Job Title: Temporary Producer, Animation
Location: Brooklyn, NY or Remote
Reports To: Co-Executive Producer, Animation
Status: Full Time, Temporary (18 Months)
Term of Employment: (specific date TBD)
Under the direction of the Co-Executive Producer, Animation, the Temporary Producer, Animation will manage the production of the 2018 StoryCorps Animated Shorts series. The Temporary Producer will support the Co-Executive Producer on the artistic development of the series, including serving as a key partner in the editorial oversight of creative checkpoints and any hiring for creative consultants, such as animation studios. Further, the Temporary Producer will serve as the primary liaison with the contracted animation studio, overseeing their work and ensuring the animations reflect StoryCorps’ style and mission. The Temporary Producer will also oversee all administrative and budget tracking functions for production of the animations.
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 experience of Latinos. Experience producing content featuring diverse voices, for diverse audiences, is strongly preferred. StoryCorps is committed to developing a staff that matches the diversity of the communities we serve, and strongly encourages applications from people of color and the LGBTQ community.
Ideally, the Temporary Producer position would work from our Brooklyn, NY headquarters, but remote working arrangements may be considered for well-qualified applicants based in other locations. The Co-Executive Producer, Animation works remotely on the west coast; as such, the Temporary Producer must have the ability to work autonomously, in a self-directed manner without onsite supervision. Professional experience working with staff in remote work locations is strongly preferred.
The Temporary Producer position is funded for an 18 month period.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Work with Co-Executive Producer to create and sustain a consistent and high quality creative and artistic vision for the StoryCorps Animated Shorts series
- Serve as primary liaison to the animation consultants throughout production cycle, collaborating on creative checkpoints and ensuring the smooth and timely running of the production schedule
- On a regular basis, provide direct editorial feedback and support at creative checkpoints throughout the animation production cycle to the Co-Executive Producer, Animation and in ongoing meetings with animators
- Collaborate with the Production department on pitching, researching, and producing new audio stories for animation, through advising and providing editorial insight on what works for animation; additionally, oversee the Production department’s work executing audio mixes for the animations
- Manage slating process for the series, including researching and identifying a slate of stories for each new season with Co-Executive Producer and maintaining slating tracking document for future seasons of shorts
- Actively work to ensure that a diversity of stories and participants are selected for animation, and that our content is relevant and accessible to diverse audiences
- Create and manage production schedules and work plans; analyze and improve workflow as needed
- Manage post-production for the shorts, including overseeing translation, captioning, and tape transfers by outside consultants/vendors
- Work in collaboration with M&C to provide content assets for the successful promotion, marketing, and distribution of the shorts
- Manage all administrative functions of the department, including generating monthly department reports, tracking and reporting on grant deliverables, and overseeing all accounting and budget duties
- Perform other duties to support the Animation department, as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, and Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree
- Minimum 3 years experience in an editorial environment, preferably in television or public media
- Production experience in documentary film, animation, or public television
- Demonstrated research skills and journalistic instinct
- Experience managing large editorial projects; oversight of complex production schedules is a must
- Experience managing strong working relationships with external consultants or partners
- Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
- Strong teamwork skills
- Strong computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office is required; familiarity with Google Drive, Final Cut and CRM software a plus
- Ability to be flexible and adaptable in order to contribute to problem-solving activities within a growing, changing organization
- Cultural competence and the ability to work successfully with diverse groups of people
- Belief and interest in the mission of StoryCorps
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 – Temporary Producer, Animation.” Include your cover letter, resume, and a separate document with work samples as attachments titled “YourNameLetter”and “YourNameResume” and “YourNameWorkSamples” 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.