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Hive® Education Program Coordinator / Instructor

Posted: February 21, 2024

88.5 WFDD, North Carolina’s charter NPR affiliate station, has a mission to “inform, connect, educate, and inspire.” As part of that mission, the station has a successful and award-winning education initiative, which provides students the tools and the vehicle to share their voice and tell their story. WFDD seeks a Coordinator for its Hive® Education Program to oversee all aspects of WFDD’s education initiatives, including Radio 101, Radio Camp, and Radio Camp for Grown-Ups. Primary responsibilities include instruction in the use of audio editing software, audio recording equipment, and audio storytelling techniques. The ideal candidate will be an energetic go-getter with a passion for the medium of audio storytelling and public broadcasting and the desire to share that passion with young people.


Job Description

Essential Functions:

  • Teaches WFDD’s Radio 101 high school program, an Honors-level course for credit at Reynolds High School, and an after-school options for students from other schools and districts, with a goal of producing meaningful content suitable for broadcast on air and online. Pitches select student stories to national distributors for broadcast. Uploads student stories to Public Radio Exchange (PRX) for distribution to other public radio stations. Tasks include lesson-planning, student assessment, parent communication, development and enforcement of classroom rules, classroom instruction and small group or one-on-one guidance.
  • Coordinates and teaches four to five weeks of WFDD Radio Camp for middle school aged students. Plans and prepares for the camps and then facilitates, using an already-established curriculum. Responsibilities include booking and confirming interviews, collecting required forms when necessary, communicating with parents/guardians, greets campers upon arrival and remains until all campers are picked up each day by designated guardian, other logistic preparation. Oversees photographic documentation of each week of camp. Leads a presentation to parents on the final day of camp, showcasing camper stories.
  • Leads Radio 101 “pocket editions” (a compact version of Radio 101) in selected partner schools, as scheduled and coordinated, following an established curriculum.
  • Teaches students how to record and edit audio using Adobe Audition or other commonly used audio-editing software. Teaches proper microphone and recording techniques, how to prepare interview questions, research interview subjects, write for broadcast and web, and produce final stories. Instructs students in a variety of audio storytelling styles, including cut-and-copy, personal reflection, and vox pop. Guides students through the production of broadcast-quality audio and the composition of web versions of stories.
  • Prepares and uploads final stories to WFDD website in a timely manner, to include audio, photo, headline, and a brief summary.
  • Plans and leads WFDD’s Radio Camp for Grown-Ups, following an established curriculum.
  • Seeks partnerships with other educational institutions, such as high schools, libraries, etc., in an effort to expand the program.


Other Functions:

  • Communicates with administrative staff at partner schools and off-site locations.
  • Coordinates assistance from WFDD staff members for guest instruction shifts.
  • Schedules studio/office space for camper or student interviews.
  • Records story narration to introduce camper stories on air.
  • Maintains accountability for all equipment in use by students.
  • Maintains clear documentation of all education program photography, audio, rights, procedures, and events.
  • Promotes education program, utilizing broadcast and social media.
  • Brainstorms future education program projects.


Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Communications or Education.
  • NC Teaching License, or willingness to pursue license and certification with provided on-the-job training.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Passion for and understanding of the medium of audio storytelling/interview techniques.
  • Enthusiasm for working with and teaching young people.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in audio editing software such as Adobe Audition, and presentation software such as PowerPoint, Keynote, Google Slides, or Prezi.
  • Comfortable working with online tools and social media.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • Conscientious, responsible.
  • Very organized and detail-oriented.
  • Mission-driven with a strong orientation toward customer service.
  • Initiative and ability to work independently, with minimal oversight.
  • Energetic, with an ability to work well with others.
  • Valid Driver’s License.


Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Experience working with middle school and high school students, with a high degree of patience.
  • Experience with classroom instruction.
  • Knowledge of Content Management Systems.
  • Ability to learn quickly.
  • Proficiency in Spanish a plus.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism.



  • Responsible for own work.
  • Manage student assistants.
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