Career Opportunity

Storyteller (Principal Consultant #1589)
Springfield Office
Lane 4 – Minimum Salary $3,946
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Open Until Filled

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is the state agency committed to partnering with communities to build excellent public schools for every child across the state.  We are committed to serving the whole child whereby whole schools, whole communities, and whole systems need to work in concert to support students' cognitive growth, social and emotional development, and physical well-being.  We have ambitious and necessary goals in our fight for equity across the state:

  • All kindergartners are assessed for readiness.
  • Ninety percent or more of third-grade students are reading at or above grade level.
  • Ninety percent or more of fifth-grade students meet or exceed expectations in mathematics.
  • Ninety percent or more of ninth-grade students are on track to graduate with their cohort.
  • Ninety percent or more of students graduate from high school ready for college and career.
  • All students are supported by highly prepared and effective teachers and school leaders.
  • Every school offers a safe and healthy learning environment for all students.

Imagine coming to work every day to tell positive stories of teachers, students, and parents who are doing incredible work to drive equity and change for each and every child. As a lead storyteller, this position lives at the intersection of policy and communications through finding, humanizing, and telling the stories of important work happening in classrooms around the state.

In conjunction with the communications and programmatic strategy, you will identify amazing personal stories and travel the state to build multi-media stories of these individuals and programs in service to educate the public and fellow school districts about the policies and programs ISBE drives.​

  • Serves as a lead storyteller connecting the positive real-world practices from schools and districts around the state of Illinois to show the impact of policy and programs.
  • Identifies top stories around the state that highlight best and/or promising practices occurring in schools and districts, building relationships and trust with districts to be able to tell that story.
  • Creates compelling, persuasive, relevant, and accurate communications content that will increase engagement with programmatic goals and build community support for ISBE programs.
  • Creates editorial calendar in conjunction with communications team and programmatic departments to launch stories strategically.
  • Utilizes education research and data to create a narrative and visualization that is accessible to the public.
  • Produces 5-15 stories per month (mix of long-form, short-form, multi-media) highlighting effective teaching and learning practices, student voice, teacher voice, family voice, and community voice that encourages peer-to-peer sharing of innovative practices.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.​
  • Bachelor's Degree plus two years of relevant professional experience.  (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)
  • Two years of experience (in addition to education requirements) in journalism, communications, professional writing, multi-media production, or other relevant field.
  • A keen eye for engaging stories that will connect human voices to policy objectives.
  • Understanding of story fundamentals (effective character, trajectory, hook, authenticity/details and calls-to-action).
  • Ability to collaborate with internal and external partners to coordinate and oversee the story collection, production, and distribution process.
  • Outstanding writer.
  • Excellent speaking skills.
  • Engaging interviewer with ability to build trust with story subjects (teachers, administrators, students, families, community members, etc.) and willing to search for appropriate stories. 
  • Independent worker with ability to drive strategy and production of stories.
  • Proven self-starter, action-oriented, has a positive attitude, and enjoys challenging work.
  • Ability to innovate and take responsibility.
  • Expertise with digital content and distribution.
  • Travel within the state.

  • Master's Degree.
  • Experience with education, teaching, or school districts.
  • Fluency in Spanish.​