Job: Leader-In-Training

Application Due: February 19, 2021

To apply, email: info(at) or use our contact form

Job Start Date: March 2021

The Leader-In-Training will work directly with the Executive Director and Program Manager to learn the specialized skills required to facilitate a Territory design studio program, and develop those skills through hands on leadership of a design team program.  Territory is a place-based program where young people gain skills in urban design, public art, and community-engaged planning so they can take the lead in community development. The ideal candidate has a demonstrated commitment to working with teens in the Austin neighborhood, and has knowledge of Social Emotional Learning, Trauma-Informed Care, and 21st Century Skills.

The Leader-In-Training will be supported as you step up the skills ladder outlined here:

Skills Ladder for Leader-In-Training

Level 1: Team Facilitator (March-December 2021)

  • Show up on time, ready to learn, committed to participate
  • Share skills, lived experience, community networks
  • Help define the scope of a design team project
  • Help identify stakeholders, and the “why” for including each stakeholder
  • Organize program sessions with the project manager:
    • Discover and use Territory existing curriculum and tools
    • Design new icebreakers, warm up questions, springboard activities
    • Create team meeting agendas
    • Provide technical and professional knowledge to support the team’s goals

Level 2: Project Manager (January-December 2022)

  • Support the facilitators in all activities listed above
  • Create a project schedule
  • Work with stakeholders to schedule meetings
  • Provide all follow up
  • Recruit teens and handle teen communications
  • Attend all program sessions, and be prepared to lead if needed
  • Ensure completion of outcomes according to schedule
  • Attend weekly program meeting and report to Executive Director

Independent Contractor – Terms

Hourly rate: $17.50 starting, opportunity to step up to $23.50
Time commitment: 12-25 hours per week
Schedule: March 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021

Required Spring hours: 4-6PM Tuesdays, Thursdays, 10AM-12PM Saturdays.

Required Summer hours: Monday-Friday, 5 hours per day

References and background check required.

Program Description-Territory Urban Design Team

Territory Urban Design Team is an introduction to urban design and community engaged planning. Teens receive a stipend through After School Matters. Territory is a place based program serving the Austin neighborhood. Team members are recruited from within Austin and use their own lived experience as the basis for . The program touches on a range of skill areas including public art, architecture, city planning, sociology, and engineering. Teens who join Territory want to use their creativity and lived experience to have a positive impact on their neighborhood, and make spaces in this city that are welcoming to teens.

Key outcomes for youth:

  • Use urban planning and design skills, knowledge and familiarity with steps to complete a community-engaged design or planning project
  • Create public awareness campaign through social media, blogs, eblasts, posters
  • Create design and planning proposals for place-based, community-engaged improvements
  • Lead Youth-To-Youth Convening, Community Presentation, or Workshop