Program Associate, California

Facing History and Ourselves
Los Angeles, California
Commensurate with Experience

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Position:  Program Associate, California (Admin-focused)

Reports to: Program Director for LA and Organizational Innovation

Location: CA

Status: Full Time, Exempt 

Start Date: Immediate


The Program Associate will be responsible for delivering Facing History and Ourselves’ program services for school and district agreements across the state of California, fostering relationships with education administrators and related organizations, developing support for administrators choosing Facing History, as well as general support for Facing History educators.  

 The Program Associate will co-facilitate professional development workshops and seminars, cultivate and document relationships and communications with educators, educational leaders and key constituencies, recruit new schools and districts to explore and implement Facing History and Ourselves, give special attention to educational trends and factors specific to CA, and manage events or initiatives on a case-by-case basis. Up to 50% travel within the state required for CA districts and organizational initiatives.

In the current situation, we are all working remotely. Once we are cleared for in-person work, this role will include in-school site program delivery and in-person network-building.

Who we are

Facing History in California currently operates out of two geographic centers, Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area. This role will be critical in developing greater attention to statewide service for the state. There are currently small program teams in both regions, working together to reach and support educators across the state. The California teams are part of a matrixed organization headquartered in Boston.

We are passionate educators and care deeply about our community. Innovative and entrepreneurial, we constantly look for better ways to serve our teachers, our schools, and their students. We have sought and continue to prioritize building a team that represents the diversity of our state. We work closely together and depend on clear communication, commitment to each other as a team, and a positive energy.

Who you are

You share our passion for education, youth and the community, with an attention to equity and inclusion. You bring your substantial education and school/district administration experience and unique perspective to make us stronger together. You thrive in a team environment, bringing both strong collaboration skills and independent initiative. You are comfortable using technological tools to engage and strengthen relationships internally and externally. You have a constant curiosity, and an appreciation for all of Facing History's core case studies.  

You are confident engaging in conversations that explore identity, social emotional learning, equity/inclusion/belonging, and civic engagement, as well as the destructive forces of racism, antisemitism, and collective violence. You are equally comfortable building relationships and facilitating educational spaces in-person and online, and you seek to be part of a team which is making a positive impact on education across California.


Essential Skills/Qualities


  • Facing History’s work is based on the pillars of EquitySocial Emotional Learning, and Civic Education. Applicants should demonstrate understanding of current trends, issues, and/or teaching practices in relation to at least 2 of these 3 pillars.

  • Knowledge of California educational trends and frameworks, including Ethnic Studies, the California History Social Science Framework, English/Language Arts standards, and LCAP.

  • Entrepreneurial and collegial style; ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, particularly in remote working environment

  • Demonstrated and effective communication and facilitation skills

  • Secondary classroom (grades 6-12) teaching experience required. 

  • Experience as a school site administrator

  • Willingness to learn new content.

  • Fluency in online digital media literacy skills and comfort with integrating web-based and social media technologies for support of a global network of teachers and students.

  • BA/BS (Higher degree preferred)

  • Ability to organize and execute tasks in a non-profit context.

  • Interest in, and ability to articulate the mission of this non-profit.

  • Availability to travel (up to 50%), once in-person work resumes.

  • Availability for occasional evening and weekend work.


  • Experience with whole school reform or district change management.

  • Experience with education systems outside urban centers.

  • Prior experience leading professional development 

  • Prior adult coaching experience in educational settings.

  • In-depth knowledge of European and US history 

  • Experience teaching the Holocaust and other examples of collective violence, the Civil Rights Movement and the history of race in America.

  • Fluency in a range of tech tools to support online and in-person presentations and audience engagement.

  • Comfort using Google suite.

  • Some familiarity with the use of databases.

  • Bilingual fluency in languages with strong presence in California schools.

Full Time Benefits: In addition to meaningful and rewarding work, Facing History provides an excellent and competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life & long-term disability insurance, a 403(b) program,  generous paid time off, an employee assistance plan & a travel assistance plan, pre-tax Transit-pass program, flexible spending health care and dependent care accounts, 4 voluntary Aflac plans, and a friendly work environment.

Facing History proudly values diversity. To read our full statement on diversity, please follow this link.  We are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer




About Facing History and Ourselves


Founded in 1976, Facing History and Ourselves is an international non-profit education organization headquartered near Boston, Massachusetts. Our mission is to use the tools of history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate. By studying the historical development and lessons of key moments in modern history, students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.


Effective Teachers, Engaged Students


Facing History is a leader in history and civic education. Our published and online resources, professional development and support for educators, and community events provide opportunities for people of all ages to understand how human behavior and individual choice play a critical role in shaping society. We offer content and teaching strategies that promote student engagement, critical thinking, and deeper understanding of the lessons of history. Each year, we reach an estimated 1.9 million young people, and our website attracts more than 700,000 visits from 215 countries. More than 30 years of research has documented our positive impact on teachers and students.


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