Authors Circle Facilitators in CPS High Schools “Speaking our Truths”

Seeking 4 Part-Time Contractors for In Person Programming

Compensation: $10 K stipend


ConTextos ( uses the power of personal narrative to promote healing and reflection, and to foster critical thinking and dialogue. We seek to lift up the voices and insights of people affected by trauma, and to challenge assumptions, provoke healing and social change. ConTextos’ Authors Circle model focuses on healing and nurtures the human instinct to tell stories of lived experience to process and overcome challenges and trauma and engage key questions about the human experience such as identity and relationship to community. We provide a platform and a safe space for Authors to draft, revise, illustrate and publish their powerful stories while learning to give and accept feedback, improving reading and writing skills, building relationships with their facilitators and peers, and reflecting upon the past to reimagine the future

Speaking Our Truths Program Overview: 

In this after school Arts and Cultural Enrichment program, Authors Circle, students will be led through a process that engages them in meaningful dialogue on relevant and thought-provoking readings and prompts, and will write their own personal stories and poetry. Authors Circle facilitators will serve as caring mentors and support students’ creative and emotional work in the program.

  1. Program Run: 13 weeks /  March 15, 2021 – June 30, 2021
  2. Two CPS High Schools (To be determined)
  3. Up to 20 students per high school
  4. Program meets 3 times a week for 2-hour sessions during after school hours
  5. Each program site will be led by two ConTextos facilitators, who have been trained in ConTextos’ trauma-informed care and narrative therapy-informed approach. Facilitators will be responsible for working with one group of students. Group size is still being determined and large groups may be split into two groups with one facilitator each. 
  6. Culminates in a showcase event at each school to display their visual art posters and perform pieces from their published compilation 
  7. This program will provide a supportive environment for students who have been struggling during this difficult time of COVID-19, virtual learning, economic uncertainty, cries for racial reckoning and increased levels of violence in Chicago.

Essential Functions

  1. Provide support and leadership in one 13-week session of writing workshops that meet three times a week and instructional support via a combination of co-teaching (if it is a group of 20 students) or lead-teaching (if it is a group of 10 students, group sizes are still TBD). Authors participating in ConTextos programming have experienced significant complex traumas.
  2. Work closely with the ConTextos team to prepare for writing workshops, including preparing lessons plans and materials, and coordinating activities with various teaching-site teams.
  3. Demonstrate purpose, flexibility and commitment to our Authors’ healing, learning and empowerment.
  4. Have high expectations and a strong work ethic, and demonstrate compassion, creativity and commitment to excellence, ethics and integrity; believe strongly in each individual’s humanity and ability to thrive.
  5. Engage in ConTextos training before and during the course of the after school program.
  6. Complete facilitator reports after each session on attendance and participation.
  7. Communicate on a weekly basis with ConTextos’ program supervisor.


  1. Meaningful experience working with young people (14-21) who have had negative experiences in traditional schooling, systems and/or institutions.
  2. Demonstrate a nuanced understanding of trauma-informed practices, social-emotional learning competencies, youth-learning modalities and asset-based frameworks.
  3. Vibrant experience teaching and facilitating groups, though not necessarily in traditional settings.
  4. Well-read and well-written, with a passion for authentic stories and complicating societal narratives.
  5. Strong collaborator and able to work well independently; passionate about community assets and developing caring, respectful relationships; reflective and compassionate with a belief in lifelong learning.
  6. Complete and pass a CPS Background check
  7. Facilitate in-person programming on CPS campus, training in ConTextos offices. (PPE will be provided.)  Hired individuals would be considered 1B and can seek COVID19 vaccines.


  1. Applications due Wed March 3 and we are hiring on a rolling basis. Please apply asap.
  2. Training: March 9-12
  3. Program Launch: March 15-June 30 (this is contingent upon receiving funding for the program and dates are subject to change)
  4. 2 weeks for wrap up and evaluation after program ends
  5. Approximately 15 hours per week

To Apply

To apply, please send a resume, writing sample, statement of why this position is a match for you, and three professional references to ConTextos is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply.