Are you passionate about helping all children reach their full potential by working with schools and families to provide fun learning opportunities to kids across North Texas? As the North Texas affiliate for public television and radio, KERA is the go-to source for free, high-quality educational resources from PBS and other trusted providers that are based on research, vetted by educators and aligned to Texas teaching standards. KERA also works with an array of partners to bring teaching materials and educational events to teachers, families and children across the region.
KERA plans to expand its respected services in the next few years by developing new programs, expanding the staff and reaching more families and schools, particularly those in underserved areas to help mitigate gaps in opportunity and learning. This reflects KERA’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in our ongoing effort to represent all parts of our community and create a culture of belonging.
KERA reaches more than 2 million people weekly through KERA TV, KERA News, KXT and Art&Seek. For more than 60 years, North Texans have turned to KERA as a destination for trusted educational programming and initiatives, community engagement and lifelong learning.
As we seek to recognize and reflect the increasing diversity among our audiences, we encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds and with diverse perspectives to consider employment opportunities at KERA.
KERA is hiring an Education Director to deepen its position in the community by providing the leadership and vision to expand KERA’s education initiatives and extend our reach with educators and parents, including in underserved areas. This is an exciting opportunity to help provide high-quality, creative educational opportunities to children during their early years of intellectual and social development to improve their performance in kindergarten, elementary school and beyond.
The director represents KERA’s education mission and services in the broader community and generates support for our digital and broadcast resources and other activities and events we provide to families, schools and informal learning environments. The director must represent KERA’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and keep audience needs and engagement at the heart of our work.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
- Provide vision and leadership for expanding KERA’s education services as a respected provider of creative, high-quality content and community-based activities, with a focus on providing media-rich, interactive learning experiences that are effective in virtual and in-person settings and easily accessed by teachers, students and parents
- Work closely with KERA’s development staff to secure funding from local, state and national sources to expand the station’s education work
- Stay abreast of educational needs, trends and advocacy at the regional, state and national levels
- Forge strategic partnerships at the local, state and national level, including with schools, districts, regional service centers, colleges, education-related organizations, community nonprofits and other public stations
- Continue to enlarge KERA’s base of teachers and students using PBS LearningMedia and parents and early childhood providers using the Start Smart Texas texting service.
- Supervise education department staff and contractors, and provide leadership on cross-department education-related initiatives
- Maintain an active presence for educational services on KERA’s digital platforms, including websites and social media
- Manage complex projects that often continue for several years
- Evaluate the effectiveness of KERA’s educational initiatives and services
- Uphold and advance KERA’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
- Perform additional duties as assigned by management
We believe a strong organization includes employees from a range of backgrounds, with different skills, experiences and passions. If you do not meet every position qualification but have some of these skills and feel you could be the right candidate for the job, we would like to hear from you. Please apply and tell us more about yourself.
- A Bachelor’s Degree in Education or a related field
- At least three years in a leadership position that has required interaction with a range of stakeholders, such as educators, funders, community organizations and families
- At least six years of experience in education and/or education technology
- Prior success managing complex projects or strategic partnerships at the community, regional, state and national levels
- Up to date on Pre-K through 6th grade educational trends
- Ability to set metrics and collect and analyze data for KERA’s education services
- Ability to understand education research and interpret findings as they relate to KERA’s work
- Able to interact and communicate diplomatically with multiple external organizations, internal departments, management and other team members
- Strategic thinker, with strong leadership and collaboration skills
- Excellent writing, communication and presentation skills
- Master’s degree in Education or a related field
- Working knowledge of Spanish and/or other languages common in Texas.
- Experience working with North Texas and national education institutions
- Knowledge of the North Texas philanthropic community and past success securing grants and other funding from local, state and national sources
- Familiarity with educational institutions and organizations and their staffs in North Texas and beyond
- Experience/familiarity with the mission and services of public media
$75,000 - $84,000, depending on experience.
KERA is currently operating remotely due to the pandemic, and this job will primarily be performed remotely at this time. We expect that this position will eventually work out of our office at least 40% of the time.
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KERA is an Equal Opportunity Employer
KERA believes that diversity is important to our success. We are committed to equal employment opportunity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.