We're looking for an expert in community engagement to guide how public media journalists listen to their audiences and communities in the upcoming national elections. As Community Engagement Director, this trend-savvy individual will be a critical driving force for rolling out innovations in how we connect with, understand and respect diverse voices across America. KCUR 89.3, Kansas City's NPR affiliate, is leading the central team. While this 18-month project, "Elections 2020: Listening to America," is based in Kansas City, we're open to someone working remotely. Extensive travel expected.
Basic Function and Responsibility
This creative leader will build and support community engagement efforts at public media collaborations and stations as part of a national Elections 2020 project. Working with a central project team, he/she will facilitate community convenings, listening sessions, surveys, and other engagement efforts throughout the country, with the intention of establishing sustained engagement with audiences and communities that will continue after the election. He/she also will establish and share best practices for public media reporting on a citizen-infused, diversity-aware agenda prioritizing the public's interests and concerns.
Develop engagement training, tools and resources (including templates) for selected regional collaborations, state networks and stations.
Establish discussion questions and prompts, and share solutions and best practices for engaging communities.
Plan in-person convenings that explore community concerns and priorities.
Provide access to and training in the use of engagement tools on social media platforms and on engagement-specific platforms such as Hearken, Talk, The Listening Post, GroundSource, or other digital tools that support community engagement
Help stations develop community partnerships to aid in outreach to communities outside the traditional public media audience.
Supervise and deploy the Media Training Manager to support the project-related engagement work of collaboratives and networks.
Advocate for and facilitate regional and national reporting on engagement-informed topics.
By early 2020, develop and share public engagement tools -- and guidance -- with the entire public media system for deployment during the 2020 election season.
Present case studies about effective community engagement throughout the election cycle. Establish and present best practice training around what works and what has been less successful as stations use new tools -- through email communication, webinars, and meet-ups at existing system convenings.
Track the number of stations using tools and templates for digital engagement; the number of stations using tools and templates for in-person forums and convening; and the development and distribution of case studies and best practices during the project.
By spring 2021, contribute to a white paper on the project that shares final engagement results and lessons learned from participants.
Regularly survey talk show conversations on local and national air, and share observations for improving community focus.
Be responsive to the feedback and observations of project partners and of national platforms that might access project content.
Participate in appropriate fund-raising and outreach activities, on air and off.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, education or a related field; or equivalent combination of education and at least five years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired.
Master's degree in journalism, communications, education or a related field.
Five years of work experience in community engagement.
Extensive experience working with a public media or news organization.
Proven news judgment and journalistic integrity.
Ability to plan, develop budgets and implement projects.
Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with both internal and external audiences.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with various personalities.
Ability to multitask and oversee diverse projects simultaneously in a fast paced, deadline-oriented environment.
Ability and willingness to work a varied schedule.
Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment.
Experience collaborating with partners to create content.
This position reports directly to the Managing Director - Elections 2020. Salary is commensurate with experience. This position is funded by the CPB grant.
Review of applications will begin on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. This position will remain open until filled.
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