistants contribute to the course in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, supervising students on field experiences and facilitating reflection sessions, assisting students with individual and small group projects, giving feedback on student work, preparing lessons and leading a class, and preparing class materials. See the complete CLI Teaching Assistant Job Posting or Taking Action Teaching Assistant Job Posting 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. CLI and Taking Action staff are responsible for their own travel to and from the program site.

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