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Education Specialist

Official Title:                         Administrative Program Manager I

Availability:                           Open until filled, Please respond by 8/1/16


The WPT Education Specialist reports to the Manager, Community Education and Evaluation and works with the manager, producers and partners to create and disseminate high quality, standards-based, K-12 educational assets and curriculum components that augment and extend the reach and value of WPT general audience broadcast and web productions.  Educational assets may include video, interactive, and/or print materials delivered via public television, web and emerging platforms.  The Education Specialist works closely with WPT’s education partners and provides counsel to WPT on how best to specifically engage K-12 educators and students through WPT’s work in public media. 


  1. Under the direction of the Manager, Community Education and Evaluation, lead the station’s coordinated efforts to create and disseminate high-quality, K-12, educational resources that augment WPT broadcast productions, ensuring materials align with academic standards currently in use in Wisconsin.  Coordinate project planning, budget, resource creation, outreach and training efforts.
  2. Provide counsel in the development of educational goals and objectives for projects; advise on appropriate use of media and technology to accomplish educational goals.  Maintain and expand knowledge of educational standards, pedagogy and trends.  Liaison with University of Wisconsin (UW) School of Education, Wisconsin Center for Education Research and other appropriate UW units.
  3. Write and edit curriculum materials such as student activities, instructional guides or educator support materials.  Assist with writing and editing scripts for media assets.  As needed, contract with and guide other content developers, writers and freelance project personnel.
  4. Work closely with show producers to identify K-12 educational opportunities in general audience projects; provide input on project development; participate as an active team member.
  5. Establish guidelines for developing, producing and disseminating learning objects and companion materials; collaborate with Production, Online, Community Engagement and other WPT units on workflow processes that ensure the successful creation and dissemination of assets for educational use. 
  6. Work with WPT Communications and Design staff to assist in developing and implementing strategies to reach educators including developing and delivering presentations and workshops for outreach and professional development.   
  7. Assist in documenting project effectiveness including obtaining, compiling and analyzing feedback and evaluations.
  8. Assist in developing informal learning materials and supporting resources (e.g., discussion guides) for key projects that involve community engagement work.
  9. Participate in fundraising for educational work by assisting in researching and writing grant proposals and making in-person presentations to potential and current funders and partners.
  10. Continue to build knowledge of and proficiency with media and technologies and their potential for serving students and teachers. 
  11. Effectively engage diverse perspectives and experiences in work product and in organizational interactions, including communication and decision-making.
  12. Comply with UW and UWEX code of ethics:  http://bami.uwex.edu/broadcasting-and-media-innovations-ethical-guidelines.
  13. Other duties as assigned.


  • Listening, speaking, writing, and collaboration skills to work effectively with colleagues across departments and partner organizations
  • Ability to advocate for new ideas and push initiatives through to completion
  • Ability to plan, coordinate, create and provide oversight of multiple, simultaneous projects
  • Ability to travel around Wisconsin representing WPT to educators in one-on-one, small group and public forums


  1. Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in K-12 education
  2. K-12 teaching or non-classroom professional education experience required.
  3. Familiarity with academic standards used in Wisconsin.
  4. Knowledge of teacher resources and how teachers access resources; understanding of school and classroom environments and Wisconsin education policy.
  5. Excellent research, writing, communication and collaborative skills
  6. Strong computer and online skills, including social media; understanding of instructional technology including interactive whiteboard and other technology used in the classroom;
  7. Interest in exploring new/emerging educational technologies.
  8. Ability to work effectively with little supervision and can lead projects.
  9. Demonstrated ability to effectively engage diverse perspectives and experiences in work product and in organizational interactions.
  10. Ability to travel around Wisconsin to work with teachers and school districts.


1.  Experience producing high-quality print and electronic educational resources and communications.

2.  Experience managing projects, including planning, budget development, project implementation and evaluation.

3.  Video/multi-media production experience.

SALARY:  We expect to pay in the high 40s to low 50s, Actual pay will be dependent upon qualifications and experience.  UW-Extension offers a comprehensive benefits package.


Apply online at www.careers.wisconsin.edu. This is job #12082.    Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, for best consideration, please submit by August 1.  PDF formatted files work best. Please include a detailed resume and cover letter detailing how your experience compares to the duties and qualifications for this position.  Also include names and contact information, including email addresses, for three work references, including at least one supervisory reference. 

Direct inquiries and online support requests to:  Betsy Nelson, Wisconsin Public Television, 821 University Avenue, Madison, WI  53706, 608-262-5221, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Before you get started with the online application process, we recommend you preview the frequently asked questions (FAQs). To do so, paste the following URL into your browser. External applicants can also view the FAQs after accessing the online system by clicking on the "Help" link in the upper right corner.  https://helpdesk.wisc.edu/images/group61/21900/TAMFAQ_CandidateGateway.pdf


The successful applicant will be required to provide documentation of credentials. Prior to appointment to this position, a criminal records review will be conducted.  UWEX complies with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act with regard to nondiscrimination on the basis of arrest and/or conviction record.

An offer of employment is contingent upon establishment of identity and verification of employment eligibility as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

As a unit within the University of Wisconsin Extension, WPT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer and no qualified applicant will be eliminated from consideration. WPT is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and to maintaining an atmosphere of diversity and inclusion.  We want our staff and programming to reflect the rich culture and diversity of our state and actively encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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