Video Communications Fellow

About Community Change and Community Change Action:

Community Change builds the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to lead powerful and dynamic movements for social change. With our community-based partner groups, we bridge the grassroots and the national, supporting outsider strategies to disrupt the status quo while also building pathways to influence the insider conversation.

Our vision of a better world centers the leadership of impacted people of color to move our work on immigrant rights, economic justice, and racial equity, including a focus on jobs and housing, early childhood care and education, income supports, and immigration reform.

This position also supports Community Change Action , an affiliated 501(c)(4) advocacy organization. While motivated by the same core values – equity, inclusion, and justice – Community Change and Community Change Action operate independently of one another and each organization has its own board of directors.

Position Description:

Community Change is looking for Communications Video Fellows to join our team and tell the stories of real Americans struggling to get by in this economy. We are looking for fellows with a passion for creating social change through powerful multimedia storytelling. The fellows are videographers, photographers, podcasters, and graphic artists who tell stories that will lead and broaden conversation around social justice issues, including income support, protecting the safety net, child care, immigration and racial justice. The fellows will create video content that energizes and mobilizes people by offering solutions to key issues. The fellows will work on contract. While this is not a full-time position, fellows are paid a monthly stipend for their content creation work.

The right candidates are brimming with creativity and looking for unique ways to create and share content that features authentic voices in conversations around policies. An ideal candidate has expertise in one or more of these areas: photography, video production, podcast production, or graphic design. They also have lived experience or come from a community of impacted people. The fellow will be responsible for identifying potential stories and storytellers within their communities. The fellow will produce content from idea to realization, creating stories for screens of all sizes. Our audiences are growing on social media channels and on our own ChangeWire.org, so we are looking for storytellers who are also savvy about how to optimize story promotion on a variety of platforms.

This position is uniquely suited for highly self-motivated individuals with organizing or political experience or experience fighting for economic and social justice issues. Our Content staff will serve as a coaching team to help advise and grow the fellows’ storytelling skills.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop creative visual storytelling techniques to tell the story of how social justice issues affect everyday people. 
  • Identify stories and storytellers within their communities and Community Change field partner organizations.
  • Conduct on-camera (or podcast style) interviews with storytellers and produce multimedia content.
  • Produce and publish 1-4 original pieces of video content a month through collaboration with an advisory editor. These pieces will also require with a short contextual write up describing the piece for ChangeWire.org.
  • Serve as spokesperson, as needed, on our work.
  • Serve as peer influencers and ambassadors for Community Change messaging, and for their work to establish and counter existing narratives about poverty, safety net programs (Medicaid and SNAP in particular), race, and other economic and social justice issues.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

A successful candidate will be someone who understands grassroots organizing and deeply values the goal of building the power of communities, especially low-income communities and communities of color, and sees the amplification of low-income voices as a key component to achieving social justice. A successful candidate will have her or his own voice as a storyteller, but also an interest in facilitating and amplifying the voices of low-income members of their community. The fellows know what it means to struggle to get by and understand what it means when families work hard to thrive.

Specific qualifications include:

  • Demonstrated experience as a digital storyteller in one (or more) of these areas: Photography, video, podcasting, design, or social media content creation.
  • Directly impacted by social justice issues or from targeted communities where Community Change works with field partners.  Diverse constituents preferred, including grassroots organizers, advocacy journalists, single moms struggling to make ends meet, and every day Americans with lived experiences in social, racial and gender justice issues.
  • Strong writing, editing and communications skills.
  • Excellent interviewing skills, with the ability to put an interviewee at ease.
  • Creative ability to frame ideas, develop stories, and produce a polished final product in a way that appeals to a wide variety of audiences.
  • High degree of comfort in developing new relationships and reaching out to potential partners and storytellers.
  • Ability to speak with ease in front of an audience and effectively communicate the message of the organization.
  • Wide degree of comfort using social media.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and awareness and that politics and worldview are aligned with Community Change.

This position reports to: The Communications Content Creator.

Salary & Benefits: Communications Fellows work on contract and receive a monthly stipend.

Position Location: Remotely (Strong preference for Michigan, Colorado, Ohio, Wisconsin, Texas, Georgia)

How to apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter explaining how you are a superstar storyteller and three story samples to: crayas@communitychange.org

Please write Video Communications Fellow in the subject field. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Community Change is an Equal Opportunity Employer