Interviews begin soon, so please pass along the information below to any interested parties or other networks you think appropriate (the listing is also on NPO.net and Idealist.org). Deadline for application materials is next Wednesday, July 23rd. Please see below for further information including job description, requested application materials, and application process. Planned start date is August 25th.
-Program Staff of Literature for All of Us
Literature for All of Us brings the rewards of reading and writing through book group discussions to teen parents and other young people in underserved neighborhoods. We build communities of readers, poets, and critical thinkers. We develop family literacy by providing children’s literature and child development resources to teen parents. We open worlds by opening books.
Position Title: Book Group Leader – Male groups focused (40 hours per week)
Facilitate weekly book group discussions for young people—specifically, groups of males and mixed-gender groups—in various educational settings in Chicago and Evanston. We are seeking an experienced creative, mature, flexible and open-minded individual with respect for teenagers and love of literature. Casual, small office environment. Some weekend and evening work required. Competitive salary and benefits. Planned start date: August 25th, 2014.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Facilitating book discussions and poetry writing using prepared curriculum.
- Expand male programming by researching and developing materials and curriculum for male book groups.
- Preparing reports on each session and typing original poems from participants.
- Maintaining book group files.
- Arranging occasional poetry readings, field trips, and guest speakers for groups.
- Coordinating publication of poetry anthologies for groups.
- Occasional appearances/speaking responsibilities as representative of the organization at fundraising events.
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Experience in facilitating group discussions.
- Knowledge of Contemporary Literature, specifically Latin American and African American authors.
- Prior experience working successfully with teen males and diverse populations. (2+ years preferred)
- Ability to motivate young minds to creatively discuss literature and poetry, and to write poetry.
- Strong writing and literary analysis skills.
- Ability to facilitate discussions with youth regarding oftentimes difficult subjects (e.g., sex, drugs, violence, race, etc.).
- Strong organizational skills and ability to work with minimal supervision.
- Sensitivity to working with youth from diverse cultural backgrounds.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
- Able to work effectively as a member of small team in fast-paced environment.
- Takes initiative.
- Valid driver’s license and consistent access to a reliable automobile necessary.
- Ability to lift and carry 30 lbs.
- Bilingual Spanish/English desirable.
Qualified candidates should forward to email address or fax number below:
- COVER LETTER
- RÉSUMÉ and
- 1-2 PAGE (single space) LITERARY ANALYSIS (analysis may be based on any literature of applicant’s choosing and may be excerpted from longer and/or preexisting personal work)
Failure to submit all requested documents will result in applicant not being considered for position.
Literature for All of Us
2010 Dewey Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
ABSOLUTELY NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE—Applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. THANK YOU!