Community Education Specialist


Detroit Public TV (DPTV) is Michigan’s largest and most watched television station serving Southeastern Michigan, and serves the most diverse public television audience in the country. DPTV is also the state’s only community- licensed station, meaning it operates independent of any educational, government or other institution. Its funding comes from the community it serves.

Each week more than two million people watch our four broadcast channels, and nearly 200,000 people listen to our radio station, WRCJ 90.9 FM for classical days and jazzy nights. In addition, DPTV is building the next generation of public media with our rapidly growing digital presence which has grown to reach more than half a million unique visitors through our website, YouTube channels, and social media platforms each month.

Our core values: excellence, innovation, trust, diversity, engagement, and financial sustainability are evident in everything we do. From the engaging content we provide, to the way we work with viewers, supporters, board members and employees, to the local events we host, DPTV connects with thousands of our fellow community members each year.

Does the idea of joining our team of dedicated professionals with different backgrounds and experiences excite you? If so, we invite you to join us in our mission to educate, engage, entertain, and inspire through the power of public media.
For more information about DPTV, please visit the website

The Opportunity

We are actively pursuing a dynamic and diverse team member to join us in the role of Community Education Specialist. The station offices are in Wixom, MI.

The Community Education Specialist plans, conducts, and documents virtual and in-person trainings and workshops for families, caregivers, and/or educators. They will help communicate learning materials and activities from PBS, the Michigan Learning Channel, and other sources to further the educational goals of each group. A key role is to facilitate trusted relationships and partnerships within the education community at all levels, but especially with preschool and K-12 organizations, educators, and caregivers.

Essential Functions

  • Independently conduct trainings and workshops with established and new community partners
  • Maintain and develop collaborative relationships with local community organizations
  • Implement content and resources virtually and/or in person to support teacher professional development, virtual family workshops, and PBSKIDS content (associated with the state grant Ready to Learn) as it becomes available
  • Participate in evaluation of engagement efforts, in collaboration with research partners and under guidance from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Public Broadcasting System (PBS)
  • Build awareness of project activities among the Target Audience and key stakeholders

In service of these objectives, the Community Education Specialist will:

  • Complete monthly interim narrative reports;
  • Participate in project meetings;
  • Conduct facilitator trainings at partner sites with parents, caregivers and educators; and
  • Implement/Support education content through workshops (including RTL, MLC and PBS resources)
  • Organize and coordinate packing and distribution of educational materials into all communities served
  • Coordinate details and materials with partners to set up and schedule workshops
  • Serve as an ambassador of DPTV and PBS to partner sites and targeted communities by creating relationships of support and establishing sustainable practices to give us visibility on site supporting teachers and parents with local and national resources
  • Other duties as assigned, including participation in station fundraising events


  • Highly effective abilities to develop partner relationships; ability to establish rapport and trust with a wide range of people
  • Commitment to quality programs and data driven program evaluation
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator able to communicate with parents and children in at-risk communities
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects concurrently
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications
  • Ability to troubleshoot technologies and address user frustration using tablets, computers, and smart boards, etc.
  • Persistence and follow through to coordinate meetings with partners
  • Work independently and be highly self-directed and self-motivated


  • Bachelor’s degree in Education or related field required
  • Experience working in Detroit with at-risk communities preferred
  • Classroom experience required
  • Ability to travel within Southeast Michigan using personal vehicle; occasional overnight travel is possible
  • Experience working with non-profit organizations
  • Must have reliable transportation and be willing to work varied hours

Physical Demands

Must be able to type and work in a typical office environment as well as within schools and early childhood educational settings. Must be able to travel throughout Southeast Michigan.

What you’ll get:
As part of the DPTV family, you will enjoy a complete package of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, 403(b) with employer match, HSA/FSA, life insurance, paid vacation days and paid holidays.

In addition to the benefits you’d expect, our engaging and welcoming environment is a place where you can:
• Experience the rewarding feeling of knowing you are a part of an organization committed to the greater good of the community.
• Take a little time for fun and friendship. It’s not uncommon to catch people doing yoga together at lunch, conversing about their favorite part of a story during a book club meeting or enjoying a walk around the pond on a nice sunny day.
• Continue to grow and learn through opportunities for personal and professional development. • Share your input, knowing that your ideas are valued and always welcome.
• Be yourself! We believe your uniqueness makes you an even greater asset to the team.

How to Apply:
Send resume and cover letter to:
Human Resources
WTVS Detroit Public Television 1 Clover Court
Wixom, MI 48393-2247

*No telephone calls or third parties. Please include the title of the position in the subject line of the email.

Posting Date: 11/8/2021

Detroit Educational Television Foundation, d/b/a Detroit Public Television and WRCJ 90.9 FM, is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability status, marital status, military status, or protected veteran status. Employment decisions at Detroit Public Television will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. The specific statements above are not intended to be all inclusive.

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