Founded in 2003 by MacArthur Fellow Dave Isay, StoryCorps has given more than 400,000 people the chance to record interviews about their lives, pass wisdom from one generation to the next, and leave a legacy for the future. StoryCorps shares edited excerpts of these interviews through popular weekly NPR broadcasts, animated shorts, digital platforms, and bestselling books. 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.
StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Since 2003, over 100,000 participants have visited StoryCorps to record a 40-minute conversation with a loved one. To date, StoryCorps has collected over 60,000 stories from across the country, creating the largest oral history archive ever recorded.
The StoryCorps Production department takes those full conversations and shapes them into 2-3 minute, highly crafted stories for our Peabody award-winning weekly broadcast series on NPR and for our weekly podcast.
The Production Assistant provides editorial support to the department. The PA works directly with tape, editing first cuts of interviews for potential broadcast. The PA also researches and pitches stories, facilitates interviews, and produces audio for internal organizational use. The PA has a hand in each step of the production process, from story inception to final digital presentation.
The Production Assistant also provides administrative and technical support to the department. The PA trains and supervises 2 departmental interns and trains facilitators on production processes. The PA also tracks interview materials and maintains the production archive and key departmental reports.
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.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Editorial Responsibilities (60%)
- Edit StoryCorps interviews from all tiers of service using ProTools
- Research, pitch, and record StoryCorps interviews at booths and in the field for potential production use
- Produce promos and other internal audio to support StoryCorps departments and radio partners
- Conduct fact-checking for broadcast series as needed
- Research, acquire, and edit photos for broadcast stories
- Draft and design web posts for digital story presentation as needed
- Facilitate Production interviews both locally and nationally
Administrative and Technical Responsibilities (40%)
- Provide general administrative and technical support to Production team
- Train and supervise Production interns, as assigned
- Train facilitators on Production best practices and processes
- Track production-worthy interview materials from tiers of service
- Support ongoing maintenance of department reports
- Manage weekly backup of StoryCorps content and maintain Production department broadcast archive
- Perform other tasks to support the Production function, as assigned
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
- 1-2 years experience in an editorial environment
- Bachelor’s degree
- Strong teamwork skills
- Working knowledge of ProTools or a similar digital audio editing program
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office word processing, spreadsheet, email, and Adobe Photoshop
- Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
- Solid organization skills, multi-tasking ability, and attention to detail
- Ability to be flexible and adaptable in order to contribute to problem-solving activities within a growing, changing organization
- Cultural competence and the ability to work successfully with diverse groups of people
- Ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline without sacrificing attention to detail
- Ability to work independently and effectively collaborate with a team
- Proficiency on a Mac platform
- Basic skills or fluency in a language other than English (Spanish strongly preferred)
HOW TO APPLY
To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your last name and the position title in the subject line: for example, “Jones – Production Assistant” Include your cover letter and resume as attachments titled “YourNameLetter” and “YourNameResume.” 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.
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.
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