Program Associate, Oklahoma

Generation Citizen
Published
June 11, 2019
Location
Oklahoma City, OK
Category
Job Type

Description

ABOUT GENERATION CITIZEN:

Generation Citizen is transforming how civics education is taught by bringing the subject to life. We
champion real-world democracy education that equips all young people with the skills and knowledge
needed to participate effectively. To ensure that our democracy represents the voices of all people, we
prioritize working with students from communities that have been historically excluded from the
political process. In the classroom, our Action Civics program inspires robust civic participation by
inviting students to engage directly with the local issues and institutions impacting their communities.
We provide thought leadership, conduct research, and build coalitions to advocate for state and
district level policies that ensure schools prioritize Action Civics. Nationwide, Generation Citizen is
activating a movement of young people prepared to lead in our democracy.
Generation Citizen is nearing our 10th year of operations, serving more than 60,000 students since
our founding and on track to serve more than 25,000 next academic year.

ABOUT THE ROLE:

The Program Associate is part of a team responsible for managing GC’s Action Civics programming in
local middle and high schools in Oklahoma. The Program Associate collaborates with their local team
in the oversight of program quality and stewardship of relationships with partners in schools and the
community. They also oversee college volunteer recruitment and lead the development, mentorship,
and management of a volunteer cohort. The Program Associate will be on the Oklahoma regional
team, which includes another Program Associate, a Program Manager, an Executive Director, and a
part-time Operations Assistant, and will report directly to the Program Manager. The Oklahoma
regional team frequently collaborates virtually with staff members in GC’s five other regions
(California, Texas, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island).
This position is great for early-career achievers with demonstrated commitment to civic participation,
equity, and personal growth. Success in this role spans many responsibilities, and the Program
Associate can expect significant on-the-job learning and the development of professional skills such
as managing complex projects, facilitating workshops and meetings, building partnerships with
educators, managing and supporting volunteers, and navigating local governmental and advocacy
structures.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Support Program Quality & Site Operations:

  • Help plan and implement teacher professional learning institute each summer and
    provide ongoing support to teachers working with college students to deliver program
  • Implement and manage systems of volunteer background checks, volunteer placements,
    data collection and upkeep, and distribution and collection of student, teacher, and
    volunteer surveys
  • Utilize nationally created program materials to meet local needs, and develop volunteers’
    and teachers’ advocacy knowledge to connect action projects to ongoing campaigns and
    political activity in Oklahoma
  • Assist in the planning and execution of an end-of-semester Civics Day event, at which
    students present their action projects to community leaders and public officials
  • Collaborate with national program staff and other sites to solicit best practices and
    contribute to national program efforts and overall desired program outcomes
  • Serve as a team player in supporting the site and organization’s interconnected
    programmatic, advocacy, and fundraising efforts

Develop College Student Talent & Oversee College Partnerships

  • Engage and support college volunteer leaders, empowering them to recruit and lead strong
    GC chapters on their campuses
  • Cultivate student pipelines and drive recruitment action plans on each partner college
    campus
  • Plan and facilitate training for college Democracy Coach volunteers each semester, and
    provide intensive ongoing coaching of volunteers on GC’s Action Civics curriculum and
    advocacy frameworks
  • Conduct regular classroom observations to oversee program quality and provide assistance
    and constructive feedback to Democracy Coaches and classes
  • Track class and chapter progress rigorously and manage quality benchmarks and milestones
  • Plan and implement volunteer appreciation activities
  • Establish strategic partnerships with faculty and administrators to support the
    institutionalization of GC on college and university campuses

THE FOLLOWING IS LIKELY TRUE OF OUR PROGRAM ASSOCIATE’S EXPERIENCE:

  • Early-career professional or recent college graduate who is interested in jump-starting an advocacy and programming career in a mission-driven environment
  • Personal or work experience that lends itself deeply to understanding the education and/or
    government landscape in Oklahoma
  • Experience working towards individual and shared goals while remaining people-focused and
    empathetic to the needs and experience of others
  • Experience problem-solving and managing multiple work streams simultaneously
  • Experience building and maintaining personal relationships with a wide variety of
    stakeholders, including college and middle or high school students and teachers
  • Experience planning and overseeing event processes and operations
  • A background of quickly learning various new technologies to support work

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS PREFERRED:

  • B.A. or B.S. degree, or equivalent experience
  • Based in the Oklahoma City Metro Area with an ability to commute to our local office in
    Midtown, or a commitment to relocating to the area
  • Basic knowledge of governmental structures and processes in Oklahoma in order to
    optimally support GC teachers and their students with advocacy research and authentic
    community engagement
  • Willingness to work an occasional evening and weekend for special events and projects
    PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS & NECESSARY COMPETENCIES:
  • A deep commitment to and passion for Generation Citizen’s mission
  • Process-oriented and capable of implementing and maintaining strong systems to organize
    work
  • A strong relationship-builder, empathetic listener, and giver (and receiver!) of direct and
    supportive feedback, in order to connect to, engage, and inspire others towards outcomes,
    as well as for personal growth
  • Highly collaborative spirit, with a strong ability to project manage and get things done
    (individually and through others); and strong ownership of personal actions and team
    outcomes
  • Strong time management skills and an ability to stay organized and give attention to details
    while managing diverse tasks, activities, and projects
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to maintain professionalism with
    diverse stakeholders
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion especially as it relates to supporting equitable
    and inclusive program and organizational operations
  • Ability to identify and solve problems in a dynamic environment
  • Comfort using technology and platforms such as Google Docs/Sheets and MS Office
    applications

OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY IN HIRING:

Generation Citizen is an equal opportunity employer and places a high value in creating a workforce
that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve. Generation Citizen does not discriminate
against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender,
sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability, age, marital status,
military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. We believe diverse teams are effective teams, and that
innovation is only possible when a set of diverse experiences and perspectives are at the table. We
were founded by a college student almost 10 years ago, and we’re a team of educators, advocates,
and youth organizers. What does this mean? We have an inherent appreciation for the “nontraditionals”, untapped potential, and the diamonds in the rough. We have flexibility around formal
education, and our minimum requirements are preferred but not mandatory. We are willing to train a
passionate, learning-oriented person with a history of getting results, even if that history is different
from the exact descriptors of what they’ll be doing within the role.
WHAT WE OFFER:
Generation Citizen offers a competitive salary commensurate with both soft and hard experience,
with the potential for annual performance based raises. We offer a comprehensive benefits plan,
covering the majority of the employee premium for all medical plan options. Other benefits include
dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, flexible spending account
options, generous vacation time plus a winter break between December 24 and January 2 of each
year, commuter benefits, and a 401(k).
At Generation Citizen, we believe each of us has the capacity to make a difference within our
communities. Our hope for a better democracy, and brighter future for all, fuels our commitment to
seek systems-level responses and solutions to present challenges. We invite collective inquiry,
experimentation, failure, and resilience to inspire inventive outcomes, learning, and growth. We
strive for an inclusive work environment where employees are encouraged to bring their whole selves
to work every day, and work to create a collaborative, dynamic team of colleagues driven by our big
mission and equipped with our core values

HOW TO APPLY:

Qualified candidates should send a resume and thoughtful cover letter that speaks to your
experience in the responsibilities, experience, and characteristics sections to
ACurran@GenerationCitizen.org. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Please
include “Program Associate, Oklahoma” in your email subject line.
The hiring manager will reach out to qualified applicants on a rolling basis to schedule an initial
phone screen, thus we recommend submitting your application materials early. We appreciate if you
could refrain from reaching out to GC team members directly to inquire about the position or status
of your application.
While the hiring timeline is subject to change, the GC team hopes to have our new Program Associate in seat by August 1.

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