Position: Senior Manager, Education Design

Who we are

The News Literacy Project (NLP), a national, nonpartisan education nonprofit, is seeking a Senior Manager of Education Design to join our research and design team. Founded in 2008, NLP is the leading provider of news literacy education for middle and high school students, primarily through its signature e-learning platform, Checkology®. 

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 lead the development of an innovative platform dedicated to curating examples of debunked viral rumors and providing analyses and tips to help teach the public how to be savvier consumers of information online.

Candidates for this position should have most, if not all, of the following:

  • Strong experience as a writer or reporter for a fact-checking organization or journalist covering viral misinformation, internet culture or related topics. 
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills and the ability to make complex ideas and subjects engaging and understandable for a public audience.
  • A command of today’s information landscape, including a deep familiarity with social media platforms, misinformation trends and verification tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high-quality written work on deadline.
  • Comfort creating and being featured in video-based explainers for an online audience. 
  • Familiarity with recent mis- and disinformation research.

We’re looking for someone who can have an immediate and meaningful impact on our work and bring energy, passion and a wealth of new ideas to our research and design team.

This position reports to the Senior Vice President of Research and Design (formerly Education).

About the position

NLP’s research and design team drives the development of our student- and public-facing resources, including interactive learning experiences for the Checkology virtual classroom, our weekly email newsletters, quizzes, infographics and other resources. This position offers an opportunity to join this creative team and to lead the development and expansion of NLP’s viral rumor rundown blog, a curated collection of viral rumors accompanied by news literacy tips and resources. This is a virtual role with infrequent travel required, including two staff retreats per year.

Specifically, in this job, you will:

  • Track viral misinformation narratives circulating online, primarily on social media platforms.
  • Contribute several entries to the blog each week that include a summary of third-party fact-checks, a news literacy “takeaway” and suggestions for other relevant resources from NLP.
  • Adapt blog items for publication in NLP’s weekly email newsletters, The Sift® and Get Smart About News.
  • Create short video-based explainers about misinformation trends and examples.
  • Design or consult on new resources — such as quizzes, classroom activities and interactive challenges — about topics related to misinformation (conspiracy theories, common disinformation tactics, tips for verification, etc.).
  • Lead the expansion of the current blog into an engaging and educational resource hub for the public.
  • Consult with other team members and NLP staff on projects related to fact-checking and misinformation.

About you

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

  • At least five years of experience at reputable, standards-based fact-checking or news organizations covering topics such as misinformation, conspiracy theories and internet culture.
  • Exceptional writing skills, especially the ability to produce explanatory pieces that make complex topics understandable for general audiences.
  • Some experience in education, particularly instructional design, is highly desired.
  • A demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects on deadline.
  • Strong digital skills, especially simple graphic design and video editing, a basic understanding of user experience principles and/or some familiarity with HTML editors.
  • A track record developing creative approaches to difficult problems.
  • A preference for working both independently and collaboratively in a flexible, virtual work environment.
  • Engaging, responsive public speaking skills.

Compensation and benefits

This is a full-time position. The starting annual salary for this role is approximately $70,000. NLP also offers outstanding benefits, including an annual 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 5 p.m. ET on June 10, 2022. We hope to hire as quickly as possible for a start date no later than July 28, 2022. 

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.

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]).