Temporary Manager, Contracts & Business Operations

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About StoryCorps:
StoryCorps was founded in 2003 with a mission to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Over the past 14 years, we have provided an estimated 400,000 people from across the U.S. with powerful opportunities to record interviews about their lives, pass wisdom from one generation to the next, and leave a legacy for future generations in our archive at the Library of Congress. Select interviews are edited for weekly broadcast on NPR’s Morning Edition and/or inclusion in our animations and podcasts. Together, these reach a broad national audience of tens-of-millions on public and digital media. All StoryCorps activities, from the delivery of our interview service, to our archive, to the creation and distribution of our produced content, are carried out with an unwavering commitment to excellence and the inclusion of underrepresented populations. Over the years, we have partnered with thousands of community organization from across the country to provide our interview service to their constituents. By collection, preserving, and broadly disseminating authentic voices from diverse participants across the U.S., StoryCorps promotes a deeper understanding – both historic and contemporary – of the many communities that constitute our nation. Our work has been widely recognized with several George Foster Peabody Awards, A MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, the 2015 TED Prize, and a 2016 Emmy award for our animation, “Traffic Stop.”

Position Overview:

Together with the Director, Legal Affairs & Operations, the Temporary Manager, Contracts & Business Operations is responsible for all aspects of contract management and administration for StoryCorps.

Under the direction of the Director, Legal Affairs & Operations, the Temporary Manager, Contracts & Business Operations will implement an effective document management system for the organization’s contracts. The position will then be responsible for ensuring that current and past contracts are entered into this system, including tracking the termination dates of contracts to ensure agreements are renewed, as needed. The position will also be responsible for reviewing contracts as assigned, with a focus on consultant and service agreements for StoryCorps’ projects. The position will review contract modifications made by third parties, evaluate and approve or reject the changes, and draft alternative language. The Temporary Manager will work interdepartmentally and with external parties, supporting the legal needs of the organization and will explain the legal issues which must be considered in making organizational decisions.

The Temporary Manager, Contracts & Business Operations will also support the business operations of the organization, as assigned. Specific duties may include (but are not limited to) maintaining department records, filing insurance applications and claims, or sorting and delivering office mail.

The position requires discretion and the ability to maintain confidentiality for proprietary information, as appropriate. The ideal candidate will be extremely detail-oriented, organized, and efficient, with strong interpersonal skills. This person must be a proactive problem solver, with strong analytical and writing skills.

StoryCorps records, shares, and preserves stories from a diverse range of American voices — from our Griot Initiative to preserve stories of African Americans, to our Historias Initiative to collect the experiences of Latinos. We seek to recruit and develop a staff whose diversity matches the diversity of the communities we serve, and strongly encourage applications from people of color and the LGBTQ community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Set up an acquisition process to track contracts, and develop procedures for the submission of requests from internal departments
Ensure the accuracy and integrity of data within the contracts filing system
Work directly with partners, consultants, and vendors to negotiate terms of agreements, as assigned
Review and finalize vendor contracts, independent consulting agreements, and other contracts, as assigned
Ensure internal departments are aware of the legal obligations as represented in the signed agreements
Respond to and manage requests made by the public to use StoryCorps’ content
Work interdepartmentally to address the contract needs of each department (e.g. updating templates and term sheets)
Assist with office management and business operations duties, as assigned — for example, filing insurance applications and claims, submitting payment requests to Finance, sorting and delivering mail, or maintaining and filing department records
Perform other duties to support the Legal Affairs & Operations department, as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, and Qualifications:


Bachelor’s degree
A minimum of 3 years of relevant full-time work experience
Previous experience reviewing, editing, drafting and negotiating legal agreements with third parties, or equivalent legal education
Demonstrated understanding of standard contract and licensing and distribution terms
Strong organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail
Ability to handle proprietary and sensitive matters with discretion
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Demonstrated analytical skills and problem-solving ability
Ability to manage and prioritize simultaneous responsibilities
Resourceful self-starter with curiosity and desire to learn
Strong computer skills, with proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
Ability to form and maintain strong relationships with internal and external customers
Ability to be flexible and adaptable in order to contribute to problem-solving activities within a growing, changing organization
Proven ability to work in a demanding, diverse environment, across multiple tiers and levels of an organization
Cultural competence and the ability to work successfully with diverse groups of people

J.D. or a Master’s Degree in a related field
A minimum of 2 years of professional experience in contract negotiation, administration and/or management (strongly preferred)
Familiarity with licensing rights and clearances
Excellent database management skills, and proficiency in a contract management system
Proficiency on a Mac platform

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to employment@storycorps.org  and include your last name and the position title in the subject line: for example, “Jones – Temporary Manager, Contracts & Business Operations” 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.

To apply for this job email your details to employment@storycorps.org