Position: Community Manager
The News Literacy Project (NLP) is seeking a community manager to help drive the strategy that will create a nationwide professional community of over 20,000 news literacy educators. There is intense public interest in NLP’s work, and we are experiencing tremendous growth. This is a great opportunity for you to help build and sustain our growing community of educators across the country.
- Experience in grassroots organizing or campaign management.
- Community engagement experience through both in-person efforts and virtual community-building.
- Experience in public education settings, by working as a teacher or with teachers in some capacity.
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
The right person will have a strong passion for our mission, be unafraid to think outside the box to advance NLP’s brand and be able to maintain a sense of fun while working well both independently and collaboratively.
This position reports to the vice president, educator network.
Founded in 2008, the News Literacy Project is a national nonpartisan education nonprofit that empowers educators to teach middle 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, almost 35,000 teachers have registered to use it in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories and 113 other countries.
About the position
As a community manager, you will work closely with NLP’s vice president of the educator network. This work focuses on implementing the strategy that builds our local footprint for regional organizing efforts in the fight against misinformation. To reach our goal of embedding news literacy in the American education experience, NLP is launching NewsLit Nation: the News Literacy Educator Network. This largely virtual network will be a user-friendly tool that allows educators to come together as an online community; participate in professional development opportunities; track progress to professional development goals, and register early for training events. The network also will provide educators the opportunity to learn best practices from others in the field and to access exclusive resources, supports and incentives. We are seeking an all-around community mobilizer who will manage the day-to-day aspects of our virtual community and our in-person, live events. The successful candidate will be conversant in digital culture and education technology. You will work with colleagues across the organization to advance our work and support our strategic goals. Ideally, you will be unafraid to experiment and a highly motivated self-starter who displays personal integrity and a positive influence.
In this job, you will:
- Manage and track progress to goals for NLP’s ambassador program, which involves news literacy ambassadors advocating in their respective regions for the cause of news literacy education.
- Engage with educators daily on the NewsLit Nation online platform, including creating content, answering questions, hosting live events within the platform, etc.
- Manage a robust program of in-person community-building events.
- Work across NLP teams to advance our work and support strategic goals.
- Meet deadlines and be able to stay within budget.
- Possess strong communication and collaboration skills.
In addition to the qualifications noted, the successful candidate also will have all or most of the following:
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
- A minimum of four years of experience in community organizing, including planning events and making virtual connections.
- Knowledge of virtual community-building techniques and tools.
- Computer skills that include the Microsoft Office suite (particularly Word, PowerPoint and Excel).
- Experience and comfort working in a virtual work environment (in terms of both technology tools and personal skills).
Compensation and benefits
Salary range is $60,000 to $65,000, based on experience and qualifications. NLP offers outstanding benefits, including health and dental insurance, a 401(k) plan and more.
This position is virtual; the successful candidate can live anywhere in the continental United States.
To apply, send a cover letter and a résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org with “community manager” in the subject line.
The application deadline is 5 p.m. ET on Dec. 7, 2020. We hope to hire as quickly as possible for a start date no later than January 2021.
The News Literacy Project welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. 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.