CEP Job Opportunities Position Openings & Employment Dates

CEP Job Opportunities Position Openings & Employment Dates

Inspire Student Leaders!

Join CEP this Summer - Online!
Instructional staff positions available.

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CEP Professional Development with an Impact

CEP Professional Development with an Impact

Professional Development with an Impact

Looking to gain skills as a service-learning facilitator? CEP provides trainings for educators, youth development professionals, and other practitioners on topics of service-learning, leadership, social justice education, and youth development. Learn more


Summer 2020 Online Program Transition

In light of recent developments related to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), both in the U.S. and abroad, Northwestern University will not be holding in-person programming for youth this summer. Complete information on University announcements can be found on the University's coronavirus/COVID-19 updates page, which provides news and resources for the Northwestern community. 

We are disappointed to not greet summer staff members in person and work together to implement CEP programs as we had planned. We have been working to review CEP's course offerings and curriculum, to make a plan for moving courses online, as possible. We are excited to announce the transition of several CEP summer programs to an online format for summer 2020; see details here.

While the world of remote learning within service-learning and leadership is a newer venture for our team, we are confident we can offer students a meaningful learning experience and opportunities to acquire knowledge, skills, and motivation to become active citizens.

Given the streamlined program models dictated by an online setting, CEP will only be hiring Instructors & Teaching Assistants for the revised summer 2020 online courses.

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 online trainings, including staff handbooks and curriculum materials, and (if applicable) preparing lesson plans and activities.

 During the Program

  • Each day is quite full, and program curricula move at a fairly quick pace.
  • Following the program, instructional staff 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 an online learning 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
Spring CivicWeek

December 1
(Returning Staff)

January 1
(New Staff)

January 15
(Returning Staff)

February 1
(New Staff)



Civic Leadership Institute

Taking Action

January 1
(Returning Staff)

January 15
(New Staff)

February 1
(Returning Staff)

February 15
(New Staff)

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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Instructional staff position with Civic Leadership Institute (Summer), Leadership Intensive (Summer) & Taking Action (Summer)

Instructors are primarily responsible for all educational activities for a class section of 12–18 students. Using service-learning and experiential education methodologies, Instructors teach three hours of online class sessions daily, five days per week during the course. Instructors also hold virtual office hours weekly to support student learning.

CEP provides curriculum frameworks and resources, and organizes all virtual community meetings; with the help of Teaching Assistants, Instructors prepare and facilitate all lesson plans and class activities and evaluate student work. See the complete Online 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, and online teaching.

Instructors earn $2,400 - $3,000 per three-week session, depending on education, experience, and course taught. Instructors earn $900 per one-week session.

Teaching Assistant

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

Teaching Assistants work closely with Instructors to support a class section of 12–18 students in an online classroom setting. Teaching Assistants attend and assist in facilitating all online class sessions, and hold virtual office hours daily to support student learning.

Teaching Assistants contribute to the course in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, facilitating reflection sessions, assisting students with individual and small group projects, giving feedback on student work, and preparing class materials. See the complete Online 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 with online teaching is preferred.

Teaching Assistants earn $14/hour.

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