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Full-Time: Program Manager, Youth Media

KQED Education is a distinct and critical contributor to KQED’s public service mission, creating and disseminating unique, engaging educational content focused on enhancing educator effectiveness and accelerating learning for youth aged 11–18 in the Bay Area and beyond. KQED empowers educators and youth to find and evaluate the knowledge they need to make informed decisions, engage in civic dialogue, create and share their own stories, and thrive in our media-rich world. We help educators to create learning environments of the 21st century by promoting media literacy, student voice, civic engagement, creative expression, and inquiry-based learning using digital media. 

The Program Manager: Youth Media contributes to this vision by leading KQED’s work promoting, broadcasting, and sharing youth voices with our general audience. They partner in the creation of our Youth Media Challenges which attract thousands of submissions from students around the nation each year. They curate and package student-generated content from these challenges to share with partners and other public media stations. They look for opportunities across KQED radio, television and digital to connect youth media to the stories KQED is sharing everyday. They provide direct support to teachers and students producing segments for radio and podcasts.  They work with individual students who need support refining their work for broadcast. They manage KQED’s Youth Advisory Board to keep us connected and listening to the young people we serve. They work hard to help ensure our Youth Media Challenges are engaging, inclusive and accessible, and that the youth media we share reflects a diverse range of voices. 

This position will represent KQED in the field of youth media, which supports young producers of media and educators to advance youth voice, civic engagement and creative expression.

Essential Functions: 

  • Lead efforts to share youth media with general audiences through broadcast and digital distribution on KQED and with other public media partners. 
    • Partner with KQED News staff to identify opportunities to share youth-produced media on the radio, TV, and digital. 
    • Coach and provide technical support to individual students to refine media in order to meet requirements/standards for broadcast and digital distribution.
    • Curate and package youth media content submitted to KQED Youth Media Challenges for sharing with stations and other partners. 
    • Provide coordination between Education and KQED content teams around special calls for youth voice (e.g. Homemade Film Festival, Senior Year Interrupted). 
    • Leverage department relationships with teachers and students to support the newsroom in sourcing diverse and underrepresented youth voices in regular reporting. 
  • Provide training and support to teachers and students implementing Youth Media Challenges in their classrooms.
  • Produce and edit video and audio compilations of student work for interstitials, program promotion and social sharing.
  • Provide strategic and administrative leadership of the Youth Advisory Board to ensure input from diverse youth is represented in the production of media and curriculum content for students.
  • Partner on the creation of Youth Media Challenges, challenge curriculum and other learning resources to help ensure that resulting youth media meets the needs and desires of our distribution partners. 
  • Supervise the Youth Media Specialist
  • Represent KQED Education at public events - both in-person and online. 
  • Support the development of and execution of marketing, product and content strategies to promote the use of and engagement with KQED Learn and youth media content.
  • Support and manage key youth media focused partnerships to advance the work of KQED Education.
  • Seek to engage extra-curricular media arts programs with KQED youth media efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge/Experience Required:

  • Demonstrated experience producing media content for broadcast and/or online distribution.
  • Experience developing and leading media making activities to support the learning of young people. Comfortable with youth culture and engaging both youth and educator audiences.
  • Experience leading and facilitating workshops, trainings, or other experiences supporting learners. 
  • Demonstrated experience managing projects with multiple stakeholders. 
  • Experience with staff supervision.
  • Demonstrated success in partnership development.
  • Experience employing evaluation data and other data sources for programmatic improvement
  • Accomplished in developing and deploying online outreach and social media engagement strategies.
  • Self-starter, collaborative colleague, service-oriented.
  • Excellent oral, written and presentation skills, effective at communicating in diverse environments.
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills and follow-through capabilities.
  • Commitment to educational equity and authentic youth civic engagement. 


Let us tell you more about our benefits:

Whether you’re single, married, have children, are in a domestic partnership or anything in between, we have you covered. Employees at KQED enjoy a family-friendly workplace offering 20 days of paid time off, 11 paid holidays, paid parental leave, family medical leave benefits, comprehensive health/vision/dental and commuter benefits as well as a 403(b) plan. KQED encourages diversity, openness and offers training to support personal and professional development. In addition, we are proud to offer Employee Resource Groups, wellness programs as well as free KQED membership.

The mission that drives us:

KQED is for everyone who wants to be more.    

Our television, radio, digital media, and educational services change lives for the better and help individuals and communities achieve their full potential.

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media.    

We provide people with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone and engage audiences to share their stories. We help students and teachers thrive in 21st-century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration- exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

We celebrate diversity, embrace innovation, value lifelong learning and partner with those who share our passion for public services.



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