Director, Family & Community Learning
- Full Time
Director, Family & Community Learning
Status: Full-time/Exempt/Project (Grant funded through September 2019 and could be extended through September 2020)
The Director, Family & Community Learning manages community engagement programs designed to support children, families and and other members of a child’s learning ecosystem. The incumbent is responsible for managing existing programs, thinking strategically about ways to scale successful models of engagement, and innovating and piloting new models that will support families and informal educators in high-need communities.
The position is funded by a Ready To Learn grant from the U.S. Department of Education to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS. The CPB-PBS Ready To Learn Initiative focuses on the development, dissemination, and evaluation of content across media and platforms for children ages 2-8, and is designed to improve learning outcomes and increase school readiness. The role is responsible for managing relationships with multiple stakeholders, including PBS member stations, education experts, partners and researchers to develop, implement, iterate, and scale family and community engagement experiences.
Essential duties will include, but not limited to:
- Manage the development, pilot implementation, iteration, and scaling of PBS KIDS family and community learning workshops, camps, engagement models and outreach resources
- Project manage all aspects of existing programs including the development of project documents, timelines, and deliverables
- Design and conduct in-person and virtual trainings and events with PBS member station staff and partners
- Collaborate with Children’s Media and Education teams, Station Education teams, and the Education team at CPB to innovate new strategies for engagement
- Build and support relationships between communities, stations and PBS
- Serve as primary contact between Educator and Community Engagement team and content producers and partners, staying abreast of concerns, successes, and other developments that affect the effectiveness of outreach initiatives
- Serve as the primary contact between the PBS team, content producers, and station educators who are implementing the outreach initiative strategies and models on the ground
- Support the PBS Foundation team in its efforts to secure funding from national foundations to help scale, iterate, and/or evaluate PBS KIDS family and community learning content and engagement experiences.
- In partnership with the Ready To Learn research consortium, oversee the development and implementation of a research strategy for outreach content, and work with research partners to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness, impact and success of outreach and engagement models
- Build and foster collaborative relationships with local PBS member stations and support the development of collaborative relationships amongst those teams
- Support PBS stations in their strategic planning efforts to scale and sustain the work
- Elevate PBS KIDS content and the community engagement models by seeking out, submitting proposals, and speaking and facilitating workshops and trainings at relevant national conferences across the country
- Perform other duties as assigned
Requirements for success:
- Bachelor’s degree in communications, education, early childhood development or related field preferred.
- An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
- Five years managing and implementing large scale, multi-faceted projects, preferably in education or media
- Experience managing relationships between multiple stakeholders
- Experience working in direct service of high needs communities
- Familiarity with community engagement models, methods and strategies
- Familiarity with PBS KIDS programs and digital products for Educators and Families
- Experience working, using or developing digital media content for children a plus
- Experience working in early childhood environments or with families of young children a plus
- Supervisory experience desired
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to manage resources to achieve project goals within time and budget constraints
- Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage overlapping deadlines
- Ability to practice innovative and creative thinking, and to motivate others to do the same
- Ability to collaborate as a team player with all levels of staff and external stakeholders
- Serves as a subject matter expert in field(s), staying current in requisite skills and sharing new knowledge and practices with relevant team members
- Consistently demonstrates respect for inclusion, diversity, and ethics
- Position requires frequent travel
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