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.


Internship

Please inquire through the form.


Other

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Project Director

This is a paid position.

Nature and Scope

CDF’s mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. The CDF Freedom Schools ® program is a direct service initiative coordinated nationally by the Children’s Defense Fund in partnership with local community organizations. It is an educational and cultural enrichment program that provides summer options for children and strengthens family and community involvement.

The mission of  CDF Freedom Schools programs are to boost student motivations to read, generate more positive attitudes toward learning, increase self-esteem and connect the needs of children and families to the resources of their communities. The program serves children in grades kindergarten through twelfth for six to eight weeks. The activity based Integrated Reading Curriculum, which is aligned to the Common Core State Standards, integrates reading, conflict resolution, and social action, and is designed to promote social, cultural, and historical awareness. A multi-year assessment of  CDF Freedom Schools program sites continuously demonstrates the effectiveness of the Integrated Reading Curriculum, which has proven to avert children’s summer learning loss in reading achievement.

The Project Director works in conjunction with the Executive Director to manage operations for the CDF Freedom Schools program. The Project Director can serve in this capacity for more than one program site for a sponsor organization. The Project Director should have strong leadership skills with empathy for children and their families. The Project Director should be committed to the goals of the program, able to work collaboratively with all program constituents and be familiar with the culture and dynamics of the community.

Responsibilities

  • Work with Executive Director to recruit, hire and manage adequate staff to operate  program(s) and ensure overall quality as outlined by the standards of the CDF Freedom Schools program.

  • Work with Executive Director to recruit children and families that are our most vulnerable  populations.

  • Maintain the safety of all staff and students at their sites.

  • Attend all required trainings.

  • Maintain the safety of all staff and students at the site.

  • Maintain regular communication with the CDF Freedom Schools national staff, as appropriate.

  • Conduct local training with program staff prior to and after the June Ella Baker Child Policy Training Institute.

  • Work in conjunction with site coordinator to check book inventory upon receipt and notify CDF Freedom Schools national staff of any discrepancies.

  • Submit all required documents to CDF by the requested deadline.

  • Ensure that the appropriate program staff inputs child, staff and parent enrollment data in CDF’s reporting system.

  • Serve as the liaison between the sponsor organization and the program site(s).

  • Ensure that the CDF Freedom Schools Integrated Reading Curriculum is implemented with fidelity.

  • Establish   programmatic   safeguards and   practices which prohibit   discrimination or harassment on  the basis of race, color, religion,  national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or any other characteristic protected by state laws governing your state.

Qualifications

  • Senior level staff with experience managing programs for children and families

  • Ability to translate a strategic plan into direct implementation

  • Administrative leadership skills and experience in managing an intergenerational staff

  • Ability to motivate others, pay attention to detail, and lead long term planning

  • Solid commitment to the success and well-being of children

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Exhibit positive behavior and attitudes; model a mature and professional demeanor.

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

Site Coordinator

This is a paid position.

Nature and Scope

CDF’s mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. The CDF Freedom Schools® program is a direct service initiative coordinated nationally by the Children’s Defense Fund in partnership with local community organizations. It is an educational and cultural enrichment program that provides summer options for children and strengthens family and community involvement. The program serves children in grades kindergarten through twelfth for six to eight weeks. The activity based Integrated Reading Curriculum, which is aligned to the Common Core State Standards, integrates reading, conflict resolution, and social action, and is designed to promote social, cultural, and historical awareness. A multi-year assessment of CDF Freedom Schools program sites continuously demonstrates the effectiveness of the Integrated Reading Curriculum, which has proven to avert children’s summer learning loss in reading achievement.

The Site Coordinator manages the day to day operations and serves as the supervisor for one CDF Freedom Schools program site. It is recommended that the Site Coordinator has served as a CDF Freedom Schools  Servant Leader Intern and should be capable of leading an intergenerational staff. The Site Coordinator should be committed to the goals of the program, able to work collaboratively with all program constituents and be familiar with the culture and dynamics of the community.

Responsibilities

  • Work in conjunction with Project Director to recruit children for the program.

  • Work in conjunction with Project Director to recruit, hire, train and manage staff.

  • Maintain the safety of all staff and students at their site.

  • Ensure proper implementation of the CDF Freedom Schools program model by managing daily site activities.

  • Attend all required trainings.

  • Maintain the safety of all students at the site.

  • Serve in a supervisory capacity and the primary contact for the Servant Leader Interns during the June Ella Baker Child Policy Training Institute.

  • Work in conjunction with Project Director to check book inventory upon receipt and notify the CDF designee of any discrepancies.

  • Work in conjunction with the Project Director or other designee to coordinate afternoon activities, field trips, family engagement initiatives and volunteer responsibilities.

  • Work with Servant Leader Interns to identify and schedule guest readers, and lead Harambee.

  • Ensure Servant leader Interns have the necessary books, materials and supplies for daily activities.

  • Conduct daily debrief sessions in an effort to maintain team spirit, as well as provide technical support and feedback for Servant Leader Interns.

  • Observe Servant Leader Interns facilitating Integrated Reading Curriculum lessons and provide constructive feedback frequently.

  • Input child, parent and staff enrollment data in CDF’s reporting system.

  • Maintain regular communication with Project Director.

  • Ensure that the CDF Freedom Schools Integrated Reading Curriculum is implemented with fidelity.

Qualifications

  • Must have completed at least one year of college

  • Servant Leader Intern experience at a CDF Freedom Schools site is preferred

  • Possess strong leadership and management skills

  • Exhibit positive behavior and attitude; model a mature and professional demeanor

  • Possess excellent written and verbal skills

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

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