ABOUT ONE SMALL STEP
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.
Founded in 2003, 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 is fostering conversations between people who hold different worldviews. Participants don’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 there is more that unites than divides us.
The Temporary Field Manager for One Small Step (OSS) will organize and implement activities that support the development of two OSS Cities. This includes partnering with a minimum of five community organizations (e.g. colleges, faith organizations, civic organizations, libraries, etc.). Partners will help recruit participants and spread the word about OSS. They may be trained to implement OSS with their constituencies, collecting interviews and sharing stories. The Field Manager for OSS will support community partners in helping them engage their communities in difficult conversations.
The Temporary Field Manager will also work with the OSS Radio Relations Manager and StoryCorps’ Community Partnership staff to coordinate activities amongst government, institutions and community partners (including participating public radio stations) to help them work synergistically to maximize visibility for One Small Step and spread the One Small Step ethos throughout their community.
This position operates with considerable autonomy and reports to the One Small Step Director. This position is expected to work collaboratively with the One Small Step Radio Relations Manager (who will have primary responsibility for working with public radio partners), leadership and staff in the Program division, including but not limited to the Managing Director of Interview Collection, Director of Community Partnerships, and Associate Director of Research and Evaluation. In addition, this position may collaborate with Marketing and Communications, Production, Development, and Finance & Administration at StoryCorps.
The Temporary Field Manager, One Small Step is a temporary role, currently scheduled to end in December 2022.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
- Identify and build partnerships in OSS Cities
- Assume primary responsibility for supporting partners to implement OSS with their constituents
- Determine planning and activities that will enable partners to recruit and enroll participants in a local drive to record interviews, including providing training, content, and promotional support that helps local partners engage diverse segment of their constituencies
- Support partners in their efforts to record and preserve OSS interviews (approximately 25 per partner) in their local communities
- Support partners to create edited audio segments, including disseminating production tools and training materials tailored to partners’ capacity, and needs
- Support the preparation of reports (narrative, qualitative, and quantitative) for StoryCorps funders and internal organizational use
- Develop and implement a planning process to help partners continue One Small Step beyond their year-long formal engagement with StoryCorps
- Perform other duties to support the One Small Step Initiative and OSS partnerships, as assigned
- You have a Bachelor’s degree or a similar combination of relevant education + experience.
- You have at least 3 years’ experience managing collaborative programs, preferably in a nonprofit environment.
- You have demonstrated experience in developing and executing outreach plans.
- You are experienced in planning and overseeing complex project execution
- You are comfortable and have the ability to move seamlessly between varied political, social, and organizational environments in local communities -- e.g., from nonprofits and foundations to companies, government officials, etc.
- You’re a creative & analytical thinker with a drive for results and a demonstrated track record of creating and implementing new initiatives
- You communicate effectively – by email, phone or in person
- You’re organized, have keen attention to detail, and you’re able to multitask effectively.
- You have strong computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word & Excel).
- You have the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively; you are a great team player.
- You are flexible and adaptable to a growing, changing organization.
- You demonstrate cultural humility and thrive in a diverse working environment.
- You are comfortable delivering presentations and trainings to audiences of varying sizes.
PREFERRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
- You are fluent in a language other than English; Spanish highly preferred.
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 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.
Job Title: Temporary Field Manager, One Small Step (OSS)
Department: One Small Step
Location: Brooklyn, NY or Remote
Reports To: Director, One Small Step
Status: Full-Time, Temporary, Exempt
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