Posted On: July 13, 2015
Media Organization: StoryCorps
Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews with over 100,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to our weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and on our Listen pages.
StoryCorps’ mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives. We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters. At the same time, we are creating an invaluable archive for future generations.
StoryCorps is built on an uncompromising commitment to excellence throughout the organization that includes an intense focus on the collecting, sharing, and preserving of people’s stories; high-quality organizational management; and the care and support of an extraordinary work environment where respect and dignity are paramount.
The interview session is at the heart of StoryCorps. We treat participants with the utmost respect, care, and dignity.
StoryCorps maintains a relentless focus on serving a wide diversity of participants.
StoryCorps is a public service.
Interim Producer, Initiatives
Job Title: Interim Producer, Initiatives
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Reports To: Senior Producer, Initiatives & Internal Audio
Status: Full Time, Temporary (Immediately – December 31, 2015), Exempt
The Producer works with the Senior Producer, Initiatives & Internal Audio and the rest of the Production Department to produce content related to StoryCorps’ initiatives, to air regularly on NPR. The Producer also creates other audio content to promote the project, including promos and edited segments for internal and external use. Producers also assist in the creation of production schedules and broadcast plans, research, pitch, and record StoryCorps interviews, and manage and prioritize tape coming in through various StoryCorps recording sites. Producers are also responsible for editing staff and interns.
StoryCorps tells stories from an inclusive range of American voices – with programs and initiatives including OutLoud, an initiative that collects the voices of the LGBTQ community, StoryCorps Griot to preserve stories of African Americans, StoryCorps Historias to collect the experiences of Latinos, and our National Teachers Initiative and Military Voices Initiative, focused on stories of America’s teachers and post-9/11 military, respectively. Candidates with knowledge of the histories and cultures of diverse communities are encouraged to apply.
Experience producing content representative of diverse voices, for diverse audiences, is strongly preferred. Familiarity with post-9/11 veteran and military topics, issues and content is preferred. Familiarity with the LGBTQ community and LGBTQ-related topics, issues and content is also preferred.
The Interim Producer, Initiatives position has an end date of December 31, 2015.
Excellent benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, Flexible Spending Account, 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan, Employee Assistance Plan, TransitCheks, and paid time off (vacation, sick leave, personal days, and holidays).
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Produce stories for StoryCorps’ national initiative-related broadcasts on NPR, including fact checking and writing host copy
Produce other content as necessary, including promos and other edited segments for external or internal use by the organization
Train and edit staff and interns
Research, pitch, and record StoryCorps interviews for potential production use
Identify and track tape for potential production use from recording booths
Provide department with production and administrative support
Serve as an active, engaged member of the StoryCorps Production department, including participation in regular departmental meetings and interdepartmental project teams
Actively work to ensure that a diversity of stories and participants are selected for production, and that our content is relevant and accessible to diverse audiences
Perform other duties to support the production department, as assigned
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND QUALIFICATIONS
Minimum 3 years of work experience in producing audio for broadcast and the web
Demonstrated expertise in non-linear, narrative, digital editing, including mixing music and audio
Demonstrated research skills and journalistic instinct
Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
Demonstrated experience working as part of a team in a deadline-oriented, fast-paced environment
Willingness and ability to travel nationally, at minimum 4 times per year
Ability to be flexible and adaptable in order to contribute to problem-solving activities within a growing, changing organization
Cultural competence/humility and the ability to work successfully with diverse groups of people
Belief and interest in the mission of StoryCorps
Experience producing for a national audience; a history of producing narratorless stories is also a plus
Experience producing content representative of diverse voices, for diverse audiences (strongly preferred)
Experience and familiarity with post 9/11 veteran and military-related topics, issues and content
Experience and familiarity with the LGBTQ community and LGBTQ-related topics, issues and content
Experience editing with ProTools
Fluency in a language other than English; Spanish language fluency strongly preferred
To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and work samples to email@example.com and include your last name and “Interim Producer, Initiatives” in the subject line. Include your cover letter, resume, and work samples as attachments entitled “YourNameLetter” and “YourNameResume” and “YourNameWorkSamples.”
Applications will not be reviewed unless at least one work sample is received. In your cover letter, please tell us how you found out about this opportunity and whether you have applied for a position at StoryCorps in the past. The position will remain open until filled; please apply early. No calls please.
StoryCorps seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.
All positions at StoryCorps are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.