Virtual Youth Exchange Facilitator Fellowship

***Starting: Saturday, November 5

Citizen Diplomacy International is looking for a passionate, globally-minded individual with cross-cultural dialogue experience to join our team and help us in our mission to connect Philadelphia to the world.

About Us 

Citizen Diplomacy International is the Philadelphia region’s international relations organization connecting Philadelphians to the world, providing international education, and promoting the best of Philadelphia. 

We work in partnership with Philadelphia’s Sister Cities and the U.S. Department of State’s leadership exchange programs to engage the people of our region in world affairs, strengthen the reputation of the United States around the world, and promote learning across cultures. Through virtual and in-person programs, we create “face-to-face” opportunities for Americans and international guests to exchange knowledge and culture, discuss global challenges, and form their own views of U.S. and foreign policy. Our network of ‘Citizen Diplomats’ are experts in their fields, from innovation, entrepreneurship, government, education, sustainability, and journalism, and gracious Americans who share their values and “American cultural experiences” through informal conversations or dinners with families in homes and business executives. Building on 28 years of Sister Cities High School Exchanges, we ensure youth are educated to be global citizens through our virtual Citizen Diplomat Academy. These connections continue to be powerful tools to reinforce American security and build a more civil, peaceful, and prosperous world.

Overview of the Program

The Citizen Diplomat Academy is a free, virtual international exchange program for high school students in Philadelphia and abroad who are interested in addressing the world’s most pressing challenges. As a facilitator fellow, you will put into practice the dialogue tools developed by our partners at the Dialogue Institute and steward conversations between students in Philadelphia and internationally, virtually over Zoom and asynchronously in the Canvas learning management system discussion threads. This role will involve 4 hours each week – 30 minutes of weekly prep, 30 minutes of asynchronous time and 2 hours of live, virtual sessions on Saturday mornings from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Your role will facilitate student group discussions during the breakout portion of a larger session. 

Role Duties

  • Commitment to attending Virtual Exchanges (weekend)
  • 30 minutes weekly engagement in asynchronous assignments via Canvas
  • Completing Student Attendance
  • Moderating the Chat
  • Moderating unforeseen downtime during the Virtual Exchange
  • Managing 1 Breakout Room

Qualifications and Skills

  • A commitment to Citizen Diplomacy’s mission of connecting Philadelphia to the world and our values of inclusivity and integrity.
  • A confident public speaker who can be thoughtful and curious in guiding conversations, while providing a welcoming and comfortable environment for students to participate. 
  • Resourceful team player with strong customer service orientation, patience, flexibility, and a good sense of humor. 
  • Capable of cultivating inquisitive questions in live and asynchronous environments
  • Some experience working with youth, preferably in an educational or recreational setting.   
  • Some experience with cross-cultural dialogue and English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Experience working with Zoom, learning platforms such as Canvas; and basic word processing and spreadsheet software such as Google Docs, Google Sheets, Microsoft Word or Excel.

Other Requirements

Facilitators are required to complete the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and a Pennsylvania Access To Criminal History (PATCH) check, costs reimbursable by Citizen Diplomacy International.

Weekend and Travel Expectations

This is a fully remote position. 

Fall program work schedule is Saturdays, November 5 – December 17, 2022 from 9 am – 12 pm. Live sessions are held on the following dates and times:

 How to Succeed as a STEM Innovator/Entrepreneur: Philadelphia – Worldwide 

  • Exchange N: Saturdays, November 5 – December 17, 2022, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM (PHL) 

How to Succeed as a Social Innovator: Philadelphia – Worldwide  

  • Exchange P: Saturdays, November 5 – December 17, 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (PHL)   

*No exchanges on Saturday, November 26 (Thanksgiving week)

Compensation and benefits

  • This is an independent contractor position.
  • A stipend of $325 will be paid at the conclusion of the program.
  • Payment will be made through Bill.com.

How to apply

If interested, please send your cover letter and resume to youthprograms@cdiphila.org and state in the subject line “Virtual Youth Exchange Facilitator Fellowship”. Thank you for your interest in growing your career with us!

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