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The Mansfield Center
invites applications for the Program
Officer for Democracy Youth Engagement
. This position reports
directly to the Director of Democracy Programs to bring initiative,
energy, organization, and attention to detail to K-12 democracy
programs and outreach. We seek an experienced educator who is
passionate about American democracy and has a demonstrated ability
to quickly identify critical challenges and do the hard work to
implement solutions. While grounded in public higher education’s
role in preparing the next generation to be informed and engaged in
a democracy, this position is specifically focused on K-12
audiences, particularly high school and middle school students,
teachers, and administrators. A commitment to integrity and
building trusted relationships is essential.
This is a highly self-directed position with significant exercise
of discretion and independent judgment with respect to sensitive
issues regarding the promotion of American democracy, civic
engagement, and civil discourse. The candidate must exercise
authority to support Mansfield and UM relationships across the
community, state, country, and globally.
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Strategy and Program Development
- Collaborate with Center leadership, and specifically the
Director of Democracy Programs, to assess critical needs in
democracy education and develop a coordinated strategy to identify
Center priorities for K-12 audiences.
- Engage K-12 teachers in developing strategies to identify
relevant curriculum materials for target audiences.
- Identify program materials required to fulfill strategy
outcomes and develop a plan for developing requisite material,
including outcomes, timeline, and target audiences.
- Identify appropriate partners for content development, such as
educators in grades 6-12, curriculum creators, etc.
- Identify curriculum development partners, such as videographers
and communications strategists, to develop materials for target
Communications and Outreach
- Develop, organize, and coordinate democracy programs, in
keeping with the overall intent of the Center’s mission and
strategic plans and UM’s Priorities for Action.
- Work with UMOnline and the College of Education to arrange for
renewal and college credits as necessary for teacher continuing
- Provide support to residential program participants as needed,
including emergencies, disabilities accommodations, or urgent
issues outside of regular business hours.
- Monitor program budgets, expend funds, track expenses, and
conduct required reporting.
- Manage monitoring and evaluation, integrating feedback into
programming, tracking metrics and outcomes for impact reports and
- Write program reports with a focus on demonstrating impact and
progress on program objectives.
- Frequently engage with external education audiences to build
new contacts, allies, and programming.
- Ensure democracy programs are accurately represented and
amplified on the Mansfield website, social media, and other
outreach platforms, working with the Communications Manager on
strategy and content.
The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to
the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are
particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad
spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in
demonstrating its five priorities for action
: Place student
success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation
in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of
“mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly
tell the UM story.
Required Skills and Qualifications
- Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, Letter of Appointment and
includes a comprehensive and competitive
benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory
retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
- Salary for this position is $50,000-$60,000 per year
commensurate with qualifications.
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (political science,
communications, history, education, etc.) or an equivalent
combination of education and experience.
- Experience working directly with K-12 students and
- Knowledge of crosscutting political developments and trends as
they relate to democracy and civic engagement.
- Strategic and innovative thinker.
- Effective listener and strong communicator (written and
- High degree of organization and initiative.
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or related software.
- Ability to travel when required, occasionally under strenuous
circumstances, including ability to:
- Drive across Montana and neighboring states to host or attend
- Accompany program groups to Washington, DC or other sites
nationally or internationally
- Accompany and support inexperienced travelers
- Experience in the creation/writing of social studies standards
- Experience integrating innovative new content into social
studies/government/civics curriculum requirements.
- Experience balancing multiple assignments and
- Sound project management and supervisory skills.
- Proven ability to succeed in a cross-cultural environment,
including performing on a team with individuals from different
backgrounds, cultures, and abilities.
- Must be able to be successful in both a traditional office
setting and also in dynamic field situations, such as during
About UM and
the Mansfield Center
- Experience working in a high school environment.
- Demonstrated experience working with students, teachers, and
community members from diverse backgrounds.
The University of Montana is a unit of the Montana University
System with more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students
and 500+ full-time faculty members. It is located in Missoula, a
culturally vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by
mountain grandeur. Abundant recreational opportunities in
surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National
Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving
Founded by an Act of Congress in 1983, the Mansfield Center fosters
globally minded leaders of integrity in support of democracy and
international engagement. We honor Senator Mansfield’s legacy of
patriotic statesmanship to bridge divides from a variety of
perspectives, unified by our commitment to democracy. Our work
emphasizes civil exchanges of ideas from a diverse range of
viewpoints, the importance of democratic institutions, and role
that ethical values play in public life. Our staff is advised by a
bipartisan Board of Advisors and supported by citizens nationwide
representing government, business, non-profit, education, service
and youth sectors.
The Mansfield Center is committed to creating an environment that
encourages, enriches and respects the multidimensional aspects of
diversity. Diversity includes, but is not limited to, differences
based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation or
background, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age,
economic class or status, points of view, or disabilities. The
Mansfield Center is committed to recruiting and retaining a team
capable of creating a safe, vibrant, diverse, engaging and
intellectually stimulating environment.
To learn more about the University of Montana, and Missoula,
please visit the links below.
Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to the Offer of
Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for
this position will be subject to criminal background
investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference
accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with
disabilities. For example, this material is available in
alternative format upon request. As an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications
from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may
request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with
state law. References:
References not listed on the
application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to
the applicant. Testing:
Individual hiring departments at UM
may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to
essential job functions. Employment Eligibility:
Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility
verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally
required (e.g., Form I-9).
Must be eligible to work in the United State upon hire.
How to Apply
Priority Application Date: Sunday, July 2, 2023
by 11:59 PM
Applications received by this date will be guaranteed
consideration. Application review will begin on after the date
above and continue until the position is filled.
Please submit the following application materials via "New
Resume/CV" button below.
*Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per
application. Please combine documents accordingly.
- Letter of Interest – addressing the stated required
skills for the position
- Detailed resume listing education and describing work
- Names and contact information for three (3) professional
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