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Family Engagement Specialist

Job Title
Family Engagement Specialist
Job ID
27736689
Location
Dallas,  TX 75201
Other Location
Description

Family Engagement Specialist  

 

KERA is looking for a talented, detail-oriented educator who is committed to working with other educators and families to cultivate learning-rich environments Does that describe you? This is a new position, created to help the Education Director and Education Team expand KERA’s education services by developing new programs, forging new partnerships, and reaching more families and schools, particularly those in under resourced areas. This is an exciting opportunity to help expand our educational services to additional Learning Neighborhoods in North Texas with a focus on providing opportunities for enrichment and learning to prepare young children to succeed in school, and beyond. 

KERA provides high-quality educational resources from PBS and the Ready To Learn initiative as well as other trusted sources to train educators and parents to use the resources effectively. KERA also collaborates with local, state and national partners to extend our reach to more schools, families, and communities. This reflects KERA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our ongoing effort to represent all parts of North Texas as we expand audiences and create a culture of belonging. 

 

WHO WE ARE: 

KERA reaches more than 4.5 million people a month through KERA TV, KERA News, KXT, KERA Arts, WRR and the Denton Record Chronicle. 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. To better serve our diverse North Texas community, candidates who are bilingual in Spanish and/or other languages common in Texas are strongly encouraged to apply. 
 

SUMMARY OF THE ROLE: 

The Family Engagement Specialist will support the Education Director in expanding KERA’s education services as a leading provider of high-quality, free education content and activities. The Family Engagement Specialist will be passionate and excited about sharing learning opportunities to engage schools, families, and community organizations across North Texas. 

This position is FLSA classified as non-exempt, is eligible for overtime and reports directly to the Education Director. 

 

WHAT YOU’LL DO: 

  • Work closely with the Education Director and education team to plan, facilitate, and implement engaging learning opportunities for families including workshops and events. 

  • Work with educators and advisors to curate and adapt resources for teaching and learning provided by PBS LearningMedia and other trusted sources for use by North Texas schools, community nonprofits, students, and families 

  •  Help the Education Director and team develop and maintain strategic partnerships at the local, state, and national levels 

  • Collaborate with local partners to present KERA’s community-based education programs and recruit families to participate in programs 

  • Plan and present sessions for training educators and parents to use materials and programs from KERA most effectively including PBS Learning Media 

  • Create lesson plans and other teaching tools to augment KERA’s teaching and learning programs and the work of other KERA departments 

  • Help the Education Director and team keep social media vibrant and fresh based on the needs of our education audiences  

  • Represent KERA’s education services at community events and education conferences 

  • Stay up to date on plans by PBS and other public media stations for broadcast and digital programming and community-based activities 

  • Assist to evaluate the efficacy of KERA’s teaching and learning programs through strong data record keeping 

  • Assist with the dissemination of KERA’s communication services such as newsletters and the Bright by Text platform 

As a KERA employee:    

  • Be an active participant in KERA’s work towards equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging     

  • Work in a manner that is consistent with KERA’s mission, vision and values; and maintain compliance with all company policies and procedures       

  • Perform additional duties as assigned   

 

This list of job duties is not exhaustive and is subject to regular reviews and updates. 

 

WHO YOU ARE: 

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. 

  • At least three years of experience as a teacher OR 

  • At least three years of experience in education, education technology, or family engagement 

  • Proficient in the use of digital media tools in both virtual and face-to-face learning environments 

  • Strong knowledge of the Tarrant County education systems and community partners dedicated to family engagement 

  • Highly informed on Pre-K through 6th grade educational trends and resources to deepen student and parent/caregiver engagement 

  •  Track, monitor, and analyze data from the Learning Neighborhood program to ensure alignment with program objectives and report on monthly program outcomes. 

  •  Demonstrated excellent writing, communication and presentation skills 

  • Proactive and quick learner who can solve problems, multi-tasks, anticipates organizational and partnership needs as well as meets deadlines 

  • Able to interact and communicate diplomatically with multiple external organizations, internal departments and diverse audiences 

 

BONUS IF YOU BRING: 

  • Bilingual in Spanish and other languages common in Texas a plus 

  • Experience as a lead teacher or leadership roles within the education field 

  • Experience in early childhood education  

  • Experience creating surveys, analyzing data, and reporting on outcomes 

  • Experience/familiarity with the mission and services of public media 

 

SALARY RANGE 

$57,000 - $64,000, annually depending on experience 

 

BENEFITS 

  • Generous vacation (3 weeks), sick (8 days), personal time (2 days) and holidays (11) 

  • Comprehensive health, dental and vision insurance 

  • KERA-paid short and long-term disability, basic life insurance and AD&D insurance 

  • Flexible scheduling and hybrid work environment 

  • 401k plan with KERA-contribution eligibility after six months of tenure 

  • Company culture focused on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging 

  • Robust employee assistance program available to the employee and all members of their household 

 

 

LOCATION: 

This position will have expectations of working in both Tarrant County and some workshops and events in Dallas. We expect this position will work out of the Dallas office at least 25% of the time.  

 

 

HOW TO APPLY: 

Complete the application on KERA’s employment page and attach a resume and cover letter explaining why you are the best fit for the position.  

  

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. 

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