Media Literacy Training Coordinator

PEN America, a nonprofit organization that stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide, seeks an innovative, energetic, and highly organized training coordinator for a new national program to promote media literacy. This is a fixed-term position (December 2019-November 2020) based in New York City.

The Training Coordinator will implement PEN America’s Media Literacy Training Program, including outreach to host partners, design and production of events, budget monitoring, and overall management of logistics. The position will drive forward PEN America’s work on media literacy by expanding our engagement with diverse audiences in cities across the country in the lead-up to the November 2020 elections. It is an exciting opportunity that leverages PEN America’s media literacy curriculum, in-depth reports and research on disinformation and fraudulent news, a national membership of writers and journalists, and an emerging network of PEN America chapters in cities across the country.

This position will manage the planning and execution of multiple media literacy trainings in 10 cities that raise the visibility and priority of media literacy in the context of disinformation, the local news crisis, and other press freedom concerns. The role will also involve developing the infrastructure to implement and market the trainings, including communications tools, action plans, media contacts (with journalists, community activists, local libraries, independent bookstores, universities, and civic groups), and necessary equipment, that will allow PEN America to execute these trainings quickly and efficiently. The Media Literacy Program is led by PEN America’s Director of U.S. Free Expression Programs; this position will work in close collaboration with the director, an expert curriculum consultant, and the National Outreach Program Director, to whom they will report.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate commitment to the importance of media literacy and combatting fraudulent news and disinformation. The position requires proven experience in event production, outreach and partnership development, budget monitoring skills, and project management using a range of approaches and techniques. Experience in community outreach, organizing for social justice and/or issue-driven campaigns, managing complex logistics, an affinity for free expression advocacy, and significant measures of energy, organization, imagination, and determination are all important. The candidate should be a self-starter who is strategic, dynamic, resourceful, systematic, detail-oriented and results-focused, and has strong communication skills and ability to manage multiple competing duties to achieve significant results. A flexible, detail-oriented approach is crucial; the ideal candidate will have experience handling logistics for multiple projects and events, conducting extensive outreach to enlist participating organizations and their leaders and constituencies, seizing opportunities for audience recruitment, as well as developing and supporting relationships with new and diverse stakeholders.


  • Coordinate each training from start-to-finish including identifying venues, recruiting community partners, sharing resources and tailored curriculum materials, and leading audience development and community outreach efforts
  • Cultivate and engage a diverse range of local, community, cultural, and civic groups to participate in each training, and steward relationships with key stakeholders
  • Develop and implement a focused project management plan, including production timelines to help keep the team on track, on time, and on task 
  • Organize staff and consultant travel, accommodation, and itinerary production and dissemination 
  • Track expenditures and revenue against budget, as well as all grant deliverables and timelines
  • Create written and visual content for use on PEN America communications channels, local media outlets, and in-training materials
  • Utilize digital organizing techniques for communications, mobilization, and audience development
  • Support media literacy trainings on site as needed


  • A minimum of three years of relevant experience in event production, advocacy campaign management, and/or grassroots organizing
  • Demonstrated organizational and project management skills, with the ability to identify and innovatively meet the logistical needs of multiple, simultaneous events
  • Knowledge of media literacy, press freedom, and disinformation issues preferred
  • Familiarity with regions and/or communities outside New York City, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles
  • Strong writing, research, graphic design, and communication skills, including the ability to quickly create engaging content targeted toward specific audiences
  • Comfortable with public speaking and excellent presentation skills
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusiveness through proactive approaches
  • A zeal for outreach and activism, with the ability to draw in others for common enterprise
  • Energetic self-starter with the ability to think creatively and collaboratively, and the stamina and the ability to thrive in a fast-moving work environment
  • Spanish fluency a plus 
  • Ability to travel in the United States as needed (estimated at up to 25 percent)

Salary commensurate with experience and available grant-funded resources. PEN America offers competitive compensation and benefits.

To Apply:  Please submit a cover letter, resume, an unedited writing sample, and the contact information for three references. Please submit the entire application to [email protected] Please use “Media Literacy Training Coordinator” and your name as the subject of your email (for example, “Media Literacy Training Coordinator – Jane Doe”). Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

PEN America is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

No phone calls, please.