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Family Engagement Specialist - WGVU (Adjunct)

This position will be responsible for coordinating WGVU’s education and family engagement efforts associated with young children and their parents/caregivers/families. Working within the WGVU broadcast area, this position builds relationships and promotes WGVU, PBS, NPR, and Michigan Learning Channel (MLC) programming and resources, while working in partnership with local early childhood programs and organizations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Build partnerships with WGVU viewing area organizations and programs that serve young children and families. Leverage and support WGVU-based education content, resources, and curriculum-based support materials from Michigan Learning Channel (MLC), PBS Children’s Media and Education (CME), and other public media programs and resources while additionally coordinating opportunities to build out new content areas that are important to early childhood stakeholders and families.
  • Coordinate, compose, and execute communications to families within the station’s viewing area about programming, digital resources, special events, and workshops. Create and execute promotional materials targeted toward parents/caregivers of young children for on-air messaging, social media messaging, and more. Collect testimonials and best practices on how families and educators are using WGVU, MLC, and PBS resources and assets.
  • Propose, plan, and execute family playgroups, parent workshops, special events, and other opportunities that include the usage of WGVU Education assets for families and young children. Coordinate, plan, and align resources, activities, and events with locally important events and opportunities tied to specialized audiences in conjunction with PBS, CME, MLC, and WGVU Education promotional campaigns.
  • Participate in the development, coordination, planning, and implementation of WGVU Education programming and content, along with station work, including social media and weekly education newsletter content; webpage and blog content; PBS LearningMedia content projects; PreK-12 professional learning events; education and community events; WGVU and WGVU Education events; family engagement opportunities; proposals and grant work; and WGVU Education content, marketing, and promotion strategies.
  • Maintain current understanding of effective educational pedagogies and best practices; general knowledge of local, state, and national PreK-12 education issues/policies; EdTech trends, apps, platforms, and tools; and State of Michigan and National PreK-12 Academic Standards.
  • Support other WGVU projects, initiatives, and events, as assigned by leadership.
  • Perform other duties as required/assigned by leadership.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's or associate's degree in early childhood education, elementary or pre-elementary education, child development, social work, library sciences, child and family life, or related field.
  • Minimum of three to five (3-5) years of experience working with young children (birth to age 8) and families in:  Early Childhood or Elementary Education, Home Visiting, Family Engagement, Libraries, Recreation or Community-based Programs, or similar/related setting.
  • Family and community engagement experience.
  • Ability to manage time and resources effectively and complete tasks independently.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Ability to strategically manage multiple projects.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking.
  • Excellent organizational abilities with strong attention to detail.
  • Comfortable using digital/technological tools in virtual and in-person environments.
  • Commitment to WGVU’s vision of diversity, inclusion, and equity.
  • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, including some evenings and weekends.
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to work on location as needed.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Bilingual Skills (English and Spanish).
  • Experience with Microsoft Workplace Tools and Google for Education Tools.
  • Experience with Zoom or other Virtual Conferencing Platforms.
  • Licensed/certified in Michigan or NBCT.

Application Deadline:

Application review begins April 22. This post may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

WGVU Development Specialist

This key fundraising role is centered on engaging and maintaining relationships with major corporate and foundation donors. The successful candidate will oversee various sponsorships, including events and programs, and collaborate with others to develop innovative funding opportunities. Managing a portfolio of potential donors and fostering enduring partnerships are critical aspects of the position. Additionally, the role involves contributing to communication and material development efforts, ensuring alignment with the organization's overarching goals and values. Overall, this position plays a vital role in securing the necessary support to ensure the station's continued success.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Donor Engagement: Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major corporate and foundation donors to enhance financial support for WGVU Public Media.
  • Sponsorship Management: Actively oversee a diverse mix of philanthropic event and program sponsorships, including media underwriting.
  • Collaborative Funding Development: Work cross-functionally to create compelling funding opportunities for corporate and foundation donors through special events and program underwriting.
  • Prospect Portfolio Management: Develop and manage a robust portfolio and pipeline of corporate and foundation prospects.
  • Partnership Building: Proactively establish long-term partnerships and strengthen relationships within the corporate and foundation sectors.
  • Donor Relations: Meet with prospective and current donors, fostering excellent working relationships with current and potential supporters and colleagues.
  • Campaign Support: Contribute to the creation of case statements, talking points, and materials for campaigns and projects.
  • Proposal and Report Generation: Participate in crafting proposals, grant applications, and reports for corporations and foundations.
  • Team Collaboration: Work closely with WGVU philanthropy, marketing, education, and content creation teams to align initiatives with donor interests.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors' degree and two (2) years of related work experience.
  • Experience in non-profit fundraising, sponsorship, and event development.
  • Database and reporting software experience.
  • Experience working with members/donors and ability to identify a diverse donor prospect pool.
  • Experience with successfully coordinating large projects.
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work within a collaborative multiplatform culture and environment.
  • Ability to demonstrate professionalism, punctuality, and work self-sufficiently with little direction when required.
  • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, including some nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to work on location as needed.


  • Responsible for receptionist area including greeting guests, receiving calls using multi-line phone, and various departmental projects.
  • Hours are between 8A and 5P Monday through Friday.
  • Must be available to work during semester breaks.
  • Please include resume and course schedule/availability.
  • Currently $11.07/hour



If interested, please contact Hannah Frain at or by phone 616-331-6635.


Category: Internship Paid (Minimum Wage) / Hours: Flexible, 16 hours a week

Organization / Location: WGVU Public Media, 301 Fulton St. W Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504-6492 (8th Floor Eberhard Center, downtown Grand Rapids).

Virtual/remote options are available.

Contact Person: Vance Orr – Promotions Manager

Phone: (616) 331-6784 / E-mail:

Application Deadline: Revolving / Starting Date: Beginning of each semester (Including Summer).

Overview of Position: Designed to enable the intern to enhance their skills, pursue their interests and address the priorities of WGVU and the communities we serve. Learn all aspects of the promotional and design strategy. Gain hands-on experience working with community partners – and event logistics. Assist with or take the lead in: conducting market research, implementing best practices, and effective multiplatform communication/ marketing. Learn how to manage a promotional plan from start to finish. Help plan and implement community events and activities.

Qualifications: Self-starter, well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills,

good verbal and written communication skills, be able to work independently, ability to manage multiple projects at once. Knowledge of marketing basics, and design elements. Knowledge of public media is a plus. A sense of humor is a plus.

Preferred Computer Software:

  • MAC OS & PC OS
  • Microsoft office
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
    • Photoshop
    • Illustrator
    • InDesign
    • Premiere

*Internship may include on-location set up and tear down of events organized by the WGVU Marketing and Promotions Team.


If interested please contact Vance Orr III at or by phone at 616-331-6784.


Location: WGVU Public Media on the GVSU Pew Campus / Remote

Job Type: Part-time

Paid | Credit

Description: The ADA compliance intern will be responsible for making sure that the and are ADA compliant. This experience will give students an opportunity to learn more about the standards for WCAG 2.1. It will also provide unique opportunities for interns to get valuable hands-on experience in making CMS sites accessible to all users.


  • Making sure that images are properly Alt tagged
  • Ensuring that images and text on pages are high contrasted for visually impaired users
  • Creating and updating Site Maps
  • Audit the navigability of the website via keyboard.
  • Making sure that users are informed when being redirected to another page.


If interested please contact Vance Orr III at or by phone at 616-331-6784.


Organization/Department Name: WGVU Public Media 
Time Frame: Semester basis. A one-semester commitment is required. 
Start Date: Week 1 of each semester. 
Hours: Flexible, 15-25 hours/week 
Location: 820 Eberhard Center, Pew Campus 
Job Type: on-campus student employment (internship credit possible) 
Compensation: $10.37/hour 


As part of GVSU, WGVU Public Media provides PBS and NPR programming and community events for approximately 2.5 million people across West and Southwest Michigan. WGVU Education supports and engages our local educators, students, and families around equitable PreK-12 education outcomes. We work with intentionality in communities with our partners to develop sustainable relationships in an effort to authentically meet the needs of educators and families. 

Opportunities & Experiences for the Student 

The WGVU Education Internship is designed to enable GVSU students to develop and enhance skills within the fields of education and nonprofit under the guidance of WGVU’s experienced staff, supporting the intern in alignment with their own goals, interests, and passions around education. The Education Intern will be an active team member in addressing the education priorities of WGVU and the communities we serve, learning all aspects of the WGVU Education Program, including PBS, NPR, WGVU, and MLC education assets and resources. 

The Education Intern will gain hands-on experience in: 

  • Designing a large-scale education digital resource content project.
  • Building relationships while working with community partners and K-12 educators, parents, and students.
  • Managing, implementing, and promoting education programming.
  • Planning community engagement events.
  • Presenting educational content and resources.


To learn more about WGVU and its Education Program, visit and go to Education│Kids. 

Required Qualifications 

  • Education Major (or related field) or experience in K-12 education.
  • Understanding of digital classroom technology and curriculum standards.
  • Understanding of effective, equitable educational pedagogies and best practices.


Desired Qualifications 

  • Ability to strategically and effectively manage time and resources.
  • Ability to balance teamwork with independent work.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational abilities, strong attention to detail, and excellent follow-up skills.
  • Knowledge of public media is a plus!


Work Environment: Blended – in-person and virtual. 

Some projects take us off campus into a variety of conditions, including the outdoors. Occasional evening or weekend work may be required for special events. Please also note that some schools/programs/events may require us to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 


If interested please contact Kristyn Bomberg at or by phone at 616-331-6784.