Please note - deadline is Thursday, November 15!

Assistant Director

Full Time - NYC or DC

The Story Collider is seeking a full-time Assistant Director to help direct and develop programming for our live shows, podcast, workshops. This is a new role, created to facilitate our growth as we expand into five new cities in 2019. It reports to -- and works closely with -- both our Artistic and Executive Directors. We estimate that our Assistant Director will spend perhaps 70% of their time on project management and 30% on creative work.

Our ideal candidate is organized, creative, adaptable, compassionate, brave, and respectful of people from all walks of life. Excellent communication skills are essential, as is familiarity with The Story Collider and our style of storytelling. Above all, our Assistant Director must be passionate about our mission, and excited about the prospect of helping us engage with new audiences.

Qualifications:

The Story Collider draws from expertise from both the art and science worlds, and so there is not necessarily one set background that would prepare a candidate for this position. Our ideal candidate may have a degree in English, journalism, communications, or any scientific field. However, first-hand experience with oral storytelling is essential, as is expertise in event planning and production. Experience with science communication, or familiarity with the culture of science, is a plus.

Excellent computer skills are generally required. Proficiency with web design, Salesforce, Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, and audio recording and editing is ideal, but we are happy to train you in specifics.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Artistic Director (AD) in curating the podcast and planning artistic direction overall, and work with her to update training materials and producers’ handbook.

  • Manage copy for podcast display page and script, and compile information for each episode, including art, bio, transcript, and photos. Coordinate with transcriber and designer to make sure these materials are developed on schedule.

  • Assist the AD in recruiting and training new producers, as well as continuing to develop our existing team and planning our annual producers’ retreat.

  • Assist the Executive Director in workshop programming development.

  • Help to oversee our team of 20+ freelance producers around the US, Canada, the UK, and New Zealand, and manage post-show handling of audio files, releases, and photos.

  • Write and negotiate contracts for Story Collider Presents partner shows and workshops. Take role of lead producer or workshop leader on select SCP shows and workshops.

  • Oversee social media presence, website, and ticketing, as well as promotional materials for live shows.

  • Assist with small donor relations and fundraising drives.

This is a full-time position. While this is a primarily work-from-home position, preference will be given to applicants based in New York City, or to a lesser extent, Washington, DC.

Start date is Jan. 2, 2019. Salary range is $55,000 to $65,000. Please note: This position does require significant travel.

The Story Collider is an equal opportunity employer. We believe our strength comes from diversity, and we are committed to inclusion. All qualified candidates will receive consideration regardless of race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, or age.

To apply, please send a 1-2 page resume to stories@storycollider.org with “Assistant Director” in the subject line, as well as a cover letter indicating what The Story Collider’s mission means to you and why you believe you are the ideal candidate for this role. The deadline to apply is Nov. 15, 2018.

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PRODUCERS

Contract work - multiple cities

The Story Collider is looking for new producers in Dallas and Chicago as we prepare for our 2019 launches in these cities! For more information about our ideal candidates and how to apply, please see the details below. If you’re interested in becoming a Story Collider producer but are not based in Dallas or Chicago, we are also exploring opportunities in other cities, such as San Francisco, Nashville, and Columbus, Ohio, among others, so please feel free to reach out as well.

Job Description

This job has three pieces: 1) event planning and promotion, 2) storyteller recruitment and coaching, and 3) hosting live performances. There will also be opportunities to contribute to the broader organization. Please note: This is not a full-time position. You will be a 1099 contractor, not a W2 employee. Producers are paid a flat fee of $500 per show. Shows will be held on a quarterly basis.

Qualifications

Experience in storytelling is essential, and experience on stage (such as in theater or stand-up, improv and sketch comedy) is strongly preferred. Scientific background is not required. We deeply appreciate people who are fun, funny, hard-working, kind, and brave. You must have great communication skills and respect for people from all walks of life, and be able to work cooperatively with a co-producer. We’d love to hear about and help you develop marketing, audio production, and other event-related expertise.

How to Apply

Interested? Take a listen to our podcast to see the kind of stories we produce and then email us at stories@storycollider.org with "[CITY] Producer" in the subject line. Let us know what you think makes a great story, and why you have a passion for true, personal stories about science. The deadline to apply is Nov. 15, 2018.

The Story Collider is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that there is strength in diversity, and we are committed to inclusion. All qualified candidates will receive consideration regardless of race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, or age.  

Download a PDF of this listing here.


SCREENERS

Contract work - any location!

The Story Collider is looking to expand its pool of screeners for the upcoming year. Screeners are individuals who listen to raw audio from our shows in cities across the United States, Canada, Europe, and New Zealand, and provide their feedback and recommendations for our podcast. Because we produce around 300 stories at around 60 shows every year, and podcast only slightly more than 100, we rely on this feedback to inform our decisions.

Screeners’ feedback is comprised of a vote of yes, probably, maybe, or no for the podcast, as well as a brief 2-3 sentence explanation as to why. We ask that stories be evaluated on content and entertainment value, as well as the strength of its connection to science. We also ask that screeners flag stories, or particular lines within stories, that may be problematic for some listeners or undermine The Story Collider’s mission.

Our ideal candidate for this role will be thoughtful, thorough, and candid. Screeners may be from the world of science, have experience with storytelling, or just be an avid podcast listener.

Stories are sent out to screeners on a rolling basis, and they are free to decline anytime the assignment conflicts with their schedules. We ask that screeners respond with feedback within 3-5 days. Compensation begins at $10 per story.

How to Apply

To apply, please email stories@storycollider.org with “Screener” in the subject line, and tell us about yourself and why you think you would bring an important perspective to our curation. If you meet our needs, we will follow up with a sample story test to gauge your feedback.

The Story Collider believes that there is strength in diversity, and we are committed to inclusion. All qualified candidates will receive consideration regardless of race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, or age.

Download a PDF of this listing here.