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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Summer Institute Faculty Position, Sadie Nash Leadership Project, NJ and NYC

Summer Institute Faculty Position

Posted on: January 13, 2015
Application deadline: March 22, 2015
Posted by: Sadie Nash Leadership Project
The Sadie Nash Leadership Project (SNLP) offers educational programs to provide young women with an opportunity to analyze and explore leadership through rigorous coursework, experiential and skill based learning, and youth-designed activism projects. Every aspect of the program is designed to support and develop young women to both visualize themselves as leaders and actualize their leadership. Our mission is to strengthen, empower, and equipyoung women as agents of change in their lives and the world.
Faculty teach the coursework component of the Summer Institute, an award-winning program that enables high school aged youth to develop ideas, questions, and concerns as they explore leadership, social justice and activism. We are interested in courses that connect with our mission and also connect with the identities of the young women in SNLP. We are seeking faculty to teach either a CORE CLASS or a CREATIVE/ACADEMIC class from JULY 6th to AUGUST 14th 2015.


These classes are the cornerstone of the Summer Institute and all young people attend them. Curriculum exists for the core classes but the faculty member will be required to develop and facilitate additional units and to modify and adapt existing units as needed. The core classes are as follows:
  • Leadership Seminar(LS) - This course examines assumptions about leadership, and redefines leadership as accountable, cooperative, ethical, and effective. Youth examine their own leadership styles, set agendas for their own leadership development, and understand the potential of exercising their leadership TODAY.
  • Power, Identity, and Privilege (PIP) - This course exposes youth to social justice theories, frameworks, and vocabulary. Students ask and answer questions such as "Is identity fixed or changing?" "Are concepts like race., class, gender, etc... real or constructs?" "What does power look like and what could it look like?" "What is privilege and how do you deal with it?"
  • Leadership Action Project (LAP) - This course challenges young women to work collectively to design and execute a social justice "action" project that addresses a critical issue they see affecting them and their communities. This is a project based class that shares best practices of youth activism and culminates in a 1 day action. (Course held in Newark Summer Institute only)


These classes follow an elective-type format, and each participant selects one creative and one academic class. Creative and academic faculty design their own curriculum based on their own expertise and interests. We select courses that are rigorous, engaging, and relevant to the young women we work with. Courses should employ popular education approaches and be highly interactive.
Creative Courses – These courses should have a hands-on focus on the arts (music, dance, visual arts, theater, writing, etc…) Past examples include:
  • Free in My Body – Dance & Movement Residency
  • Poetic Revolutionaries – Young Women Explore Voice and Power
  • The Power to Create – A Visual Arts Experiment
Academic Courses – These courses should explore different subjects, social issues, or topics through a critical lens. Past examples include:
  • Critical Feminist Analysis of Hip-Hop
  • Mass Incarceration in the 21st Century: A Feminist Analysis of the Criminal (In)Justice System
  • Untangling Our Roots: Politics of Hair
We are looking for faculty members who:
  • Are experienced youth workers or teaching artists -- can set high expectations for students, can make material relevant and engaging, and can create a safe space and a sense of community within their classrooms
  • Can relate to, and build with, young women from New York City and Newark, NJ
  • Can teach twice a week for 6 weeks (from July 6th to August 14th) and be able to students for at least 1 hour per week outside of class
  • Will commit to attending 10 hours of mandatory professional development training on June 24th and June 30th, 2015.
Please note: Positions are available in both New York City, and Newark, New Jersey and placements will be made at the discretion of SNLP. Only apply if you are willing to work at either site you are placed. Both sites are accessible by public transportation. Please note the salaries for each program vary.
  • Core Faculty -- $3,000 in Newark, $2,800 in New York City
  • Creative/Academic Faculty -- $1800 in Newark, $1500 in New York City
Please note the application is a two part process.
Step 1: Complete your contact information HERE.
Step 2: Submit the following documents via email in PDF or Microsoft Word format to: Please include First & Last Name, and include "Creative or Academic Course" or "Core Course" in subject line.
  1. Resume
  1. Cover letter
  1. For CORE: Please attach a one session proposal. It should focus on a historical or contemporary case study illustrating the concepts of the class. It could highlight a leader, a movement, a contemporary news story, a film, etc… Please include a detailed agenda with activities, discussion questions, etc… as well as the outcomes you hope to achieve in this session and the themes (ie: intersectionality, pitfalls of traditional leadership, etc…) you hope to address
  1. For CREATIVE/ACADEMIC: Please attach a one-page proposal for the course you are interested in teaching. It should include a description of the course including whether you would identify it as creative or academic. It should also include a brief rationale as to how it fits into the overall mission of SNLP, our philosophy or goals. It should address the outcomes you hope to achieve over the course of the summer program, and it should present a brief 12 session outline for the course. (You do not need to describe each class, but please show the direction of the course and the topics you expect to cover)
The deadline for faculty applications is Sunday, March 22nd 2015 (midnight).
Due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to respond immediately to every application. We will contact you within approximately four weeks if an interview is requested. We will do our best to notify you as quickly as possible of your application status decisions. No calls please.
SNLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are looking for a diverse applicant pool and strongly encourage women of color, immigrants, members of the LGBTQ community, and students from low-income and working class backgrounds to apply.
Please visit our website: for more information.
Thank you for your interest in our work and in this position!

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