Full-Time: Distribution and Partnerships Manager

  • Full Time
  • Education
  • Mid Level

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 elevates diverse youth voices by developing their ability to analyze and evaluate information sources, create media that powerfully communicates their ideas, and share their unique voices with a broad public media audience so that they experience being part of the public conversation and gain readiness for civic life.. 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 Distribution and Partnerships Manager contributes to this effort in three primary ways:

  • Engaging and managing relationships with districts and schools in the Bay Area, leading to the adoption and implementation of KQED resources. 
  • Managing KQED Education’s content distribution partnerships.
  • Partnering with the Youth Media Program Manager on outreach and distribution efforts to support public media stations around the country sharing content from KQED Youth Media Challenges. 

This role will be hybrid between working in KQED's newly renovated headquarters and working remotely. KQED requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or to provide documentation of a need for exemption.

One of our core values at KQED is that we are better together, and that we commit to learning, growing, and holding ourselves accountable. We value the contributions of marginalized people in society — including Black, Indigenous, and all people of color,  people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ people — and we believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do, and we strongly encourage members of these communities to apply.


Responsibilities and Duties: 

Manage relationships with Bay Area education agencies

Work with Bay Area school districts to roll out and implement PBS Media Literacy Certification and related professional development.  

  • Work with partners to determine needs and deliver custom plans for integration of KQED resources.
  • Coordinate with the Education content team to deliver professional development for educators.
  • Work with Product Marketing Manager to identify schools and districts using KQED products for outreach and potential partnership opportunities.
  • Report on usage metrics of teachers in partner districts and work with the Associate Director of Impact to identify trends and opportunities for improvement and share findings with internal and external stakeholders on a regular basis.
  • Regularly communicate with program managers at school or district sites to understand challenges to adoption and usage of our tools, emerging trends, and how we can improve the effectiveness of program implementation.
  • Serve as the main KQED point of contact for all Bay Area education agencies.

Manage Content Distribution Partnerships

  • Publish and manage KQED Education content on PBS LearningMedia
  • Manage, maintain and nurture relationships with existing distribution partners and support the distribution and promotion of our content on their platforms.
  • Support the identification, cultivation and execution of new partnerships to expand the reach of KQED Education content.
  • Serve as part of the core team responsible for developing and implementing partnership strategy and evaluating the effectiveness of our distribution efforts.

Manage Youth Media public media station partnerships

  • Lead outreach and engagement related to Youth Media Challenges for stations. 
  • Communicate with stations about local Youth Media Challenge submissions

Other Job Functions:

  • Works effectively as an individual and team member, and collaborates with KQED Education staff and other KQED departments.
  • Performs other essential duties as assigned.
  • Represents KQED at local and regional events, as needed.


Credentials/Education Required:

  • BA in Communication, Business, Marketing or related field. 


Knowledge/Experience Required:

  • Demonstrated success in partnership development, cultivating prospects, communicating regularly with existing partners and identifying additional opportunities.
  • Experience managing projects, taking them from inception through completion. 
  • Experience with the sales lifecycle: prospecting, nurturing, closing sales and account management.
  • Ability to track results, analyze information and communicate findings effectively using spreadsheets, presentation tools, etc.
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills, follow-through capabilities and personal accountability for performance.
  • Skilled in working with databases, spreadsheets, word-processing, and online collaboration tools.
  • Excellent oral and written communication as well as presentation skills in diverse environments.
  • Ability to work effectively with colleagues and other organizations.
  • Commitment to educational equity for all students.

Preferred Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience working with school administrations or across multiple organizations.
  • Experience working with Asana or other project management tools.
  • Experience working with CMS, LMS or other database systems.


  • 2-4 trips a year to support conferences or events.  
  • Local travel within 100 miles required.


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 paid time off, 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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