Connecticut’s Kid Governor® State Coordinator

07 May, 2022

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Connecticut’s Kid Governor® State Coordinator

Connecticut Democracy Center (CTDC)
Hartford, CT

The Connecticut Democracy Center (CTDC) seeks a full-time Connecticut’s Kid Governor® State Coordinator to manage its award-winning Connecticut’s Kid Governor® (CTKG) civics program. Building on the program’s growing popularity and impact, the State Coordinator will be part of the dynamic and committed Kid Governor® team, working collaboratively to increase participation, elevate visibility, and deepen student and teacher engagement. The Coordinator will work closely with the Directors of the Kid Governor® and CT History Day programs, the School Programs Coordinator, and the School Operations Manager to ensure a variety of meaningful CTDC learning opportunities that can be successfully marketed to Connecticut schools.

This non-exempt position requires 40 hours per week. Work will be based at Connecticut’s Old State House in Hartford, with some travel to schools and events throughout the state.

About Kid Governor®
Kid Governor® empowers 5th graders to change the world. A ground-breaking approach to civics education, the program uses an authentic election for a state’s Kid Governor to teach students about state government, voting and elections, and civic participation. The student who is elected as Kid Governor serves a one-year term of leadership and advocacy, working to fulfill their campaign platform and inspire 5th graders to make a difference in their communities. There are currently Kid Governor® programs in Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Oregon, with growing interest in other states. Learn more about the Connecticut’s Kid Governor® program at CT.KidGovernor.org and the national Kid Governor® program at kidgovernor.org.

Expectations
Working with the Director of Kid Governor® and other colleagues, the State Coordinator will help transition the Kid Governor® program team to a new management model by taking responsibility for the Connecticut program and ensuring its smooth and successful operation. During the first year, the Coordinator will guide, coach, and mentor the 2022 Kid Governor and his Cabinet to the end of their term in January 2023, ensuring that all commitments for platforms, speaking requests, monthly Cabinet meetings, and events are met.

The Coordinator will immediately begin planning for the next Connecticut’s Kid Governor® election cycle, ensuring that cornerstone program components and events occur on time and with necessary adjustments. These include classroom Voting Kits, the Statewide Election processes, an Election Rally Bus Tour, Inauguration Day, a Meet the Candidates traveling exhibit, a poster contest, the annual Library Circuit, and program evaluations.
Simultaneously, the Coordinator will use the results of a formal program evaluation, currently in progress, to create and launch a detailed plan to improve, deepen, and expand the program, prioritizing equity and outreach to underserved schools. The plan will lay the groundwork for cultivating new and existing relationships with educators, principals, school district administrators, state and federal government officials, government and community partners, and Advisory Committee members. The Coordinator will work with the School Programs Team to ensure a variety of meaningful learning opportunities that can be successfully marketed to Connecticut schools.

Part of the Coordinator’s ongoing work will include piloting ideas for use in other Kid Governor® states; assisting in work to support and attract national affiliates; setting clear, actionable, and achievable goals for student lessons and professional development for teachers; and adjusting some program content, materials, teaching techniques, and formats to serve Connecticut schools as they adapt to new State Social Studies Standards and adopt model curricula.

Experience and Competencies

  • Educational experience must include a Bachelor’s degree and may include an advanced degree in education, public history, history, political science, or a related field. Other educational experiences and depth of knowledge may be considered as a substitute for a degree.
  • Experience working in a school classroom.
  • Curiosity about challenges and trends in civics and civics education and the ability to research and share findings.
  • Commitment to creating equitable educational experiences, materials, and opportunities.
  • Ability to forge strong working relationships with stakeholders, coworkers, audiences, and external vendors and working groups.
  • Networking with people of different ages, backgrounds, interests, and levels of experience.
  • Ability to think and act strategically and assess potential challenges and opportunities.
  • Adept at creating tools and environments that empower kids through civics education, civic engagement, and leadership.
  • Writing and speaking skills that deliver information, persuade, or inspire with concision and clarity.
  • Ability to coach and mentor young children, support parents and teachers on the Kid Governor® journey, and help everyone act as program ambassadors.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher), Google suite (Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms), and virtual meeting platforms (Zoom, Google Meet).
  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout Connecticut.
  • Willingness and flexibility to work evenings, weekends, and holidays as required.

Apply by sending a resume and cover letter to careers@ctdemocracycenter.org with subject line: “CTKG Coordinator.” Qualified applicants will be contacted on a rolling basis. Early applications are encouraged due to the pace of the search.

Compensation: $40,000 – $45,000 and benefits. Requires ability to travel in-state as required; mileage reimbursed.  We offer a dynamic work environment with a great group of people, salary DOE; excellent benefits including 12 paid holidays, a retirement savings plan with company match and a choice of medical plans.  The CT Democracy Center is committed to fostering equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. For more details please see: www.ctdemocracycenter.org.
Connecticut Public Affairs Network, Inc. d/b/a The Connecticut Democracy Center is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and is proud to be a Drug-Free Workplace.

Job posted: 2022-05-07