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Senior Education Associate: After School Programs

The Senior Education Associate: After School Programs will be responsible for overseeing our Mock Trial & Mock Appellate After School programming for grades five and above. They will spend the majority of their time working to create strong partnerships and maintain positive relationships with schools, legal partners, and multiple MA courthouses. The Senior Education Associate: After School Programs will facilitate the effective implementation of the twice a year, 11 week After School programs as well as the culminating Mock Trial and Mock Appellate events. Additionally, this role will work closely with the Education Director to update the After School curriculum to be culturally responsive, engaging and relevant.

This position will require some evening work and travel within Massachusetts (site visits to law offices and schools, and travel for culminating events in New Bedford, Springfield, Worcester, Lowell, etc.). Must have a valid driver’s license and willingness to travel outside of Boston 1-2 times per month.

Job Responsibilities:

Program Facilitation

  • Recruit and build relationships with school and legal partners, matching schools with volunteer legal partners and providing feedback and ongoing support.
  • Build strong relationships with Judges, clerks, and other Courthouse staff.
  • Execute ongoing communication and troubleshoot with legal and school partners to ensure that programming is running effectively.
  • Facilitate training for legal partners on effectively working with students.
  • Coordinate courthouse visits for student teams and volunteer attorneys.
  • Work with Office Administrator to support program logistics and track data such as school and volunteer participation.
  • Coordinate program evaluations, and maintain accurate records for grant reporting purposes.
  • Facilitate Courthouse field trips for K-12 students.
  • Write end of year program report.

Event Management

  • With support from the Office Administrator and Education Associate, plan and manage culminating Mock Trial events in all partner cities, including: Boston, Lawrence, Lowell, New Bedford, Springfield, and Worcester.
  • Recruit Judges, attorneys, and members of the community to participate in culminating Mock Trial & Mock Appellate events in all partner cities.

Program Quality & Improvement

  • In partnership with the Education Director create and revise after school program curriculum and training materials to be culturally responsive, engaging and relevant.
  • Conduct program observations of afterschool programs; provide feedback to volunteers.
  • Use data from partners to improve teacher, student, volunteer, and facilitator experiences.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice, education, or related field.
  • 4+ years experience in an education setting (such as teacher, curriculum or youth development organizer, after school program facilitator etc.), preferably in grades 6-8.
  • Experience with extracurricular programs such as Mock Trial, debate, or Model U.N.
  • Competency and cultural sensitivity in working with students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to develop and maintain professional relationships with legal partners and schools.
  • Passion for social studies and civic education.
  • Highly organized, flexible, and conscientious self-starter.
  • Experience with volunteer or event management preferred.
  • Experience working in education and/or civics engagement non-profit a plus.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Comfortable working independently and as part of a team.
  • Competency in Microsoft Office, Constant Contact, Salesforce a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage time effectively, balance multiple competing priorities, and remain adaptable, flexible, and positive while navigating challenges.
  • Ability to establish collaborative working relationships with DJ staff and educators.


Salary range is $52k-$58k, commensurate with experience. Our competitive benefits package includes:

  • Health, dental, and life insurance
  • 403(b) retirement plan, including an additional 5% of your salary
    Pre-tax transportation plan
  • Paid vacation days, personal days, sick leave, and holidays including annual office closure between Christmas Eve and New Years Day
  • $1,000 professional development benefit

To apply: Please email your resume and a relevant cover letter with “Senior Education Associate” in the subject line to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.

Executive Director 

The landscape of civics education in Massachusetts is changing rapidly, and we are looking for a passionate, highly experienced non-profit leader to help position Discovering Justice for programmatic and geographic expansion in the coming years. The Executive Director will provide vision, program oversight, board stewardship, and fundraising expertise to the organization.

Responsibilities include:

Leadership and Management

  • Lead the development and execution of a Strategic Plan, which will guide the organization’s work over the next 3-5 years, and monitor progress to goals.
  • Serve as a respected public voice for civics education and law-related education for younger students and help develop and strengthen Discovering Justice’s distinctive approach.
  • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Trustees; serve as ex-officio of each committee; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing local operations as well as for broader expansion.
  • Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.
  • Build partnerships with school districts, peer organizations, and other external stakeholders, positioning Discovering Justice as a  leader in the civics education field.
  • In collaboration with the Chief Operating Officer and the Board Finance Committee, oversee the organization’s finances to ensure sustainability.
  • Supervise Chief Operating Officer and Development Director, and possibly other staff.
  • Foster collaboration and engagement across all staff.

Fundraising & Communications

  • Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and expansion.
  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.
  • Work with the Development Director to refine all aspects of communications (from web presence to external relations) with the goal of creating a stronger brand.

Candidate Profile:

  • Track record of effectively leading and scaling a performance- and outcomes-based organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.
  • Experience in civics, education, or youth development. Bachelor’s Degree required, with an advanced degree in business, nonprofit management, public policy, public administration, or another relevant field preferred.

Salary Range: $125,000+, commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package included.

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to by April 10, 2018. No phone calls, please.

At Discovering Justice, we celebrate diversity, and our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the communities we serve. As such, we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace, and do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

Discovering Justice is empowering a rising generation of leaders through an innovative civics curriculum which utilizes courtrooms as classrooms and classrooms as civic spaces—encouraging agency, empathy, and voice in K-8 students across Massachusetts. Each year, Discovering Justice works with K-8 students and teachers in more than 19 districts across the state, providing teachers with civics curriculum, training, and professional development, and offering experiential field trip and after school programs designed to provide young people with the knowledge, tools, and resources they need to participate in democracy and extend civic learning into their own neighborhoods and communities.


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