GTA is hiring: Economics Educator (part-time/evenings)

Game Theory Academy (GTA) is recruiting two new Instructors in 2017 to deliver GTA’s innovative financial decision-making curriculum to low-income youth in Oakland and Richmond. A qualified candidate must demonstrate an aptitude for microeconomics, as that forms the basis of our innovative curriculum, and a passion for money management. Our current instructor team includes financial, business, and education professionals who work full-time jobs and teach for GTA an additional work activity.

The role requires a 2-4 hour per week commitment. (An instructor who wanted to teach simultaneous sessions could take on additional hours.) While the primary role is as an instructor, teaching one two-hour class each week, additional work may include:

  • Develop supplementary curriculum materials
  • Stay up to date on trends in financial literacy and asset building
  • Offer mentoring and referral services to individual students outside class
  • Participate in mock interview and resume workshops
  • Contribute to the GTA blog


  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year university required
  • A minimum of three years experience in education, social work, case management or a financial services field strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of economics (college-level course work) and a personal interest in money management
  • Knowledge of cultural issues specific to low-income communities
  • Strong writing and public speaking skills
  • Ability to work during the afterschool hours of 4-7pm once/week
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a registered and insured vehicle required

This is a part-time, independent contractor position. Compensation ranges $30-50/hour, depending on experience. Send cover letter and resume to Patricia Johnson by email to or by mail to 337 17th Street #214, Oakland, CA 94612. 


GTA was founded in 2009 and reaches 350 youth per year, at high schools and community organizations in Oakland and Richmond. Our mission is to provide decision-making skills and economic opportunities to low-income youth. The core of GTA is a ten-session course that applies the basic concepts of economics and decision analysis to the context of young people’s individual life decisions about money, relationships and education. Our classes are taught primarily in out of school settings, during after school hours. Students range in age from 15 to 22. Their backgrounds include mixed or primarily negative experiences with mainstream educational or financial institutions. Young people graduate GTA with improved confidence in navigating the economy, and superior analytical skills they can apply to financial, education, career and risk decisions. More than 90 percent of GTA graduates report improved confidence with financial decision-making.