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Program Manager

Posted by | September 10, 2020 |

Program Manager

Reports to: Director, Government Relations and Public Policy

The Council of Michigan Foundations is seeking a two-year, full-time grant-funded Program Manager for the Southeast Michigan Early Childhood Funders Collaborative (SEM-ECFC). This position will work remotely.

The Southeast Michigan Early Childhood Funders Collaborative (ECFC) is a network for grantmakers that come together to: (1) learn the latest research; (2) strategically coordinate and align philanthropic, public and private funding and resources; and (3) facilitate equity-focused approaches and timely responses to opportunities and needs so that we ensure quality early childhood development and education in Southeast Michigan, including Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties, as well as the city of Detroit and support stronger outcomes for their children and families.

The Southeast Michigan Early Childhood Funders Collaborative has existed as an informal networking group since 2007. Funders involved with ECFC currently include the: Ballmer Group, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Kresge Foundation, McGregor Fund, PNC Foundation, Skillman Foundation and the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. As a whole, the foundations involved in the collaborative invested more than $60 million in early childhood in metro Detroit between 2012-2015 and also created the Head Start Innovation Fund, which is now an $11 million effort specifically designed for Head Start agencies in the area.

Position Summary

The ideal candidate will be a strategic leader with knowledge of both the philanthropy and early childhood fields, with strong interpersonal and communications skills and the ability to support and facilitate a strong and sustainable funder network.

Job responsibilities include leading and managing key aspects of the collaborative’s work, including: planning and organization development; field building and collaboration with partners; development and implementation of a learning community; communication and education on early childhood priorities; and fundraising and fiscal management.

Essential Job Functions

  • Planning and organization development. The Program Manager will lead formalization of the collaborative structure and processes and help members achieve their expanded vision. The Program Manager will also be responsible for working with early childhood funders to identify a set of outcomes and associated metrics for the funders collaborative and will use those metrics to measure progress for the collaborative.
  • Field building and collaboration. This position will be responsible for building a network of early childhood funders that invest both in Detroit and across the four main Southeast Michigan counties, and who are dedicated to aligning and leveraging philanthropic, public and private resources to promote federal, state and local policies and practices, as well as systemic, equity-focused approaches that support young children, their families and the early childhood community. As part of this effort, the Program Manager will engage in periodic, directed conversations with early childhood nonprofit leaders, intermediary organizations, and grantee partners. Research of, and building connections to, other funding collaboratives from around the country will also be required periodically.

    Specifically, the Program Manager will work closely with the Hope Starts Here Implementation Director and the City of Detroit Director of Youth and Children Services to coordinate systems-level collaborative efforts. Through this work, the Program Manager will represent the interests and priorities of the collaborative as a whole in city, state and federal public funding and policy conversations to ensure alignment between philanthropic priorities and public policy. Policy priorities may include, but are not limited to, increased public funding for early childhood, alignment of public and philanthropic funding programs and the adaptation of federal, state, or local government funding models to support early childhood.

    The Program Manager will participate as a Hope Starts Here imperative lead responsible for supporting a coordinated approach to public, private, and philanthropic funding to serve children and families. In this role, the Program Manager will:

    • Share with collaborative members the policy and funding priorities emerging from engagement efforts led by the City of Detroit, Hope Starts Here and other partners in order to facilitate data-informed grantmaking strategies.
    • Work with the Hope Starts Here policy team to identify ways to leverage public and philanthropic funding and share insights with collaborative members to inform collective grantmaking strategies.
    • Participate in monthly meetings with other Hope Starts Here imperative leads, the development of an annual work plan connecting its work with the collaborative and that of the Hope Starts Here collaborative.
    • Share progress updates with the Hope Starts Here Stewardship Board.
  • Development and implementation of a vibrant learning community. The SE Michigan Early Childhood Funders Collaborative offers a learning community providing meetings, webinars, conference calls and other events to engage members, partner funders and field experts in deep discussions of issues critical to early childhood. In addition to overseeing the development and implementation of learning community activities, this position will facilitate networking opportunities to provide peer support, share resources and lessons learned, and create opportunities for funders to participate in collaborative and cross-field grantmaking. The Program Manager will also seek to leverage investments and key opportunities for the community, elevate joint data and evaluation strategies to better assess the impact of collective investments and utilize technology tools that can be used for shared learning.
  • Communication and education. The Program Manager will facilitate periodic learning sessions for a broader audience about key early childhood topics to bring other leaders/community members into the discussion and strategy building. This position will also provide joint communication and storytelling activities aimed at highlighting work being accomplished through key grantees/collaborative funding and promoting the impact of the collaborative as an incentive for other funders to participate.
  • Financial management. This position will work with the collaborative’s fiscal sponsor, the Council of Michigan Foundations, to raise funds annually for this role from ECFC’s members. This position will also oversee financial tracking and management in support of the ECFC’s work
  • Supervisory Responsibilities. Working from their home office, the Collaborative Manager will lead the process to identify and select any consultants who may be contracted to support the work of the collaborative (i.e. communications firm, evaluation firm) and will serve as the primary liaison between consultants and the collaborative.

Special Requirements

  • This is a virtual position; a home office is required.
  • Occasional overnight travel is required. This is a full-time position, with flexibility around working hours

Qualifications

  • A. degree with a minimum of five years of experience in early childhood and/or related fields, or equivalent experience. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Passion for early childhood issues and knowledge of and experience in early childhood and/or related fields.
  • Demonstrated leadership in the field of philanthropy.
  • Exceptional project management and leadership skills.
  • Creative, innovative, and high-energy. Ability to work independently and multi-task in a fast-paced work situation.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement learning community activities.
  • The ability to interact with a wide range of constituents, ranging from policymakers to practitioners, community members and funders.
  • Demonstrated commitment to Detroit and across Southeast Michigan, and examples of place-based, community-rooted leadership.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to problem solve and resolve conflicts quickly and effectively.
  • Good research and analytical skills.

Who we are:

The Council of Michigan Foundations is a community of philanthropists committed to improving outcomes for Michigan and beyond. We are the nation’s foremost philanthropy serving organization, highly respected for our leadership role in advancing the sector’s public policy engagement. We maintain a reputation for excellence because our staff and the organizations we partner with are invested in growing the impact of Michigan philanthropy. We do this by investing in the state’s charitable organizations, convening business government and nonprofit leaders, collaborating on critical issues, seeking innovative solutions, sharing knowledge, and advocating. Collectively, CMF members comprise nearly 85 percent of the state’s organized philanthropic assets. CMF trustees and members have developed endowment funds to support the organization’s advocacy efforts.

Read more about us at: www.michiganfoundations.org

Follow us at: @michfoundations

Interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Tammie TenBroeke at jobs@michiganfoundations.org. Items must be received no later than September 25, 2020.

The Council of Michigan Foundations is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All correspondence will remain confidential.

 

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Teach 313 – Teacher

Posted by | July 23, 2020 |

Interested in making an impact in the lives of Detroit children? Come teach with us!

Detroit, MI schools are hiring and Teach 313 is here to help get you hired! Teach313 is an initiative to recruit, retain, empower, and support Detroit teachers in the classroom and beyond. Teach 313 teachers receive a competitive salary, benefits, and professional development opportunities, as well as a peer group of educators throughout the city. Teach 313 is seeking certificated teachers from any state. We have open roles for all content backgrounds, so apply now!

Want to learn more about Teach 313 or talk to one of our staff?! Fill out this Interest Form and we will reach out to schedule a cultivation call.

 Applying is easy – complete the Common Application (linked here) and we’ll connect you directly with schools that are hiring. Please apply by August 15!

 

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Instructional Coach

Posted by | July 8, 2020 |

INSTRUCTIONAL COACH, DETROIT

ABOUT US

At CollegeSpring we equip schools and teachers with the tools to help students confidently prepare for the SAT and ACT. These tests are a critical part of college admissions, and every student deserves a chance to prepare. Yet test prep courses and private tutoring are often costly or hard to access. Our programs reduce this inequity by bringing high quality test preparation into schools. We build Test Confidence™ by training, supporting, and providing ongoing coaching to teachers at our partner schools to deliver the CollegeSpring curriculum to their students. Since 2008, CollegeSpring has helped provide school-day test prep to over 30,000 students in the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California, and New York. We are preparing to launch services in Detroit, MI in the Fall of 2020 pending funding. 

POSITION SUMMARY

This position reports to the Head of Partner Success. The Instructional Coach supports a portfolio of partner schools by training and coaching teachers and managing partner relationships to deliver a high-quality CollegeSpring program. The Instructional Coach believes that impact on students is possible through supporting dedicated and capable teachers. Instructional Coaches work collaboratively with members of the Partner Success Team and the Programs and Impact team. This is not a supervisory position to teachers. 

Please note that CollegeSpring has entered a competitive RFP process with Detroit Public Schools (RFP #20-0188: PSAT/SAT CURRICULUM AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT). We anticipate we will be notified of the result of this process during the Summer of 2020. We are inviting applications for the Instructional Coach role, and will hire contingent on funding. 

Please note that this position is remote. CollegeSpring does not have an office in Detroit, MI. Regular travel to schools is an expectation of the job (in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Detroit Public Schools). In addition to travel to schools, the Instructional Coach will work remotely. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Teacher Coaching and Support

  • Build strong relationships with teachers through program partnership, coaching, and support, ensuring that teachers understand CollegeSpring mission and goals.
  • Coach teachers to deliver the CollegeSpring program, engage students, and develop their knowledge of Test Confidence ™.
  • Adjust pacing of lessons as defined by program standards.
  • Regularly communicate and meet with teachers to understand successes and challenges of CollegeSpring program instruction and delivery.
  • Assist teachers with resources, materials, tools, and information to strengthen CollegeSpring instruction and planning. 
  • Complete non-evaluative teacher level observations and provide feedback.
  • Adjust support and meeting cadence to meet program needs and ensure high-quality delivery of programs by teachers.
  • Monitor, analyze, and interpret student, teacher, and school level data, when available, to look for trends and create action plans across portfolios to ensure that data is being used to drive instruction.
  • Work with teachers in setting and monitoring class and student level goals, focused on observations and data.
  • Create action plans based on observation and data to support individualized teacher practice.

Partnership Management and Relationship Building

  • Foster and maintain strong partner relationships across a portfolio of partner sites that lead to strong program quality, student outcomes, and partner satisfaction.
  • Create an implementation plan per program and calendar and lead conversations with each partner to map out programming and support to facilitate high quality programming.
    • Serve as the main point of contact for each partner’s relevant stakeholders – administrators, site coordinators, and teachers.
    • Communicate regularly with school partners to share score reports, progress updates and share challenges and opportunities with program implementation. 
    • Host mid-year and end of year meetings to review data and successes and challenges of partnership.
    • Collaborate with Partner Success Manager to share partner-level information that will support program operations.
    • Support data collection – enrollment, survey collection, official SAT data, as defined by Programs & Impact.
    • Track and monitor program milestones.
    • Gather relevant student data as needed from partner sites, including rosters.

Training and Ongoing Development

  • Deliver high-quality training to CollegeSpring teachers virtually and in-person.
  • Train site coordinators and provide proctor training, resources, and check-ins to ensure strong diagnostic testing implementation.
  • Coach teachers across your portfolio, specifically focusing on needs across your portfolio of sites.
  • Deliver additional training and mini-training sessions as part of organizational wide training plans.
  • Share additional CollegeSpring resources and materials based on teacher and student needs.

Cross-Functional Collaboration 

  • In partnership with Programs & Impact team, support program evaluation and on-going data monitoring and reviews to strengthen the CollegeSpring program.
  • Share regional data trends and learnings with the national Programs & Impact team to inform future support of program implementation and teacher coaching. 
  • Work across the Partner Success team to ensure partners and organization meet goals.
  • Partner with other Instructional Coaching staff and Programs & Impact team to share and develop best practices, review data, and make organization-wide adjustments in order to ensure continuous programmatic improvement.
  • Collaborate with Partnerships for sales handoff for relevant partners.

The Ideal candidate will demonstrate the following:

  • Mission and values-driven: You hold a passionate commitment to and a sense of urgency for the support of teachers, along with a belief that all students can achieve at high levels. You are motivated by working in an environment where we live out our core values daily.
  • Communication: You are adept and creative in all forms of communication and able to apply the right communication mode and style to the situation. You have strong awareness and command of non-verbal communication and self-presentation and have strong listening skills.
  • Problem Solving: You are open to different and new ways of tackling challenges and have a willingness to modify one’s preferred way of doing things. You are calm under pressure and are able to think analytically and logically through stressful situations. You are adept at including stakeholders in the problem-solving process. You have flexibility and openness to failure and a willingness to try multiple solutions. You have the ability to bring critical thinking and informed assessment to all aspects of work.  
  • Relationships: You are able to anticipate the needs of people and proactively act. You have an ability to respond to stakeholders in an empathetic and compassionate way that values the relationship. You build strong internal relationships and have the ability to empathize and see others’ perspectives.
  • Data Analysis: You have the ability to interpret numbers, reports, data and trends and use that to inform decisions, program improvements and communication. You have the ability to find trends in data and translate those trends into strategic recommendations. 
  • Collaboration: You have strong respect for different thoughts and opinions when approaching a project. You have the ability to fill in the gaps and highlight areas that others may have missed. You have the ability to communicate with different people and teams and manage communication from others – all while committed to a shared outcome. 
  • Project Management: You take initiative to move forward on projects; proactively and seek guidance rather than waiting for direction. You have the ability to tackle large complex projects by breaking them down into project plans and managing diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders to achieve timely success. You have the ability to manage up. 

Experience and Qualifications:

  • At least 3 years of high school teaching experience.
  • At least 2 years coaching or training adults.  
  • Experience with education technology and online learning a plus
  • Demonstrated experience in delivering high-quality training for teachers and/or adult learners, and giving feedback to others.
  • Proven ability in using student-level data to guide instructional decisions.
  • Experience working with Detroit schools required.
  • Experience and demonstrated success in coaching others to meet goals.
  • Experience collaborating with multiple school wide stakeholders (principals, teachers, counselors) towards ensuring student level impact and success.
  • Demonstrated evidence of professional growth, including leadership and participation in a wide range of significant professional development activities.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; MA or teaching credential preferred.
  • Experience in the test prep or college access space a plus.
  • Salesforce and Google suite use a plus.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation.

OTHER THINGS TO KNOW

This position is based in Detroit, MI.

This position is contingent on funding.

This is a remote position.

This position requires frequent travel to school sites across Detroit once it is deemed safe for schools to return to in-person instruction. Otherwise, support will be delivered virtually.

There may be occasional evening and weekend work.

Physical requirements are those of a typical office environment.

This position must be comfortable in a fast-paced environment and requires adaptability and flexibility.

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Data and Operations Manager

Posted by | February 18, 2020 |

Detroit Children’s Fund (DCF) believes that all children, no matter their circumstances, have the innate talent to learn, grow, and succeed in life. Detroit is undergoing an exciting renaissance, but our city’s turnaround will not be fully realized until all its children have access to an excellent school. For more information, visit www.detroitchildrensfund.org.

The DCF is seeking a Data and Operations Manager who will work to ensure the organization builds its internal systems, processes, and learning agenda. As DCF grows from a “start-up” to high-functioning institution, the Data and Operations Manager will help DCF become a more productive and efficient operation.

The role will work with DCF team members, grant partners, and consultants to streamline DCF operations and processes, create a data collection process that is reliable and supports grant partners, help the DCF team gain insights from the data it collects, and build a learning agenda that ensures DCF is innovating toward success. It will also work closely with key team members to streamline DCF’s grantmaking, budgeting, and other systems.

Success in this role requires a strong operations background with experience in or with schools. Familiarity and facility with school data (financial and academic), as well as typical school systems and processes, is required. Occasionally, through this role, DCF may offer direct coaching and support to schools around data organization and strategy.

This role typically requires a bachelor’s degree and a graduate degree. Exceptions to education attainment can be made for an individual with the right experiences, skills, and mindset. The Data and Operations Manager will gain exposure to grant-making, networking opportunities, and learning opportunities and have an excellent view to build a more sophisticated understanding of Detroit’s education systems.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCES AND SKILL-SETS:

  • Experience with financial and K-12 education data, ability to design systems to ensure data is accurate, complete, and reliable
  • Ability to analyze data and draw conclusions, run statistical analyses, and gain insights
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate data to multiple audiences, including educators, non-educators, funders, and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to build process and implement them effectively within growing organizations
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to build relationships and confidence with people of all backgrounds
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills are a must

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Manage DCF’s research agenda, ensuring that we are learning from our investments – and our
    partners – to innovating toward success
  • Manage DCF’s data enterprise, including data collection from grant partners and pulling in
    learnings from key research
  • Examine and streamline DCF’s internal operations, including budgeting, board management,
    policies and procedures, and grantmaking
  • Manage all DCF’s grant making processes and procedures, including supporting in setting agendas
    and producing resources that generate learning-oriented conversations and insights
  • Produce digestible data materials for multiple stakeholders, including the general public, DCF
    boards and funders, and grant partners
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Story Editor

Posted by | February 6, 2020 |

Chalkbeat the growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of public education across the country, seeks a story editor who will make our stories sing.

Chalkbeat has seven bureaus — Indiana, New York, Chicago, Colorado, Detroit, Newark, and Tennessee — plus a national desk. The story editor will edit two bureaus to be determined. Stories include daily news pieces, step-back analyses, and longer enterprise work. Our story editing process is thorough, collaborative, precise, and fast-paced. Story editors work one-on-one with bureau chiefs and reporters, providing crucial perspective, adding regional or national context, 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.

This position will report to the managing editor for style and standards.

Who are you?

You’re a diehard and experienced editor fluent in AP Style who believes that equity in education and incisive education coverage are critical to civic life. 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 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 smooth and tighten. You can write nut grafs in your sleep. You’re used to being busy and you thrive under pressure. You edit quickly and will occasionally work late.

Required background and skills:

  • 5+ years experience in daily journalism
  • Expertise in story shaping, line editing, and copy editing. 
  • Experience working in a CMS.
  • 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 plus, but not required.
  • Journalism experience in New York, Denver, Indianapolis, Detroit, Memphis, Chicago, Newark, and/or the Bay Area is a plus.

Note: 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!

The ideal candidate is based in New York or another Chalkbeat bureau, but remote candidates will 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 from Dec. 24-Jan. 1.

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, values, and five-year strategic plan.

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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 25 – January 1.

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 25 – January 1.

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?