Position: Associate Director of Education
If you have a background in journalism, a tendency to spend way too much time online and a passionate belief in the power and importance of news literacy education, we want to meet you.
The News Literacy Project (NLP) is looking for a full-time associate director of education — someone with a strong understanding and appreciation of journalism and an unquenchable desire to teach its value to young people. As the world comes to terms with the complexity of today’s information landscape — including the pervasive power and influence of misinformation — there is intense public interest in NLP’s work and a renewed urgency to our mission of providing middle school and high school educators with engaging, innovative news literacy resources and training.
This is a unique opportunity to add your voice, vision and talents to a creative team that builds world-class e-learning experiences, provides influential teacher training and helps shape the global field of news, media and information literacy.
Founded in 2008, the News Literacy Project is a national nonpartisan education nonprofit that empowers educators to teach middle school and high school students how to sort fact from fiction in the digital age. Our central offering is the Checkology® virtual classroom, an online e-learning hub. Since the platform was introduced in 2016, more than 16,600 teachers have registered to use it in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, three U.S. territories and 102 other countries.
About the position
As NLP’s associate director of education, you will join our three-member education team to help design and build interactive lessons and exercises, classroom activities, games and other student-facing resources. You will also plan and deliver professional development training for educators across the country. In addition, you will write about media trends and examples of news and information that illustrate key news literacy skills and concepts for NLP’s website and for The Sift, a weekly email newsletter for educators.
Internally, you will be the education team lead on two key initiatives: NLP’s NewsLitCamp® events (one-day professional development sessions in newsrooms across the U.S.) and its new Newsroom-to-Classroom program, which will connect journalist volunteers with teachers and students across the country and around the world. These responsibilities will include working with NLP’s partnership and revenue teams to expand these programs and measure their impact.
With other members of the education team, you will:
- Build educational resources and initiatives, including original e-learning experiences and other new features for the Checkology virtual classroom.
- Train educators in virtual and in-person workshop settings on a variety of news literacy topics, including how to meaningfully engage students in learning to evaluate and respond to information in their daily lives.
- Write about compelling topics in news literacy for educators and the general public, contributing to both NLP’s website and its weekly email newsletter, The Sift.
- Help NLP’s sales team meet the needs of school-district clients.
The ideal candidate will have most or all of the following:
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience (required — journalism school a plus).
- At least five years of experience in journalism, as either a reporter or an editor (required).
- Deep experience and familiarity with the standards of quality journalism, both in principle and in practice, and the current debates and conversations about journalism issues (required).
- Superior writing skills, with a talent for explaining complex topics in compelling ways on deadline (required).
- Demonstrated knowledge of internet culture and online (mis)information trends, including the variety of ways that information emerges, circulates and evolves on social media; branded content; the differing types and strategies of mis- and disinformation; computational propaganda; and basic digital verification skills.
- A vision of what a high-quality news literacy education should include and how the field of news literacy can expand and improve.
- Ability to work both independently (often remotely) and in team-based creative sessions.
- Engaging, responsive public-speaking skills.
- Strong software and platform skills (Microsoft Office, Google Drive/Docs and major social media platforms).
Experience working with educators, school systems and/or teens in any capacity is a plus.
Note: While this position is largely virtual (about 70% remote/work from home), it will involve regular meetings and work sessions with the education team, all of whom are in Chicago. Ideally, the successful candidate will live in or near Chicago, but we are open to hiring a highly qualified candidate in another location.
Apart from the consultations with the education team, this position involves 10-15% travel, mostly to educator workshops and conferences across the U.S. that include overnight stays. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required.
Compensation and benefits
The salary band for this position is $60,000 to $70,000, based on experience and qualifications. NLP offers outstanding benefits, including health and dental insurance, a 401(k) plan, generous vacation and more.
To apply, send a cover letter, a resume and a portfolio that showcases examples of relevant work to NLPjobs@newslit.org with “Associate Director of Education” in the subject line.
The application deadline is 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Feb. 5; interviews for candidates of interest may be scheduled on a rolling basis prior to that date. We hope to hire as quickly as possible for a start date in early to mid-March.
The News Literacy Project encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to seek positions on our staff. We offer equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons and prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service or other protected status.