Work for the Listening

At this time, we are accepting applications for volunteers and intern positions. Before applying, please review the information on our website, including our Core Values. If you’re feelin’ it, apply for one of our openings.

Open Positions

Spencer’s Vanguard

Creative Citizen/Volunteer -  Our Creative Citizens are the hands and feet of The Listening, forming the creative community of Spencer’s Vanguard. Inspired by the legacy of Harlem Renaissance poet and local advocate Anne Spencer, Spencer's Vanguard is a community of volunteers, using their time, talents, and passions to support The Listening's mission to "engage, change, and save lives with the performing arts". These volunteers’ roles include, but are not limited to:

    • Event Hosting - Host/MC (Master of Ceremonies) will support the Event Coordinator. Primary job responsibilities are to provide a welcoming environment for all guests. She/he is a leader who enjoys social interaction, is engaging, possesses a great charisma and is able to create a buzzing environment. The MC is a quick thinker, responds to the atmosphere of the event and the audience, and is able to effectively communicate the mission of TLI.

    • Blogger - Bloggers of TLI are responsible for creating regular content hosted on the organization’s website. Our bloggers share the responsibility of informing our supporters, fans, and donors of relevant updates and information, as well as contributing to the personality of the organization by offering perspective. They generate and pitch ideas, compose and edit posts, market posts to readers, respond to feedback and conduct research. Ideal candidates are creative, adaptable, and analytical with excellent writing skills and a unique voice.

    • Graphic Designer - This role is responsible for creating compelling visual content for TLI. This includes graphics to accompany social media posts, blog featured on the organization’s website, promotional material, and social media.  You will be designing a wide variety of things across digital and offline media. To be successful in this position, you’ll be a self-starter, capable of delivering brilliant creative ideas, and show amazing attention to detail in consideration of TLI's visual brand and personality. Volunteer must have experience using Adobe Creative Suite, Canva, and Over.

    • Social Media Manager - The Listening’s Social Media Manager is in charge of representing the organization by curating a social media presence for our brand. Responsibilities include managing social media advertising campaigns, disseminating information about The Listening and our partners/sponsors, increasing engagement through tonally-relevant and high-quality written and visual content.

    • Event Support - Support volunteers are often the first face the community sees when coming to TLI's events throughout the year. Responsibilities may include managing the cash box at the events, set-up and tear-down for events, or manning vendor booths at outreach events. Volunteers must have experience/familiarity with Square Point of Sale software.

    • Photography/Cinematographer - This volunteer is responsible for capturing quality, high-resolution visual content at TLI's events to be used for marketing and promotional uses.


Please inquire through the form.



Freedom School Servant Leader Intern

This is a paid summer position.

Nature and Scope

College-age young adults and recent college graduates play a key role in the CDF Freedom Schools program in the position of Servant Leader Intern. Each CDF Freedom Schools Servant Leader Intern serves as the teacher for a maximum of 10 students. Servant Leader Interns have access to further leadership development and networking opportunities geared toward continued direct service and advocacy on behalf of children and families.


  • Supervise and maintain safety of students at all times.

  • Set up, manage and break down classroom space according to standards developed by CDF.

  • Engage a maximum of 10 students per class in the Integrated Reading Curriculum as outlined in the guide

    provided by CDF.

  • Attend all required trainings.

  • Maintain the safety of all students at the site.

  • Serve as Harambee leaders, afternoon activities facilitators, and field trip chaperones.

  • Collaborate with other staff to establish and maintain a supportive and structured environment for the students entrusted in their care.

  • Report any issues or concerns regarding students in the program to the Site Coordinator.

  • Implement the CDF Freedom Schools Integrated Reading Curriculum with fidelity.


  • Must have completed at least one year of college and have plans to complete the college degree (typical age range is 18-30)

  • Maintain or have graduated with at least a 3.0 G.P.A.

  • Ability to motivate others and work as part of an intergenerational team

  • Strong appreciation and understanding of individual cultural history and the willingness to be open and respectful of all cultures

  • Exhibit positive attitude; model a mature and professional demeanor

  • Excellent written and verbal skills

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