Become a JLI Educator

Looking to contribute to the next generation of communicators? The Journalistic Learning Initiative (JLI) seeks recent media and journalism school graduates to fill various co-educator positions in Oregon and California middle and high schools. Anyone interested in scholastic journalism and media education is encouraged to apply.

Position Summary

JLI Educators are responsible for supervising the implementation of JLI curricula in participating public, charter, and private schools. As classroom associates, educators provide knowledge of journalistic methods, technical expertise, and an enthusiasm for media. They share responsibility for creating a positive learning environment that inspires student engagement in nonfiction research, reading, writing, and visual communication through a journalistic lens.
JLI Educators typically visit their assigned classroom(s) on a weekly basis to facilitate lessons on media literacy and digital production alongside host teachers. Using pre-existing JLI curricula, educators adapt lessons to fit the needs and interests of participating classes.

Responsibilities include: lesson planning with teachers; leading lessons, discussions, and activities; developing worksheets and other classroom materials; mentoring and coaching students; and supervising the production of a website or media project. Throughout the school year, educators will also be responsible for participating in virtual support sessions facilitated by the JLI program.


Successful JLI Educator candidates should possess the following qualifications:

• A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Journalism, Communication Studies, Media Production, Education, or a related field

• At least one year of experience working in a college or professional newsroom

• Some experience working with children or teens in an instructional setting

Proficiency in one of the following areas: social media strategy, web design/development, graphic design, video production, or photography

• Strong writing and communication skills

• An enthusiastic classroom presence and ability to motivate learning

• Problem-solving and conflict resolution skills

• Superior organizational skills and an ability to work independently with little supervision

• Basic knowledge of computer systems

• Must pass a DHS Criminal Background Check

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

• Spanish-speaking

• Experience working with children with learning difficulties

Time Commitment

JLI Educators must be available during the entirety of the Portland or Los Angeles public school year, excluding breaks (approximately September 5, 2017 to June 12, 2018).

• JLI Educators are expected to work 15-20 hours per week.

The JLI Educator Institute will be held in Portland, Oregon from August 13-17, 2017. The first session begins Sunday, August 13 and runs from 10am-5pm. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday sessions run from 9am-6pm. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.

• JLI Educators are responsible for securing housing and making travel arrangements during this time period.

The Journalistic Learning Initiative was formed by a team distinguished educators with vast experience in curriculum development.
Application Procedure

• To apply, complete the JLI Educator application form and send a resume, cover letter, and list of three references whom we may contact to:

• Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis

• Positions remain open until filled


• JLI Educator Institute Stipend: $1,000 (lump-sum)

• JLI Educators will be placed at a school site for an academic year (9 month appointment), where they will work 15-20 hours per week under Independent Contractor Status. Compensation is dependent on site locale, but typically ranges from $1,200-$2,200 per month.

• Fall 2017 site locations: Eugene, OR; Portland, OR; and Los Angeles, CA

• City placements determined upon hire