Introducing Friends of the Institute

As a tribute to Senator Kennedy's 47-year career, gifts of $47 and up recognize you as a Friend of the Institute.

About the Institute

The Program Content Lead is responsible for researching and writing new content modules for existing on-site and on-line civic education programs and projects.

Who We Are:

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities.

The Kennedy Institute strives to provide balanced, transparent, and inclusive civics education experiences that make room for conversations between people of broad ideologies and perspectives in respectful, productive ways.


The Program Content Lead is responsible for researching and writing new content modules for existing on-site and on-line civic education programs and projects, as well as working collaboratively with other staff to support and implement new civic education programs. The Program Content Lead will also facilitate a variety of on-site and virtual programs and workshops.


  • Work collaboratively with the content team to write and refine civic education lessons and programs for on-site and on-line delivery; Lead the content projects and resources allocated to the work.
  • With content team, establish learning goals and ensure that programs and program delivery are historically and politically accurate, culturally responsive, meet the educational needs of teachers and students, and meet the standards of excellence set by the organization.
  • Edit existing content within the organization’s content management systems for on-site and virtual programs, and web-based resources, including screen content, facilitator scripts, lesson plans, student resources.
  • With program team, facilitate civic education programs for K-12 students, youth, college, and adult audiences; Be able to manage and troubleshoot setup and usage of A/V equipment and video conferencing.
  • Conduct trainings, workshops, presentations, and demonstrations of educational programs, both in-house and for partners, conferences, and other professional gatherings.
  • Other editorial and presentational responsibilities as needed.


Bachelor of Arts degree in Education or History or equivalent record of professional achievement and qualifications with a demonstrated track record of success.


A proven record of understanding and implementing best practices in civic education or cultural organizations, including experience creating and iterating programmatic content for school, youth and adult audiences. A demonstrated record of work experience in progressively more responsible positions to include operating in a hands-on learning environment, collaborating with and training others, and/or working directly with students in an educational setting. Minimum of 2-4 years of related experience.


  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal) with internal and external audiences.
  • Excellent organizational, planning, and tracking skills, and attention to detail.
  • Skilled in researching and writing compelling and culturally responsive history and civics programs for informal educational settings, including museums, or civic learning organizations.
  • Facilitating educational programs in both one-to-one and large group settings with students, teachers, youth, and/or adult audiences. Ability to accommodate learning needs, problem-solve, and respond skillfully while working with large groups.
  • Proven ability to provide compelling educational content for young people, of varied social and cultural backgrounds, with a variety of learning styles and needs.
  • An interest in and basic working knowledge of civic engagement, politics, government, and the legislative process.
  • The ability to analyze, synthesize, and reference a variety of primary and secondary historical and contemporary sources.
  • Ability to work comfortably with a variety of A/V and presentation technologies.
  • Familiarity with state and national civic learning standards.
  • Ability to demonstrate individual leadership and work as part of a collaborative team.
  • Ability to create and maintain good working relationships with a variety of diverse internal and external team members.
  • Ability to represent the Kennedy Institute positively to the general public.
  • Willingness and ability to work occasional nights and weekends as necessary.
  • Familiarity with Adobe InDesign a plus.


The physical demands and work environment described for this position are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Duties are performed indoors in an office/workstation environment. Duties may require extended periods of standing, walking, sitting, talking, hearing, and long periods of computer viewing.

The above is intended to provide insight to the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this role. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.

  • External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.

Salary range: $49k - $54k

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for The United States Senate is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Please email resume and cover letter to, with the title “Program Content Lead” in the subject line. Please, no phone calls. The Institute does not retain external search firms. No solicitation calls will be entertained.