November 26, 2014

Now seeking: Innovators in Cultural Diplomacy Project Coordinator

Hope Not Hate, 2012-13 Americans for Informed Democracy (AIDemocracy) is a national youth network debating and speaking out about US global engagement. We are young global citizens demanding a more peaceful, healthy, just and sustainable world.

We are seeking a Coordinator to support our new class of Innovators in Cultural Diplomacy, which is part of our Hope Not Hate program. Innovators are proven young leaders eager to lead dialogue and events promoting interfaith understanding on their campuses and in their communities. The Coordinator will provide strategic advice and hands-on support to a class of 8-10 Innovators from around the country. Activities will include facilitating a two-day retreat in Washington, D.C., supporting the development and execution of Innovator campaigns on their campuses, and overseeing the Hope Not Hate social media presence and blog.

About Hope Not Hate: Hope not Hate is one of our flagship projects, launched on the first anniversary of 9/11. It is founded on the belief that the US and Muslim worlds share common values and common challenges, and we need to work together collaboratively and peacefully to build a more stable, prosperous and democratic future. Through facilitating youth dialogue around US-Muslim world relations, and empowering students to propose a roadmap for strengthening these relations over the next decade, Hope Not Hate will cultivate young global leaders who have the skills and the knowledge to build a more peaceful, healthy, just and sustainable world.

To date, Hope Not Hate has engaged more than 20,000 students and citizens in two hundred communities from Macon, Georgia and Vermillion, South Dakota to Amman, Jordan, and Jakarta, Indonesia. The Boston Globe editorial board called Hope Not Hate “a victory of knowledge and inquiry over fear and blind pledges of revenge.” Hope Not Hate also received Search for Common Ground’s Award for International Understanding in 2005 and received special recognition from Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at the 2006 Clinton Global Initiative.

Coordinator Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate a two-day retreat in Washington, D.C. in late January or early February. This will include overseeing logistics, arranging speakers, leading skill-building sessions and ensuring the general flow of the event.
  • Support Innovator development and implementation of campus campaigns. Innovators will lead campaigns throughout spring 2013 that involve at least three actions, for example writing an Op-Ed to a local paper, screening a film, and/or hosting an interfaith dinner.
  • Facilitate three skillbuilding webinars, focusing on global leadership, communications and campaign strategy. This includes identifying speakers and ensuring the webinars are fun and useful for participants.
  • Provide ongoing coaching and support for Innovators as they build skills and execute campaigns.
  • Support Innovator development of a roadmap and curriculum for fostering interfaith understanding.
  • Promote AIDemocracy’s Global Scholar summer program, as it relates to Hope Not Hate.
  • Oversee the Hope Not Hate social media and website presence, including drafting timely and interesting Facebook and Twitter content.
  • Build relationships within the class of Innovators.
  • Ensure the general success of the Hope Not Hate Program, and the Innovators in Cultural Diplomacy.

This is a part-time, contract position that will last from January to May 2012. Hours are approximately 15-20 per week. This is an ideal opportunity for someone who is in school or is looking for a meaningful part-time experience.

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated interest in US-Muslim relations, and interfaith issues more broadly.
  • Experience leading interfaith work or programs.
  • Experience working with issue campaigns, and/or organizing campus events.
  • Leadership experience, and the ability to inspire, coach and motivate people.
  • Strong social media skills, in particular around Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and blogs.
  • Ability to work independently, to ask for help when needed, and to ensure work gets done.

To apply: Please send a CV and a short statement of interest explaining why you’re interested in this position to opportunities@Aidemocracy.org. Include which issues or approaches you think are most important for fostering relations between the US and Muslim worlds, and your experience working with youth or your peers on these issues.

We’re accepting applications on a rolling basis through January 5. The Coordinator will start in mid to late January. This is a virtual position, although location in the greater Washington, D.C. area is preferred.

Email us with questions: opportunities@aidemocracy.org.

Hope Not Hate 2013 is sponsored in part by the El-Hibri Charitable Foundation and Unity Productions Foundation.

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