Global Citizenship Education Specialist - Alberta Council for Global Cooperation
Global Citizenship Education Specialist
ACGC is seeking a qualified and experienced individual as our Global Citizenship Education Specialist for full time 2-year term funded position.
POSITION TITLE: Global Citizenship Education (GCE) Specialist
POSITION TYPE: Full time (37.5h/week). Evening and weekend hours required to accommodate youth engagement activities
Position Length: Grant funded, 2 year contract, 1 April 2021 – 31 March 2023
SALARY: $70,500/annual. 1.0FTE. A benefit package is offered in addition to salary
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
LOCATION: Edmonton, Alberta (required).
ANTICIPATED TRAVEL: 15% travel required within Alberta. International travel will be required (Covid-19 dependent).
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 26 February 2021
ACGC is a leader in building the capacity of teachers as educators for global citizenship, with the aim of equipping youth with the knowledge and ability to take action on key global issues. To carry on this objective, ACGC currently seeks a full-time GCE specialist for 2 years, to guide and implement ACGC’s global citizenship education initiatives, with a specific focus on working with Alberta educators and K-12 students. As an expert facilitator and education specialist, with a strong knowledge of provincial education system and curriculum, the specialist will also help build the capacity of the international cooperation sector by informing strategy, policy, and initiatives to better implement participatory approaches and best practices in global citizenship education and public engagement.
The specialist will work with the Public Engagement Coordinator to design ACGC’s new international youth experiential program using a global citizenship education framework, helping ensure the program applies participatory and rights-based community development approaches. The GCE will play an active, hands-on role, travelling and supervising the youth and any staff assisting with the program.
Drawing on knowledge and experience in STEM/STEAM education, the GCE specialist will work with the Public Engagement Coordinator to plan and implement the Insight Project 360 Video program, touring in schools across Alberta (2021-2022 school year) (www.insightproject.ca). The GCE specialist will work with partners to create STEM/STEAM-based workshop content, delivering to youth who visit the installation. After the installation completes, the GCE coordinator will develop strategies to leverage the content and reach newer audiences in new ways.
Primary Duty & Responsibilities
The GCE specialist will build capacity of Alberta educators towards global citizenship education by
- Developing and implementing educator professional development opportunities in global citizenship education
- Representing ACGC at Teacher’s conventions, including developing and conducting professional development workshops, and engaging educators in the exhibit hall
- Collecting and distributing tools and resources to promote global citizenship education in schools via ACGC’s Teach newsletter (5 times per school year)
- Building and maintaining an outreach strategy to engage Alberta Educators in global citizenship education, including responding to needs of teachers, connecting teachers with organizations, resources and information for implementing global citizenship education, and other needs as they arise.
The GCE specialist will build capacity of K-12 students towards global citizenship by
- Manage the Insight 360 Video Project in Alberta, including working with consultant installing the equipment, booking schools, developing and carrying out workshops, and designing initiatives to reach new audiences with the content following the wrap of the program in Alberta.
- Design of curriculum-aligned youth resources/workshops, with a specific focus on STEM/STEAM based activities to educate towards gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals
- Promote and deliver classroom and youth-focused workshops in schools and other youth-serving settings
The GCE specialist will build capacity of youth towards global citizenship by
- Using a participatory approach, leading a committee to design the learning objectives and outcomes for ACGC’s new international experiential youth program. (With Covid-19 restrictions, this program is requiring re-designing).
- Leading the design and implementation of Alberta-based activities for international experiential youth program, including workshops, pre-orientation and debriefing sessions. (Alberta Travel during the program in Summer 2021, depending on Covid-19 restrictions; International travel in 2022 anticipated)
The GCE specialist will build capacity of the international cooperation sector in global citizenship education by:
- Acting as the focal point for global citizenship education for the council and members, by provide expert guidance and input into sector-wide global citizenship education initiatives
- Providing the perspective of the international cooperation sector into the Alberta curriculum development and roll-out.
- Working with ACGC’s staff, members/partners to update ACGC’s Global Citizenship Education and public engagement strategies to reflect current theoretical frameworks and best practice
- Guiding and informing ACGC public engagement approaches to ensure participatory and rights-based approaches are integrated and practiced.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following knowledge:
- Strong theoretical understanding of critical global citizenship, social justice, and human rights education
- Understanding of the Alberta education sector and Alberta provincial curriculum;
- Demonstrated understanding of participatory and human-right based approaches to community development
- Knowledge of, and commitment to, the international development sector in Canada;
- Lived experience (lived/worked) in a low-income country
- English mandatory; second language is an asset
The ideal candidate will possess the following skills
- Youth Engagement: Demonstrated ability to work with K-12 age students; 18-24 age youth
- Networking: Ability to build and maintain relationships in a network setting
- Facilitation: Strong facilitation, communication, working with teachers and youth
- Research/Writing: Strong research/writing skills
- Collaboration: Ability to work in a small organization, with a collaborative team environment in-person and remotely;
- Flexibility: Demonstrated ability to be flexible and pivot based on needs of a small organization
- Results-oriented: Strong project planning skills; ability to put policy into action
- Ability to lift up to 50lbs; ability to climb ladder (360 Video Installation)
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following credentials:
- Bachelor of Education or higher from a recognized institution;
- Academic background in international development
- Classroom experience as a licensed teacher
- Minimum of 5 years’ experience working within/supporting the education system, international aid, or a combination of both
- Must be legally entitled to work in Canada.
- Have a valid driving license
- This position will report directly to ACGC’s Executive Director, and Program Manager
- ACGC provides a cost-shared mandatory health benefit package for positions longer than 1 year, and over 20-hours per week. ACGC offers flexible working hours through an averaging agreement, with ability to accommodate hours of work for the successful candidate.
- This position is grant-funded. Increase in hours or extension of the contract is contingent on the availability of funding.
Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and résumé to email@example.com including in the subject line ‘Global Citizenship Education Specialist’ by February 26th, 2021. While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted. ACGC is strongly committed to diversity within its community, and especially welcomes applications that may contribute to the further diversification of ideas in the workplace.