Bilingual Facilitator, Chicago StoryBooth
- Position Type
- Full Time
Community Engagement Associates - also known as “Facilitators” - are the public face of StoryCorps, and work to carry out our mission. Facilitators welcome participants, orient them to the interview process, handle the technical and administrative aspects of recordings, and do whatever they can to make the StoryCorps experience as positive as possible. Facilitators listen carefully to and guide participants during interviews, log content, and assume the role of interviewer when a participant arrives alone. Facilitators are responsible for data entry, archival activities, reporting, and other tasks necessary to the preservation of interviews and upkeep of the recording space and equipment. In order to ensure that our participants reflect the great diversity of the Chicago metropolitan area, full-time Facilitators also take a lead role in outreach to community partner organizations.
Some of the Facilitator’s shifts will take place in our Chicago StoryBooth (located in the Chicago Cultural Center), and some of the shifts will require travel. These trips, recorded through our “Field Recording” service, entail Facilitators bringing portable recording equipment to an offsite location (e.g., an organization, school, church, event, etc.) to record up to six interviews per day. These field recordings primarily take place throughout Chicago and, on occasion, anywhere in the U.S. Trips can range from one day to a week. The StoryBooth Facilitators travel nationally 1-3 times per year, usually for a 2-3 day trip.
StoryCorps is committed to recording, preserving, and sharing stories from a wide range of voices—from our Griot Initiative, a program dedicated to recording the stories of African Americans to our Historias Initiative, a program dedicated to recording the stories of Latinos. We are equally committed to representing the plurality of voices in the military, LGBTQ, and Asian American communities.
Candidates with work experience in diverse communities are strongly encouraged to apply. 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.
Schedule & Training Requirements:
The Facilitator will work five days per week on Tuesday through Saturday schedule. Usually, StoryBooth recording days are on Thursdays (11:00am – 6:00pm) and Saturdays (10:00am-5:00pm). Upon hire, the Facilitator will be required to attend a mandatory 2-week training beginning October 9, in our Brooklyn, NY headquarters.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Recording & Archiving:
- Welcome participants and guide them through the interview process, asking questions as appropriate
- Under the direction of the Regional Manager, develop and maintain relationships with Chicago-based community organizations
Knowledge, Skills, and Qualifications
- Fluency in Spanish, both orally and in writing
volunteer or professional setting
- Approximately twice a month, Facilitators transport a bag (25 lbs) and a Field Recording Kit (40 lbs, on wheels) usually via car service
equipment into overhead bins
- Experience conducting community outreach and engagement with Latino, Black/African American, LGBTQ, and/or Asian American communities (strongly preferred)
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 – Bilingual Facilitator, Chicago” Include your cover letter and resume as attachments titled “YourNameLetter” and “YourNameResume.” 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.