Service Corps Group Educator (Summer Staff)
posted January 18, 2017 3:53 PM
Service Corps Group Educators are educator-activists with a passion for community service and learning. The Group Educator helps the teens integrate all of their various experiences into a deeper understanding of social action and community building. This position is ideal for experienced, dynamic service educators.
Service Corps challenges teens to consider interpersonal relationships as a key element of bettering society through active service, personal projects and leadership development. Service work focuses on providing meaningful encounters between teens and the clients and staff of their non-profit Partner Sites. Participants will also engage in educational workshops, personal and group reflection, guest speakers and trips around the Boston area, culminating in the development of a personal service project to bring home to their community.
The Group Educator leads a group of 12-16 teens at a pre-assigned service site. They also help the teens integrate all of their various experiences into a deeper understanding of social action, service and personal identity, including:
- Helping the staff of the non-profit Partner Site facilitate the participants' experience;
- Guiding participants to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the complexities of their site work;
- Leading sessions in which scholarly texts are used to stimulate reflection and discussion on the group's site experience;
- Guide participants through the development, creation and presentation of a personal service project;
- Living in the dorms with the participants (in a private room), and helping maintain a staff presence in the dorms and dining hall;
- Partnering with and supporting other staff who share residential life duties;
- Attending a 4-day staff orientation/training.
The ideal Group Educator will meet most, if not all, of these criteria:
- Have a bachelor's degree;
- Have 3-5 years of experience working in Informal Education;
- Have experience at camp or other residential environments;
- Have a passion for and experience with community service and social action;
- Be comfortable in a diverse environment;
- Be experienced and comfortable working with teens;
- Have experience as a program coordinator/facilitator;
- Be ready to work hard, have fun and learn a lot!
The Brandeis Precollege Programs work environment is intense, challenging, supportive and rewarding. We believe that our summer staff grows and learns as much as teen participants do.
The position runs from July 9 - July 20, 2017. There are additional dates for a three-day staff orientation and debrief. Compensation includes pay, as well as full room and board for the duration.