Early Learning Education Specialist

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Position Announcement

Official Title: Associate or no-prefix Outreach Specialist
Appointment: Academic Staff 100% fixed term appointment
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Availability: Open until filled, for best consideration apply by August 11, 2017           

The WPT Early Learning Education Specialist reports to the Director of Education and works across the organization and with partners to create and disseminate high quality, standards-based, early learning initiatives that augment and extend the reach and value of WPT and PBS Kids audience broadcast and web productions. The Early Learning Education Specialist works closely with WPT’s education partners and provides counsel to WPT on how best to engage and serve children, families and caregivers in Wisconsin.


  1. Responsible for the creation, logistics oversight and management of assigned early learning education projects including budgets, timelines, internal and external project communications, and overall project management.
  2. Work across internal WPT departments collaboratively to develop and manage projects and events, ensure efficiency and effectiveness, and ensure projects represent the broadest vision and opportunities possible for the station.
  3. Create, manage and steward WPT’s relationships with University partners and key external community partners statewide on projects, conferences and events as identified.
  4. Work with PBS, CPB, and other system station colleagues as warranted to ensure projects are developed and managed using best practices, and that outcomes align with station priorities.
  5. Gather data and supporting evidence for project reports and proof-of-performance activities including messaging that support the station’s priorities and projects.
  6. Take a participatory design approach to projects: using and establishing new ways of inviting audience and partner input, testing and feedback.
  7. Work quickly, creatively, professionally and calmly in high energy, deadline-based environment. Handle multiple tasks and priorities. Adhere to budgets.  
  8. Represent WPT Education at conferences, meetings and professional development workshops for families and educators. 
  9. Comply with UW and UWEX code of ethics:  http://bami.uwex.edu/broadcasting-and-media-innovations-ethical-guidelines.
  10. Effectively engage diverse perspective and experiences in work product and in organizational interactions, including communication and decision-making.
  11. Other duties as assigned.


  • Listening, speaking, writing, and collaboration skills to work effectively with colleagues across departments and partner organizations
  • Ability to plan, coordinate, create and provide oversight of multiple, simultaneous projects
  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time including extended workdays or work weeks when on deadline or managing events.
  • Calm and resourceful responses when challenges occur, or when schedule is unexpectedly disrupted and when under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work some evenings, weekends and occasional overnight travel as projects warrant.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience that includes professional or academic work in early learning.
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and work independently, as well as work collaboratively and cooperatively in teams.
  • A desire to learn, and a proactive attitude, and an ability to adapt quickly to change.
  • Ability to communicate with tact, diplomacy and professionalism while representing WPT to families, educators, partners and the general public.
  • Excellent research, writing, communication and organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, cloud sharing/file management and in digital and social spaces.
  • A demonstrable passion for early learning.


  • Fluency in a language other than English.  
  • Familiarity or experience with public media.
  • Experience with project and/or event management.
  • Experience with social media and web distribution.
  • Knowledge of Wisconsin and its early learning educational environments and institutions.

We expect to pay in the low- to mid- $40,000 range with actual pay dependent on experience, skills, and official title. UW-Extension offers a comprehensive benefits package.

Please submit a detailed cover letter outlining how your experience and skills relate to this position, along with a resume.   For best consideration, external applicants should submit all application materials online at our applicant portal https://www.careers.wisconsin.edu by August 11, 2017. If you are a current UW System employee use http://bit.ly/2n9AibS.  

Questions? Contact:   Alex Behnke, Wisconsin Public Television, 821 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin  53706; 608-263-0477; alex.behnke@wpt.org

A criminal records review will be conducted for final candidates.  In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the University does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record. Convictions and pending charges will be considered only if they are substantially related to the circumstances of this position.

Employment is contingent on establishment of identity and verification of employment eligibility as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

It is the policy of UW-Extension to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you require an accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact: betsy.nelson@wpr.org

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.