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Adjunct Educator of Social Innovation

THE POSITION

COLLEGE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION is a non-profit seeking to educate and inspire the next generation of problem solvers to tackle humanity’s toughest challenges. Working in collaboration with a consortium of 13 University and College partners, CfSI is providing a full academic “Semester in the City” for diverse college students through a mentor-supported 400-hour curated internship in a mission-driven organization or business, supported by over 150 hours of classroom time.

Now at the end of a successful three-year pilot of the Semester in the City program, CfSI is seeking an adjunct teacher to help us scale this successful model of Social Innovation education. We are seeking someone who enjoys working with young adults on their journey to discovering themselves and their sense of purpose and meaning in the world. Our ideal candidate will bring first-hand knowledge of Boston’s history and current context, and an appreciation for the way that history and Boston’s many social impact organizations have shaped neighborhood and communities. If you find yourself giving informal tours of Boston to visitors, connecting the headlines to the history books, are concerned about who is winning and who is losing in the social system, love teaching and debating about social change, then you are just who we are looking for! Keep reading!

Reporting to the Chief Academic Officer (CAO), you will serve as co-teacher of our “Social Innovator’s Tool Box” course (SITB) held every Wednesday evening from 4-7pm in Kendall Square from September 11 through December 14, 2019, with a possible extension into the spring semester. The CfSI Co-Founder and CEO will also co-teach some SITB classes and in addition to working closely with the CAO, you will work with the CEO and other members of the Program team.  You may also have the opportunity to facilitate some sessions for the “Becoming a Problem Solver” course which is held every Friday from 9:30-3pm in downtown Boston in partnership with our Chief Program Officer.  

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Course Preparation, Co-Facilitation and Co-Delivery: Co-facilitate and deliver 12 SITB classes (serve as lead educator for 2-3 classes, Provide assistance in research, course design and teaching with added preparatory time in August, Co-lead lectures and discussions with small groups of students).
  2. Grading: Responsible for grading assignments for up to 20-30 students under the guidance of the Lead Teacher.
  3. Student Support: Provide academic tutoring, mentorship, coaching for all students in person and online.

A typical week might include:

  • Office Hours at the Nonprofit Center (or at the Kendall Square classroom space) assisting students with assignments
  • Work time at our offices and/or online working with our Lead Teacher on course preparation for the Social Innovator Toolbox course.  Could include uploading documents, sending emails, conducting research, designing learning workshops, and other work as requested
  • Wednesday evening class time at the Kendall Square to include set-up and wrap-up
  • Grading 

NOTE:  Work over the course of 16 weeks, from late August to mid-December, is expected to total about 150 hours – roughly 40 hours of planning and prep;  50 hours of teaching and coaching of students; and 60 hours of grading and giving feedback to students.

QUALIFICATIONS & MINDSET

  • Demonstrated experience facilitating/teaching/community organizing on issues of social justice, social innovation or social enterprise; nonprofit management and effectiveness; Experience in leading discussions on diversity, equity, inclusion, organizational effectiveness, and community advocacy a plus; Formal teaching experience not required;
  • Deep understanding of Boston-based community development dynamics, leading organizations, public personalities, general knowledge of the city;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills; Proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint, etc.;
  • 3+ years working with the social sector, nonprofits and/or social enterprises, with a deep appreciation for other sectors (businesses, public sector, international);
  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences or other relevant field; preferably a Master’s degree or advanced degree in business, social sciences or other human-related subject area;
  • Comfortable working in and managing small teams, open to self-reflection and problem solving, and able to handle pressure with persistence and patience.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

  • Adjunct fee of $6,500 to $8,000 per semester, based on experience.  This is a contract position offered on a semester basis
  • Access to regular and ongoing feedback and professional development

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 is now completing a two-year pilot of its Semester in the City program, having enrolled almost 100 students from six colleges and universities and achieved strong initial results. We 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 three to five years, we look to create a nationally recognized curriculum and instructional delivery model that generates strong results while growing to serve 350+ students per year and preparing for potential 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. During their Semester in the City, Fellows participate in well-structured and academically-accredited internships where they learn from real-world experiences, build relationships with mentors, and build personal, professional and academic skills.


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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.

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