Assistant Director Educational Outreach and Professional Development, Illinois Public Media

June 17, 2016

Assistant Director Educational Outreach and Professional Development
Illinois Public Media
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Primary Function:

The Assistant Director of Educational Outreach and Professional Development assists the Director of Community Content and Engagement in executing Illinois Public Media’s preK-12 educational services and professional development.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

- Support audiences − especially underserved and unserved audiences − through community-based partnerships via in-school, after-school and summer learning programs, activities and professional development

- Be well-versed in the national resources provided to PBS-member stations via PBS and CPB; specifically and

- Align, create and deliver high-quality educational materials, services and content matched to community needs

- Assess educational services to demonstrate the impact of the work on audiences served

- Disseminate educational content, materials and best educational practices based on community needs and opportunities

- Work with educational counterparts at Illinois public media stations

- Provide online activities designed to spark student learning

- Provide professional development resources for educators

- Participate in pledge drive trainings and as pledge talent during fund drives

- Participate in marketing activities, community engagement projects and other audience interactions as assigned on behalf of Illinois Public Media, including interacting with audiences on our social media platforms

Organizational Chart:


Dean, College of Media


Director of Community Content and Engagement

Assistant Director of Educational Outreach and Professional Development

Position Requirements and Qualifications:


Bachelor’s degree in education or related field

Experience Required:

- Five to seven years’ teaching or educational marketing experience

- Experience working with a diverse group of people

- Strong presentation skills

- Excellent networking skills

- Excellent communication skills

- Demonstrated ability to provide professional development to teachers in the use of educational technology

- Experience with social media and knowledge of social media best practices

- Ability to work independently and as part of a team

- Ability to work accurately with strict attention to detail

- Ability to work well with colleagues and the public

Preferred Qualifications:

- Bilingual (English/Spanish, English/French or English/Mandarin)

- Familiarity with PBS, Ready To Learn, American Graduate and


- Skilled in using Microsoft Office, Prezi and On-line meeting software

- Skilled in using digital tools (cameras, apps, games, etc)

- Skilled at adding content to websites using web content standards

- Skilled at using social media

Knowledge Requirements:

- Knowledge of local, regional and national educational needs

- Ability to write clearly and concisely for broadcast and web

- Ability to learn and follow the codes of ethics adopted by Illinois Public Media

Work Schedule and Environmental Demands:

The Assistant Director of Educational Outreach and Professional Development works primarily in a normal office setting. The Assistant Director of Educational Outreach and Professional Development should also be comfortable traveling to various off-site locations, greeting the public, and participating in meetings and conferences in various venues.

Application Procedures:

To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by July 14, 2016. The committee may begin reviewing applications before the close date but no decision will be made until after the close date. Please create your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter describing qualifications for the position, current resume and the names and contact information for three professional references. For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Annetta Allison at (217) 265-7648 or

This is a full-time, 12-month academic professional appointment with a start date as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (