We’re hiring: News Literacy Education Coordinator

January 18th, 2019 by CIVIX

CIVIX is seeking a motivated individual to join our team as News Literacy Education Coordinator. The successful applicant will be an energetic team player with a passion for education, and a keen desire to facilitate critical thinking about information in democracy.

The News Literacy Education Coordinator will support the Manager of News Literacy Programming and the CIVIX team in planning and carrying out the broad range of activities required to develop, share and evaluate a variety of tools with Canadian educators.

 

Background

CIVIX is Canada’s leading civic education charity dedicated to fostering the habits of active and engaged citizenship among young people. We work with teachers to provide authentic learning opportunities to help students practice their rights and responsibilities as citizens and connect with their democratic institutions. Rather than learn about civics and citizenship from a textbook, students experience it firsthand with real life events and issues.

CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets, elected representatives and news literacy. CIVIX also facilitates professional development opportunities for educators to improve their capacity and commitment to civic education.

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX. Coinciding with official elections, students learn about government and the electoral process, research the issues, parties and candidates, and participate in a parallel vote. The Student Vote results are shared publicly following the close of official polls.

In next year’s federal election, CIVIX is working towards 9,000 schools registering to participate in Student Vote, and more than 1.2 million students casting ballots in their schools. In addition, a focus on ‘fake news’ and disinformation will be integrated into the Student Vote program.

 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

Responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:

Resource Development & Content Creation

  • Participate in the development of resources to combat misinformation and support informed citizenship for students in Grades 5-12. Resources may include activities, teacher guides, lesson plans, videos and case studies.
  • Support communication with advisory groups in developing news literacy resources.

Outreach

  • Contribute to the design and execution of an outreach strategy to share the news literacy tools with teachers.
  • Contact schools by phone and email to encourage participation in Student Vote and the news literacy initiative, with particular emphasis on remote or underserved communities.

Teacher Support

  • Communicate with teachers to support implementation of news literacy activities in classrooms through email and phone support.
  • Support the implementation of the news literacy initiative through classroom presentations/visits.

Research

  • Monitor media for articles related to misinformation, compiling and reporting on most relevant instances.
  • Create and organize a bank of misinformation examples to draw from in the development of educational and communications materials.

Events

  • Assist with planning, execution, and follow-up for teacher capacity-building events across the country, including support for delivery of news literacy panels and workshops.

Evaluation and Reporting

  • Support the implementation of an evaluation plan, including the development and distribution of surveys, phone interviews and school visits.
  • Support the analysis of participation results, feedback from teachers and participant outcomes.

Organization/Admin

  • As required to support overall program goals.

 

SKILLS & CORE COMPETENCIES

  • Degree in Education, Communications, Journalism or related field
  • At least two years of relevant employment experience
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Superior organizational skills
  • Sound judgement and decision-making abilities
  • French fluency is an asset

 

CONTRACT DETAILS

This is a full time contract position to December 2019. 

 

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

The deadline to apply is February 4. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Cover letter, resume and two references for recent work experience to be submitted as a PDF e-mail attachment to jessica@civix.ca with News Literacy Education Coordinator in the subject line. No phone calls about the position can be accepted. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

CIVIX is committed to accessible recruiting, employment and retention practices, and individual accommodations can be provided upon request.

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We’re hiring: Manager, National Partners

January 2nd, 2019 by CIVIX

CIVIX is seeking a new teammate to cultivate, steward and drive its activities with national partners leading up to and including the 2019 federal election, and beyond.

 

Background:

CIVIX is Canada’s leading civic education charity dedicated to fostering the habits of active and engaged citizenship among young people. We work with teachers to provide authentic learning opportunities to help students practice their rights and responsibilities as citizens and connect with their democratic institutions. Rather than learn about civics and citizenship from a textbook, students experience it firsthand with real life events and issues.

CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets, elected representatives and news literacy. CIVIX also facilitates professional development opportunities for educators to improve their capacity and commitment to civic education.

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX. Coinciding with official elections, students learn about government and the electoral process, research the issues, parties and candidates, and participate in a parallel vote. The Student Vote results are shared publicly following the close of official polls.

CIVIX delivered its largest ever Student Vote program during the last federal election with approximately half of all Canadian schools registering to participate. In total, 922,000 students cast a ballot from 6,662 schools across Canada, representing all 338 electoral districts.

In next year’s federal election, CIVIX is working towards engaging more than 9,000 schools and 1.1 million students throughout Canada. In addition, a focus on ‘fake news’ and disinformation will be integrated into the Student Vote program.

 

Objective of Position:

The Manager, National Partners will be focused on enhancing the reach and impact of CIVIX programs throughout Canada by working with major national and regional partners. This will involve face-to-face meetings, phone work, letter communications and other outreach strategies. The Manager, National Partners will also represent CIVIX at a variety of meetings with existing donors, partners and others.

 

Job Description:

The position will have the following responsibilities:

  • Stakeholder engagement and management – Communicate with education stakeholders to garner support for the federal election and coordinate promotional efforts;
  • Volunteer management – Liaise with the CIVIX network of ambassadors (educators) to support local outreach activities;
  • Media coordination – Assist with the coordination of media visits and interviews with participating teachers and schools, and act as a spokeperson;
  • Events – Represent CIVIX at select meetings or events to present CIVIX programming, and assist in the coordination of professional development conferences and workshops.
  • New Partner Engagement – Represent CIVIX in meetings, and support the development of new collaborations and partnerships.
  • Activities will require regular travel throughout Canada.

 

Qualifications:

  • The position requires at least five years’ experience in communications, stakeholder relations or project management.
  • The successful candidate must be energetic, personable and hard working. Strong communication and organizational skills are required.
  • Must be comfortable with public speaking.
  • A background in education and/or political science is preferred.
  • Bilingualism is an asset.
  • No partisan affiliation.
  • Must have a driver’s license to facilitate travel.

 

Compensation:

Hourly rate commensurate with experience. Approximately 40 hours per week. Start and end times may vary during election campaigns or project timelines due to travel and varying time zones.

 

Application Guidelines:

Cover letter, resume and two references for recent work or volunteer experience to be submitted as one Word or PDF e-mail attachment to hello@civix.ca with Manager, National Partners in the subject line. No phone calls about the position can be accepted.

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

Deadline to Apply: The deadline to apply is January 23, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

CIVIX is committed to accessible recruiting, employment, and retention practices, and individual accommodations can be provided upon request.

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We’re hiring: Bilingual Communications Coordinator

September 14th, 2018 by CIVIX

CIVIX is seeking an ambitious and enthusiastic individual to be part of its communications team. 

Background:

CIVIX is Canada’s leading civic education charity dedicated to fostering the habits of active and engaged citizenship among young people. We work with teachers to provide authentic learning opportunities to help students practice their rights and responsibilities as citizens and connect with their democratic institutions. Rather than learn about civics and citizenship from a textbook, students experience it firsthand with relevant events and issues in real-time.

CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets, citizen consultations, media literacy, and elected representatives. CIVIX also facilitates professional development opportunities for educators to improve their capacity and commitment to civic education.

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX. Coinciding with official elections, students learn about government and the electoral process, research and debate the issues, party platforms and candidates, and participate in a parallel vote. The Student Vote results are shared with the public and with the media for broadcast or publication. CIVIX delivered its largest project to date during the 2015 federal election with approximately half of all Canadian schools registering to participate. In total, 922,000 students cast a ballot from 6,662 schools across Canada, representing all 338 electoral districts.

Job Description: 

The Bilingual Communications Coordinator will work in a team to perform the following tasks:

  • Outreach – contact school boards and schools by phone and email to encourage participation in CIVIX programs (English and French).
  • Support – communicate with registered teachers on an ongoing basis via phone and email; answer inquiries from project participants and provide guidance with program implementation (English and French).
  • Resource Development Support – proofread and edit teaching materials (English and French), create online files for the resource library and organize them on the website.
  • Research – conduct research and information gathering as needed, such as municipalities, media coverage on selected topics, election-related news, civic education practices in Canada and around the world.
  • Event coordination – assist with the coordination of visits between schools and elected representatives or other special guests.
  • Administration – provide general office administration support, as required.

Qualifications: 

The successful candidate must be energetic, personable and hard working. Strong communication and organizational skills and a pleasant phone manner are required. A background in journalism, education and/or political science is an asset. Written and verbal bilingual proficiency is required and will be tested during the interview process. No partisan affiliation.  

Contract Details: This position is a full-time contract for one year, with a possibility for extension. Approximately 40 hours per week, start and end times may vary during election campaigns or project timelines due to varying time zones.  Certain weeks may require longer hours. 

Compensation : $20-24/hour.

Application Guidelines:

Cover letter (with sections written in English and French), resume and two references for recent work or volunteer experience to be submitted as one Word or PDF e-mail attachment to hello@civix.ca with Bilingual Communications Coordinator in the subject line. No phone calls about the position can be accepted. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Deadline to Apply: The deadline to apply is October 1st 2018. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

CIVIX is committed to accessible recruiting, employment, and retention practices, and individual accommodations can be provided upon request.

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