Position: Newsletter and audience engagement specialist

Who we are

The News Literacy Project (NLP), a national, nonpartisan education nonprofit, is seeking someone with a journalism background and experience in newsletters and audience engagement to join our research and design team as a Senior Manager of Education Design.

Where you fit in

NLP is poised to take on a greater national presence to meet the intense interest in its programs from school districts across the country while it works to build a national movement to advance the practice of news literacy in all sectors of American society. To reach our objectives, NLP is rapidly expanding its capacity. This is a great opportunity for you to take the lead in producing our popular weekly newsletters and strategize how to grow our audience as you help develop innovative educational resources in the global fight against misinformation.

The ideal candidate will have most, if not all, of the following:

  • Journalism experience at a reputable, standards-based news organization.
  • Email newsletter strategy and/or audience engagement experience.
  • Education and/or instructional design experience, such as creating engaging learning activities and classroom resources.
  • Exceptional writing skills and the ability to make complex topics understandable for a variety of audiences.
  • A passionate belief in the power and importance of quality journalism.
  • A strong understanding of the opportunities and challenges in today’s information landscape.

We’re looking for someone who can have an immediate and meaningful impact on our work by bringing fresh ideas for teaching news literacy skills and concepts to people across the United States and around the world. This media savvy news junkie should love to curate the latest news stories for specific audiences and be unafraid to experiment as we help shape the dynamic field of news literacy.

This is a virtual role that can be based anywhere in the U.S. or Canada, with infrequent travel required. This position reports to the Senior Vice President of Research and Design (formerly Education).

About the position

As a senior manager of education design, you will join NLP’s research and design team, which drives the development of our student- and public-facing resources. In this role, you will consider the needs of different audiences, and design or review a variety of content, including:

  • The Sift® and Get Smart About News (NLP’s weekly email newsletters for educators and the public with a combined subscriber base of 50,000).
  • E-learning resources (lessons, challenges, tutorials and other interactive learning experiences, primarily for the Checkology virtual classroom).
  • Traditional classroom resources (lesson plans, activities, graphic organizers, infographics, etc.).
  • Website resources (quizzes, explainers and tips for the public).

Specifically, in this job, you will:

  • Regularly lead the production of NLP’s newsletters, including writing, proofreading, fact-checking and strategizing how best to reach our audience.
  • Collaborate with team members to create and/or review compelling educational materials.
  • Stay current in research about journalism, mis- and disinformation and civic engagement to ensure our resources are timely and effectively address the challenges of today’s digital landscape.

About you

In addition to the qualifications noted above, the successful candidate will have all or most of the following:

  • At least five years of relevant experience in journalism, education and/or instructional design.
  • An understanding of how to elevate our work and reach the right people with content we create, including through digital audience engagement, audience development and newsletter strategy.
  • Strong news judgment and a deep knowledge of journalism standards and ethics.
  • A familiarity with trends in misinformation and its spread, especially on social media.
  • Sharp digital skills, especially the ability to use email analytics, maintain subscriber lists and use or learn simple graphic design, video editing, basic user experience principles, and/or HTML editors.
  • A demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects on deadline.
  • A track record of developing creative approaches to difficult problems.
  • An ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a flexible, virtual work environment.

Compensation and benefits

This is a full-time position. The starting salary for this role is approximately $70,000. NLP also offers outstanding benefits, including bonus, health and dental insurance, a 401(k) plan match and more. For an overview of our generous benefits package, check out our HR benefits summary.

To apply, upload a cover letter and a résumé at https://bit.ly/NLPJobs. If you have a portfolio of relevant work, we encourage you to include up to three samples with your materials.

The application deadline is 9 a.m. ET, July 5. We hope to hire as quickly as possible for a start date no later than August 15.

The News Literacy Project welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. We offer equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons and prohibit discrimination in employment based on 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.

We deeply value diversity in the workplace and strongly believe that a diverse team enriches our organization and strengthens our ability to realize our mission (read/print NLP’s Organizational Values [PDF] and Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion [PDF]).