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Working Title:                      Education Specialist

Official Title:                         Associate Administrative Program Specialist

Unit:                                       Wisconsin Public Television, University of Wisconsin-Extension

Position Type:                      Academic Staff 100% Fixed Term Position

Location:                               Madison, WI

Availability:                           For best consideration, please apply by October 16, 2017


The WPT Education Specialist reports to the Director of Education and works with the director, education staff, producers and partners to create and disseminate high quality, standards-based, K-12 educational assets and curriculum components that meet the needs of Wisconsin educators and students. The Education Specialist works closely with WPT’s education partners and provides counsel to WPT on how best to specifically engage K-12 educators and students through WPT’s work in public media.  


1.       Under the direction of the Director of Education, lead the station’s coordinated efforts to create and disseminate high-quality, K-12 educational resources, ensuring materials align with academic standards currently in use in Wisconsin.  Coordinate project planning, budget, resource creation, outreach and training efforts.

2.       Provide counsel in the development of educational goals and objectives for projects; advise on appropriate use of media and technology to accomplish educational goals.  Maintain and expand knowledge of educational standards, pedagogy and trends.  Liaison with University of Wisconsin (UW) School of Education, Wisconsin Center for Education Research and other WPT Education partners.

3.       Lead and innovate participatory strategies in content creation that include educators in defining content goals and resource development, testing and evaluation.

4.       Write and edit curriculum materials such as student activities, instructional guides or educator support materials.  Assist with writing and editing scripts for media assets.  As needed, contract with and guide other content developers, writers and freelance project personnel.

5.       Work closely with show producers to identify K-12 educational opportunities in general audience projects; provide input on project development; participate as an active team member.

6.       Establish guidelines for developing, producing and disseminating learning objects and companion materials; collaborate with Production, Online, Community Engagement and other WPT units on workflow processes that ensure the successful creation and dissemination of assets for educational use. 

7.       Work with WPT Communications and Design staff to assist in developing and implementing strategies to reach educators including e-newsletters, social media content and print assets.   

8.       Assist in documenting project effectiveness including obtaining, compiling and analyzing feedback and evaluations.

9.       Participate in fundraising for educational work by assisting in researching and writing grant proposals and making in-person presentations to potential and current funders and partners.

10.    Continue to build knowledge of and proficiency with media and technologies and their potential for serving students and teachers.

11.    Effectively engage diverse perspectives and experiences in all workplace interactions and demonstrate respect for others in all workplace relationships.

12.    Comply with UW and UWEX code of ethics:

13.    Other duties as assigned.

Essential Job Functions

·         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.


Minimum Required Qualifications

·         Bachelor’s degree required.

·         K-12 teaching or non-classroom professional education experience required.

·         Knowledge of teacher resources and how teachers access resources; understanding of school and classroom environments and Wisconsin education policy and standards.

·         Excellent research, writing, communication and collaborative skills.

·         A desire to learn, a proactive attitude, and an ability to adapt quickly to change.

·         Strong computer and online skills, including social media; understanding of instructional technology used in the classroom.

·         Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and work independently, as well as work collaboratively and cooperatively in teams.

·         Demonstrated support of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

·         Ability to travel around Wisconsin to create, steward and collaborate with WPT Education partners, educators and school districts as projects warrant.

Preferred but not Required Qualifications

·         Degree in K-12 education.

·         Experience producing high-quality print and electronic educational resources and communications.

·         Experience managing projects, including planning, budget development, project implementation and evaluation.

·         Video/multi-media production experience.

·         Familiarity or experience with public media.


We expect to pay in the high $40,000s to low $50s annually with actual pay dependent on experience, official title and skills. UW-Extension offers a comprehensive benefits package.

How to Apply

For best consideration, please apply through our applicant portal by October 16, 2017. If you are a current UW System employee use This is job ID#13559.Please submit a detailed cover letter outlining how your experience and skills relate to this position, along with a resume, and a list of three professional (one supervisory) references with contact information.   

Questions? Contact: Betsy Nelson, Wisconsin Public Television, 821 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin  53706; 608-262-5221;  

Additional Information

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:

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.