ABOUT ONE SMALL STEP (OSS)
At this moment, our country feels increasingly disconnected—our mutual distrust amplified by everything from social media to the efforts of forces seeking to weaken the foundations of our democracy. Many Americans feel unheard, alone, and angry.
Over the past 14 years StoryCorps has perfected a simple method for helping people feel more connected and less alone; for increasing hope and decreasing fear of the other; for reminding us all of the inherent worth of every person and every story. Up to this point, almost all of the people who have come to participate in StoryCorps have done so because they know and love one another.
With the One Small Step initiative, StoryCorps will put people on opposite sides of the political divides into a StoryCorps booth. Participants won’t come to argue about politics, but simply to get to know one another as human beings, to take one small step towards each other and remember that people they might have thought they hate are actually human beings.
Operating under the direction of StoryCorps’ Manager, Community Partnerships - OSS, and with input from the organization’s Chief Program Officer and Director of Community Partnerships, the Temporary Outreach Specialist will establish the model for “community-level campaigns” for OSS, performing targeted outreach and engagement efforts within several US cities/towns to introduce OSS to various community-based institutions within each location, and encouraging their participation in the initiative. Through this work, the Outreach Specialist will help to support the initiative’s interview collection goals as well as efforts to scale the initiative into a national effort to bring the country closer together.
The individual will work with a variety of stakeholders within a geographic location — including nonprofit organizations, religious entities, political groups, fraternal societies, and more, from both progressive and conservative political positions. This position is also expected to work collaboratively with leadership and staff from other departments within StoryCorps.
In addition to oversight by the Manager, Community Partnerships, the Outreach Specialist will work in tandem with the OSS Field Managers to develop the community-level campaign outreach strategy. The Outreach Specialist position is a temporary role, scheduled to end in December 2022.
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.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
- Aid to ensure all forecasted OSS interviews are recorded by the end of the OSS grant period (December 2022)
- Research, engage, and collaborate with a variety of community-based partner organizations to coordinate OSS participation
- Plan and execute regional and/or local OSS recording days
- Ensure the data collection and entry of all partner-related information into our database
- Assist the Manager, Community Partnerships (OSS) in the development and implementation of OSS-specific training and resources for community-based organizations and StoryCorps staff
- Deliver presentations on behalf of OSS, as assigned
- Support the Manager, Community Partnerships in submission of reports for StoryCorps funders, OSS operations team, and StoryCorps senior management
- In conjunction with the Manager, Community Partnerships, collaborate with StoryCorps’ Marketing & Communications Department to support the communications functions of OSS
- Share community-level campaign outreach strategy with the OSS Manager, Community Partnerships and Director, National Campaign
- Perform other duties to support the One Small Step Initiative, as assigned
- You have experience conducting community-based outreach and engaging community partners remotely.
- You communicate effectively – by email, phone, or in person.
- You’re organized, have a keen attention to detail, and you’re able to multitask effectively
- You have strong computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word & Excel) and Google Drive.
- You’re flexible and adaptable. We move quickly at StoryCorps and need solution-oriented problem solvers to help move our work forward.
- You are able to work independently as well as collaboratively.
- You demonstrate cultural humility and thrive in a diverse working environment
PREFERRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
- Spanish language fluency
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 our founding in 2003, StoryCorps has provided half a million of people of all backgrounds and beliefs with powerful opportunities to record interviews about their lives, and leave a legacy for future generations in our archive at the Library of Congress. We bring these interviews to life in stories produced for broadcast on public media (including our weekly Friday morning broadcast on NPR’s “Morning Edition” our podcast, and/or our animations. Together, these stories reach an audience of tens of millions. StoryCorps maintains a relentless focus on diversity, and seeks to highlight voices often underrepresented in mainstream media. While our stories honor and celebrate the diversity of humankind, they also remind us of the many values and experiences we share in common, building bridges of greater understanding.
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.”
This work couldn’t be accomplished without the unwavering commitment of the exceptional individuals who make up our organization. Our people are brilliant, hard-working, creative, and incredibly passionate about the vision we share: To touch the lives of every person in this country and to create a culture of listening in the United States.
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.
Please follow the link here, to complete the application and submit your resume and cover letter.