Facilitator – Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute at Princeton
LEDA is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to identifying and developing the academic and leadership potential of exceptional public high school students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. These students are currently underrepresented in our nation’s top colleges, universities and ultimately, leadership sectors. These institutions require an infusion of diversity to improve the mix of ideas and information impacting leaders of public and private organizations across the nation. By helping socio-economically disadvantaged students gain admission to selective academic institutions, LEDA seeks to equalize educational opportunity. LEDA recognizes that we are better off as a nation and as a people if we offer equal opportunity regardless of socio-economic status, drawing upon the leadership potential of all of our most talented citizens.
About the Position:
LEDA is seeking dynamic and inspiring instructors to teach the Aspects of Leadership course during LEDA’s 2016 Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute at Princeton University. Each year, LEDA’s Summer Institute serves 100 high-achieving high school juniors from low-income families, recruited from across the nation to become LEDA Scholars. Throughout the intensive seven-week program, Scholars receive college guidance, writing instruction, and standardized test preparation while experiencing a supervised version of collegiate residential life. The centerpiece of their experience is the Aspects of Leadership course.
LEDA’s Aspects of Leadership curriculum develops Scholars’ critical thinking and leadership skills by exploring some of the toughest ethical and policy issues we face in the 21st Century. The course fosters both personal empowerment and collaboration by way of learner-centered pedagogy and active learning, whereby Scholars become participants in constructing their own knowledge rather than passive recipients. Methods such as team-building activities, case studies, role-play simulations, debates, critical thinking exercises, and presentations strengthen Scholars’ analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills, preparing them to become transformative leaders in their communities at home, in college, and beyond. The job of the facilitator is to implement this curriculum, ensuring that this diverse cohort of talented Scholars receives a rigorous and enriching academic experience. Facilitators will instruct approximately 15 students at a time and will facilitate instruction for different groups of students on a rotating basis.
- Effectively implement the Aspects of Leadership curriculum.
- Participate in all required sessions of the facilitator training program beginning February, 2016. Spring training sessions will be held online and will require a commitment of at least three hours per week for approximately 12 weeks.
- Attend up to five days of training at Princeton in early-mid June, immediately prior to the beginning of instruction.
- Provide seven-weeks of instruction from mid-June through early August (specific dates and times of instruction to be determined by LEDA), Monday through Friday and additional hours during the evening and over the weekend as needed.
- Reside on campus full-time during the seven-week period. Room and board is provided.
- Successfully implement a detailed lesson-plan for all instructional sessions, which will require several hours of reading and preparation for each session.
- Productively manage class time according to the instructional schedule.
- Participate in regular meetings with the Director of Curriculum and Facilitation during the Summer Institute.
- Revise and adjust lesson plans and instructional strategies as directed by the Director of Curriculum and Facilitation in order to respond to classroom performance issues, student progress, and ongoing evaluations.
- Hold 2 hours of office hours once per week on a weekday evening.
- Complete written evaluations for each Scholar. Evaluations will include reports which must be submitted no later than one week after the conclusion of each class rotation.
- Participate in the larger LEDA community by attending key community events and collaborating with LEDA staff to provide holistic student support.
- Master’s degree required in political science, history, studies in race and ethnicity, philosophy, sociology, education or a related field; PhD degree or PhD candidates preferred
- Minimum two years teaching experience required; fluency with seminar-style teaching methods
- An engaging and dynamic teaching style, including the ability to facilitate student discussion and critical thinking regarding controversial subject matter
- A very strong command of U.S. history, the political process, current events, and learner-centered pedagogy (active learning)
- A high level of comfort with classroom discussion on issues related to sexuality, gender, race, socioeconomic status and identity
- A passion for helping students achieve their full potential academically and personally
- Excellent classroom management skills
- Ability to teach to a diverse student cohort
- Experience teaching students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds
- Ability to quickly adjust lesson plans based on student needs
- Willingness to work with a highly collaborative staff and faculty and to provide support to the administration of the Summer Institute if called upon
- Salary: $7,500
- Application Deadline: January 8, 2016
- To apply: submit a cover letter and resume/CV with “2016 Facilitator Position” in the subject line to:
Director of Curriculum and Facilitation
501 Seventh Avenue – 7th Floor
New York, NY 10018