We’re hiring: News Literacy Education Coordinator

January 18th, 2019 by CIVIX

CIVIX is seeking a motivated individual to join our team as News Literacy Education Coordinator. The successful applicant will be an energetic team player with a passion for education, and a keen desire to facilitate critical thinking about information in democracy.

The News Literacy Education Coordinator will support the Manager of News Literacy Programming and the CIVIX team in planning and carrying out the broad range of activities required to develop, share and evaluate a variety of tools with Canadian educators.

 

Background

CIVIX is Canada’s leading civic education charity dedicated to fostering the habits of active and engaged citizenship among young people. We work with teachers to provide authentic learning opportunities to help students practice their rights and responsibilities as citizens and connect with their democratic institutions. Rather than learn about civics and citizenship from a textbook, students experience it firsthand with real life events and issues.

CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets, elected representatives and news literacy. CIVIX also facilitates professional development opportunities for educators to improve their capacity and commitment to civic education.

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX. Coinciding with official elections, students learn about government and the electoral process, research the issues, parties and candidates, and participate in a parallel vote. The Student Vote results are shared publicly following the close of official polls.

In next year’s federal election, CIVIX is working towards 9,000 schools registering to participate in Student Vote, and more than 1.2 million students casting ballots in their schools. In addition, a focus on ‘fake news’ and disinformation will be integrated into the Student Vote program.

 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

Responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:

Resource Development & Content Creation

  • Participate in the development of resources to combat misinformation and support informed citizenship for students in Grades 5-12. Resources may include activities, teacher guides, lesson plans, videos and case studies.
  • Support communication with advisory groups in developing news literacy resources.

Outreach

  • Contribute to the design and execution of an outreach strategy to share the news literacy tools with teachers.
  • Contact schools by phone and email to encourage participation in Student Vote and the news literacy initiative, with particular emphasis on remote or underserved communities.

Teacher Support

  • Communicate with teachers to support implementation of news literacy activities in classrooms through email and phone support.
  • Support the implementation of the news literacy initiative through classroom presentations/visits.

Research

  • Monitor media for articles related to misinformation, compiling and reporting on most relevant instances.
  • Create and organize a bank of misinformation examples to draw from in the development of educational and communications materials.

Events

  • Assist with planning, execution, and follow-up for teacher capacity-building events across the country, including support for delivery of news literacy panels and workshops.

Evaluation and Reporting

  • Support the implementation of an evaluation plan, including the development and distribution of surveys, phone interviews and school visits.
  • Support the analysis of participation results, feedback from teachers and participant outcomes.

Organization/Admin

  • As required to support overall program goals.

 

SKILLS & CORE COMPETENCIES

  • Degree in Education, Communications, Journalism or related field
  • At least two years of relevant employment experience
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Superior organizational skills
  • Sound judgement and decision-making abilities
  • French fluency is an asset

 

CONTRACT DETAILS

This is a full time contract position to December 2019. 

 

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

The deadline to apply is February 4. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Cover letter, resume and two references for recent work experience to be submitted as a PDF e-mail attachment to jessica@civix.ca with News Literacy Education Coordinator in the subject line. No phone calls about the position can be accepted. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

CIVIX is committed to accessible recruiting, employment and retention practices, and individual accommodations can be provided upon request.

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