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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AT PRAIRIE PUBLIC

Teacher Ambassador

Prairie Public seeks an experienced educator to serve as a Teacher Ambassador as part of the PBS Teacher Community Program.

Criteria for candidates

  • A successful teacher of K-12 students in public schools in North Dakota, Minnesota or the surrounding region for at least 3 of the last 5 years
  • A tech-savvy educator with a passion for using and integrating digital technology and media
  • A leader and demonstrated mentor with a desire to empower peers and strategies around current and relevant professional development opportunities
  • An active sharer of content and ideas through social media
  • An awareness of current trends in education and a demonstrated aptitude for innovative teaching practices
  • A forward-thinking ambassador for education who embraces life-long learning, community partnerships, collaboration and who recognizes the power technology has to inspire students, and
  • Other preferred qualities include creativity, clarity, persuasiveness, dynamism and experience with resources from PBS and PBS Education

Roles and responsibilities

The Teacher Ambassador will be an embedded staff person in the Education Services department within Prairie Public Broadcasting.  As a team member, the Teacher Ambassador will collaborate with station staff, brainstorm new approaches and provide feedback as the teacher voice within the Prairie Public station. The Teacher Ambassador’s primary focus will be on the Teacher Community Program, unless synergies exist in assisting with ongoing projects within Education Services.

  • In consultation with Prairie Public staff, develop and execute local and regional engagement activities that achieve the project’s objectives
  • This will include developing and fostering relationships with North Dakota and Minnesota education professionals, creating and facilitating presentations and professional development programs, promoting Prairie Public Broadcasting and PBS resources, and regular travel throughout the service area
  • Identify new areas of opportunity and target areas for improvement based on research and data collected as part of the Teacher Community Program
  • Communicate feedback to stakeholders and make recommendations that build on successes
  • Actively utilize multiple digital platforms to engage and grow the local teacher community in the Prairie Public service area
  • Serve as a mentor to new and struggling educators in the region
  • Facilitate conversations with education professionals in the service area, and serve as a liaison between Prairie Public, other participating Teacher Community Program stations and the greater PBS Education system

Other information

This is a full-time benefited position. It is open until filled, and interviews will occur on a rolling basis beginning November 1, 2016. The successful candidate must agree to continue in the position of Teacher Ambassador through at least June 30, 2019. Salary and benefits will be competitive with compensation for educators in the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo community.

To apply

Submit the Prairie Public application form, a letter of introduction and a resumé detailing professional experience and demonstration of criteria. Also include names and contact information for at least three professional references who can affirm your recent experience and qualifications. Please do not submit letters from recommenders. Send all materials to:  Pauline Holmlund, Human Resources Manager pholmlund@prairiepublic.org or Prairie Public Broadcasting, 207 5th Street North Fargo, ND 58102.

 

Internships

Prairie Public Broadcasting has unpaid internship positions available throughout the organization. If you are interested in a hands-on learning experience in a fast-paced, exciting environment, send your resume to info@prairiepublic.org, or fax it to 701-239-7650.

Education Services Internship

This is your opportunity to work on meaningful community projects within an active broadcasting office! Work with Prairie Public’s Education Services within the television department in the downtown Fargo office. This department provides educational Web, print, and video resources and professional development for preK-12+ educators and early childhood caregivers. Duties include promotion of valuable resources and services to educators and the community; assisting with organizing community engagement projects for pre-school and/or K-12 organizations; uploading content for several online multimedia websites; collaborating on events and projects with other members of the Prairie Public staff, including radio and television; developing an understanding of educational materials and digital applications that can be used in education settings; as well as performing other office tasks which may include updating databases, organizing invoices, making copies and other maintenance activities.

Work approximately fifteen flexible hours per week between the hours of 8 and 5. This unpaid internship provides insight into office operations as well as the education, production and broadcasting professions and will provide valuable work experience and professional contacts while helping to improve communication skills. We ask that our intern candidates possess good people skills, be able to work with minimal supervision, and be dependable.

This is a positive office atmosphere with staff that really appreciates interns! Check out our Web site or contact Tim Wollenzien at twollenzien@prairiepublic.org or 701-239-7575.

Individually Designed Internship – Radio Some interns work with us to design a set of activities that match the intern’s interests and skills with our needs. An internship like this may combine elements of writing, audio production, web work, radio operations, music programming, program distribution, and so on. Contact Bill Thomas, 239-7509, Box 3240, Fargo, ND 58108-3240, or write info@prairiepublic.org

Radio News InternshipsBismarck (2 concurrent internships available) This is a 1 semester, unpaid news internship in Bismarck. The intern will work under the direction of the News Director and in association with other news staff. The intern will be given a “real world” experience in news, so that by the end of the internship, the person will be able to report and write news stories, as well as operate the control board, newsroom software, and possibly anchor newscasts. Prairie Public covers statewide news, including state government. Hours per week are flexible, depending on the number of credits taken. Up to full time is possible. The people will be selected through an interview process, and candidates must submit a cover letter, resume and recording. Students should have some background or course work in journalism. The intern will be assigned duties by the News Director, and those duties may include coverage of scheduled events, telephone interviews, on-site interviews, writing and rewriting news copy, and production of voicers and wraps. Some work may be for television and the internet as well as radio. We will assist the intern in preparing audition recording based on their work. We will reimburse expenses. Contact Bill Thomas, 239-7509, Box 3240, Fargo, ND 58108-3240, or write info@prairiepublic.org.

• Radio News Internship — Fargo or Grand Forks This is a 1 semester, unpaid news internship in Fargo or Grand Forks. The intern will be directly supervised by our Red River Valley reporters, under the overall direction of the News Director. The intern will be given a “real world” experience in news, so that by the end of the internship, the person will be able to report and write news stories, as well as operate the control board, use newsroom software and possibly anchor newscasts. Prairie Public covers statewide news, and this position focuses on stories originating in eastern North Dakota. Work is based at the studios in downtown Fargo or on the UND campus in Grand Forks. Hours per week are flexible, depending on the number of credits taken. Up to full time is possible. The people will be selected through an interview process, and candidates must submit a cover letter, resume and recording. Students should have some background or course work in journalism. The intern will be assigned duties by the News Director, and those duties may include coverage of scheduled events, telephone interviews, on-site interviews, writing and rewriting news copy, and production of voicers and wraps. Some work may be for television and the internet as well as radio. We will assist the intern in preparing an audition recording based on their work. We will reimburse expenses. Contact Bill Thomas, 239-7509, Box 3240, Fargo, ND 58108-3240, or write info@prairiepublic.org.

Community Affairs Internship, Radio — Fargo This is a one semester, unpaid internship to produce a broadcast and web program on a particular topic. The student will work with the Director of Radio to choose a subject, and determine the production activities necessary. The conclusion of the internship will be the production of programming for radio broadcast and internet presentation. The end result might be, for example, a half hour program, or a series of shorter pieces. The student may suggest a topic, or accept one provided by Prairie Public. The subject could be a social or political issue, music or other arts activity, or almost anything else. The main criterion is that the resulting programming be interesting to public radio listeners. Production activities could include field recording, field interviews, in-studio interviews, and will certainly include writing and audio editing. The intern will have the chance to become familiar with the production process, including equipment and appropriate software. The production may be broadcast and presented on Prairie Public’s website. The hours are flexible, depending on the number of credits taken. The intern will work under the supervision of the Director of Radio. Students should have an interest in radio and journalism, and some experience with audio equipment and writing will be helpful. Please apply with a cover letter and resume. Contact Bill Thomas, 239-7509, Box 3240, Fargo, ND 58108-3240, or write info@prairiepublic.org.

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