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Employment Opportunity

Education Director

Do you want to make a positive difference in the lives of people across four states and Canada? Do you want to join a high-performing team of dedicated professionals who work effectively together, have fun, and share the joy of truly making the world a better place? Are you attracted to the idea of serving as a leader and spokesperson for public television and programs that enrich, educate, and inspire?


This position is responsible for leading the KSPS Education Department, leveraging local station and PBS educational content and relationships with community partners to provide free high-quality academic enrichment programs to underserved children and families in target communities that positively impact literacy, math, science, and social-emotional learning. Moreover, this position engages children and families from diverse populations in fun learning experience on-air, online, and within the local community while honoring and celebrating children’s and families’ unique backgrounds, cultures, and life experience.

Compensation and Benefits

Commensurate with experience range between $50,000 and $70,000. Comprehensive benefits package including Health, Dental, Vision, EAP, Life, Disability, and 401k.

Job Duties/Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to satisfactorily meet and perform each of the essential duties/responsibilities/qualifications listed below. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to meet and perform the essential duties/responsibilities/qualifications of this position.

  • Provide vision and leadership for expanding KSPS PBS’s education services, with a focus on administering media-rich, personalized, high-quality enrichment programs that leverage KSPS and PBS resources.
  • Design, develop, and implement fun, playful, high-quality out of school learning experiences (after-school programs, summer camps, library events, etc.) for underserved K-12 youth and families in target communities, leveraging PBS educational resources and delivering positive outcomes in math, literacy, science, and social -emotional learning.
  • Develop and implement family outreach programs, engaging children and families in PBS children’s programming, games, activities, and digital media content.
  • Craft engaging, student-centered, culturally responsive lesson plans, instructional support materials and activities to support on-air, digital, and community programs.
  • Publish video and curriculum resources on free PBS educational site, PBS Learning Media, and increase educators’ awareness and use of PBS Learning Media resources through in-person and virtual professional development workshops.
  • Expand KSPS’s base of children, caregivers, and educators who engage in enrichment and professional development programs.
  • Write scripts for educational promos and create educational video content that extends literacy and STEM learning beyond the classroom.
  • Disseminate free activities, apps, games, video, and curriculum resources in the KSPS PBS education website, via KSPS’s social media channels, and at community outreach events.
  • Develop and expand community partnerships to support program recruitment and implementation efforts.
  • Identify and apply for local, state, and/or federal grants to support the implementation and expansion of educational programs and projects. Manage and fulfill grant requirements, progress reports, and financial reports, working in partnership with the KSPS development team.
  • Devise department mission and yearly goals around youth and caregiver engagement, school, and community partnerships, program implementation and facilitation, and education video production.
  • Set program metric goals, track progress on target metrics, evaluate the effectiveness of educational initiatives and adapt programs as needed to meet or exceed metrics goals.
  • Create and manage department budgets, determine and track budget expenses and ensure programs are carried out within budget allocations.
  • Collect quantitative and qualitative data for enrichment programs and regularly share data with key stakeholders.
  • Stay abreast of educational needs, trends and advocacy at the regional, state and national levels.
  • Supervise education department staff, interns, and educator consultants, and provide leadership on cross-departmental education-related initiatives.
  • Manage multi-year projects from beginning to end.
  • Performs all other duties and responsibilities as necessary or assigned.

Job Qualifications

Mental & Other Skills/Abilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must have:

  • Adaptability: ability to adapt to changes, delays, or unexpected events in the work environment; ability to manage competing demands and prioritize tasks; ability to change approach or method to best fit the situation.
  • Analytical Ability: ability to maintain focus for extended periods of time; ability to complete research projects with resourcefulness and persistence; ability to synthesize complex or diverse information; ability to use intuition and experience to complement existing data.
  • Computer/Technical Ability: working knowledge of: Word processing software and Internet software.
  • Dependability: ability to follow instructions, both in written and verbal format; ability to respond to management direction; ability to complete tasks on time or notify the appropriate person with an alternate plan when necessary.
  • Interpersonal Skills: ability to maintain satisfactory relationships with others, excellent customer service skills and a good overall understanding of appropriate human relations.
  • Judgement: ability to make prudent and timely decisions; ability to exhibit sounds and accurate judgement; ability to explain reasoning for decisions.
  • Language Ability: ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations; ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals; ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Problem Solving Ability: ability to identify and/or prevent problems before they occur; ability to formulate alternative solutions to problems when necessary; ability to transfer learning from past experiences to new experiences of similar nature.
  • Quality Management: ability to completethe essential functions of the job consistently and with accuracy; ability to identify errors and take corrective action as needed; ability to constructively apply feedback to improve performance; ability to generate ideas to improve and promote quality in work.

Education/Experience: to perform this job successfully, an individual must have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably in K-12 education. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Program management, budget management, and supervisory experience.
  • Experience writing and managing local, state, and/or federal grants.
  • Experience with developing and implementing after school, enrichment, or expanded learning programs.
  • Familiarity with national and state academic standards across content areas and the mission and services of public media.
  • Proficient in media technology used to support student learning such as Zoom, Microsoft Office Suite, and Google Drive.
  • Passion for supporting youth and families from diverse populations and addressing the academic and socio-emotional learning needs of children and youth from underserved communities.

Physical Demands

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Individuals may need to sit or stand as needed. Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer. May require walking primarily on a level surface for periodic periods throughout the day. Reaching above shoulder heights, below the waist or lifting as required (up to 15 lbs.), filing documents or store materials throughout the workday. Proper lifting techniques required. For the most part ambient room temperatures, lighting and traditional equipment as found in a typical office environment. Minimal exposure to noise, heat, cold, injury and atmospheric exposures.

To Apply

Send Resume, Cover Letter, and 3 References to the attention of: (Apply by September 30th)

Gary Stokes President and General Manager, KSPS-TV
(509) 443-7725 ||

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