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Director of Learning and Education

Fred Rogers Productions
Pittsburgh, PA
  • Expired: June 07, 2022. Applications are no longer accepted.

Fred Rogers Productions (FRP) is looking for aDirector of Learning and Education toadvise and collaborate with multiple departments across the organization - including production, marketing, communications, station & community outreach, fundraising, and licensing - to realize our educational mission for children and families. This is a full-time position with benefits.

Under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer, theDirector of Learning and Educationwillserve as a consulting thought-partner with production executives, content consultants, community outreach managers, communications and marketing professionals, grant writers, and licensing experts to integrate child development theory and learning theory into project outputs: video content, analog and digital games, formative and summative research, educational resources, at-home learning resources, hands-on activities, and funding proposals.

Candidates for this position must have strong experience in early childhood and elementary educational theory and practice and a demonstrated ability to apply that knowledge to creative content development, educational resources, and strategic communication that are grounded in child development theory.

Working from FRP's Pittsburgh office is strongly preferred, but not required. Relocation assistance will be provided if needed.

This individual must be willing to follow CDC-established guidelines and company policies to prevent and limit the exposure of COVID-19. FRP has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy, subject to exemptions.


Bring expertise in early childhood and elementary education theory and practice into multidisciplinary approaches rooted in media, in collaboration with senior staff, assessing appropriateness for show content, learning resources, activities, and strategic communication.

Production-Related Work (estimated at approximately 65-70% of responsibilities)

  • Act as advisor on new content development.
  • Work with production teams to engage subject matter experts as needed.
  • Work with production teams to identify needs and opportunities for research/evaluation.
  • Source and manage small group formative research studies for FRP series, as needed.
  • Source and manage external partners/contractors to conduct research to assess learning outputs and outcomes for FRP series, as needed.
  • Work with digital production team to do playtesting of games and activities in development.
  • Present at conferences and to professional groups about learning goals of FRP's programs.
  • Actively seek opportunities to encourage academic interest in advising on children's media, especially among scholars from diverse backgrounds.

Marketing, Communication & Engagement-Related Work (estimated at approximately 20-25% of responsibilities)

  • Advise on marketing and communications efforts with attention to spotlighting educational effectiveness and impact for the intended audience through promotion, public relations, and social media.
  • Represent FRP's educational approach in press interviews on occasion.
  • Work with community engagement team to support the development of supplemental content, such as downloadable hands-on activities and lesson plans, for children, parents, and educators.
  • Develop and implement plans to define and measure the impact of educational initiatives beyond broadcast with a primary focus on the needs of children, families, and communities.

Fundraising and Licensing-Related Work (estimated at approximately 10-15% of responsibilities)

  • Provide educational advice and review of grant proposals, sponsorship messages, and licensing and merchandising materials and occasionally present FRP's educational approach to content in key stakeholder meetings.
  • Conduct literature reviews for proposal development, executive staff speaking engagements, marketing events, or other needs.
  • Support CEO and senior team on organization-wide initiatives, as appropriate.


  • Bachelor's degree in child development, education, media research, or related field or equivalent work experience.
  • Understanding of key issues in the fields of children's media and technology as well as early childhood and elementary education from academic research and practice/industry perspectives.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills for academic and lay, non-specialized audiences.
  • Experience translating research and complex concepts for non-expert audiences.
  • Ability to work independently and autonomously, but also function well in a collaborative team setting, working across functions and different types of people.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment and produce high-quality results.
  • Willingness to "roll up your sleeves" to support nonprofit mission and core values.
  • Excellent attention to detail. Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to think analytically and synthesize vast amounts of information.
  • Commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion priorities within the organization.
  • Strong computer skills: Microsoft Office Suite - Outlook, Word, Excel, OneDrive, Teams, the Adobe Creative Suite, and social media platforms.
  • Patience, empathy, flexibility, and kindness.


  • Master's degree in child development, education, media research, or related field or equivalent work experience.
  • 5+ years related experience
  • Experience managing formal or informal education research studies with children, parents, caregivers, and/or educators.
  • Experience advising or developing educational media resources (e.g., developing curriculum frameworks, co-viewing guides, reviewing scripts).


Fred Rogers founded the company in 1971 as the non-profit producer of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood for PBS. In the years that followed, it not only created hundreds of episodes of this much-loved program but also extended Fred's values and approach to other efforts in promoting children's social, emotional, and behavioral health and supporting parents, caregivers, teachers, and other professionals in their work with children. Fred Rogers Productions continues to build on Fred's legacy in innovative ways through a wide variety of media and engage new generations of children and families with his timeless wisdom. The company's highly rated, award-winning children's series include Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Donkey Hodie, Alma's Way, Peg + Cat, Odd Squad, and Through the Woods.

At Fred Rogers Productions, we believe kids come first, now, and always. We connect with them through shows that are fun, relatable, and put their social and emotional learning front and center. That's how we've earned the trust of parents, caregivers, and teachers.

We bring our one-of-a-kind expertise in early childhood development to partnerships with talented creators, writers, illustrators, animators, and producers. Together, we create shows that foster a natural enthusiasm for learning and that make kids smile while they learn big life lessons. And we are always exploring how to make the most of new ways for kids to watch and play. For more information, visitwww.fredrogers.orgor follow us onTwitter,Facebook,LinkedInandInstagram.

Non-Discrimination Statement:

We embrace our differences and encourage employees to highlight differences in their work products and within our overall workplace. We believe that everyone has the right to work in an empathetic environment that promotes equal employment opportunities. FRP strictly prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, genetics, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, or military status in any of our operations.

EEO Statement:

Fred Rogers Productions is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions shall be based on merit, qualifications, and competence. Employment practices shall not be influenced or affected by a person's race, color, genetics, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, military status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including, without limitation, recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, promotion, assignment, and dismissal. It is also our policy to provide an environment free of unlawful harassment of any kind, including, without limitation, sexual, racial, age-related, disability-related, or ethnic background-related.

Employment Type: FULL_TIME

Fred Rogers Productions


Pittsburgh, PA
15203 USA



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