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Civic Education Project

Work with CEP

Create Life-changing Experiences for Student Leaders

Accepting Applications

Online, Day Camp, and Residential Job Opportunities

Now Hiring for Summer Courses 

Administrative, Instructional, & Residential Staff Positions Available

The Civic Education Project (CEP) hires passionate, dedicated educators to work with highly motivated middle and high school students to explore our nation's most pressing social issues and ways students can take action.

If you want to help develop socially responsible young leaders, then CEP wants you!

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 involves several different activities, and program curricula move at a fairly quick pace.
  • Following the program, instructional staff have 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 or 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 and Hiring Timelines

Please carefully review our Position Openings and Employment Dates before completing a staff application.

*If you are applying for programs within both applications (ex. Leadership Intensive & TALS), please first complete a Northwestern myHR application and then a CEP Staff Application, selecting "previously applied" so that you need only to select program preferences for CEP.

In each online Staff Application 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 to five 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 you may not have the option to save and return to the application to complete it 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 & LI 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.

Staff Consideration Begins
Hiring Decisions Begin

Winter & Spring                  


Leadership Intensive


December 1
(Returning Staff)

December 15
(New Staff)

January 1
(Returning & New Staff)


Leadership Intensive,
Civic Leadership Institute,

February 1
(Returning Staff)

February 15
(New Staff)

March 1
(Returning & 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.)

Online Leadership Intensive Administrative & Instructional Staff Details (Grades 7-10)

Academic Coordinator - Leadership Intensive

Academic Coordinators oversee staff in implementing program curriculums, provide oversite to online courses, and coordinate communication for all academic activities. See the Online Leadership Intensive Academic Coordinator Job Posting for complete details.

Remote work June 20 –July 27, 2022
Hours: M-F, 9:00 am –3:00 pm CST (25 hours/week)
Hourly rate of $25/hour 

Instructor - Leadership Intensive

Instructors are responsible for preparing and facilitating the course curriculum and evaluating student work via Schoology, CTD’s learning management system, and facilitating classes via Zoom, Northwestern University’s video conferencing platform. See the Online Leadership Intensive Instructor Job Posting for complete details.

Instructor compensation is $1,500 per course. 

In-Person Summer Academic Camp Administrative Staff Details (Grades 6-12)

The Civic Leadership Institute and Taking Action courses are run in partnership with CTD's Summer Academic Camp at Northwestern University in Evanston. Learn more about Summer Academic Camp job responsibilities and experiences by clicking here.

Temporary Assistant Coordinator - Civic Leadership Institute

The Temporary Assistant Coordinator provides leadership and management to an administrative staff team of 3 and supports a team of 20-30 instructional and residential staff members, overseeing academic and residential program activities for in-person and online leadership and service-learning programs. See the Temporary Assistant Coordinator Job Posting for complete details.

Full-time, on-campus work: June 13 –July 15, 2022
Hours: M-F, 1:00 pm –8:00 pm CST 
Flex weekday hours for: Opening Day (June 26) and weekend activities coverage as needed on July 2, 3, 9, and 10 
(30 hours/week)
Hourly rate of $30/hour 

Academic Director - Civic Leadership Institute

Academic Directors (ADs) serve as primary point of contact for all instructional staff, students and parents for their specific program. The AD collaborates with the Program Coordinator to ensure the academic component of each program is meeting expectations and leads the team of Instructors and Teaching Assistants. See the Academic Director Job Posting for complete details.

Full-time, on-campus work: June 20 –July 17, 2022
Hours: M-F, 8:30 am –5:00 pm CST & Sunday 6:30 pm –8:30 pm 
(37.5 hours/week)
Hourly rate of $25/hour 

Assistant Residential Director - Civic Leadership Institute 

Assistant Residential Director (ARDs) directly support a group of residential staff fostering an inclusive living-learning community. ARDs live in the residence hall for the duration of the program and have rotating overnight and on-call responsibilities. See the Assistant Residential Director Job Posting for complete details.

Assistant Residential Director compensation starts at $2,450 per 3-week session. 

In-Person Summer Academic Camp Instructional & Residential Staff Details (Grades 6-12)

The Civic Leadership Institute and Taking Action courses are run in partnership with CTD's Summer Academic Camp at Northwestern University in Evanston. Learn more about Summer Academic Camp job responsibilities and experiences by clicking here.

All CLI & TALS courses include off-campus experiential service-learning experiences with community partners in the surrounding Chicagoland area. 

Instructor - Civic Leadership Institute & Taking Action (Grades 6-12)

Instructors are responsible for the design and execution of their course, evaluation and documentation of student progress, and the direct supervision of their Teaching Assistant. See the Instructor Job Posting for complete details.

Instructor compensation is $3,200 per 3-week course. 

Residential Teaching Assistant (RTA) - Civic Leadership Institute (Grades 9-12)

Residential Teaching Assistants (RTAs) supervise and support one group of 10-14 residents in the residence hall and one group of 8-18 students in the classroom. RTAs build a safe, nurturing and fun environment for students. They promote the academic and social success of students by running activities, leading study sessions, and supervising on-campus and off-campus events. See the Residential Teaching Assistant Job Posting for complete details.

RTA compensation is $2,250 per 3-week session. 

Teaching Assistant (TA) - Taking Action (Grades 6-8)

Teaching Assistants work in close collaboration with Instructors to provide academically challenging instruction to CTD students. Teaching Assistants support student engagement and directly supervise students before class and throughout the academic day. See the Teaching Assistant Job Posting for complete details.

Session 2: July 18 –August 5, 2022
Hours: M-F, 8:15 am –3:30 pm, one half-hour unpaid break per day; T/TH 6:30 pm –7:45 pm (all hours required per position/course assigned)
$15 per hour

COVID-19 Health and Safety

Northwestern requires all residential and in-person staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited exceptions, and will be required to document their vaccination status. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 and Campus Updates website.

Contact Us

For questions regarding the application process or working with CEP, please contact:


"This is a powerful experience for students and staff—I wish I could teach like this year-round.” – CEP Educator

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