JOBS & INTERNSHIPS


Executive Director

Dear friends and supporters of GirlForward,

As Blair Brettschneider recently shared, she will be stepping down from her role as Executive Director effective July 1, 2019. Blair has been a vibrant and visionary leader. She has driven the growth of GirlForward from a volunteer-run project with a budget of $2,000  when the organization was founded in 2011 to now 10 employees and a budget of $700,000. She has hired a talented and passionate team that manages successful programs in Chicago and Austin serving over 200 girls each year.  The Board of Directors at GirlForward is deeply grateful to Blair for the work she has done, the way she has grown the organization and the extraordinary impact her efforts have had on our girls, our mentors and our communities.

Blair will be with GirlForward through the search and the transition until her departure at the end of June. Ashley Marine, our outstanding Director of Programs since GirlForward’s early days, will now take on the role of Deputy Director. We appreciate the dedication and enthusiasm of our talented team. We know they will work together to ensure a smooth and cohesive transition. We are excited for the next phase for GirlForward and remain committed to creating and enhancing opportunities for girls who have been displaced globally by conflict and persecution.

The search is ongoing for GirlForward’s next Executive Director. The Board of Directors has convened a hiring committee of Board members, community partners, and girls in order to ensure an inclusive process with the engagement of key stakeholders in our search.  We are committed to finding the best possible leader for our next chapter at GirlForward. We welcome your help in identifying candidates who can help GirlForward continue to thrive. Please click here for the job description and forward it on to any potential candidates.

With Gratitude,

The GirlForward Board of Directors


GirlForward Summer 2019 Internships

We are currently recruiting interns for this summer for both Chicago, IL and Austin, TX!


GENERAL INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS

All GirlForward internships are unpaid. Desired qualifications include:

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

  • Organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Able to work well independently in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision.

  • Experience with youth, tutoring, or mentoring, preferably with English language learners.

  • Must have a strong commitment to social justice and community engagement.

  • Must believe in the practice of cultural humility and critically analyze their own identity, culture, power, and belief system in relation to the community.

  • Must believe in the power of adolescent girls to create positive change in their communities and the world!

We will provide in depth training on issues related to our mission, tasks of the internship, and immigration policy generally. While internships are unpaid, we can verify internship for academic credit if the intern needs.

CAMP TEACHING INTERNSHIP

Teaching Interns serve as teaching assistants in the classroom. Specific responsibilities include: 

  •      Assisting lead teacher with classroom management.

  •      Assisting lead teacher with curriculum development.

  •      Working one-on-one with girls in the classroom.

  •      Leading small groups of 7-10 girls in literature circles and activities.

Preferred qualifications specific to TEACHING INTERNSHIP

  •      Studying education or has relevant experience in a classroom.

  •      Preferred experience working with English language learners.

  •      Experience facilitating team building activities.  

Camp GirlForward Internships will run from June 17th - August 2nd. Teaching interns will work 30-35 hours per week. Hours may vary but will most likely be M-F 9AM-4PM for the duration.

CAMP LOGISTICS INTERNSHIP

Logistics Interns support the Education Program Manager as program assistants during enrichment activities and field trips. Specific responsibilities include: 

  •      Assisting lead teacher with community service projects.      

  •      Assisting with planning and coordination of field trips

  •      Working one-on-one with girls in the community

  •      Completing administrative tasks such as preparing materials, cleaning classroom, and attendance related data entry.

Preferred qualifications specific to LOGISTICS INTERNSHIP

  •      Experience navigating public transit and leading groups in cities. 

  •      Experience facilitating team building activities.  

Camp GirlForward will run from June 17th - August 2nd. Logistics interns will work 30-35 hours per week. Hours may vary but will most likely be M-F 9 AM-4 PM for the duration.

MENTORING INTERNSHIP

Mentoring interns support the Mentoring Program Manager as a program assistant. 

Specific responsibilities include:

  •      Assisting staff with participant recruitment. 

  •      Assisting staff with volunteer management.

  •      Engaging community through special events, workshops, and home visits.

  •      Completing administrative tasks such as data entry and evaluation.

Mentoring Interns will work at minimum 16 hours in a week but times of commitment may vary related to tasks such as nights or weekends. Hours and schedule will be determined with staff and candidate. Mentoring Intern applicants should select a unit for which they would like to work from below:

     Option 1: (Spring/Summer) 5/13/19 through 8/16/19

     Option 2: (Spring) 5/13/19 through 6/30/19

     Option 3: (Summer) 7/1/19 through 8/16/19

SAFE SPACES INTERNSHIP

Safe Spaces interns support the Safe Spaces Program Manager as a program assistant. 

Specific responsibilities include:

  •      Assisting staff with volunteer management.

  •      Assisting staff with program design and evaluation.

  •      Completing administrative tasks such as data entry and evaluation.

Safe Spaces Interns will work at minimum 16 hours in a week but times of commitment may vary related to tasks such as nights or weekends. Hours and scheduled will be determined with staff and candidate. Safe Spaces Intern applicants should select a unit for which they would like to work from below:

     Option 1: (Spring/Summer) 5/13/19 through 8/16/19

     Option 2: (Spring) 5/13/19 through 6/30/19

     Option 3: (Summer) 7/1/19 through 8/16/19

COMMUNICATIONS & DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIP

The Communications & Development team promotes GirlForward’s mission, brand and programs through our website, email, and social media as well as donor communications. The Intern will support the Communications & Development team as a team member and provide creative and administrative help. 

Specific responsibilities include:

  •  Implementing communication or fundraising strategies.

  •      Researching social media and digital campaigns. 

  •      Curating and posting online content.

  •      Completing administrative tasks such as data entry and evaluation.

The Communications Intern will work at minimum 16 hours in a week but times of commitment may vary related to tasks such as nights or weekends. This will be determined with staff and candidate. Communications & Development Intern applicants should select a unit for which they would like to work from below:

     Option 1: (Spring/Summer) 5/13/19 through 8/16/19

     Option 2: (Spring) 5/13/19 through 6/30/19

     Option 3: (Summer) 7/1/19 through 8/16/19

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit applications here no later than 5:00 PM CST on March 14th, 2019. Candidates will be contacted no earlier than March 22nd.

Please direct any questions to info@girlforward.org

GirlForward is dedicated to building a multicultural work environment where all intersectional identities are valued. GirlForward encourages women, people of color, and those who identify as immigrants or refugees to apply. GirlForward is an equal opportunity employer and consideration for employment is made without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.