Position: Senior manager, professional learning

We believe that all students deserve news and media literacy education, and that educators need top quality resources and training to meet this challenge. If you have a background in education and a passion for media literacy education, we want to hear from you.

Who we are

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, more than 50,000 teachers have registered to use it in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories and more than 100 other countries. We are seeking a dynamic individual to lead professional development for educators. This is a great opportunity for you to have a direct and meaningful impact on the state of news literacy education in America.

About the position

NLP is expanding its efforts to help meet the urgent need for districts and schools to provide news literacy education. The senior manager of professional learning will join our research and design team to develop and deliver engaging, relevant and actionable news literacy professional learning to educators across the country.

NLP’s professional learning programs are a mix of in-person and live virtual events and on-demand online programs. Your primary responsibility will be developing and facilitating news literacy professional learning programs for educators. Travel will be required for this position as determined by scheduling of events, including district workshops, conferences and one staff retreat per year.

We’re looking for someone who can hit the ground running, is passionate about education and can work collaboratively as well as independently.

This position reports to the senior director of education design. 

Specifically, in this job, you will:

  • Present and facilitate professional learning sessions covering a variety of news literacy concepts for educators — in virtual and in-person settings.
  • Develop assessments, feedback surveys and other tools that measure key metrics.
  • Collaborate on the design and development of NLP’s professional learning offerings with other key members of the research and design team.
  • Facilitate and participate in education events, conferences and special events as needed.

About you

Competitive candidates for this role will have all or most of the following:

  • Significant experience developing and facilitating in person and online professional learning workshops for educators that enhance classroom practice.
  • Formal experience as a classroom teacher — particularly in middle school or high school, and especially experience teaching news literacy, journalism or related fields.
  • Dynamic and responsive public speaking skills with the ability to make complex topics understandable and engaging for a variety of audiences.
  • A strong proficiency in PowerPoint and/or other visual presentation applications.
  • A strong understanding of journalism, including professional standards and ethics policies and newsroom practices. Experience in journalism is highly desired.
  • Exceptional writing skills, especially the ability to produce explanatory pieces that are nuanced, clean and concise.
  • Experience and comfort with a virtual work environment (both technology tools and personal skills) and strong organizational and time management skills, with a demonstrated ability to adapt to changing priorities and meet deadlines and deliverables under variable constraints, and a desire to learn more every day.
  • A strong understanding of the opportunities and challenges in today’s information landscape as well as trends in misinformation and its spread, especially on social media.
  • An eagerness for collaborative work and iterative, feedback-driven improvement over time.

Compensation and benefits

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

This position is approximately 70% virtual and is open to candidates anywhere in the United States.

To apply, upload a cover letter and a resumé at https://bit.ly/NLPJobs.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. ET on May 31, 2024. We hope to hire as quickly as possible for a start date of July 25, 2024.

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]).