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College for Social Innovation Experiential Learning Instructor

College for Social Innovation Experiential Learning Instructor



We are seeking a new team member who enjoys working with young adults on their journey to discovering themselves and their sense of purpose and meaning in the world. At the College for Social Innovation, our credit-bearing semester-long internships at social impact organizations are the core of our experiential learning model and are supported by two courses. This role, akin to an Adjunct Faculty member, is a key member of our program team.

This is a contract role, requiring up to 150 hours of work during the one academic semester (roughly 50 hours of prep; 50 hours of teaching and coaching of students; and 50 hours of grading and giving feedback to students) with the opportunity to grow within this innovative and rapidly growing organization. This position is ideal for emerging higher education professionals, public academics and community-based educators seeking to build knowledge of experiential learning, curriculum design, instruction, grading, and ongoing student coaching.

You will report to, and serve as co-instructor with, Ashley Van Edema, Associate Program Director and Senior Instructor, for two sections of our “Becoming a Problem Solver” course (BAPS) taught every Friday in downtown Boston from mid-January through the early May 2022. Enrollment is expected to be about 70 students between the two sections. In this role you will have the opportunity to contribute your unique thoughts, ideas and pedagogical approaches to an existing learning framework. Developed over 11 semesters, our curriculum for the Becoming a Problem Solver course provides a well developed foundation for further honing and adaptation to each cohort of students.



  • Course Preparation and Co-instruction of 12 BAPS classes (lead educator for 2-3 classes), provide assistance in research, course design, administration and teaching with added preparatory time in January

  • Grading: Responsible for grading and providing feedback on assignments for up to 35-40 students

  • Student Support: Provide mentorship and coaching for all students in person and online. Focus on some students facing greater challenges in their academic work. Collaborate with other members of the program team to assess student issues and provide coordinated support.

A typical week might include:

  • Working at our offices or online with the lead instructor on course preparation, including uploading documents, sending emails, conducting research, designing classes, and other work as requested

  • Co-delivering two sections on Friday at the Nonprofit Center (89 South Street, downtown), including set-up and wrap-up (9:30am-3:00pm)

  • Online office Hours assisting students with assignments and skill building

  • Course administration with grading and keeping the Canvas site up to date

  • Attending an instructional team meeting


There are innumerable ways to learn, grow and excel professionally. We know people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below:

  • Outstanding teaching skills with 2-4 years of experience with 18 to 25 year old learners, ideally at the college level

  • Demonstrated experience leading coursework on issues of social innovation or social enterprise; nonprofit management and effectiveness; Experience in leading discussions on diversity, equity, inclusion, organizational effectiveness, and community advocacy a plus whether in formal education settings, experiential learning formats or non-traditional education.

  • Have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students with knowledge of challenges for diverse learners and students from marginalized groups

  • Familiarity and insight into the social impact world, including innovative nonprofits and social mission businesses; Familiarity with competency-based learning; passion for our mission of "educating and inspiring the next generation of problem solvers"

  • Master’s degree in social sciences or other relevant field;


  • This is a contract position offered on a semester basis for payment of $6,000 - $7500 per semester, based on experience.

    Does This Sound Like You? Apply!

    We are looking to fill this role to start in early January. Please submit a cover letter to Ashley Van Edema, Associate Program Director and Senior Instructor, letting her know how you will be a great addition to our team and how your experience matches our needs. Include an updated resume or LinkedIn profile. We will consider applicants on a rolling basis. You can submit all of your materials here. If you have any questions please contact jennifer.eliezer@collegeforsocialinnovation.org

    College for Social Innovation (CFSI) brings together colleges and social sector organizations to create fully-credited experiential learning opportunities that are meaningful, accessible, and life-changing. Our college students, referred to as Social Innovation Fellows, build skills, a digital portfolio, and a professional network that helps to position them to become the next generation of problem solvers for humanity’s tough challenges. Students are placed in a semester-long internship (400 hours) and also take skill-building and reflection classes twice a week as part of a diverse “Semester in the City” cohort.


    College for Social Innovation has grown from a pilot cohort of 14 students in Fall 2016 to ~80 students from 13 colleges and universities in Spring 2022. Overall we have enrolled 385 students and achieved strong initial results. We are now adding additional college partners and are looking to further build an innovative and unique educational experience that can add value for students and their home colleges while building a bigger, better, and more diverse talent pipeline for the social sector.

    In the next few years, we look to create a nationally recognized curriculum and instructional delivery model that generates strong results while growing to serve 300+ students per year and piloting growth beyond Boston. Ultimately, we aim to build a movement to make it common for millions of college students -- representing the full diversity of the nation -- to gain access to careers in the fast-growing social sector. 



    College for Social Innovation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services. National Service Alumni (i.e. Military, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, etc.) are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!

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