Curriculum Development Fellow - Iowa Department of Human Rights

Location: Des Moines, IA    Dates: August 27 - November 16, 2018

Compensation: $570/week stipend, up to 5% bonus     Deadline: July 1, 2018


FLIA Overview:

FLIA cultivates leaders and strengthens youth-oriented nonprofits through a fellowship program. Fellows, individuals interested in entering the social sector, work on-site full-time at a partner nonprofit to develop or implement a pre-determined enrichment program.

Throughout the fellowship, fellows gain various professional skills including fundraising, communication, program development,  in a fast-paced, hands-on learning environment.


Iowa Department of Human Rights Overview: 

The Iowa Department of Human Right’s (DHR) Mission: To ensure basic rights, freedoms and opportunities for all by empowering underrepresented Iowans and eliminating economic, social and cultural barriers. We help individuals attain economic independence by ensuring access to government services and advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success consistent with their aspirations.  The fellow will provide support to the DHR and the Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning (CJJP). CJJP is Iowa’s Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) and carries out research, policy analysis, program development, and data analysis activities to assist policy makers, justice system agencies and others to identify issues of concern and to improve the operation and effectiveness of Iowa's justice system. In addition, DHR and CJJP oversees and provides staff support for Youth Empowerment Programs (YEP) including the State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (SIYAC),  Iowa Youth Congress (IYC), and Human Rights Youth Chapters, which are youth initiatives providing skill building and leadership development opportunities.


Position Overview and Responsibilities:

You will ...

  • Enhance the existing curriculum for DHR’s YEP programs including SIYAC,  IYC, and the Human Rights Youth Chapters that focuses on youth participants’ knowledge of state government, advocacy, leadership, and various ways to be empowered.
  • Conduct a literature review of the types of curriculum that exists for youth empowerment, leadership, and advocacy
  • Analyze the outcomes and use this to combine the existing curriculum with the researched best practices
  • Attend pre-fellowship training retreat in Portland, OR from August 27-31, 2018  (expenses covered)
  • Fundraise $500 (with guidance from FLIA)
  • Weekly FLIA responsibilities including check-in calls
  • Submit two blog articles


Position Qualifications:

  • Comfortable working with youth
  • Commitment to continuous professional improvement and reflection
  • Resourcefulness and initiative
  • Passionate about the social sector
  • Use patience and tolerance to address problems
  • Demonstrate integrity
  • Demonstrate professionalism


The selected candidate will be required to pass a criminal background check and/or fingerprinting.