Program Facilitator, STEAMuseum

Chicago Sister Cities International is looking for a program facilitator for their STEAMuseum, a digital museum, created under the Stevens Initiative.

The Stevens Initiative is a public-private partnership designed to increase people-to-people exchange between youth in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa as a lasting tribute to the legacy of Ambassador Chris Stevens. By fostering structured online engagements between young people in secondary through post-secondary education, the Stevens Initiative aims to increase mutual understanding and equip a generation of globally minded youth with the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century.

Housed at the Aspen Institute, the Stevens Institute is a collaboration between the family of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. Department of State, the Bezos Family Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the governments of the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Algeria, and Morocco, and Microsoft, Twitter and GoPro.

Under the Stevens Initiative, Chicago Sister Cities International is creating the STEAMuseum, a digital museum developed through a collaborative exchange between high school students, in Chicago and Casablanca. The STEAMuseum is one of ten projects funded in the first wave of the Stevens Initiative. Students from sister cities Chicago and Casablanca work together virtually to create a series of digital exhibits that will make up an eventful virtual museum. “STEAM” is an approach to science learning that encompasses Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. It offers a language and a practice that crosses cultures and provides common ground. The STEAMuseum will be a new kind of cultural space created by and for a new generation of digital learners.

Chicago Sister Cities International’s major partners on this project include: the Neighborhoods Association IDMAJ, a youth organization in Casablanca; Digital Youth Network; and the Center for Arabic Language and Culture.

Role Summary

Two Program Facilitators, one in Chicago and one in Casablanca, will provide in-classroom support to participating teachers and students by facilitating communications, program delivery, and the virtual exchange itself. This is a part time contractual position, supported by a two-year grant. It requires approximately 12-15 hours/week beginning in September 2017.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Make weekly visits to three schools throughout the duration of the program
  • (10 -12 weeks in fall 2017 and 12 – 15 weeks in winter/spring 2018)
  • Prep teachers prior to each visit with information about weekly goals, activities, etc.; provide background, handouts, and other materials as specified or needed.
  • Assist teachers with program delivery, keeping students on task, etc.
  • Communicate regularly with Program Facilitator in the partner city to coordinate program activities, exchanges, scheduling, etc.
  • Set up the equipment and connection for the synchronous exchanges; troubleshoot as needed
  • Facilitate productive dialogue between the students in partner schools in both the synchronous and asynchronous exchanges
  • Provide updates to Project Director and Curriculum Developer as needed about the curriculum – what’s working well, what needs improvement
  • Participate in biweekly (virtual) planning meetings with Chicago and Casablanca team to debrief and review upcoming activities, coordinate logistics, and maintain open and regular communication.

Requirements:

  • Experience teaching and/or facilitating group conversation
  • Experience working with youth, especially teens
  • Proficient in English and either French or Arabic
  • Proficient with computers, projectors, cameras, and other related technologies required both to facilitate communications between students in Chicago and Casablanca and to support curricular activities
  • Familiar with Office and Google Drive; experience with online conferencing tools
  • Experience with cross cultural and/or virtual exchanges desired

To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter describing your interest in the position and relevant background experience to:

Lisa Roberts, Project Director, STEAMuseum at: lcroberts11@gmail.com

Please put “Program Facilitator” in the subject line. Also please note that at this time we are filling the position of Program Facilitator for Chicago only. Applications are being accepted until August 7, 2017.