Facilitators are the “Corps” in StoryCorps. They are the public face of the organization and work to carry out our mission. StoryCorps National is one of our most portable and flexible methods for recording interviews, with National Facilitators constantly traveling across the country to record conversations. By recording on location, in partnership with organizations, groups, and institutions nationwide, we are able to expand the reach and accessibility of StoryCorps.
The Facilitators welcome participants to the recording site, orient them to the interview process, handle the technical and administrative aspects of recordings, and make the StoryCorps experience a positive one for participants and partners. This role is a customer service-oriented role set in a recording environment.
The National team primarily records 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. This role frequently records “VIP” style interviews for potential or current major funders and with for-profit businesses.
National also records for our grant-funded programs, currently the Military Voices Initiative (MVI), recording stories of veterans, and One Small Step (OSS). One Small Step is StoryCorps’ newest initiative, facilitating personal conversations between strangers who hold opposite political views. The ideal candidate is willing and interested in working on this new and evolving project.
Facilitators listen carefully and guide participants during interviews, log content,
and assume the role of interviewer when a participant comes alone. Facilitators are responsible for data entry, archival activities, reporting, and other tasks necessary to the preservation of interviews and upkeep of the recording space and equipment. When not recording interviews, Facilitators perform a variety of tasks to support StoryCorps National and the organization as a whole, such as preliminary sound editing for produced segments, and coordinating local “outreach” recording days.
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. The National Facilitator must be willing to have a flexible travel schedule and be able to adjust plans based on recording requests – including last-minute requests. Upon hire, the Facilitator will be required to attend a mandatory training at our Brooklyn, NY headquarters.
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.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Travel to partner sites (organizations, groups, and institutions) nationwide for the purpose of recording StoryCorps interviews with participants identified by the National partner
Welcome participants and guide them through the interview experience, asking questions when appropriate
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
Act as interviewer with solo participants
Manage technical aspects of recording the interviews, including operating and maintaining radio-quality digital recorders, mixers, microphones, and other equipment
Perform reporting, data entry, and archival processing tasks to ensure preservation of interviews and an accurate record of the day’s activity
Identify and edit tape from interviews to be considered for broadcast; learn to use and demonstrate proficiency with ProTools editing software
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
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND QUALIFICATIONS
High school diploma or equivalency plus 3 years of relevant full-time professional experience, or 2 or 4-year college degree plus 1 year of relevant full-time professional experience
Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
Ability to work evenings and weekends, and travel extensively and sometimes on short notice (60% travel, with trips ranging from 3 days to 1 week)
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
Comfort with learning new equipment and programs (e.g., audio recording equipment, editing software, digital cameras)
Valid driver’s license and demonstrated driving proficiency
Excellent customer service skills
Strong conflict negotiation and collaboration skills
Cultural competence and the ability to thrive in a diverse and inclusive organizational environment
Ability to communicate clearly in Spanish and English, both orally and in writing
Familiarity with audio recording equipment and/or ProTools editing software
Proficiency on a Mac platform
Experience in oral history or documentary work
Experience in a nonprofit work environment
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.
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 – National Facilitator” 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. If you wish to apply to multiple Facilitator positions, you must submit separate email applications for each specific position.
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.