Life Skills Specialist (Full Time)

We are seeking a full-time Life Skills Specialist to join the Next Generation Learning (NGL) team. Our team is small, collaborative, driven, and dedicated to our organization’s bold goals for innovative education globally. As a qualified candidate, you will:

  • Have a Master’s degree in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling or similar field.

  • Be familiar with research on life skills and social and emotional learning.

  • Have experience teaching social and emotional learning.

  • Have experience developing curriculum or programs to help learners develop essential life skills, including empathy, collaboration, goal setting and management, emotional literacy, etc.

  • Be respectful, thoughtful and curious.

  • Be able to travel to the DC-area once every three months.

  • Work well remotely, as well as communicate often with a small, collaborative team.

 

We strongly prefer you to be located in Pittsburgh, PA or the D.C. area.

Responsibilities

  • Create Quest-Based Life Skills Courses: You will create quest-based courses that align with NGL’s vision of active, discovery-based learning to help high school students develop essential life skills. These courses will cover a wide range of topics, such as emotional literacy, goal setting, healthy relationships, and leadership. You will be trained on how to create quests. No advanced technical skills are required. You will work closely with the NGL quest review team and advisors to ensure your courses and quests meet NGL requirements and provide high-quality experiences to students and mentors. You’ll also refine courses over time based on feedback from students and mentors.

 

  • Be an Ambassador for the NGL Life Skills Courses: As the NGL Life Skills Specialist, you’ll be responsible for ensuring NGL offers quests and courses that meet the needs of students and mentors in the schools. You’ll attend conferences, connect with people in your field and NGL mentors and students, and help to spread the word about the work you’re doing. You’ll be a champion for our existing course on empathy, “Me to We”.

 

  • Train Mentors: As new mentors come on board, you’ll train them on how to use the life skills quests and courses. You’ll help them understand the content of the quests and the skills they and students need to excel within the courses (and life!).

 

  • Communication: Our team is distributed across the US. Frequent, pro-active, and clear communication is essential to this role. You’ll communicate with your colleagues daily via Slack and Google Hangouts, and will have several virtual meetings per week set aside for collaboration and catching up on progress. You’ll occasionally co-work with other colleagues in the area. You’ll use other tools such as Trello to collaborate on projects, track tasks, and ensure everyone is on the same page. You’ll regularly provide feedback on projects other team members are working on and collaborate with our team to continuously improve our processes.

 

  • Travel: You must be able to meet with the NGL team in person every three months for a two- to three-day meeting in the Washington, D.C. area. These meetings are an important time to connect with colleagues, brainstorm customer challenges, and get motivated and inspired about our work. You will not responsible for travel costs.

 

Personal Characteristics

  • High standard of quality and ability to evaluate your own work critically.

  • Commitment to timeliness and deadlines established by the organization.

  • Intense curiosity about learning and motivation.

  • Ability to work very efficiently on your own, and know when to reach out and collaborate.

  • Willingness to work productively with interdisciplinary teams.

  • Eagerness to develop and share new ideas.

  • Excel at giving and receiving thoughtful and respectful feedback and critiques.

  • Have strong beliefs, loosely held, about what is best for our products and our end users

  • Excellent communication and writing skills.

 

Qualifications

  • Have a Master’s degree in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling or similar field.

  • Be familiar with research on life skills and social and emotional learning.

  • Have experience teaching social and emotional learning.

  • Have experience developing curriculum or programs to help learners develop essential life skills, including empathy, leadership, goal setting and management, emotional literacy, etc.

  • Please be prepared to share samples of your writing.

 

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and your resume to jobs@opportunityeducation.org.