Facilitators are the “Corps” of StoryCorps. As the public face of the organization, Facilitators work to carry out our mission by creating a space for participants to feel welcome and comfortable while conducting their interviews with one another. Facilitators also ensure a high-quality audio recording and perform data-basing activities so that the interview can be preserved and is searchable in our digital interview archive – however, minimal prior technical experience is required! StoryCorps provides Facilitators with training from experts in recording, archiving, and audio production.
National Facilitators primarily record for our Custom Services Department, facilitating interviews under a “Fee-for-Service” model in which partner organizations fund recording visits. These partners range from community organizations like libraries and museums to larger corporate partnerships.
Additionally, National Facilitators record for our grant-funded programs and initiatives as well as other recordings, including: special interviews for friends of StoryCorps including Board members, current/potential donors, high-stakes partnerships, and others, as well as cherry-picked Production style conversations.
National Facilitators occasionally accompany our Community Training team to partner organizations and teach volunteers on how to facilitate StoryCorps style interviews.
The National Facilitator position operates out of our central office in Brooklyn, NY and requires roughly 60% travel, with trips potentially ranging from three days to one week at a time. As a National Facilitator, you must be willing to have a flexible travel schedule and be able to adjust plans based on recording requests – including last-minute requests.
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 also seek to recruit and develop a staff whose diversity matches the diversity of the communities we serve, and we strongly encourage applications from people of color and the LGBTQ community.
Term of Employment: April 9, 2020 - TBD, April 2022
Application Deadline: January 22, 2020
WHAT YOU’LL DO
- Travel nationwide to partner sites (organizations, groups, and institutions), recording StoryCorps interviews with participants
- Welcome participants and guide them through the interview experience
- Professionally represent StoryCorps to the public and actively promote the StoryCorps mission
- Facilitate conversations between strangers with opposing political and social views as they participate in interviews for the One Small Step initiative
- Interview solo participants
- Handle all technical aspects of the recording process
- Ensure the preservation of every interview by performing data entry and archival processing tasks
- Identify tape from interviews to be considered for broadcast
- Coordinate and plan 4 NYC-based local “outreach” recording days per year
- Perform other duties to support the Interview Collection department and StoryCorps, as assigned
- You have a high school diploma or equivalency plus 3 years of professional experience, OR college degree plus 1 year of professional work experience.
- You are excited at the opportunity for extensive travel (sometimes on short notice) and able to work evenings and weekends.
- You have a valid driver’s license.
- You communicate effectively by email, phone, or in person.
- You’re organized, have keen attention to detail, and you’re able to multi-task effectively.
- You have strong problem-solving skills
- You are comfortable with learning and working with new technical equipment (e.g., audio recording equipment, editing software, databases, digital cameras).
- You are no stranger to providing excellent customer service to everyone.
- You love working closely with a team and feel comfortable with resolving conflict.
- You are flexible and adaptable to a growing, changing organization
PREFERRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
- You are fluent in a second language.
- You’ve worked in a nonprofit environment.
- You have at least one year of experience working with diverse communities in a volunteer or professional setting.
- You have experience conducting community outreach and engagement with Latino, Black/African American, Asian American, and/or LGBTQIA communities (strongly preferred).
- You have a familiarity with audio recording equipment.
- Approximately two-three times a month, Facilitators transport a bag (25 lbs) and a Field Recording Kit (50 lbs, on wheels) to recording sites. Facilitators regularly travel via airplane and train and will need to transport and lift the equipment into overhead bins, along with managing their own luggage.
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Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
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.