Job Announcement: Economics Educator

Game Theory Academy (GTA) is recruiting an Economics Educator to deliver GTA’s innovative economic and financial literacy curriculum to low-income youth in Oakland. 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 community organizers and financial professionals.

The role requires a 2-5 hour per week commitment. 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 verbal skills and Word/Excel skills required.
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with others.
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a registered and insured vehicle required.

This is a part-time, independent contractor position. Compensation ranges $25-$30/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.

About Game Theory Academy: GTA was founded in 2008 and to date has worked with over 1,000 youth ages 16-22 at high schools, community organizations, and juvenile halls in Oakland, Richmond, and San Francisco. Our mission is to improve the economic decision-making skills and opportunities of low-income youth who have experience with juvenile justice, foster care and homelessness. 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. We also run a five-month urban farm entrepreneurship program. 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.