Careers at Discovering Justice

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Curriculum Developer

Spring 2022 Paid Fellowships

Discovering Justice Fellows work directly with our staff to help develop programs and build the organization’s operational capacity. During the semester-long program from February to June, Fellows will learn a variety of skills through hands-on work in delivering civic education programming, working for social change, and running and managing the operations of a nonprofit organization.

Discovering Justice Fellowships are ideal for recent graduates or college students taking a gap year. The program runs for 13 weeks, beginning in February 2022 and running until June 2022, with some flexibility depending on position needs and applicant availability. Fellows should be available to report to the Moakley Courthouse in Boston 1-3 days a week. Some fully remote and part-time opportunities are available. Full-time fellows who work 40 hours per week will receive a stipend of $3,500 for their term, with a commensurate stipend for part-time positions.

Discovering Justice is a cohort of hardworking and passionate people excited to welcome new people and ideas. The organization’s staff and volunteers provide an open and welcoming environment, which provides opportunities for Fellows to take on responsibilities and learn core nonprofit skills to help in their careers. Spring 2022 Fellowship positions are available in the following areas: Civic Education Advocacy, K-5 In-School Curriculum and Programs, Courthouse Programs, Topics Program, Mock Trial Program, and Communications. See more information about our programs, as well as our mission and values.

Who You Are
  • You have a passion for civic education and the need to protect and promote our democracy.
  • You can commit to working 40 hours per week with a dynamic and energetic staff. (At least 20 hours for a part-time Fellowship)
  • You have excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • You love to work with a team and want to learn new skills.
  • You will take this experience back to your campus or to your next job.
Fellowship Positions 

Civic Education Advocacy Fellow
The Civic Education Advocacy Fellow will work with the Executive Director to help coordinate a grassroots campaign to increase Massachusetts’ investment in civic education programs. The Fellow will work with the ED to help develop a policy platform, help coordinate a statewide Lobby Day at the State House through working with dozens of civic education groups across Massachusetts, and coordinate a voter registration drive for high school seniors. Experience with managing events and recruiting and organizing volunteers is required.

K-5 In School Curriculum and Programs Fellow
The K-5 In-School Fellow will work with the Education Program Director to support the development, piloting, and revision process as we continue to build our K-5 civics curricular material. Our in-school program and curriculum provides students with a deeper understanding of justice, the critical skills to determine and advocate for justice, and a sense of identity as a community member within our world. Experience or background in education, civics, and social justice preferred.

Courthouse Programs Fellow
The Courthouse Programs Fellow will work with the Courthouse Programs Manager to assist in the curation of Tours and Courthouse Art Exhibitions exploring themes of justice in the art and architecture of the Moakley Federal Courthouse and in our legal system. The Fellow will help organize and schedule tour groups, get trained as a tour docent, and assist in the training of other volunteer docents, as well as assist in the organization and planning of Discovering Justice’s ongoing Courthouse Events Series, including panel events, film screenings, and other in-person opportunities hosted by Discovering Justice. The Fellow will also help compile and organize archival records of Discovering Justice’s 20+ year history. Experience with event planning, script writing, public speaking, and WordPress, is a plus, but not a requirement.

Topics Program Fellow
The Topics Fellow will work with Program staff to research topics and identify partners for Discovering Justice’s new Topics Program. The Topics Program covers contemporary legal issues and themes of justice that are relevant to middle and high school students. Fellows will help identify and reach out to community advocates and individuals in the justice system for their inclusion in programs in which students explore an essential question and learn fundamental civic skills including how to take informed action through engagement.

Mock Trial Program Fellow
The Fellow will work with Mock Trial Program Manager to run the organization’s signature Mock Trial and Mock Appeal Programs that provide opportunities for middle school students to delve deeper into the nation’s political and judicial systems. During Mock Trial, teams of students partner with volunteer attorneys to litigate cases, engage in legal analysis as they develop arguments, and prepare to make their cases in front of a real judge and jury. All throughout the program students will be analyzing our justice system with a critical lens. The Fellow will provide support to legal mentors and students, monitor and evaluate classes, and coordinate the culminating Mock Trial events. The Fellow will also assist the Mock Trial Program Manager in the design and revision of engaging civic education curriculum for the Fall 2021 and future sessions.

Communications Fellow
The Fellow will work with Program staff to develop and implement a social media and earned media outreach strategy. Utilizing the organization’s website, social media platforms, and access to media outlets to media outlets, the Fellow will help create and edit video and broadcast the activities of the organization and its programs. Adobe Premier and Canva experience preferred.

To Apply  

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and two references by January 10, 2022. Please specify your Fellowship(s) of interest and clearly state in your cover letter and application whether you would like to be considered for a part-time or remote position. Send application materials to Henry Schunk at careers@discoveringjustice.org with your name and “Fellowship Application” in the subject line. Discovering Justice aims to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Members of Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Women, and LGBTQ communities strongly encouraged to apply.

Curriculum Developer: Grades K-5

Discovering Justice is seeking a K-5 Curriculum Developer to develop, write, and manage statewide civics curricula and programs for elementary school students. The K-5 Curriculum Developer will be supervised by the Education Program Director, and is responsible for updating our existing K-2 curricula as well as expanding it to cover Grades 3-5. For over two decades, Discovering Justice’s programs have provided opportunities for civic education and engagement for students across Massachusetts. The organization works in partnership with school systems, judges, nonprofits, and the legal community to examine the workings of the justice system, explore the ideals of justice, and help young people prepare to engage in our democracy. Our office is located in Seaport. We currently work remotely 4 days a week and in person 1 day a week. 

Our elementary curriculum, Children Discovering Justice, is a standards-based K-2 civics curriculum designed to support and enhance social studies, literacy, and SEL instruction. Modules focus on MA civic practice standards which provide students with the foundational knowledge, skills, dispositions, and language needed to be engaged, critical, compassionate, and active leaders of our democracy. Students explore topics of fairness, community, equity, and other themes of democracy and justice, while answering the question: What is justice and how do I use my voice to advocate for it? See more information about our programs, as well as our mission and values.

Responsibilities
  • Update, revise, and build on existing Children Discovering Justice grades K-2 curriculum including lesson plans, PowerPoints, activities, and student materials to be inquiry-based, engaging, and relevant
  • Develop / plan and write new grades 3-5 Children Discovering Justice civics curriculum
  • Build relationships with teachers and school administrators to inform the development and piloting of new curriculum and programs
  • Support development of and/or facilitate professional development for teachers
  • Develop tools and collect data to evaluate effectiveness of the program and maintain records for grant reporting and communications purposes
  • Use data to regularly inform and update curricular materials, including observing and debriefing with teachers
  • Manage curriculum implementation in existing districts and expansion to new districts, as well as to develop and manage new K-5 programming including “Justice Week”
Qualifications
  • A culturally competent educator with at least 3 years of elementary teaching experience (preferably in an urban district)
  • Experienced in writing inquiry based curriculum / lessons and engaging accessible materials for young students
  • Knowledgeable of the Massachusetts History & Social Science Frameworks and/or College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards
  • Passionate about bringing civics (civil discourse, engagement, etc.) to young students and teachers
  • Innovative, flexible and creative thinker who can balance multiple projects and responsibilities
  • Proficient with Google Drive (slides, etc.) where our curriculum and program materials live
Compensation

Salary range is $55,000-65,000 commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package with health, dental, and life insurance; 403(b) retirement plan, including an additional 5% of your salary; paid vacation days, personal days, sick leave, and holidays including annual office closure between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day; $500 annual professional development benefit.

To Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter with “K-5 Curriculum Developer” in the subject line to careers@discoveringjustice.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Discovering Justice aims to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Members of Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Women, and LGBTQ communities strongly encouraged to apply.

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