Want to get involved in schools and education? Interested in working with youth? Want to assist youth creating change? JOIN US AS A PUBLIC ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM ASSISTANT (Team Lead)!
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled. **To receive an hourly wage, you must qualify for a Federal Work-study Award. Some volunteer/intern positions are also available
What is Public Achievement?
Public Achievement Coaches will work with the Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning’s (CCESL) Program Coordinator to assist in the planning and implementation of our Public Achievement (PA) Program, a school-based civic engagement program. In PA, DU students serve as coaches and work closely with a group of high school or middle school students from one of CCESL’s partner schools to identify social justice issues that students care about within their school and community. Coaches work together in groups of 2-4 and meet with their school groups for approximately one hour every week during the academic year. Coaches guide high school students through the community organizing process over the course of the academic year incorporating civic skills, such as public speaking, relationship building, issue identification, and taking public action. Together, teams conduct community-engaged research and carry out a public work (service learning) project to address the issue they identified. In the past, students have addressed issues such as school bullying, police harassment/racial profiling, healthy school lunches, teen pregnancy, drug abuse and much more.
What Do Program Assistants Do?
Program Assistants serve as Team Leads for coach groups and as school site coordinators. Team Leads will provide oversight to one or more coach groups at one or more Denver Metro Area partner high schools or middle schools. Training in the Public Achievement process, community organizing, and other related topics is provided. Duties of Public Achievement Team Leads will include:
- Mentoring coaches and providing guidance about the Public Achievement process, how to engage successfully with youth, developing anti-oppression analysis, creating goal driven lesson plans, and other skills related to the program.
- Providing on site leadership to DU coaches working at PA partner schools in the Denver Metro Area.
- Helping plan and/or lead orientation, retreat and training sessions for coaches throughout the year as well as other special events to engage coaches and students (such as participation in the MLK Day events, CO Public Achievement Conference, etc.).
- Facilitating weekly meetings with DU coaches to plan lessons for Denver Metro Area students and facilitate team building activities to strengthen coach groups.
- Working with the Program Coordinator to problem solve any issues at the schools or between co-coaches.
- Acting as liaison with school partners.
- Communicating with teachers and school administrators regularly to plan for Public Achievement and maintain partnership between CCESL and partner schools.
- Selecting learning materials, texts and supplies to facilitate the development of coaches and K-12 students, and to support the Public Achievement process.
- Assisting DU coaches and K-12 students in developing public skills, civic capacities and research skills.
- Assisting with the implementation of program assessment, which may include surveys and focus groups.
- Representing CCESL during on and off campus events, within the office, etc.
- Assist the Program Coordinator in tracking possible grant opportunities and assist in completing grant applications (where appropriate and interested).
- Related work as assigned by the Program Coordinator.
What is the work schedule?
Program Assistants spend approximately 8-12 hours/week with the Public Achievement program. Please note that work ebbs and flows and some weeks are busier than others.
- All current PA classroom sessions occur during the school week. Program Assistants should have all or most of ONE of these days available for the classroom sessions.
- Lesson planning sessions are dictated by coach and team lead schedules, but evenings sometimes end up being the best available times. Typically, Program Assistants choose to meet with their coach groups once/week to prepare for the classroom sessions.
- In addition to in-class and lesson planning meetings, which will be the bulk of a Team Leads time, Team Leads will also meet as a group with the Program Coordinator once/week (time will depend on the group’s schedules), attend weekly “all PA’ staff meetings (time to be determined), attend monthly trainings (typically 2 hours during one evening), and will also be asked to complete required readings, writing and critical reflection.
- Occasional weekends may be required when special events or trainings are planned.
What are the desired qualifications?
- Experience in or willingness to develop the skills to work in teams, take a leadership role and work with different personalities
- Strong commitment to respectful problem solving and conflict resolution
- Flexibility and adaptability – school calendars fluctuate regularly due to many factors, including standardized testing, and Team Leads will need to work around these changes
- Experience with or willingness to develop the skills to work with K-12 youth and college students
- Community organizing and/or civic engagement experience
- Commitment to social justice and analysis of power, privilege, oppression and identity
- Commitment to personal development and growth, as well as assisting coaches and K-12 students in this process as well
- Comfortable acting as a liaison with K-12 school contacts (teachers and administrators), including a clear understanding of professionalism
What Does the Job Pay?
Between $16-$18/hour, depending on education. **To receive an hourly wage, you must qualify for a Federal Work-study Award, which requires eligibility through the Financial Aid Office. Some volunteer/intern positions are also available.**
In compliance with Colorado’s Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA), non-benefited employees accrue one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked up to a maximum of 48 hours per year.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Please submit a resume and cover letter to Kathleen Ferrick (email preferred). In your cover letter please share your interest in the position, as well as how you meet or will work toward the desired qualifications. Please also describe a social justice issue that is important to you and the steps you would take to encourage others, whom you may perceive as different from you, to join you in action to address your chosen social justice issue. Include the following information below your signature line: DU Student ID number, Degree Program, Expected Graduation Quarter & Year.
The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law. We welcome applications from underrepresented communities, veterans and persons with disabilities.
All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check. These are required for all part-time, full-time and student employee hires.