Summer Institute Faculty
About Sadie Nash Leadership Project
Sadie Nash Leadership Project provides award-winning leadership programming to more than 500 young women and gender-expansive youth of color in New York City and Newark each year. Operating at the intersection of love and rigor, we use the tools of popular education to build critical consciousness, community, and college and career readiness. Our programs include a nationally recognized six-week summer institute, in-school and after-school classes, paid internships at local organizations, college access and persistence support, and an advanced-level fellowship to design and implement an original social justice project. We support all participants to lead lives in committed pursuit of joy and liberation for self and community
About our Award-Winning Summer Institute
Over six weeks, we convene close to 200 young women and gender-expansive youth of color to build consciousness and community across four sites in New York City and Newark. Our schedule is packed with classes, workshops, field trips, and intimate conversations with local and national leaders - all rooted in leadership and feminism. We introduce concepts of power, identity, and privilege so that our participants can articulate and critically analyze their personal experiences within a broader political context. Throughout the summer, participants learn to identify and appreciate their own leadership skills while building strong bonds with peers and staff that continue long beyond Summer Institute.
We are seeking an engaging, talented , and passionate educator to join our Summer Institute as a faculty member. Faculty teach six-week interactive courses that meet twice a week at one of our four Summer Institute sites: Manhattan, Long Island City, Brooklyn, and Newark. We are interested in courses that support our participants, low-income young women and gender expansive youth of color in New York City and Newark to think critically, build community, and explore leadership, social justice, and activism. In addition to teaching twice a week, faculty are expected to mentor and support their teaching assistant (Dean), meet with students one hour a week outside of class, and meet periodically with Site Leaders and fellow faculty members.
We are seeking faculty members for our core classes and electives. All participants in Summer Institute take two core classes and two electives. Descriptions are below.
CORE CLASSES: While curricula exists for both core classes, the faculty member will be required to modify and adapt existing units and develop and facilitate additional units, as needed. The core classes are as follows:
Core Class #1: Leadership Seminar (LS) - This course examines assumptions about leadership and redefines leadership as accountable, cooperative, ethical, and effective. Youth examine and learn to appreciate their personal leadership style as well as leadership of their peers, set agendas for their own leadership development, and understand the potential of exercising their leadership today.
Core Class #2 Power, Identity, and Privilege (PIP) - This course provides a conceptual framework and vocabulary to explore race, class, gender and other identities and understand how oppression operates at different levels: internalized, interpersonal, and institutional. Youth explore questions around the fluidity of identity, what it means for race and other identities to be social constructs, and unpack how privilege and power function in their lives.
ELECTIVE CLASSES: Each participant takes two elective classes: one academic and one creative. Faculty members design their own interactive curriculum based on their expertise and interest. We select courses that expose our participants to subjects that they do not traditionally have access to in high school and are rigorous, engaging, relevant and employ a popular education methodology. At a basic level, popular education means that the class should not have homework, be text-based or rely on grading or quizzes for learning. At a deeper level, popular education provides an opportunity for students to make meaning out of their own lives, to reflect on their lived experience and to collectively build popular power. You can read more about popular education at http://infed.org/mobi/popular-education/
Creative Courses should have a hands-on focus on the arts (music, dance, visual arts, theater, writing, etc…) Past examples include:
Free in My Body – Dance & Movement Residency
Poetic Revolutionaries – Young Women Explore Voice and Power
The Power to Create – A Visual Arts Experiment
Academic Courses –should explore different subjects, social issues, or topics through a critical lens. Past examples include:
In Living Color: A Look at Women of Color in Film and Television
Mass Incarceration in the 21st Century – A Feminist Analysis of the Criminal (In)Justice System
Untangling Our Roots – Politics of Hair
In developing elective courses, remember that all students will be taking Leadership Seminar and Power, Identity and Privilege so you want to ensure that your course covers different subject matter.
We are looking for faculty who:
- Operate at the intersection of love and rigor
- Have experience as a youth worker and/or teaching artists
- Can create a brave space and build community within the classroom
- Are enthusiastic about supporting learning communities that uplift all participants and engage those who might not do well in traditional classrooms.
- Is an experienced youth worker and/or teaching artist, can set high expectations for students, can make material relevant and engaging, and can create a brave space and a sense of community within their classrooms
- Is enthusiastic about creating
- Can relate to, and build with, young women and gender-expansive youth from New York City and Newark, NJ
- Teach twice a week for 6 weeks (from July 8th to August 16th) and be able to engage with students/site leaders for at least 1 hour per week outside of class
- Commit to attending 10 hours of mandatory professional development training in June (Wednesday, June 26th and Thursday, June 27th from 10am - 3pm)
- Is committed to restorative practices, effective communication, and working collaboratively
- Support students with the development of a end-of-summer project that is presented at Final Celebration on Friday, August 15th
- Can work with and support the development of Deans (teaching assistants)
Please note: Positions are available in Manhattan, Long Island City, Brooklyn, and Newark, New Jersey. Placements will be made at the discretion of SNLP. All sites are accessible by public transportation.
HOW TO APPLY
Step 1: Complete your contact information & Submit documents on Workable.
The following documents are required in order to be considered for this position:
- Cover letter
- Session Proposal (detailed below)
- For CORE: Please upload a one session proposal. It should focus on a historical or contemporary case study illustrating the concepts of the class. It could highlight a leader, a movement, a contemporary news story, and/or a film. Please include a detailed agenda with activities and discussion questions, as well as the outcomes you hope to achieve in this session and the themes (ie: intersectionality, pitfalls of traditional leadership, etc…) you hope to address.
- For CREATIVE/ACADEMIC: Please upload a one-page proposal for the course you are interested in teaching. It should include a description of the course including whether you would identify it as creative or academic. It should also include a brief rationale as to how it fits into the overall mission of SNLP, our philosophy or goals. It should address the outcomes you hope to achieve over the course of the summer program, and it should present a brief 12 session outline for the course. (You do not need to describe each class, but please show the direction of the course and the topics you expect to cover)
March 6: Faculty Webinar [RSVP]
March 17: midnight EST: Application closes
March 23: Group Interviews
March 25 - April 5: Virtual/In-Person Interviews
June 26-27: Faculty Training
July 8 - Aug 16: Summer Institute Program
The deadline for faculty applications is Sunday, March 17, 2019 (midnight).
All faculty who are selected for the first round of interviews will be asked to come to our NYC office (4 W 43rd St #502) Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 for a group speed teach.
Due to the high volume of applications, we may be unable to respond immediately. We will do our best to notify you as quickly as possible of your application status. If you have any questions or concerns, please email them to [email protected].
Sadie Nash Leadership Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports inclusivity in our staffing and values. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women and gender-expansive individuals, particularly those who reflect people of color, immigrant, working-class and queer communities. SNLP complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.
Please visit our website: http://www.sadienash.org for more information.
Thank you for your interest in our work and in this position!