Position Summary

The Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) is seeking an individual to manage the development of a training program for their award-winning youth program model, Teen Reading Lounge.  The Training & Curriculum Specialist will work closely with program staff to design training units and curriculum for educators, librarians, artists and other out-of-school time program staff working with low-income youth and youth of color. In addition to training staff on how to collaborate with young people to create a unique program experience, PHC is committed to deepening host sites’ knowledge of how equity, inclusion and trauma impact engagement with youth and program development. This position is a temporary contract position.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Training & Curriculum Specialist will:

  • Work with the Senior Program Officer to develop and refine the Teen Reading Lounge training program and materials for a wide range of out-of-school time professionals
  • Facilitate the development of a culturally relevant set of training and support resources and tools
  • Co-deliver trainings with the program team
  • Provide support to trainers as they deliver trainings; work with them to monitor and evaluate trainings and make adjustments
  • Conduct research and provide recommendations for training strategies and relevant resources for culturally relevant program delivery
  • Research and identify potential partner organizations and individuals that may be able to provide training opportunities to TRL host sites and program partners

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Attributes:

  • Display strong cultural competence with respect for and extensive knowledge of the cultures of the various stakeholders we work with and the youth we serve
  • Experience developing and delivering trainings for educators and/or out-of-school time professionals that address the intersection of youth program development and diversity, equity, inclusion and trauma
  • Commitment to supporting positive youth development through quality out-of-school time programs
  • Experience and willingness to facilitate diversity training and discussions.
  • Highly collaborative, with the ability to work with a team and a wide range of learners as well as the ability to work independently
  • Energetic, positive and learning-centered
  • Self-motivated with strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to develop, build and manage relationships
  • Tolerance for working in a fasted-pace, entrepreneurial environment


  • Master’s degree in Education is preferred.
  • Experience teaching and/or working with diverse youth and/or communities.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing educational programming, including developing a curriculum and related service delivery model.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Comfortable speaking in front of large and small groups.
  • Strong computer and technology skills; proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Google tools) and interest in and ability to learn new platforms.
  • Experience with virtual meeting tools a plus
  • Ability to travel statewide
  • Flexible schedule

To Apply

Please email your resume to program@pahumanities.org by Monday, March 5.

About the Pennsylvania Humanities Council

The Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) is an independent partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities and part of a network of 56 state humanities councils that spans the nation and U.S. jurisdictions. Today, across the commonwealth, we put the humanities in action to create positive change. Our programs and grants bring Pennsylvanians together to build avenues for civic involvement and community development, and for youth and adult learners to strengthen skills for school, work, and personal improvement. Learn more at pahumanities.org.