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The Teaching Peace Initiative is currently looking for energized college students who are committed to peace, nonviolence, and social justice, to serve as senior staff and organizers.

Working with the Teaching Peace Initiative is a little like an internship–you get work experience and a nice title for your resume–but you get to set your own work hours, have a role in making decisions that help shape a growing student movement, and work to solve problems that matter, steering young kids away from violence and bullying and towards peace and tolerance.

The culture of TPI as an organization is open, energetic, and passionate. We value strong opinions (even dissenting ones!), admire initiative and creativity, and prioritize community decision-making whenever possible. We’re excited and optimistic about the work we do, and we hope you will be too!

TPI’s business is largely conducted online, so you can work from your dorm room. These positions are unpaid, however, we will do our best to get you course credit if possible.

At this time, the following positions are available:

  • DIRECTOR OF ORGANIZING
  • DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL MEDIA
  • DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
  • DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH
  • DIRECTOR OF POLICY & ADVOCACY
  • DIRECTOR OF CURRICULAR DEVELOPMENT
  • SENIOR ORGANIZER (several)
  • SENIOR FINANCE ASSOCIATE (several)

If you are interested in applying for these positions, please send a resume and a brief note describing why you are passionate about peace education to our Executive Director at fish@teachingpeaceinitiative.com. 


 Director of Organizing

 

The Director of Organizing is a crucial senior position in the Teaching Peace Initiative, responsible for coordinating TPI’s large student grassroots network. The Director of Organizing will work to recruit, train, and mobilize dozens of student leaders to teach peace and take action in their communities, leading a team of Senior Organizers. Organizing will primarily take place online, through the Nationbuilder social organizing program.

Responsibilities:
  • Working with the Executive Director and Digital Director to develop a comprehensive outreach and recruitment strategy, and leading Senior Organizers in implementing said strategy
  • Supervising a team of Senior Organizers as they conduct check-ins and provide guidance to their assigned high school student leaders, ensuring that student clubs are performing well, reaching their goals, and taking on extra projects
  • Working with the Executive Director, the Director of Research, and the Director of Policy & Advocacy to get high school clubs involved in TPI’s research and advocacy efforts
  • Managing inflow of supporters and volunteers on TPI’s website, assigning them to organizers for follow-up
  • Qualifications:
    • Ability to work 4-6 hours per week
    • Experience with social organizing and volunteer management
    • Excellent written & verbal communication skills
    • Ability to delegate and lead a team
    • Knowledge of social media
    • Knowledge of NationBuilder is a plus
    • Commitment to TPI’s mission

 


 Director of Digital Media 

 

The Director of Digital Media is responsible for managing TPI’s robust social media operation, which is its primary mode of engaging supporters, recruiting leaders, and reaching out to educate people about the power and promise of peace education. The Director of Digital Media’s work will deal with recruitment, education, messaging, engaging supporters, and growing TPI’s base—all through social media.

Responsibilities:
  • Work with the Executive Director, the Director of Development and Finance, and the Director of Programs to develop a robust content strategy for twitter and facebook, designed to educate, energize, and mobilize supporters, donors, and volunteers
  • Create and schedule engaging, high-quality daily content for TPI’s facebook and twitter pages
  • Work with the Executive Director and the Director of Development and Finance to design and implement an effective targeted social media advertising strategy, increasing facebook likes and twitter followers on a limited budget
  • Qualifications:
    • Ability to work 4-6 hours per week
    • Experience managing facebook and twitter feeds
    • Strong written communication skills
    • A creative and innovative approach
    • Solid graphic design skills (to produce high-quality, viral images to be shared on twitter and facebook)
    • Commitment to TPI’s mission

Director of Communications

 

The Director of Communications is responsible for helping TPI bring its message of peace education and youth empowerment to the world. This task includes developing a messaging and communications strategy to help TPI figure out how to best tell its story, reaching out to local and national media outlets, and consistently producing high-quality content that demonstrates both the need for peace education and the importance of the world that TPI is doing.

Responsibilities:
  • Work with the Executive Director, the Director of Programs, and the Director of Development & Finance to develop a messaging strategy for TPI and help draft “talking points” documents for leaders and senior staff
  • Draft press releases, blog posts for the TPI website, and content for the newsletter and social media
  • Coordinate outreach to local and national print and online media sources, helping TPI get positive media coverage
  • Write rapid-response op-eds in response to national school violence tragedies (suicides, etc), and letters to the editor
  • Qualifications:
    • Ability to work 4-6 hours per week
    • Exceptional writing skills
    • Experience dealing with communications and press
    • Commitment to TPI’s mission

Director of Research

 

TPI’s Director of Research will be responsible for ensuring that our curriculum and programs are effective and evidence-based, and will also be tasked with supporting our mission and message through evidence. Our Director of Research will arguably have one of the most important jobs on our team—they will be uncovering the proof of why TPI is needed, and how our programs are having an impact.

Responsibilities:
  • Use existing studies, data trends in Department of Education statistics, and other sources to find evidence to support the national need for peace education
  • Compile, analyze, and present pre- and post-test data from TPI’s programs
  • Compile evidence-based research reports that show the need for peace education programs and the effectiveness of TPI’s model specifically
  • Work with the Director of Organizing to organize TPI’s high school leaders to assist with research projects, and ensure that pre- and post-test data is being collected and reported correctly
  • Work with the Director of Policy & Advocacy to conduct research on effective policy solutions to combat bullying in schools
  • Qualifications:
    • Ability to work 4-6 hours per week
    • Experience with professional research
    • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to delegate
    • Commitment to TPI’s mission 

Director of Policy and Advocacy

 

The Director of Policy & Advocacy leads TPI’s efforts to advocate for policies that promote peace education, decrease bullying, and help children grow into tolerant, peaceful adults. TPI maintains a large network of energized students who are passionate about the issues of bullying and peace education in schools, and the Director of Advocacy & Policy will work to mobilize them to go to their local, state, and national politicians advocate for common-sense solutions—such as tougher bullying laws and more money spent on conflict resolution programs.

Responsibilities:
  • Work with the Executive Director and the Director of Programs to develop policy proposals that match the values of the Initiative, as well as an advocacy plan
  • Work with the Director of Organizing to mobilize student leaders to speak with their local, state, and national representatives and present solutions
  • Write issue briefings, fact sheets, and similar policy briefing materials for use by student leaders
  • Work with the Director of Research to ensure that proposals are supported by evidence
  • Meet with politicians and directly educate them about the issues that result from a lack of peace education, and advocate for reform
  • Qualifications:
    • Ability to work 4-6 hours a week
    • Experience with policy
    • Ability to delegate
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Commitment to TPI’s mission

Director of Cocurricular Development

 

The Director of Curricular Development is tasked with ensuring that TPI’s curricula serve as comprehensive, effective tools for teaching peace, tolerance, and nonviolence to young children. In addition to ensuring that TPI’s current curricula are sound, effective, and reflective of current events, the Director of Curricular Development will be tasked with expanding TPI’s slate of curricula, eventually developing a continuum of curricula to be used throughout a student’s educational experience.

Responsibilities:
  • Using pre- and post-test results, evaluate TPI’s current curricula and revise as needed
  • Work with TPI’s Executive Director and Director of Programs to devise, plan, write, and test new curricula, especially curricula for high school students and lower elementary school students
  • Research and review existing peace curricula, and compile lists of additional resources for student leaders and teachers to use when teaching peace
  • Devise discussion prompts and guidelines for use in guiding discussions of peace at the high school level
  • Devise strategies and materials for effectively training volunteers to teach the curriculum
  • Qualifications:
    • Ability to work 4-6 hours per week
    • Experience with education and curricular development
    • Excellent writing skills
    • Commitment to TPI’s mission 

Senior Organizer

 

Senior Organizers are an essential component of TPI—they ensure that each student leader is successful in organizing and forming a student group, making contacts with local elementary and middle schools, and teaching kids in their community. Each Senior Organizer serves as a point person for several student leaders, conducting frequent check-ins, assisting with problems, and providing support and guidance.

Responsibilities:
  • Conduct weekly email check-ins with student leaders, monitoring progress, providing feedback and support
  • Solicit students to participate in additional projects as directed, and help manage their progress
  • Collect data from student leaders about participation in their program, students taught, etc
  • Assist with online outreach and recruiting
  • Assist with communications, fundraising, curricular development, etc. as desired
  • Qualifications:
    • Ability to work 3-5 hours per week
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Strong interpersonal skills
    • Friendliness and a sense of humor
    • Commitment to TPI’s mission

Senior Finance Associate

 

Senior Finance Associates will work directly with the Director for Development and Finance to help ensure that TPI is able to operate effectively. Senior Finance Associates will assist with fundraising, grant writing, and internal finances.

Responsibilities:
  • Creating and maintaining donor databases
  • Researching & approaching potential donors, and following up with existing donors
  • Researching and applying for grants
  • Qualifications:
    • Ability to work 3-5 hours per week
    • Strong understanding of finance
    • Commitment to TPI’s mission
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