Creative Commons USA (www.creativecommonsusa.org) is seeking a candidate with K-12 experience and an organizing mindset to work toward improving access to high-quality primary education. The position will be based at American University, Washington College of Law (https://www.wcl.american.edu/), in Washington DC.
In K-12 education, access to quality learning materials is highly inequitable. Millions of students are learning out of decade-old textbooks, sharing books because their school can’t afford enough, or are barred from taking books out of the classroom for fear of losing them. At the same time, teachers struggle to find curricula-aligned materials that incorporate modern technology and allow for customization based on classroom situation.
Open licensing holds the potential to change that. Open educational resources are teaching tools, textbooks, assignments, and other materials that are published under a license permitting their free use, sharing, and adaptation.
This position will be responsible for crafting and and executing an outreach and policy strategy to increase the use and availability of OER in K-12 classrooms. Specific responsibilities may include:
- Providing training opportunities online or at conferences, and working directly with practitioners around how to effectively use and implement openly licensed materials in their classrooms,
- Managing relationships with existing partner organizations and cultivating new partnerships,
- Providing support for #GoOpen states, districts, and organizers, including traveling to state/regional summits, participating in calls, and creating online content,
- Researching and documenting administrative and procurement challenges for schools adopting or creating OER,
- Creating a body of materials that support the use and development of open educational resources at the district level,
- Providing an experience-based lens for analysis of K-12 relevant activity in legislative bodies, at agencies, in peer organizations at the national level, and in state capitals,
- Working in tandem with other Creative Commons team members to improve policymaker awareness of open licensing and open education.
Please note this role is grant funded and contingent on continue grant funding.
A minimum of 3 years experience in community outreach, project organizing, or a practicing K-12 role. Preference will be given to candidates with some policy and research experience. Incumbent must be able to work with diverse constituencies and handle multiple tasks. Strong organizing, communication, planning, and writing skills a must. Knowledge of common computer applications (G-Suite, Microsoft Office, etc) and web-based applications (WordPress, Twitter, etc) required. Significant travel, approximately 20%, expected.
How to Apply: On the American University site, at https://goo.gl/zEuG8F
Salary and Benefits: $55k – $65, depending on relevant experience and education. AU offers a comprehensive benefits package.
With the advent of the Internet, we’ve entered an era of untold potential for development, growth and productivity – but one that is increasingly hindered by restrictive copyright laws and incompatible technologies. Starting back in 2001, Creative Commons has worked to make intellectual property and copyright laws better serve the public good – drafting full legal licenses that allow authors and creators to share their work with the public and supporting efforts to port these licenses for countries around the world.
At the US chapter of Creative Commons, we focus on furthering progress toward open culture, open education, open data, and open access to research. We provide legal expertise around the Creative Commons licenses, support to organizations and institutions that use (or could use) open licensing, and advice for decision-makers on copyright issues and policies that impact our trend toward a more open society.