Position: Manager of Professional Learning

NLP's Miriam Romais speaks at a podium to a crowd of educators at a NewsLitCamp event.

When educators think of professional development, they often envision sitting in a room (whether real or, these days, virtual) watching someone read PowerPoint slides back to them for an hour or more. Professional development is frequently a mandated, static, one-size-fits-all experience and too-often viewed by teachers as an ineffective waste of time. At the News Literacy Project (NLP) our professional learning team strives to provide engaging, relevant and actionable professional learning to empower educators to ensure their students are able to sort fact from fiction in today’s complex information environment.

NLP is seeking a manager of professional learning to support the work of our professional learning team, which is part of NLP’s education vertical. This team’s primary responsibility is the development, facilitation and management of professional learning programs offered by the News Literacy Project. The team works in close collaboration with other members of NLP’s education staff, other internal teams and external partners to develop and facilitate professional learning opportunities for educators. This role needs someone with a passion for coordination, event-planning and attention to details as well as a genuine enthusiasm for our mission. This includes:

  • NewsLitCamp® events, day-long professional development experiences hosted in a local newsroom (and virtually).
  • Official NLP professional learning events (both virtual and in-person).
  • Contracted professional learning for school districts and other education organizations.
  • Presenting news literacy workshops and other sessions at professional conferences.
  • Facilitating news literacy workshops for the public.
  • Advocating for news literacy education through other public speaking events.

Our work focuses on creating interactive, effective professional learning for educators to ensure they are prepared to effectively integrate news literacy into their curriculum.

About the position

The manager of professional learning leads the project management and administrative capabilities for the professional learning team. We’re looking for someone who is energized by our mission and is full of exciting, creative ideas for facilitating professional learning for educators to teach news literacy skills and concepts. This person should also be unafraid to experiment, have a collegial nature, and enjoy working both independently and collaboratively. This position reports to the senior director of professional learning.

Major responsibilities include:

  • Build and manage relationships with key stakeholders, including school districts and news organization partners.
  • Manage registrations for professional learning events, including building registration pages, responding to registrant questions, reconciling attendance, and coordinating reporting for internal and external partners.
  • Create and maintain feedback surveys for various professional learning events. Extract data from surveys for internal and external reporting as well as team metrics.
  • Coordinate event planning logistics for in-person and virtual NewsLitCamps and other professional learning events. This includes travel logistics, coordinating with site contacts for set-up of events, managing attendee registration and check-in and planning meals and refreshments for attendees.
  • Work with NLP’s development team to research and identify new potential NewsLitCamp locations, partner school districts and local news partners.
  • Coordinate and support large-scale videoconference events, including scheduling, troubleshooting, communicating links for accessing feeds and monitoring sessions as needed.
  • Maintain shared resource folders for professional learning sessions and ensuring educator access.
  • Track and verify participation of educators in professional learning events and issue certificates for educators to track professional learning hours.
  • Maintain calendar of professional learning events and projects and coordinate with internal teams and external partners for scheduling and reporting.
  • This position requires occasional travel (approximately 10 trips per year) for professional learning events and biannual staff retreats.

About you

  • A minimum of three to five years of experience in event planning and coordination, and/or providing project management and administrative support in a fast-paced organization.
  • Experience in an educational setting is a plus.
  • Experience with project management and calendar applications, especially managing multiple individual and team calendars.
  • Experience with foundational functions of Microsoft Excel; advanced proficiency a plus.
  • Experience with event registration and planning platforms such as Eventbrite, Sched and others.
  • Proficiency with Zoom and other videoconferencing platforms.
  • Familiarity with SurveyMonkey, Google Forms or similar is essential.
  • Strong written and verbal communication.
  • Exceptional independent time management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks at any given time while working remotely and without regular, direct supervision.

About NLP

Our mission: The News Literacy Project, a nonpartisan national education nonprofit, provides programs and resources for educators and the public to teach, learn and share the abilities needed to be smart, active consumers of news and information and equal and engaged participants in a democracy.

Our vision: News literacy is embedded in the American education experience, and people of all ages and backgrounds know how to identify credible news and other information, empowering them to have an equal opportunity to participate in the civic life of their communities and the country.

Compensation and benefits

The salary band for this position starts between $50K and $60K per year and is based on experience and qualifications. NLP offers outstanding benefits, including health and dental insurance, a 401(k) plan, generous paid time off and an annual bonus structure.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to jobs@newslit.org with “Manager of professional learning” in the subject line. The application deadline is 10:00 p.m. ET on May 17, 2021. We hope to hire as quickly as possible for a start date on July 12, 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.