Reporting to the Education Program Manager at TakingITGlobal (TIG), and the Director of Programming at The Center for Global Education (TCGE), the Global Encounters Program Coordinator will support the planning, promotion, implementation, and overall success of a series of international student video conferences centered around a variety of global issues. This position is ideal for a dynamic, detail-oriented individual with a passion for using social media within an educational context to foster youth engagement and activism.
Position: Global Encounters Program Coordinator
Position Location: Toronto
Start Date: September 11th 2012
Details: 20-24 hours per week
Duration: 4 months, with the possibility of renewal
Applications due: August 10, 2012
This part-time volunteer opportunity is perfect for a pre-service teacher or in-service teacher interested in gaining experience in transformative, technology-enabled, global education. Our ideal candidate is passionate about employing technology to support youth participation in global, action-oriented learning, and has a strong background in curriculum development and youth engagement. If this describes you, or someone you know, please apply or share this opportunity!
About the Global Encounters Program
The Global Encounters program brings together students from across the world through live video conferences that explore global issues and the potential youth have to shape a better common future.
A week or two ahead of each Global Encounters video conference, student participants convene in content- and activity-rich virtual classroom spaces hosted by TakingITGlobal to get acquainted with one another and better understand the issues. This pre-engagement period enhances the real time video conference experience by building a sense of familiarity and community amongst participants while also enhancing students' abilities to ask informed questions during the live event. Running approximately 75 minutes, the video conferences then allow participants to connect in real time to see each other face-to-face, hear from keynote speaker with expertise in the field at hand, share their research and ideas, and engage in discussions both as a large group and in focused break-out sessions, while other schools observe through online streaming.
TakingITGlobal empowers youth to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges. A social network unlike any other, our award-winning, multilingual online community offers a diverse set of action tools and educational resources designed to inspire, inform and involve. Please visit www.tigweb.org/about for further information.
About The Centre for Global Education
Based in Edmonton, Alberta, TCGE facilitates programming for over 25,000 students every year from every corner of the planet, with a focus on peace and global education and higher level learning and research. TCGE organizes approximately 200 video conferences per year. Please visit http://tcge.tiged.org/ for further information.
Roles and Responsibilities
Event Planning and Preparation
Coordinate registration for events
Suggest potential keynote speakers and mentors
Adapt TIGed's educational resources for use in Global Encounters virtual classrooms and develop new learning activities as appropriate
Populate the Global Encounters virtual classrooms with content and learning activities
Outreach and Promotions
Distribute Global Encounters event announcements through appropriate network channels
Engage with Global Encounters participants within the virtual classrooms ahead of each video conference, which includes encouraging, guiding, and supporting interactions between participants and helping ensure questions are explored and answered
When necessary, help recruit and train mentors to assist in the engagement of Global Encounters participants
Event Assistance and Coordination
Administration of the Livetsream account during evetns
Moderation of the Livestream chat during events
Moderation of the Twitter feed during events
Whenever possible, participate in Global Encounters team meetings, TIG team meetings, and TIGed team meetings
Share thoughts, ideas, and suggestions as they arise
Contribute to the strategic development and continual improvement of the TIGed program by sharing observations, ideas, and constructive criticism
Keep staff updated by posting to "My Week" every Friday and maintain regular communication with the Manager of Education Programs and the Director of Programming at TCGE
Share interesting education related articles, news items, and resources with the team
Add relevant bookmarks to the TIGed Delicious utilizing the established tagging system.
Prepare a handover note to help to orient the next individual filling this role
Studies in a related field (e.g. Education, Communications, International Development, etc.)
Significant interest in education, engagement and activism
High level of media literacy and an understanding of the uses of web 2.0 tools
Detail oriented, organized, with strong time management skills
Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
Able to work independently and collaboratively in a fast paced office environment
Leadership skills and facilitation experience
Willingness to learn new things and eagerness to acquire new skills
Curriculum development experience
Significant interest in youth-related issues and experience working with young people from a wide variety of cultures
Fluency in languages other than English
Experience working and/or volunteering in the non-profit sector
International work or volunteer experience
Please submit a resume and cover letter:
Contact: Human Resources
(Include the position title in the subject of the email)
Mail: 19 Duncan Street, Suite 505,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
For Inquiries: 416-977-9363 ext. 315
Please electronically mail your cover letter, resume and writing sample, and include the title of the position in the subject line of your email and let us know how you heard about the position. Please do not mail or personally submit resumes, as we are a small organization and do not have the capacity to respond.
TakingITGlobal is an equal opportunity employer and strongly supports applications from diverse backgrounds and communities. We thank all candidates for their interest; however, due to the volume of applications and inquiries we receive; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.