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Staff Instructor

  • Full Time
  • Washington, DC
  • $24-26/hour USD / Year
  • Salary: $24-26/hour

Negotiation Works seeks a full-time Staff Instructor/Volunteer Manager.  This position has two primary components.  Staff Instructor responsibilities include managing all aspects of specified on-site and remote Negotiation Works courses we deliver at partner sites, including teaching the courses and serving as a liaison between the partners and the volunteer instructors.  Volunteer Manager responsibilities include recruiting, training, supervising, and engaging our volunteer instructors.  A description of Negotiation Works and the position follows.  Other than necessary on-site program management and/or teaching activities, this job is designed to be conducted remotely.

Negotiation Works is a DC non-profit organization that provides negotiation and self-advocacy training for people who are emerging from difficult and often traumatic situations–such as incarceration, homelessness, addiction, and domestic violence–so they develop the skills to navigate everyday challenges and live the next chapters in their lives confidently and productively.

By negotiation strategies we mean communication and persuasion tools for: (a) engaging in self-advocacy in situations such as obtaining needed services or arranging a workable job schedule and (b) resolving disputes and everyday conflicts involving work, housing, family, and other situations. Participants learn that using negotiation skills to work through employment, housing, family, and other situations is more effective in achieving good outcomes for themselves than other, more reflexive approaches, which easily devolve into demanding, arguing, pleading, or avoiding and rarely result in good outcomes. Instead, negotiation skills provide a sense of security, control, and satisfaction in dealing with life’s many personal and professional challenges.

Our core services involve multi-week, interactive negotiation courses for historically marginalized individuals in the Washington, DC area.  Since 2018, Negotiation Works has provided services to a broad range of marginalized populations through partnerships with key DC-area community organizations. Current provider-partners include: Calvary Women’s Services,  Georgetown Pivot Program, Community Family Life Services, Together We Bake, and the DC Jail.  To date, we have taught over 75 multi-week courses and served more than 800 individuals.  We train and mentor volunteer instructors, who include lawyers, teachers, social workers, mediators, and law students, to lead the programs at our partner sites.

Responsibilities will revolve around our in-person/Zoom multi-week courses and will include the following:

Serve as Staff Instructor and have primary responsibility for specified courses, including:

  • Teach courses
  • Serve as lead contact with the partner regarding structuring and managing courses
  • Manage on-site or remote logistics, including materials and evaluation
  • Supervise volunteer instructors in preparing, teaching, and debriefing in-person and remote courses
  • Serve as substitute instructor when necessary

Manage Volunteer Instructors, with specific responsibilities to include:

  • Work with Executive Director to recruit and maintain a diverse pool of potential volunteer instructors
  • Assist with initial and ongoing volunteer training and engagement, including creating bi-monthly newsletters
  • Serve as a liaison between our partners and the volunteer instructors
  • Supervise and mentor volunteer instructors
    We are looking for candidates who, based on their life experiences, education, and/or employment background, have the following skills:
  • At least 2 years experience as a teacher or trainer in settings such as K-12, higher education, adult education, or skills-based learning
  • Strong oral presentation and facilitation skills
  • Strong  interpersonal skills and an ability to deal effectively with a wide range of individuals and organizations
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills, with exceptional attention to detail
  • Proficiency in using technology, including G Suite (Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Forms), Mailchimp, and Zoom
  • Strong project management skills
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for Negotiation Works’ mission
  • Experience working in nonprofit, law, education, dispute resolution, social services, or other relevant fields
  • Experience with program evaluation
  • Experience managing staff or volunteers
  • Familiarity with graphic design and Canva


This position reports directly to Negotiation Works’ Executive Director. The Staff Instructor/Volunteer Manager will be compensated at $24-$26/hour.


To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of references to  Open until filled.

Negotiation Works values an inclusive, diverse workplace and does not unlawfully discriminate on any basis prohibited by law.  Negotiation Works encourages applications from interested persons from diverse backgrounds of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected status.

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