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Social Media Strategist

Posted by | October 18, 2019 |

Chalkbeat, the growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, seeks a social media strategist to grow our audience, help develop and maintain online communities on- and off-platform, and advise our local and national bureaus on daily social best practices.

Chalkbeat’s social media strategist will join a growing engagement team to help our network of local bureaus and national desk take full advantage of opportunities to promote our work and embrace new readers. The social media strategist will dive deep into our readership on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and emerging platforms to cultivate relationships with niche audiences, and expand our reach to bring vital education reporting to the people that need it most.

Who are you?

You are committed to local journalism and put the audience first. You have a capacity for creating safe, inclusive spaces online and stoking productive conversation among readers. You’re sharp, thorough, and organized, with a deep affection for spreadsheets and systems. You’re a self-starter who can keep up with the daily flow of stories publishing while also developing strategy for long-term projects. You like collaborative work, and can adapt social media plans for the newsroom’s various levels of familiarity and capacity. You’re known for your follow-through, and enjoy running experiments, collecting results, and making recommendations based on solid data. 

What background and skills do you have?

  • 2+ years of work experience in digital media and/or journalism
  • Strong overall writing and editing skills
  • Excellent news judgment
  • Detail-oriented and able to work autonomously
  • Experience with growing a brand’s audience and boosting loyalty through social media
  • Experience using data to inform your work
  • Knowledge of SEO best practices

We know there are great candidates who may not have all the skills we list, or who have other skills we haven’t thought of. If that sounds like you, please still apply and tell us more about yourself! 

What will you be responsible for?

  • Fine-tune social media strategy for the entire Chalkbeat network (seven local bureaus + national desk), according to best practices
  • Manage scheduling for Chalkbeat’s main Facebook and Twitter profiles
  • Support local bureaus with strategies to boost reach and make major features, projects, and investigations get the readership they deserve
  • Collaborate with reporters, editors, and your engagement colleagues to identify and execute on growth opportunities, including new platforms 
  • Develop and maintain online forums (e.g., Facebook Groups) for new and existing Chalkbeat readers

Ideally, you’d be based in one of seven cities where Chalkbeat bureaus already exist: Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, Newark, or New York City. However, working remotely is a possibility for the right candidate. 

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in seven locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values, and what’s in store for our next five years

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Chalkbeat 2020 Reporting Internships

Posted by | October 8, 2019 |

We’re looking for interns to report on education in Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, New York City, and Memphis. 

Chalkbeat, the growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, is seeking motivated undergraduate or graduate students to serve as summer reporting interns. Our reporting teams cover schools in seven cities — Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, Newark, and New York City — and our national bureau covers issues affecting schools across the country.

The 10-week paid internship from June to August 2020 offers students the opportunity to work alongside some of the nation’s top education journalists at a dynamic, rapidly growing organization. At this critical moment for an active, independent press, join us as we produce journalism that matters.

Interns will work 40-hour weeks and undertake daily education news assignments, work on enterprise stories, and participate in our reporting teams in every way. 

Learn more about what it’s like to be an intern at Chalkbeat here.

Who are you?

You’re energized by our mission and excited to help us build a news organization that reimagines daily newsgathering while upholding traditional journalistic values. You have a passion for public policy and social issues journalism, plus strong reporting and writing skills, and you’re eager for feedback to become even better. You’re an entrepreneurial, creative, energetic, and tenacious reporter. 

Candidates should have:

  • Clips that demonstrate strong reporting and writing skills.
  • Meaningful high school, college, or professional journalism experience.
  • A passion for and curiosity about education.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in seven locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Graphic Designer/Project Manager

Posted by | September 20, 2019 |

Chalkbeat, the growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, seeks a graphic designer with strong project management skills to join the product team. Chalkbeat’s mission is to provide deep, local coverage of education policy and practice to inform the decisions and actions that lead to better outcomes for children and families, especially those in low-income communities. We believe that every child deserves an excellent education and that a strong press is vital to making that happen. In our seven bureaus (and growing), we’re working with communities to reimagine and recreate the press public education deserves. Learn more about how our unique model — a nonprofit newsroom covering a single topic in multiple locations — represents a promising path forward for local news.

Chalkbeat’s product team is responsible for our digital products and visual storytelling. We also provide support for editorial and revenue initiatives that require product thinking, such as newsletters, investigative projects, and membership. That support comes in many forms and degrees, from envisioning strategy to tactical execution. 

Your impact as the graphic designer/project manager will be:

  • Designing and building new products to reach parents, teachers and other members of our communities to increase Chalkbeat’s sustainability and audience engagement.
  • Elevating our brand while designing daily. From event flyers and social media assets to branding for new products to internal reports and pitch templates, you’ll work with teams across Chalkbeat and ensure brand consistency across our external and internal materials. 
  • Enhance the visual presentation of Chalkbeat’s journalism by developing an illustration strategy, maintaining our photo archives and managing freelance photography.

What background and skills do you have?

  • You’ve designed and delivered a wide range of visual materials, from printed flyers and banners to digital media assets.
  • You are comfortable working remotely or with remote team members.
  • You enjoy working in fast-paced environments, such as a newsroom.
  • You are a solid communicator who knows how to ask for help, empathize with teammates and take ownership of your work.
  • You are highly organized and adept at managing projects. 
  • You use modern design tools, such as Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop and web design software, such as Figma, Sketch or InDesign. 
  • Bonus points for: Fluency in HTML and modern CSS (including SCSS/SASS). An understanding of web accessibility requirements and best practices.

We recognize that every candidate brings interesting skills and experiences that we haven’t thought of. Don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

This position is remote and reports to a manager in Austin, Texas. If you prefer to work in an office, you’re welcome to join us in one of Chalkbeat’s bureaus in Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, Washington D.C. or New York City.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in seven locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Director, Adult College Completion, Detroit Drives Degrees

Posted by | September 3, 2019 |

Our Why: The Detroit Regional Chamber leads the most comprehensive talent and education portfolio of program and policy work in the state. With the goal to increase postsecondary degree attainment in Southeast Michigan to 60% by 2030, the Chamber’s work will grow the talent pool for employers. The impact of the Chamber’s effort is also aimed at increasing per capita income and cutting the region’s racial equity gap in half.
Detroit Drives Degrees is a collective impact initiative within the Chamber’s education and talent strategy that works to remove barriers for individuals to pursue a postsecondary credential or degree whether a high-quality certificate, Associate or Bachelors’ degree.
What We Do: Detroit Drives Degrees convenes cross-sector leaders from K-12, higher education, government, philanthropy and the non-profit sector to create alignment, share data and drive systems-level change to improve student outcomes. Detroit Drives Degrees supports college access and success for traditional-age students and helps reengage the 690,000 adults in Southeast Michigan who have “some college, no degree” by providing pathways for these individuals to finish their credentials.
What Drives You: Doing this work requires diverse leadership by team members who share a commitment to both our mission and to supporting the process of long-term systems change. You should be passionate about education and about working with business and other sectors to catalyze change.
What We Need:

(This Role) Director, Adult College Completion, Detroit Drives Degrees – salary range $60,000 – $80,000

(Similar Role) Fellow, College Access and Success – nine-month assignment, 20-hrs per week, hourly rate $15.00 – $20.00

(Similar Role) Director, Programs and Employer Partnerships, Detroit Drives Degrees – salary range $65,000 – $85,000

Detroit Drives Degrees is seeking a talented, equity-driven individual to serve as the Director, Adult College Completion, Detroit Drives Degrees. The work of the Director, Adult College Completion will encompass two distinct bodies of work: 1) working with higher education, nonprofit and business partners to develop systemic infrastructure to reengage and support completion of adult learners; and 2) serving as a “navigator” in providing one-on-one advising assistance to adults wanting to enroll in college.
An ideal candidate for the Director, Adult College Completion position would embody or possess the following:
Bachelor’s or Masters’ degree in counseling, higher education, social work or other related fields and extensive experience in higher education, developing community and business partnerships, project management, and direct service work.
Entrepreneurial self-starter, who is passionate about the mission of this work and has strong programmatic execution skills.
Demonstrated ability to think strategically and to work in a collaborative manner to build and grow partnerships with diverse stakeholders.
Proven capability to manage multiple projects at once in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, while at the same time demonstrating careful attention to detail.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including ability to plan and lead meetings, to facilitate workshops and to develop written content for newsletters and social media.
Cultural sensitivity, a high-level of energy and a positive attitude in providing one-on-one navigational support and advising to prospective adult reconnecting students.
An understanding of the issues surrounding adult college students, appreciation for the needs of higher education, employers and adults in the workforce, and knowledge of the educational landscape in Southeast Michigan, including admissions, academic advising, financial aid and wrap-around services, is preferred.
Quantitative and administrative capacity to oversee reconnecting student database in coordination with IT department, including running data reports and analyzing metrics to drive performance. Experience with Salesforce CRM is preferred.
Ability to travel within Southeast MI.

Director, Adult College Completion, Detroit Drives Degrees Responsibilities:
Provide one-on-one navigational support in guiding adult returning students through their options, offering encouragement, providing assistance with eliminating barriers to postsecondary education and helping them develop a plan to re-enroll in and complete their degree. Establish and implement strategy for providing the highest impact to the greatest number of students and meeting established benchmarks. Offer advising, assistance, follow-up and referrals, and, as program expands, manage additional navigators and neutral advising contractors doing this same work. Work hours will include some late evenings and occasional weekends, to accommodate the schedules of adult learners.
Develop and maintain relationships with corporations, community-based nonprofits and government entities to conduct outreach to adult students and to provide support for them to finish their credentials. Work with these partners to organize community events focused going back to school and facilitate workshops for employees at large companies, aimed at adult returning students, to provide wrap-around services, to publicize a joint marketing campaign (within predetermined program budget) and to seek other innovative ways to partner. In work related to outreach to Chamber members, investors and stakeholders, coordinate efforts with Chamber’s Engagement Team. Utilize Chamber CRM to track communications. Conduct research on best practices across country on adult reengagement and co-implement with partner stakeholders.
Oversee collaborative network of advisors from the region’s higher education institutions, who assist in providing “neutral advising.” Help maintain the Salesforce student database in coordination with the IT department and with appropriate training on how to handle private student information. Facilitate smooth handoffs upon enrollment and provide continued wrap-around services and student supports.
Collaborate with the Chamber’s marketing team on the development and execution of an integrated marketing strategy (inclusive of digital and print assets) to target potential adult reconnecting students. Set vision and goals for the strategy, input on creative concepts, and execute outreach and project management as needed. Help draft content for newsletter, social media and, video testimonials.
Oversee Salesforce student database in coordination with the IT department and with the appropriate training on how to handle private student information, ensuring that all client interactions and correspondence is documented. Run timely reports on services rendered for both internal and external stakeholders. Other duties as assigned

Compensation will be commensurate with experience and will range from $60,000- $80,000. Includes a robust benefits package, including generous paid time off, paid holidays, health, dental, vision, life and LTD insurance, flexible spending accounts and a retirement savings plan.

This position is grant funded for two years and will be maintained thereafter only as long as additional funds are raised by an external source.

Required application materials: To apply, please submit a cover letter, writing sample and resume as an attachment to your application via the Chamber online portal.
The Detroit Regional Chamber is an equal opportunity employer.

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Detroit Reporter

Posted by | August 12, 2019 |

Chalkbeat, the growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, is seeking a reporter to join our Detroit team. 

Detroit’s schools, which routinely post the lowest test scores in the nation, are at the center of a national conversation about urban education. Extreme poverty, decades of disinvestment, and extensive school choice, engineered in part by Betsy DeVos before she became U.S. education secretary, all have shaped this story. At the same time, the school board and superintendent are two years into a massive turnaround effort. Chalkbeat Detroit will explore the challenges and complexities of such efforts — telling stories from early childhood through high school — at a pivotal time. 

This position will report to Chalkbeat’s Detroit bureau chief.

Who are you? 

You are committed to local journalism and respect the transformative power of a good story. You’re a self-starter who is hungry to break news, eager to understand and inform vital public policy debates, and enthusiastic about creating new models for sustainable journalism. You’re a strong beat reporter who can develop reliable sources and beat the competition. You’ve got the ability to write a range of stories, from breaking news to enterprise and long-term projects. Most importantly, you can serve as a guide for our readers—school personnel, education insiders, parents, students, and curious citizens—in explaining how schools in the city work. And you’re not afraid to call its leaders to task when warranted. We are open to hiring a veteran reporter or an up-and-coming journalist for this position.

What background and skills do you have?:

  • Experience covering education, government, or public policy
  • Familiarity and experience with social media
  • Comfort or experience working with data, research, and reports 
  • Interest in or experience with reader engagement, including finding creative ways to connect with a diverse set of readers and use those efforts to inform our reporting
  • Knowledge of early childhood education, K-12 education, pathways to college, and state and city policy issues
  • Experience with building sources and generating story ideas
  • The ability to write clearly, cleanly, and on deadline for quick-take, daily and longer-form stories  

Note: We know that many strong candidates will not have all the skills we list. That’s OK. What else do you bring to the table? Please tell us!

What will you be responsible for?

  • You’ll be responsible for conceiving and executing stories that help people understand how breaking news connects to the big picture, and how public policy decisions impact and connect to the people and institutions in Detroit. 
  • You’ll collaborate with our product team as Chalkbeat comes up with innovative ways to present news and distribute stories. 
  • You’ll communicate and build relationships with readers and key players in the local community through our regular morning newsletters, social media posts, and the reporting process.

We offer a flexible work environment, with shared office space in midtown Detroit and the ability to work from home when appropriate.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

About Chalkbeat:
Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in seven locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Special Education Teachers

Posted by | August 9, 2019 |

A major portion of the special education teacher’s time should be spent in the regular education classroom.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following and are specific areas of support in the regular classroom:

 

  • Provide direct services to special education students that are supportive of the general education teacher.
  • Provide consultation and assistance to general education teachers for planning, making adaptations and accommodations for special education students.
  • Team teach with general education teachers who have special education students that require direct special education teacher instruction in the following instructional areas:  language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.
  • Assist general education teacher in providing supervision to volunteers and teacher aides who assist teachers in making curriculum modifications, adapting assignments and providing individualized support to special education students.
  • Assist teachers and the school social worker in developing and implementing behavior intervention plans for students on his/her caseload.
  • Consult with general education teachers in assigning grades and developing evaluative measures for students on his/her caseload.

 

      Other duties may be assigned.

 

 

The following are essential duties and responsibilities which require time outside the classroom:

 

  • Participate in child study teams and assist with the evaluation of educational needs and intervention strategies for students suspected of being handicapped.
  • Schedule and conduct IEPT meetings.
  • Identify student deficits and strengths and write individual students goals, objectives, transition plans and education plans (IEP).
  • Work as a member of the Multi-disciplinary Evaluation Team (MET) for students referred for special education services.
  • Assist teachers with curriculum and classroom activity adaptations and modifications.
  • Serve as liaison to parents of special education students and encourage their participation in the program of services.

 

      Other duties may be assigned.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree; teacher certification with special education endorsement(s) – OR – master’s degree and other qualifications to enable application for temporary or full approval as special education teacher.
  • Experience:  none required; successful special education teaching experience preferred.
  • Skilled in interviewing, individual and group treatment techniques.  
  • Ability to formulate eligibility recommendations for special education students. 
  • Demonstrated initiative and understanding in working with students, parents/guardians, teachers and staff.  
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and written communications.  
  • Ability to make decisions in accordance with board policies and established procedures.
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George Crockett Middle School ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies Teachers

Posted by | July 10, 2019 |

SUMMARY

Provide high-quality instruction to students and work collaboratively with the school leader, colleagues, students, parents and the board to accomplish or surpass the academy’s articulated educational goals.  Work as a collaborative team member to implement the academy curriculum and accomplish short- and long-term academy goals.

 ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

  • Create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning; develop reasonable rules of classroom behavior and procedure; enforce the academy’s student discipline code; collaborate in the implementation of initiatives such as school-wide behavior management systems.
  • Plan a program of study that meets the individual needs and goals of students; establish clear objectives for all lessons and units; ensure that lessons —  as planned, delivered, and assessed — are aligned with state curriculum and school-wide curriculum standards.
  • Develop lesson plans and submit them for review and feedback as scheduled; work cooperatively with the academy’s instructional coach to learn from feedback and improve the quality of instruction. Participate in ongoing analysis and planning to ensure that the school’s curriculum remains aligned to state standards.
  • Collaborate with special education staff to implement, to the greatest extent possible, an inclusive approach to students with special needs.  Remain aware of student needs; participate in child study teams or individualized education planning; implement accommodations and modifications as indicated in student IEP’s; seek advice and counsel from student support services areas when needed to ensure that all students are fully served. 
  • Collaborate with other staff, as necessary, to implement grant-funded programming to accelerate learning for students with a variety of needs including special education, at-risk, limited English proficient students and others, to bring them to grade level proficiency.  
  • Maintain accurate and complete records as required; maintain the confidentiality of student records and student information. Complete any documentation necessary for the academy to be in compliance with regulatory requirements, such as time and effort reporting.
  • Communicate with parents and make provisions for being available outside normal hours; work with parents to encourage participation in their child’s learning experiences; provide regular communication to parents regarding their children’s performance.
  • Maintain professional competence via conferences, mentoring, involvement in professional organizations, continuing coursework, etc.  Complete all coursework and other requirements necessary to maintain teaching credentials and “highly qualified” status, as required by the teacher’s assignment.
  • Inform the school leader of needed instructional resources. Serve as an active member of teams such as grade-level, school-wide planning, school improvement or other areas of focus.
  • May participate in extracurricular activities such as coaching, clubs, student government, tutoring, enrichment activities, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • State teacher licensure/certification with appropriate endorsements(s).
  • Bachelor’s degree with subject area emphasis and/or coursework and/or experience necessary to be deemed “highly qualified” for the grade/subjects to be taught.  (Will consider non-certified applicants with a degree in the subject area to be taught; would be required to complete a plan of action to become “highly qualified” within a prescribed period of time.)
  • Demonstrated commitment to young people’s learning success and achievement.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a teaching/tutoring capacity as acquired through prior experience in tutoring, teaching or other education-related experience; evidence of successful experience in student and parent relations.
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K-12 Teachers

Posted by | June 27, 2019 |

U Prep teachers are responsible for implementing curriculum, maintaining a positive classroom culture, using assessments to drive instructional practice, using district resources in an efficient and responsible manner, contributing to the educational and social development of all students, and participating in the professional development of the learning community.

U Prep Perks:

  • Small class sizes
  • $4,000 longevity salary increase after three years for all teachers
  • Attendance and Core Value Bonuses
  • 50% – 80% tuition paid for masters through GVSU
  • 401k 6% dollar for dollar match after first year of employment

About U Prep Schools:  

If you are dedicated to a pursuit of excellence both in yourself and our students; if you are self-motivated; if you are an innovator and if you want to play a key role in changing young lives –we are looking for U. Our mission: to give students the courage to pursue a future full of possibilities. Our students come to our network of schools looking for a rewarding and fulfilling education. Comprised of three public charter school districts; University Preparatory Academy,  University Prep Science and Math and Henry Ford Academies; we educate over 3,300 students in the burgeoning city of Detroit. Help us to prepare our students for success in life and be a part of U.

Desired Competencies:

• Knowledge of curriculum, instruction, and assessment

• Mission-driven, connecting the overall teaching strategy to the goals of U Prep Schools

• Ability to nurture and sustain high-quality teaching

• Experience in building positive relationships with colleagues, students, and parents

• Ability to make decisions in a strategic way balancing building strong relationships and maintaining high academic rigor

• Courage to make decisions in support of academic and cultural goals while maintaining a steady pulse of team and school goals

• Meticulous organization and use of time

• Excellent written and oral communication skills

Education/Experience:

• Bachelors’ degree or higher

• Must have and maintain valid Michigan teaching certificate or a bachelors degree in the content area

• Must meet highly qualified criteria in content area taught, which includes certificate endorsement in the appropriate area(s)

• Desire to teach in an urban environment

Duties and Responsibilities:

The primary duties and areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to the following:

Professional Development

• Actively contributes to a professional community that focuses on instruction and high student achievement

• Seeks opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge

• Implements recommendations and best practices acquired through professional development, continuing education, observation, coaching, and evaluation

• Utilizes effective instructional practices responding to the needs of each student in the learning community

Curriculum/Learning Model

• Utilizes data to implement learning model and modify instructional practices and daily lesson plans as needed

• Works closely with principal to create and lead an effective Data Team within the school

• Coordinates curriculum within the team and school

• Integrates all aspects of the learning model into classroom procedures, instruction

School Culture

• Ensures a safe, supportive, and productive environment for students

• Sets and maintains high academic expectations for students

• Implements effective student discipline, conflict resolution, and helpful student support services

• Promotes teamwork within the learning community

• Demonstrates cultural competencies in being part of a multi-cultural institution

• Incorporates core values into all work, projects, and interactions with members of the school community

Community/Parental Outreach

• Actively engages parents in the learning process and school functions

• Communicates on a regular basis with families through newsletters, announcements, and updates

• Seeks and builds relationships with professional organizations

• Resolves parent issues respectfully and effectively

Compliance

• Drafts, updates, and submits lesson plans and data analysis action plans on a consistent basis

• Takes accurate attendance in a timely manner

• Maintains professional credentials and submits updates to the Human Resources Department prior to expiration dates

• Responds to requests from the School Operations Team for any required actions or documents to maintain accurate and complete records and meet reporting deadlines

Building Management

• Implements classroom procedures that promote a safe, clean, orderly, and productive classroom environment

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Detroit Bureau Chief

Posted by | June 26, 2019 |

We’re looking for the next leader of our Detroit team. 

Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts in the communities where improvement matters most, is seeking a seasoned journalist to serve as our Detroit bureau chief. 

Detroit’s schools are at the center of a national conversation about urban education. Extreme poverty, decades of disinvestment, and a robust system of school choice engineered in part by Betsy DeVos before she became U.S. education secretary all have taken a toll on Detroit schools, which routinely post the lowest test scores in the nation. At the same time, the school board, superintendent, and motivated community groups are trying to position Detroit schools for a turnaround. Chalkbeat Detroit dives deep to explore the challenges and complexities of such efforts — telling stories from early childhood through high school — at a pivotal time. 

The bureau chief will lead that coverage, with a focus on the debate around how to create educational equity. You will oversee a team of two reporters and be responsible for story budgets, readership growth, and impact, working to shape and edit stories so they connect to the important story Chalkbeat is telling across the country. You will serve as Chalkbeat’s public face in Detroit, working with our experienced leadership and engagement team to build a local community strategy, maintain news partnerships, and represent the organization at public events. Finally, you’ll oversee the bureau’s budget and office with support from Chalkbeat’s central network. 

This position will report to one of Chalkbeat’s two Managing Editors for Local News.

Who are you?

You are committed to local journalism and respect the transformative power of a good story, both as a reporter and as an editor. You’re hungry to break news, eager to understand and inform vital public policy debates, and enthusiastic about creating new models for sustainable journalism. You find coaching reporters energizing, from helping them connect the dots across several incremental stories to instructing them in the fine art of source-building. You get the urgency of making strong coverage decisions quickly, know how to balance quick news hits with enterprise work, and have experience planning longer-term investigative projects. While you love being on the ground and in the community, you’re also inspired by the idea of collaborating with colleagues across the Chalkbeat network to learn and share best practices and get the support you need to lead your team to greatness. You can serve as a guide for our readers — teachers, education insiders, parents, students, and curious citizens — in explaining how the schools in the city work. And you’re not afraid to call leaders to task when warranted.  

What background and skills do you have?

  • 7+ years’ experience in journalism, preferably in digital, with a focus on public policy issues
  • Experience covering Detroit and/or Michigan preferred
  • Breaking news metabolism and decisiveness under pressure
  • Proven strategies for building an effective team and experience managing direct reports
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a knack for working with curious reporters and skeptical editors
  • Stellar news judgment
  • Experience managing budgets and other administrative duties preferred
  • Passion for education is a must; knowledge of education is a strong plus, but not required

Note: We know that many strong candidates will not have all the skills we list. That’s OK. What else do you bring to the table? Please tell us!

We offer a flexible work environment, with shared office space in midtown Detroit and the ability to work from home when appropriate.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

About Chalkbeat:
Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in seven locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Teacher Hiring Event

Posted by | June 18, 2019 |

WE’RE HIRING!

Our Michigan campuses are seeking innovative, collaborative, next-generation educators. We’re hosting a hiring event on Monday, June 24th click HERE to RSVP.  No need to complete the online application in order to attend this event, simply fill out the RSVP.

A Distinctive Opportunity

Attracting and retaining top talent is our top priority. Research clearly shows that the most important factor to student growth is talented teachers. To retain our top talent, Distinctive Schools provides leadership and growth opportunities. Our culture is positive, supportive, and solution-oriented. We empower our teachers to do what they do best – teach and lead!

Why join the Distinctive Schools Team:

  • Culture is at the heart of everything we do
  • We foster a love of learning from the very first day of school
  • We create next generation learning environments for students in the 21st century
  • We empower students, families and staff to contribute to our mission in a meaningful way
  • We love to laugh and have a good time
  • We offer a great benefits package (Medical; Dental; Vision; PTO; 403b)?
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George Crockett Academy K-8 Teachers All Subjects

Posted by | June 10, 2019 |

Teacher

Job Description

Employer: The Leona Group

Job Title: Teacher

Department: School

FLSA Status: Exempt

Reports to: School Leader

Required: Must pass a criminal background check

 

SUMMARY

Provide high-quality instruction to students and work collaboratively with the school leader, colleagues, students, parents and the board to accomplish or surpass the academy’s articulated educational goals.  Work as a collaborative team member to implement the academy curriculum and accomplish short- and long-term academy goals.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

  • Create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning; develop reasonable rules of classroom behavior and procedure; enforce the academy’s student discipline code; collaborate in the implementation of initiatives such as school-wide behavior management systems.
  • Plan a program of study that meets the individual needs and goals of students; establish clear objectives for all lessons and units; ensure that lessons —  as planned, delivered, and assessed — are aligned with state curriculum and school-wide curriculum standards.
  • Develop lesson plans and submit them for review and feedback as scheduled; work cooperatively with the academy’s instructional coach to learn from feedback and improve the quality of instruction. Participate in ongoing analysis and planning to ensure that the school’s curriculum remains aligned to state standards.
  • Collaborate with special education staff to implement, to the greatest extent possible, an inclusive approach to students with special needs.  Remain aware of student needs; participate in child study teams or individualized education planning; implement accommodations and modifications as indicated in student IEP’s; seek advice and counsel from student support services areas when needed to ensure that all students are fully served.
  • Collaborate with other staff, as necessary, to implement grant-funded programming to accelerate learning for students with a variety of needs including special education, at-risk, limited English proficient students and others, to bring them to grade level proficiency.  
  • Maintain accurate and complete records as required; maintain the confidentiality of student records and student information. Complete any documentation necessary for the academy to be in compliance with regulatory requirements, such as time and effort reporting.
  • Communicate with parents and make provisions for being available outside normal hours; work with parents to encourage participation in their child’s learning experiences; provide regular communication to parents regarding their children’s performance.
  • Maintain professional competence via conferences, mentoring, involvement in professional organizations, continuing coursework, etc.  Complete all coursework and other requirements necessary to maintain teaching credentials and “highly qualified” status, as required by the teacher’s assignment.
  • Inform the school leader of needed instructional resources. Serve as an active member of teams such as grade-level, school-wide planning, school improvement or other areas of focus.
  • May participate in extracurricular activities such as coaching, clubs, student government, tutoring, enrichment activities, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • State teacher licensure/certification with appropriate endorsements(s).
  • Bachelor’s degree with subject area emphasis and/or coursework and/or experience necessary to be deemed “highly qualified” for the grade/subjects to be taught.  (Will consider non-certified applicants with a degree in the subject area to be taught; would be required to complete a plan of action to become “highly qualified” within a prescribed period of time.)
  • Demonstrated commitment to young people’s learning success and achievement.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a teaching/tutoring capacity as acquired through prior experience in tutoring, teaching or other education-related experience; evidence of successful experience in student and parent relations.
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Elementary or Middle School Teacher

Posted by | June 6, 2019 |

Position Title: Elementary Teacher or Middle School Teacher (Option to teach in grade levels K – 5th Grade or Middle School Core Subjects)

F.T.E: 1.0

Location: Detroit, MI; Harper Woods, MI; or Redford, MI

Reports To: School Principal

Start Date: August 2019

Why Join the Distinctive Schools Team:

  • We foster a love of learning from the very first day of school
  • We create next generation learning environments for students in the 21st century
  • We empower students, families and staff to contribute to our mission in a meaningful way
  • We love to laugh and have a good time
  • We offer a great benefits package (Medical; Dental; Vision; PTO; 403b)

Position Description:

As a Distinctive School Teacher you will inspire young minds and share a commitment to ensuring that every child achieves their full potential. This person will…

  • design lessons that focus on engaging children in 21st century learning experiences
  • provide opportunities that challenge students to think critically
  • work closely with team members and parents to  to see how to best to meet students needs
  • monitor student progress to ensure all students are demonstrating high rates of growth

 

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Must be highly qualified for elementary teaching in the state of Michigan or enrolled in an Alternative Certification Program by August 2019
  • Prefer minimum 1 year of experience teaching in urban setting

 

Distinctive Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law.

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Primary Grade Teacher

Posted by | June 6, 2019 |

Position Title: Primary Grades Teacher (2018-19 School Year)

F.T.E: 1.0

Location: 17175 Olympia Redford, MI 48240

Reports To: School Director

Start Date: August 2018

Why join the Distinctive Schools Team:

  • We foster a love of learning from the very first day of school
  • We create next generation learning environments for students in the 21st century
  • We empower students, families and staff to contribute to our mission in a meaningful way
  • We love to laugh and have a good time
  • We offer a great benefits package (Medical; Dental; Vision; PTO;403b)

Position Description:

As a Distinctive School Teacher you will inspire young minds and share a commitment to ensuring that every child achieves their full potential. This person will…

  • design lessons that focus on engaging children in 21st century learning experiences
  • provide opportunities that challenge students to think critically
  • work closely with team members and parents to  to see how to best to meet students needs
  • monitor student progress to ensure all students are demonstrating high rates of growth

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Must be highly qualified for elementary teaching in the state of Michigan
  • Prefer minimum 1 year of experience teaching in urban setting

Distinctive Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law.

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Managing Editor for Style and Standards

Posted by | May 16, 2019 |

Chalkbeat, the growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, seeks a Managing Editor for Style and Standards to lead our editing team, oversee editorial operations, and boost our newsroom leadership.

The Managing Editor for Style and Standards will help elevate our overall story quality and improve our collective skills so that our journalism is the best it can possibly be. This person will supervise a team of four story editors, oversee style and voice guides, and manage onboarding and training programs for reporters and editors. The role will blend day-to-day guidance on story editing with strategic thinking on how the newsroom functions.

This position will report to the executive editor and sit on the network management team that helps guide organization-wide strategy and planning.    

Who are you?

You know that good writing starts with good reporting, and that editing starts before any words hit the page. You recognize the value of context. You believe that style standards matter, and so does voice, both organizationally and individually. You’re committed to providing learning opportunities no matter how experienced the employee (all of us can always improve!), and you understand the importance of a new reporter’s first few months. You geek out on process (perhaps you even enjoy a good spreadsheet). You want to make a difference, and you see how impact-driven local journalism can do that. You’re not a pageview chaser — you believe in listening to audiences and forging lasting relationships. Whether or not you have experience covering education, you find the topic fascinating.

What background and skills do you have?

  • 10+ years of work experience, with 5+ years of working in a digital environment
  • Experience editing breaking news, daily, and/or enterprise stories
  • Proven track record of team management with positive culture
  • Experience managing copy and other workflows, with examples of improvements you’ve made
  • Experience with onboarding and training programs, even informal ones, with examples of ones you’ve overseen
  • Ability to work autonomously while sharing pertinent information up, down, and across
  • Excellent news judgment

We know that many strong candidates will not have all the skills we list. That’s OK. What else do you bring to the table? Please tell us!

What will you be responsible for?

  • Supervising a team of four story editors, likely with more to come in the next year as Chalkbeat continues its growth trajectory, to create compelling, impactful journalism
  • Managing and updating our style and voice guides
  • Examining and optimizing our newsroom workflows and systems so that they better support our journalism
  • Working with our Operations team to revise our current onboarding programs for reporters and editors
  • Working with other team leads in Chalkbeat’s “networked model” to help guide newsroom decisions
  • Representing local needs to network leadership, and organizational priorities to story editors and local teams
  • Working with the Executive Editor and other leaders on organizational growth planning, with an eye toward future expansion
  • Collaborating with the Director of Product on CMS improvements  

Ideally, you’d be based in one of seven cities where Chalkbeat bureaus already exist: Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, New York City or Newark. However, working remotely is a possibility for the right candidate.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.


About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in seven locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Teachers (K-12 All Subjects)

Posted by | April 17, 2019 |

Summary

U Prep teachers are responsible for implementing curriculum, maintaining a positive classroom culture, using assessments to drive instructional practice, using district resources in an efficient and responsible manner, contributing to the educational and social development of all students, and participating in the professional development of the learning community.

Our mission is to prepare students for success in life. If you are dedicated to a pursuit of excellence both in yourself and our students; if you are self-motivated; if you are an innovator and if you want to play a key role in changing young lives –we are looking for U.

Desired Competencies

• Knowledge of curriculum, instruction, and assessment

• Mission-driven, connecting the overall teaching strategy to the goals of U Prep Schools

• Ability to nurture and sustain high-quality teaching

• Experience in building positive relationships with colleagues, students, and parents

• Ability to make decisions in a strategic way balancing building strong relationships and maintaining high academic rigor

• Courage to make decisions in support of academic and cultural goals while maintaining a steady pulse of team and school goals

• Meticulous organization and use of time

• Excellent written and oral communication skills

Education/Experience

• Bachelors’ degree or higher

• Must have and maintain valid Michigan teaching certificate or passing score on the MTTC for the content area

• Must meet highly qualified criteria in content area taught, which includes certificate endorsement in the appropriate area(s)

• Desire to teach in an urban environment

Salary

Compensation for this position depends on prior experience and is competitive.

Benefits

  • Medical coverage
  • 401(k) – up to 6% matching
  • Eight sick and four personal days
  • Core Value bonuses
  • Career development
  • Masters program tuition reimbursement through GVSU

Duties and Responsibilities:

The primary duties and areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to, the following:

Professional Development

• Actively contributes to a professional community that focuses on instruction and high student achievement

• Seeks opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge

• Implements recommendations and best practices acquired through professional development, continuing education, observation, coaching, and evaluation

• Utilizes effective instructional practices responding to the needs of each student in the learning community

Curriculum/Learning Model

• Utilizes data to implement learning model and modify instructional practices and daily lesson plans as needed

• Works closely with principal to create and lead an effective Data Team within the school

• Coordinates curriculum within the team and school

• Integrates all aspects of the learning model into classroom procedures, instruction

School Culture

• Ensures a safe, supportive, and productive environment for students

• Sets and maintains high academic expectations for students

• Implements effective student discipline, conflict resolution, and helpful student support services

• Promotes teamwork within the learning community

• Demonstrates cultural competencies in being part of a multi-cultural institution

• Incorporates core values into all work, projects, and interactions with members of the school community

Community/Parental Outreach

• Actively engages parents in the learning process and school functions

• Communicates on a regular basis with families through newsletters, announcements, and updates

• Seeks and builds relationships with professional organizations

• Resolves parent issues respectfully and effectively

Compliance

• Drafts, updates, and submits lesson plans and data analysis action plans on a consistent basis

• Takes accurate attendance in a timely manner

• Maintains professional credentials and submits updates to the Human Resources Department prior to expiration dates

• Responds to requests from the School Operations Team for any required actions or documents to maintain accurate and complete records and meet reporting deadlines

Building Management

• Implements classroom procedures that promote a safe, clean, orderly, and productive classroom environment

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Lead Teacher – DAA & DP (K-7)

Posted by | April 7, 2019 |

We are looking for extraordinary leaders and learners to join our team who:

  • Teach to give students a strong foundation of academic excellence,
  • Foster the social-emotional and character development of young learners,
  • Build a love of learning in all students,
  • Engage families as partners in our students’ education,
  • Commit to constant learning, reflection, and improvement of their own practice,
  • Bring their passions, personalities, humor, and joy to school every day,
  • Thrive in a start-up environment, and
  • Are committed to equity and the belief that all children in Detroit can reach their full potential.

A Lead Teacher at Detroit Achievement Academy (DAA) and Detroit Prep (DP) is responsible for the educational and social-emotional outcomes for each student in his or her crew. Lead Teachers embrace their work with students, families, colleagues, and school leaders toward achieving our collective mission and goals. A Lead Teacher is responsible for teaching all core academic disciplines including language arts, social studies, science and mathematics. Lead Teachers report to the Principal/Head of School.

Competitive salary based on experience and track record of success with students.

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Detroit Reporter

Posted by | October 9, 2018 |

Chalkbeat, the growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, is seeking a reporter to join our Detroit team.

Detroit’s schools are at the center of a national conversation about urban education. Extreme poverty, decades of disinvestment, and a robust system of school choice engineered in part by Betsy DeVos before she became U.S. education secretary all have taken a toll on Detroit schools, which routinely post the lowest test scores in the nation. At the same time, a new school board, superintendent, and motivated community groups are trying to position Detroit schools for a turnaround. Chalkbeat Detroit will explore the challenges and complexities of such efforts — telling stories from early childhood through high school — at a pivotal time.

This position will report to Chalkbeat’s Detroit bureau chief.

Who are you?

You are committed to local journalism and respect the transformative power of a good story. You’re a self-starter who is hungry to break news, eager to understand and inform vital public policy debates, and enthusiastic about creating new models for sustainable journalism. You’re a strong beat reporter who can develop reliable sources and beat the competition. You’ve got the ability to write a range of stories, from breaking news to enterprise and long-term projects. Most importantly, you can serve as a guide for our readers—school personnel, education insiders, parents, students, and curious citizens—in explaining how schools in the city work. And you’re not afraid to call its leaders to task when warranted. We are open to hiring a veteran reporter or an up-and-coming journalist for this position.

What background and skills do you have?:

  • Experience covering education, government, or public policy
  • Familiarity and experience with social media
  • Comfort or experience working with data, research, and reports
  • Interest in or experience with reader engagement, including finding creative ways to connect with a diverse set of readers and use those efforts to inform our reporting
  • Knowledge of early childhood education, K-12 education, pathways to college, and state and city policy issues
  • Experience with building sources and generating story ideas
  • The ability to write clearly, cleanly, and on deadline for quick-take, daily and longer-form stories  

Note: We know that many strong candidates will not have all the skills we list. That’s OK. What else do you bring to the table? Please tell us!

What will you be responsible for?

  • You’ll be responsible for conceiving and executing stories that help people understand how breaking news connects to the big picture, and how public policy decisions impact and connect to the people and institutions in Detroit.
  • You’ll collaborate with our product team as Chalkbeat comes up with innovative ways to present news and distribute stories.
  • You’ll communicate and build relationships with readers and key players in the local community through our regular morning newsletters, social media posts, and the reporting process.

We offer a flexible work environment, with shared office space in midtown Detroit and the ability to work from home when appropriate.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

About Chalkbeat:
Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in seven locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Digital Marketing Manager

Posted by | September 7, 2018 |

Chalkbeatthe nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, seeks a digital marketing manager to help Chalkbeat grow into one of the largest nonprofit news sites in the country.

Chalkbeat’s digital marketing manager will drive key outcomes for both our revenue and editorial teams — increasing digital revenue, growing email subscribers, and piloting new audience growth initiatives. This is a highly interdisciplinary role, working in tandem with almost every team at Chalkbeat, from editorial, revenue, tech, analytics, etc. This position will report to the Head of Growth.

Who are you?

You are mission-driven, and you understand that the success of Chalkbeat means combining excellent journalism with a strong business model. You’re a self-starter who can both see the big picture and jump in to help execute important work. You’re comfortable wearing many hats and are highly collaborative, able to earn trust and drive outcomes along the way.

What background and skills do you have?

  • 3+ years of work experience related to marketing or audience growth
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, with stories to tell
  • Proven track record of email-based conversion (either donations or e-commerce sales), and experience utilizing the capabilities of an email service provider
  • Comfort with segmentation and data
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Organized, detail-oriented, and able to take initiative without heavy oversight

We know that many strong candidates will not have all the skills we list. That’s OK. What else do you bring to the table? Please tell us!

What will you be responsible for?

  • Membership: Driving growth in reader revenue, specifically the evolution and expansion of our brand new membership program.
  • Email marketing: Creating a sustainable and scalable email experience across teams, especially as our reach continues to expand into new locales and topics within the education space.
  • New initiatives and market research: Identifying, evaluating, and piloting promising initiatives that support Chalkbeat’s growth, from re-investing in existing products to incubating new high-potential opportunities.

Ideally, you’d be based in one of the cities where Chalkbeat already has a presence: Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, New York City, or Washington, D.C. However, working remotely is a possibility for the right candidate.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

About Chalkbeat

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in seven locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Designer/Developer

Posted by | September 5, 2018 |

Chalkbeat, the growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, seeks a designer/developer to join the product team.

Chalkbeat’s product team is predominantly responsible for our technology — the CMS, chalkbeat.org, analytics, and visual storytelling. But we’re also responsible for providing support for editorial and revenue initiatives that require product thinking, such as newsletters, investigative projects, and membership. That support comes in many forms and degrees, from envisioning strategy to tactical execution. As the designer/developer, you’ll have the opportunity to work on both large-scale product design — like our website and newsletters — and help us find innovative ways to create engaging storytelling. You will have a high degree of autonomy and trust in your expertise. This position will report to the Director of Product.

Who are you?

  • You have a proven track record of solving complex design challenges, and have an online portfolio to demonstrate your experience with real work examples.
  • You value user experience and have strong communication skills, deftly connecting design decisions to the organization’s goals.
  • You are highly organized and enthusiastic about building systems that are easy to scale and adapt to new features.
  • You are curious, seeking out new ideas and skills to continuously inform your work.
  • You are passionate about supporting a new journalism model and contributing to sustainable local news coverage with a focus on education.

What background and skills do you have?

  • A solid foundation in design thinking, user experience principles, and UI design
  • A background in visual design with an appreciation for the finer arts of typography, layouts, and spacing
  • 4+ years work experience, ideally in web design, UX/UI design, or frontend development
  • Fluency in HTML and modern CSS (including SCSS/SASS), and a working knowledge of modern JavaScript
  • An understanding of accessibility requirements and best practices
  • Experience or interest working remotely or with remote team members

We don’t expect you to check all of these boxes, and we also know you’ll bring interesting skills and experiences that we haven’t thought of. Whether you identify as a designer or a developer — or both — we want to hear from you. Don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

This position is remote and reports to a manager in Austin, Texas. If you prefer to work in an office, you’re welcome to join us in one of Chalkbeat’s bureaus in Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, or New York City.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

About Chalkbeat

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in seven locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Engagement Editor

Posted by | August 17, 2018 |

Chalkbeat, the growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, seeks an engagement editor to grow our audience and deepen our relationship with readers.

Chalkbeat’s next engagement editor will help our network of local bureaus and national team better understand the news needs of our core audiences, elevate voices that are often ignored by mainstream media, build stronger relationships with communities that need critical information about schools, and expand our reach to inform as many people as possible about key developments in public education. This position will report to the Executive Editor.    

Who are you?

You are committed to local journalism and understand that means putting the audience first.  You want to make a difference, and you see how impact-driven journalism can do that.  You’re not a pageview chaser — you believe in listening to communities and fostering lasting relationships. You’re a self-starter who can both see the big picture and jump in to help execute important work. You’re comfortable wearing many hats and moving in between the education policy world and journalism industry circles. You have experience in building and engaging audiences on social media, and growing newsletter subscribers. You think in headlines, tweets, and subject lines. You can strategize about in-person events, and you care deeply about the user experience online.

What background and skills do you have?

  • 7+ years of work experience, with 5+ years of working on the digital side of media, journalism, or communications
  • Experience reporting and writing news and/or feature stories
  • Proven track record of growing a brand’s audience and boosting loyalty through email lists and social media
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Detail-oriented and able to work autonomously
  • Proficiency with third-party email service providers
  • Experience developing strategy informed by analytics
  • Excellent news judgment

We know that many strong candidates will not have all the skills we list. That’s OK. What else do you bring to the table? Please tell us!

What will you be responsible for?

  • Develop social media strategy for the entire Chalkbeat network (seven local bureaus + national desk)
  • Own newsletter strategy and help grow subscriber base
  • Manage national and local news partners
  • Support local bureaus with strategies for in-person events and engagement-driven reporting that brings in voices from the communities we serve
  • Leverage analytics to develop best practices for growth and engagement
  • Collaborate with Product, Analytics, and Revenue teams to identify and execute on optimization and growth opportunities

We’re building this team out, so you’ll also be hiring and overseeing another engagement team member, who will be responsible for supporting social and email strategy and execution.

Ideally, you’d be based in one of six cities where Chalkbeat bureaus already exist: Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, or New York City. However, working remotely is a possibility for the right candidate.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in seven locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Director of Product

Posted by | March 16, 2018 |

Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts in the communities where improvement matters most, is seeking a director of product to lead our product and UX team.

Who are you?

You thrive in smaller organizations where you can make a huge impact, and you can draw clear lines from broad organizational goals to products that delight users and drive results. You translate strategy into execution and enjoy doing the work, not just calling the shots. You might be a news nerd or someone who loves reading policy papers, but you’re definitely inspired by our daily journalism and our mission of educational equity. You excel at communication and recognize the importance of conveying the why and how in addition to the what. You’re skilled at presenting data findings, knowing that product strategy is meaningless without the data to support it. You shine at problem-solving in highly collaborative environments and bring clarity to complex situations.

What background and skills do you have? (Not all are required, but we hope you’ll have several of these.)

  • Significant product management experience, ideally at a news organization
  • Background in UX and/or design and an innate sense for what looks good and works well
  • Experience using data to influence product strategy and the ability to present data findings in an authoritative way
  • Strong skills in data analysis and interpretation; experience with analytics platforms (e.g. Google Analytics) and A/B testing methodologies
  • Strong technical background, including knowledge of frontend, backend, and infrastructure technologies, and experience managing developers
  • Understanding of data visualization
  • Proven record of successfully launching and scaling products while working with multiple inputs
  • Outstanding communication: stellar listening skills, the ability to clearly capture other people’s viewpoints, and a knack for driving consensus and decision-making across the organization
  • Past creator of roadmaps/project plans, style guides, user manuals, and other relevant process documentation
  • Familiarity with best-in-class digital products across the journalism landscape and beyond, plus existing relationships with other news and/or product organizations
  • Interest in education and passion for Chalkbeat’s equity mission

What will you do?

  • Develop a product strategy that advances Chalkbeat’s mission, resonates with our audience, and drives toward our key performance indicators: readership, loyalty, and revenue
  • Define and own the product roadmap and feature prioritization to build and improve the user experience and outcomes
  • Establish ideal product development process and oversee product requirements and documentation
  • Communicate evolving priorities across the company, respond to requests from the newsroom and business teams, and design effective tools to document processes and train people to follow them
  • Use data to test assumptions, make recommendations, and drive actions
  • Build use cases and user stories and communicate them effectively
  • Serve as player-coach: You’re a manager, but you’re also a doer. You demonstrate capability to inspire a team while moving quickly to deliver on organizational objectives.
  • Coach, mentor, and manage your direct reports, including a full-stack developer and digital producer, plus oversee relationships with outside web development and design consultants

This position is ideally based in New York City or one of Chalkbeat’s other locations: Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, or Memphis. We will also consider remote candidates. This position will report to Chalkbeat’s executive editor.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in five locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Story Editor (Part-Time)

Posted by | March 14, 2018 |

Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts in the communities where improvement matters most, is seeking a story editor with digital experience to make our news stories sing.

The story editor will be responsible for editing a mix of articles out of our seven local bureaus: Chicago, Colorado, Detroit, Indiana, Newark, New York, and Tennessee. Stories will vary among news pieces, step-back analyses, and longer enterprise work, and each day will be different. You will work with the managing editor, digital producer, and local reporters to ready stories for publication on our website, and coordinate with the growth editor for social promotion. You will also work with the managing editor to help connect the dots across bureaus and ensure that Chalkbeat is telling a cohesive overarching story.

The story editor will provide crucial perspective, adding regional or national context where needed and ensuring that stories read logically, adhere to Chalkbeat style, and are properly sourced. While each piece that comes across the transom is different, all of our stories taken together should add up to a coherent whole, and the story editor is essential to achieving that goal through a mix of line editing, copy editing, and pulled-back critical thinking.

Who are you?

You respect the power of the (virtual) red pen, craft grabby headlines, and geek out on style guides. Although this position does not manage writers directly, you possess a mentoring spirit that’s able to coax the best story possible from reporters both green and seasoned. You believe that it’s better to teach than to tell. You live by your gut instinct for a good story and whack your way through unnecessary words to sniff out the best angle. Nut graphs? You slay them.

What background and skills do you have?

  • 5+ years’ experience in journalism and/or digital content creation
  • Expertise in story shaping, line editing, and copy editing
  • Experience working in a CMS, preferably WordPress
  • Stellar news judgment
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a knack for working with opinionated reporters and editors
  • Passion for education is a must; knowledge of education is a strong plus, but not required
  • Journalism experience in Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Newark, New York, or Memphis is a plus

The ideal candidate is based in Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Newark, New York, Memphis, or Washington, DC. Remote candidates will also be considered.

This is a part-time position (20 hours per week). Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in five locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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National Reporter

Posted by | March 2, 2018 |

Chalkbeat is looking for a passionate, enterprising reporter to join our national reporting team.

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. Read more about our mission and values.

We’re currently in six locations — Colorado, Detroit, Indiana, Newark, New York, and Tennessee — and we’re about to be in one more, Chicago. Now, we’re looking for an additional reporter to join our two-person national team to help cover the organizations and ideas that span the country and shape what happens locally.

You’ll be responsible for writing a range of stories at a fast clip. A typical week in your reporting life might include profiling a growing charter school network, breaking news about a national teachers union, and synthesizing local stories about challenges facing refugee students.

You’re a good fit for this position if most or all of these apply:

  • You’re excited about holding powerful organizations accountable to the public.
  • You’ve thrived as a journalist in a fast-paced, high-volume news environment.
  • You’ve previously covered education locally or nationally and have more questions than when you got started.
  • You believe high-quality journalism can make a difference to the lives of students, the work of policy makers, and the strength of our democracy.

The ideal candidate would be based in or willing to relocate to New York City, but we’re open to someone working elsewhere, especially from another Chalkbeat bureau.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

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2018 Summer Internship – Detroit

Posted by | October 16, 2017 |

Chalkbeat, the nonprofit education news organization, is seeking motivated undergraduate or graduate students to serve as summer reporting interns.

The 10-week paid internship from June-August 2018 will offer student journalists the opportunity to work alongside some of the nation’s top education journalists in a dynamic, rapidly growing organization. At a critical moment for an active independent press, join us as we build an organization working to sustain journalism that matters.

Interns will work 40-hour weeks and will have the opportunity to undertake daily education news assignments, to work on enterprise stories, and to participate in the life of our reporting teams in every way.

Who are you?

You’re energized by our mission and excited to help us build a news organization that re-imagines daily newsgathering while embracing traditional journalistic values. You have a passion for public policy and social issues journalism, strong reporting and writing skills, and comfort working in digital media. You’re an entrepreneurial, creative, energetic, and tenacious reporter.

What background and skills do you have?

  • Clips that demonstrate strong reporting and writing skills
  • Significant high school, college or professional journalism experience
  • A high level of comfort with the exciting opportunities and challenges inherent in working in a high-energy start-up environment
  • Passion for and curiosity about education is a must; knowledge of education issues such as standards, school choice, and segregation is a strong plus, but not required.
  • Access to a car is desirable but not required.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in six locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Detroit Reporter

Posted by | September 12, 2017 |

Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts in the communities where improvement matters most, is seeking a reporter in the city of Detroit.

Detroit’s schools are at the center of a national conversation about urban education. A robust system of school choice, engineered in part by Betsy DeVos before she became U.S. education secretary, has thrust the city’s education landscape into chaos. Low test scores have made the city a national symbol of educational crisis. And extreme poverty deepens the challenges. But at the same time, Detroit’s schools have the potential to see change as a new school board and new superintendent take control of the district, which has been freed from the debts of the old Detroit Public Schools. And community groups are also exploring new ways to address the needs of the city’s youngest children.

This reporter will cover these dynamics at a pivotal moment for the city. You’ll primarily be responsible for conceiving and executing daily stories that help people understand how breaking news connects to the big picture, and how public policy decisions impact and connect to the people and institutions in Detroit. You’ll also lead our early childhood education coverage and cover English language learners, special education, and other issues facing students. You’ll collaborate with our product team as Chalkbeat comes up with innovative ways to present news and distribute stories. Finally, you’ll communicate and build relationships with readers and key players in the local community through our weekly newsletter, social media and the reporting process.

Who are you?

You are committed to local journalism and respect the transformative power a good story can wield. You’re a self-starter who is hungry to break news, eager to understand and inform vital public policy debates, and enthusiastic about creating new models for sustainable journalism. You’re a strong beat reporter who can develop reliable sources and beat the competition. You’ve got the ability to write a range of stories, from breaking news, to enterprise and long-term investigative projects. Most important, you can serve as a guide for our readers—school personnel, education insiders, parents, students, and curious citizens—in explaining how the city works. And you’re not afraid to call its leaders to task when warranted.

What background and skills do you have?

  • At least three years of reporting experience, preferably in digital, with a focus on public policy issues
  • Experience working in a CMS, preferably WordPress
  • Background in data journalism and visual production is a plus
  • Passion for education and the future of Detroit and its children is a must
  • Knowledge of early childhood education, K-12 education, pathways to college, and state and city policy issues are strong pluses, but not required

This position can be based from a home office in the Detroit area or from our shared office space in Midtown Detroit.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in five locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Story Editor

Posted by | September 12, 2017 |

Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts in the communities where improvement matters most, is seeking a story editor with digital experience to make our news stories sing.

The story editor will be responsible for editing a mix of articles out of our five local bureaus: Colorado, Detroit, Indiana, New York, and Tennessee. Stories will vary among news pieces, step-back analyses, and longer enterprise work, and each day will be different. You will work with the managing editor, digital producer, and local reporters to ready stories for publication on our website, and coordinate with the growth editor for social promotion. You will also work with the managing editor to help connect the dots across bureaus and ensure that Chalkbeat is telling a cohesive overarching story.

The story editor will provide crucial perspective, adding regional or national context where needed and ensuring that stories read logically, adhere to Chalkbeat style, and are properly sourced. While each piece that comes across the transom is different, all of our stories taken together should add up to a coherent whole, and the story editor is essential to achieving that goal through a mix of line editing, copy editing, and pulled-back critical thinking.

Who are you?

You respect the power of the (virtual) red pen, craft grabby headlines, and geek out on style guides. Although this position does not manage writers directly, you possess a mentoring spirit that’s able to coax the best story possible from reporters both green and seasoned. You believe that it’s better to teach than to tell. You live by your gut instinct for a good story and whack your way through unnecessary words to sniff out the best angle. Nut graphs? You slay them.

What background and skills do you have?

  • 5+ years’ experience in journalism and/or digital content creation
  • Expertise in story shaping, line editing, and copy editing
  • Experience working in a CMS, preferably WordPress
  • Stellar news judgment
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a knack for working with opinionated reporters and editors
  • Passion for education is a must; knowledge of education is a strong plus, but not required
  • Journalism experience in New York, Denver, Indianapolis, Detroit, Memphis, Chicago, Newark, and/or the Bay Area is a plus

The ideal candidate is based in New York, Denver, Indianapolis, Detroit, Memphis, or Washington, DC. Remote candidates will also be considered.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess. We will also consider a part-time schedule for the right candidate.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in five locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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K-12 Teachers: All Subjects

Posted by | August 28, 2017 |

Detroit Public Schools Community District is hiring K-12 teachers across all subject areas. We have a specific need for special education, elementary, science, and math teachers.

Learn what DPSCD has to offer. We invite you to attend our Teacher Hiring Fair on Thursday, August 31, from 5-7pm at Ben Carson High School (571 Mack Ave, Detroit, MI 48201). You will have the opportunity to meet principals who have vacancies in your certification area and learn more about teaching with DPSCD.

Be part of our city’s rebirth. To realize our potential as a city and bring revitalization to our communities, we need excellent public schools, and to have excellent public schools, we need teachers at every level who are ready to roll up their sleeves and rebuild our district, brick by brick.

Help us transform public education and our students’ futures. Our mission is clear: provide all students with the opportunities and support they need to thrive. Recent progress is positioning us to do just that. We’ve achieved fiscal stability. We’ve regained local control. We’ve hired an inspiring new superintendent. Now, we need to add teachers to our team who share our belief that all students are capable of greatness. Join us in the transformation.

Lead, innovate, grow. Detroit Public Schools Community District is out to prove that public education works. That means a relentless focus on our students’ success and a real investment in our educators. Our students need you to lead from the classroom, try new ways of helping them reach higher standards, and get better on their behalf. You need a district that will stand behind you as you do it. We are in. Are you?