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Monday, January 09, 2023

The City Club is Hiring: Educational Engagement Manager

Julie Kelly, Chief Financial Officer, The City Club of Cleveland

The City Club is Hiring: Educational Engagement Manager

The City Club of Cleveland seeks an enthusiastic team player to join our civically engaged, mission driven organization. At a time when schools nationwide are recommitting themselves to teaching civics and strengthening student citizenship, we are creating a new position at the City Club to ensure we continue to provide a place for the next generation of civic leaders to help shape conversations of consequence that help democracy and our community thrive.

The Educational Engagement Manager will be responsible for managing and expanding a robust, integrated, and responsive education engagement program with the intent to provide more students with deep learning experiences in the civic realm and to expand our focus to provide more services and support to educators. Specifically, the Educational Engagement Manager will be responsible for the following student-centered programs:

  • The City Club Youth Forum Council, which invites high school students from across Greater Cleveland to plan, produce and execute forums for other high school students and our general audience.

  • The Hope and Stanley Adelstein Free Speech Essay Contest

  • The Annual Northeast Ohio High School Debate Championship

  • The City Club Student Access Program, which creates opportunities for high school teachers to bring students to City Club forums for free.

The Educational Engagement Manager will also create new opportunities for engagement with college students and create opportunities for educators to share curriculum that makes use of City Club forums and content.

The Educational Engagement Manager will design and execute an engagement strategy including building relationships with administrators and teachers, engaging new schools, and assessing the quality and quantity of our current programs. These findings will be used to further develop our educational engagement strategy and to develop the assets, materials, and services that are needed to support direct work with educators.

Our overall goal is to improve and grow student engagement in order to encourage deep learning and educator support services in order to make civic engagement experiences a part of excellent teaching in schools across Northeast Ohio. While the programs we currently offer are positive experiences for those who participate, we recognize there are many students and educators, particularly in our urban districts and those a further distance from our downtown Cleveland location, who are not yet participating in our programs. It is critical to meet educators where they are and invest in hands-on, personal engagement if we want to be an effective resource for teachers and their students.

The ideal candidate enjoys engaging people on an individual basis, is an exceptional multi-tasker, an organized independent worker, and thrives in an open workspace. They understand the importance of highly attentive community engagement and have respect for the demands on teachers and school administrators’ time and a deep understanding of the education landscape.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage the Youth Forum Council including helping students recruit members, plan meetings, and organize and execute up to six forums annually. This will involve creating and delivering training to YFC members, with the support and involvement of colleagues.

  • Plan and implement the Annual Free Speech Essay Contest including finalizing the prompt with student input, promoting participation, recruiting judges, and managing the selection process, and celebrating the winning essays

  • Promote City Club forums to teachers, administrators, and schools to encourage student attendance with the goal of expanding participation to more schools regionally with a special focus on public schools

  • Manage logistics for participating schools on forum days

  • Welcome students and teachers who attend City Club forums and create additional civic learning opportunities, including City Club tour, engagement with the speaker or panelists, and any other relevant activities

  • Lead the planning and execution of the annual High School Debate Championship in partnership with Ideastream Public Media and the North Coast District of the National Speech and Debate Association

  • Create communication strategies to effectively promote engagement opportunities

  • Coordinate CMSD school participation in the annual State of the Schools

  • Evaluate all education engagement programs

  • Design and implement a strategy for offering curriculum support to help teachers better connect City Club content with classroom lessons

  • Design and implement a post-secondary student participation program


  • Able to make teachers, administrators, and students to feel welcome and engaged in City Club activities

  • Excellent phone, email, and written communication skills

  • Able to work independently and efficiently

  • Willingness to adapt to changing priorities and situations

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Mail Chimp, and comfortable learning new technologies

  • Non-profit and education experience a plus


This is a full-time position with a salary range of $45,000 - $56,000. The City Club of Cleveland also provides health and dental insurance, paid vacation, 401(k), and downtown parking or a monthly transit pass.

The City Club has a flexible office environment and works with all employees to create a schedule that fits your work/life balance. We are currently working hybrid with a requirement of at least two days/week in-person.

The City Club of Cleveland serves Greater Cleveland, the State of Ohio, and the nation with programs that convene leaders, engage citizens, and provide all our communities with opportunities to learn and participate in spirited dialogue on the issues that shape our future.

We are committed to diversity, inclusion, and growth for all our employees. Minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants should send resume and cover letter to CFO Julie Kelly at

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