Engagement Specialist

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Who We Are: 

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

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

Our key values: diversity, engagement, trust, innovation, excellence, financial stability, and growth 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 connecting DPTV with thousands of our fellow community members each year. 

Does the idea of building your career alongside a dedicated group of professionals with different backgrounds and experiences excite you? If so, we invite you to join us in our mission to provide public media that helps individuals discover new ideas, make informed decisions, and enjoy enriched lives. 

For more information about DPTV, please visit the website. 

The Opportunity 

We are actively seeking dynamic and diverse team member to join us in the role of Engagement Specialist in Wixom, MI. 

The Engagement Specialist supports the engagement initiatives of the Michigan Learning Channel, both statewide and in Detroit in coordination and collaboration with the DPTV Education team. This role will coordinate and execute engagement activities with families, public and private school teachers, and schools across Southeast Michigan. The Engagement Specialist advocates for the use of the channel by educators, families, and students, and collects feedback and suggestions for improving the service. 

Essential Functions 

  • Build sustained relationships with teachers, parents, and schools to introduce them to the Michigan Learning Channel and encourage the use of the channel and its library of content at home and in the classroom to supplement learning 
  • Be current and knowledgeable about trends in education and strategic initiatives being implemented by teachers and schools, such as culturally responsive teaching, project-based learning, and trauma-informed care. 
  • Attend educational conferences, manning a Michigan Learning Channel display table when required, or presenting to groups of educators and stakeholders of various sizes and roles 
  • Provide professional learning content to teachers and other school personnel for a better understanding of the resources and opportunities to learn provided by the channel
  • Coordinate electronic communications to families and educators within the station’s viewing area about Michigan Learning Channel programming, digital resources, special events, and trainings 
  • Collect testimonials and best practices on how educators are using the channel 
  • Assist in the planning and execution of special events and trainings to improve usage of the Michigan Learning Channel 
  • Provide input on the creation or acquisition of new content for the Michigan Learning Channel, based on their own classroom experience and feedback from relationships in the community 
  • Align promotional campaigns with the school calendar, locally important events, as well as opportunities tied to specialized audiences 
  • Participate in on-air messaging, social media, and other platforms to improve communication among parents, teachers, and schools statewide 
  • Track relationships with school districts, ISD’s and RESAs, and with teachers within the station’s viewing area, entering data into the Michigan Learning Channels CRM system and pulling periodic reports on activities both locally and statewide 
  • Participate in scheduled trainings and consultations with the Michigan Learning Channel staff 
  • Order materials, collect data, and other duties as assigned.

Skills

  • Strong oral and written communication skills, with experience in presenting to education professionals and conducting professional learning
  • An outgoing personality that genuinely enjoys meeting with people and building a relationship 
  • Demonstrated experience and enthusiasm for working alongside diverse communities. 
  • Ability to manage time and resources effectively 
  • Excellent organizational ability with strong attention to details 
  • Excellent follow up skills 
  • Able to provide excellent customer service 
  • Ability to interact and work in a team environment

Qualifications

  • Experience as a classroom teacher, parent leader, or other role within education 
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, Word, and Excel 
  • Experience or strong interest in the use of media in the classroom 
  • Experience conducting teacher trainings, PTA or PTO meetings, or facilitating group discussions
  • Able to draft strong and impactful presentations in PowerPoint

Physical Demands

Individual must be able to:

  • Type, and sit behind a desk for extended periods of time 
  • Look at video, computer screens, printed documents 
  • Be able to engage with large numbers of people in a conference setting or on Zoom-type platforms 
  • Drive to and attend meetings across a large geographic area in variable weather conditions 
  • Occasional lifting of boxes and materials weighing up to 30 pounds 
  • Occasionally travel overnight for conferences and meetings

Work Environment 

Individual is exposed to a typical office setting with computer equipment and a TV studio or on-location site with some related business travel both within the US and internationally. 

What you’ll get: 

  • Experience the rewarding feeling of knowing you’re part of an organization committed to the greater good of the community. 
  • Enjoy a flexible work environment with a hybrid in-person and work from home model. It is anticipated that this position would have an in-person requirement of 1-2 days per week. 
  • 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: 

HumanResources@dptv.org 

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: 6/24/2022 

Detroit Educational Television Foundation, d/b/a Detroit Public Television and 90.9 WRCJ, 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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