Job Posting: Project Manager

GEORGIA 3RS PROJECT MANAGER

Job Type: Independent Contractor

DESCRIPTION

The Religious Freedom Center, a dynamic and growing department within the Newseum Institute, is seeking a project manager to work as an independent contractor to support the implementation of the Georgia 3Rs Project. The three “Rs” derive from the Williamsburg Charter, which articulates how communities can use “rights, responsibilities, and respect” to negotiate complicated issues regarding religion and public life. Specifically, the Georgia 3Rs project is a three-year initiative designed to promote religious literacy and religious liberty in three Georgia public school districts.

The project manager will work remotely with a team of administrators and faculty based in Washington, D.C., and will regularly conduct site visits with stakeholders in Georgia. The project manager will: help build statewide support for the Georgia 3Rs initiative; help identify and work with three school districts—one urban, one suburban, and one rural—that are willing to participate in the initiative; help initiate the accreditation process for educators participating in the blended learning courses (part online and part on site) offered by the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute; connect leaders from partner universities with leaders in the three participating districts; and support the administration team in assessing the pilot project.

The project manager will work remotely and be supervised by Kristen Looney, the Washington-based project director. The independent contractor will work with the project director to articulate a series of project milestones.

The Religious Freedom Center is a nonpartisan national initiative focused on educating the public about the religious liberty principles of the First Amendment. Reorganized in 2010 to expand on religious liberty initiatives begun by the First Amendment Center in 1994, the Religious Freedom Center has sponsored numerous public programs at the Newseum Institute in Washington D.C., developed partnerships with national and international organizations, and convened a broad range of religious and civil liberties groups. The Religious Freedom Center carries out its mission by educating leaders, promoting civil dialogue, engaging the public, equipping schools, and publishing scholarships. To learn more about the center’s mission, guiding frameworks, campus, partners, courses, programs, and publications, please visit www.religiousfreedomcenter.org.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States.
  • All applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree. Priority will be given to applicants with graduate degrees in the fields of education, law and/or religion.

Applicants must demonstrate knowledge/expertise in three key areas:

1. Applicants must demonstrate an expert-level understanding of the First Amendment, specifically religious liberty as an inalienable right as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution for people of all religions and none.

2. Applicants must exhibit a basic knowledge of controversial issues that can arise in school districts around the intersection of teaching about religions as well as the religious liberty of students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community groups.

3. Applicants must exhibit an understanding of, and appreciation for, the diverse approaches of Georgia stakeholders (both religious and nonreligious) to understanding the constitutional frameworks for navigating issues about religious literacy and religious liberty in the state’s public schools.

Required Skills:

Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the following areas: (1) project management, (2) education leadership, (3) partnership development, and (4) communication.

1. Project Management: Applicants are invited to substantiate their organizational and project management experience, with particular focus on project management tools, organization, leadership, and personal initiative.

2. Education Leadership: Applicants must have experience of working in education—either as a teacher, administrator, or leader within the public school sector.

3. Partnership Development: Applicants must demonstrate a track record of building relationships with individuals and organizations across ideological and religious differences.

4. Communication: Applicants must demonstrate superior interpersonal skills that will allow them to successfully manage extensive interaction with a wide range of individuals and groups. All applicants must demonstrate superior communication skills, self-awareness, cognitive and emotional empathy, and the ability to interact with people who hold a variety of legal, ideological, religious, and nonreligious perspectives.

Additional Required Skills:

  • All applicants must demonstrate exceptional verbal, written, and copyediting skills in American English.
  • All applicants must possess strong intellectual capacities and be comfortable communicating with a wide range of stakeholders in Georgia and Washington, D.C.
  • All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficient use of technology. The administrative team uses the following technological tools on a daily basis: Microsoft Word & Excel, and Zoom video-conferencing service.
  • Essential qualities include kindness, patience, flexibility, clear communication, excellent organizational ability, an eye for detail, and a drama-free approach to problem solving.
  • It is essential that the applicant feel comfortable working remotely. Working remotely and being managed remotely present a number of challenges. The applicant must be extremely organized, be able to demonstrate progress through agreed milestones, be an effective communicator, and be confident raising issues or concerns.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

The announcement will remain open until filled.

APPLICATION PROCESS

There are three steps to this application process. Please (1) email your application, (2) complete the online interview, and (3) if invited to an interview, prepare a portfolio.

Step 1. Please email your application to [email protected] with a cover letter, resume or CV, and reference list. Please combine these documents into one MS Word document or PDF, and name your file LastName_FirstName. Your cover letter should emphasize your competences and skills, as articulated above. Please also explain in the cover letter how this position might fit into your current career goals. Use your resume to detail your relevant educational and professional experience. Please also include at least three references.

Step 2. After electronically submitting your application, please complete the online survey at www.religiousfreedomcenter.org/jobs, which will serve as your first interview. Please complete this online interview no later than July 31, 2016.

Step 3. Applicants who are invited to an interview will be asked to present a portfolio of work that demonstrates proficiency in the competences and skills outlined above.

If you have any questions about the application process or the Religious Freedom Center, please contact Kristen Looney at [email protected]

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