The New School is launching an innovative new leadership program for and with Environmental Justice movement leaders. In 2018, we embarked on an assessment of the need for and interest in an environmental justice movement leadership program, surveying and interviewing more than 200 movement leaders. From this research, we are developing a fellowship designed specifically to support the Environmental Justice (EJ) movement in responding to growing climate urgency and inequalities. The program seeks to focus on social movement and organizational effectiveness using the Just Transition Framework and parallel Just Transition strategies developed by movements on the frontlines of the climate crisis.
The program is designed to support leaders in generating innovative and contentious strategies in response to the current climate crisis. It is designed as a two-year leadership program that will launch in Fall 2021 with a pilot cohort of 16 fellows and is envisioned as a legacy program. The complete program consists of four distinct phases: (1) Building individual leadership capacities for contention and innovation; (2) Support and space to explore and develop new ideas; (3) Support and tools to test and prototype ideas; and (4) Resources and support to implement tested ideas. After our pilot cohort, we envision running concurrent cohorts in staggered phases and we expect to grow each cohort to 25 participants, with as many as 50 new leaders a year in the program.
We are seeking a dynamic, dedicated Lead Curriculum Designer and Facilitator to collaboratively develop the curriculum for the 2-year fellowship program. The Lead Curriculum Designer and Facilitator will report directly to the Program Director and work closely with the program's Co-Founders, program staff, and external key contributors. This is a great opportunity to be part of building a new initiative from the ground up that will be housed at the Tishman Environment and Design Center, in collaboration with the Social Movements and Innovation Lab. The Lead Curriculum Designer and Facilitator will be part of a hybrid team made up of staff and faculty located in New York City and remotely nationwide, as well as community leaders, partners, and an advisory group. The ideal candidate should be comfortable working with a diverse range of working and communication styles and grassroots groups, and should be excited to travel to New York City and to place-based community retreat locations across the US and Turtle Island as part of the curriculum design and program implementation process (20% average expected travel). The ideal candidate should embody mindsets of curiosity, generosity, generative thinking and should be able to lead and engage in iterative, design processes with humility, while maintaining perspective in the face of uncertainty.
Job responsibilities include: Curriculum Design, Writing, and Evaluation:
Through collaboration with the program team and external stakeholders, design curriculum framework and fellowship experience, including arc of learning and desired outcomes for two year pilot.
Lead the overall pedagogical design process including holding meetings with the pedagogical team, frontline movement leaders, and other stakeholders; creating work plans; designing and facilitating meeting agendas; and drafting curriculum materials for feedback.
Drive forward an iterative, collaborative ideation process with the fellows and movement leaders, to continually test and update the curriculum throughout the curriculum pilot.
Apply curricula best practices and community-based learning tools & pull insights from past curricula materials provided by program Co-founder(s) and key contributors.
Work closely with Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning team to ensure curriculum design is aligned with intended outcomes of the program and evaluation data is being collected.
Design of curriculum materials necessary for delivery including facilitator's guides, participant guides, powerpoints, worksheets, etc.
Curriculum Facilitation and Training:
Facilitation & curriculum content delivery in a team-based approach at virtual & in-person retreats with fellows.
Outreach to, collaboration with, and training of other facilitators and contributors to deliver content at training events.
Recruit and work with coaches to provide additional support to fellows.
Knowledge of and experience in curriculum development, a plus if this was in the areas of environmental or climate justice, social movements, or just transition.
5-10 years of experience in progressive leadership, fellowship or cohort programs; or leading social, environmental, or climate justice or other related programming or organizations.
Comfortable engaging in an emergent, agile, collaborative work-style with multiple partners, staff, and contributors.
Ability to drive the design process forward and partner with and recommend other contributors when necessary.
Understanding of movement building, peer to peer, and bottom-up participatory design processes that include intergenerational participants.
Experience with designing virtual and online learning environments that build trust & community.
Popular education expertise and pedagogical understanding of decolonization, feminist, and liberation curriculum for movement-building.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to lean into conflict and tension. Experience facilitating meetings and workshops with different learning styles.
Ability to align lived experience and perspectives with participatory research and grounded concepts.
Excellent analytical, research and writing skills with attention to details and flow and an orientation towards problem-solving.
Experience managing internal and external working groups.
Sensitivity to and appreciation for diverse viewpoints, different communication styles and a wide range of colleagues from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
Expertise in designing curricula for innovation, design thinking, and leadership development processes.
A commitment to and passion for environmental justice, leadership development, social movements, racial equity, and climate justice.
A commitment to a decolonial frame for pedagogical and experiential learning and exchanges.
Experience with Language Access Design Principles & Planning.
Understanding and experience with cultural organizing and artistic expression.
Bi-lingual candidates are encouraged to apply.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please submit a curriculum sample and two job references (please include full name, e-mail address, and telephone number) along with your resume and cover letter.
This position offers opportunities for professional growth within the initiative. Candidates interested in developing a career in environmental justice, grassroots movements and/or community engagement will be given priority. The New School is committed to creating and maintaining an environment that promises diversity and tolerance in all areas of employment, education and access to its educational, artistic or cultural programs and activities. The New School does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex or gender (including gender identity and expression), pregnancy, sexual orientation, religion, religious practices, mental or physical disability, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, marital or partnership status, or any other legally protected status. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and Gender Non-Conforming and Queer candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
Position would begin July 15, 2021 and go through June 2022 with an opportunity for an extension contingent upon funding and performance. New York Benefits and tuition waiver eligible.
The New School, a leading university in downtown New York City, offers degree and nondegree academic programs in design, the social sciences, the liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. Students benefit from small classes, superior resources, and renowned faculty members who practice what they teach. Continuing education courses and public programs place the university at the center of New York’s cultural and intellectual life.