Regional Manager, Chicago StoryBooth
Job Title: Regional Manager, Chicago StoryBooth
Department: Interview Collection
Location: Chicago, IL
Reports To: Managing Director, StoryBooths and Interview Collection
Status: Full-Time, Regular
StoryCorps is the acclaimed national nonprofit that preserves and shares humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Founded in 2003 by MacArthur Fellow Dave Isay, StoryCorps is the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered. To date, we have recorded and archived more than 66,000 interviews with more than 120,000 participants across the country through our signature interview programs. Additionally, our new StoryCorps App allows us to record tens of thousands of stories every year. StoryCorps shares audio and animated excerpts of interviews with the world through popular weekly NPR broadcasts, social media and other digital platforms, educational curricula, and best-selling books. These powerful stories illustrate our shared humanity and show how much more we share in common than divides us.
The Regional Manager manages the delivery of all Chicago-based StoryCorps services, including the operation of the Chicago StoryBooth and the coordination of the program’s relationships with the Chicago community (to include the site partner, nonprofits / community-based organizations, and local media partners). The successful candidate will be capable of leading a dynamic and constantly evolving project, supervising staff, and negotiating with high-level external partners. Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and a high degree of professionalism are required.
StoryCorps partners with local nonprofits and other community-based organizations to maintain a high level of participation and to diversify the pool of StoryCorps participants. The Regional Manager is responsible for initiating and maintaining relationships with community organizations in the Chicago area, and for ensuring successful recording days with these partners. The Regional Manager is also the main contact for all Chicago media partners, and is responsible for the growth and development of StoryCorps’ presence in Chicago. StoryCorps is committed to engaging the entire city of Chicago through our services there, and the Regional Manager will be responsible for creating and implementing a comprehensive community engagement plan to ensure that we are reaching as many people as possible. The Regional Manager will also support StoryCorps departments (including Development, Marketing & Communications, Custom Services, and Community Training) in cultivating strategic relationships in the Chicago area, to expand and deepen our Chicago programming and community engagement, and support its financial sustainability.
The Regional Manager maintains the schedule for the Chicago StoryBooth and ensures that all tasks related to the smooth operation of the StoryBooth are completed, including maintaining the facility and recording equipment and regularly communicating and troubleshooting issues with various StoryCorps departments. The Regional Manager also oversees the ongoing work of a team of Facilitators, the front-line staff who support the recording of StoryCorps interviews through various methods. The Regional Manager will be responsible for providing them with regular supervisory support, feedback, direction, and performance assessment; the Regional Manager should be able to coordinate and delegate work, deliver positive and negative constructive feedback, and set performance improvement goals. The Regional Manager is also required to facilitate interview shifts when illness or emergencies prevent Facilitators from working, when assistance is not available from our team of Per Diem Facilitators (who work on an on-call, as-needed basis), or as otherwise required to ensure the successful operations of the Chicago StoryBooth program.
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 experiences of Latinos. Candidates with work experience in diverse communities are strongly encouraged to apply. Spanish fluency is preferred.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Supervise and assess performance of two Full-Time Facilitators; manage Per Diem Facilitators
- Coordinate with staff in Brooklyn to hire and train new Facilitators and ensure current staff have up-to-date skills
- Develop and foster relationships with community-based organizations, school groups, and institutions in Chicago
- Support the needs of StoryCorps Development (both Individual and Institutional Giving), Marketing & DevelopmentCommunications, and Custom Services as the face of StoryCorps Chicago
- Work in collaboration with various StoryCorps departments (e.g. the Community Training Team) to expand the use of digital tools (e.g., the StoryCorps App) in Chicago programming to expand the Chicago scope of StoryCorps tools (IE the App and Community Training Team)
- Function as primary contact for community partners in Chicago (media partners and community-based organizations)
- Create and implement an action plan for Chicago outreach that will engage interview participants through Booth interviews, onsite recordings and/or StoryKit recordings, as well as public programming, including leading workshops, presentations, and listening events
- Set and manage the schedule for the Chicago StoryBooth and its Facilitators
- Facilitate interviews as needed due to Facilitator absence or illness
- Be responsible and responsive for all tasks regarding StoryBooth maintenance, facilities and technical operations.
- Perform other duties to support the Chicago StoryBooth program and StoryCorps, as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, and Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree
- At least three years experience managing mission-driven programs in a nonprofit setting (or equivalent relevant professional work experience)
- At least one year of experience providing staff supervision and evaluation
- Experience in project planning and management
- Demonstrated experience developing and executing outreach plans to engage diverse communities
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office
- Comfort in learning about and working with new equipment
- Valid Driver’s License
- Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills; experience with public speaking and presentations
- Solid organization skills, multi-tasking ability, and attention to detail
- 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
- Familiarity with Chicago community and local organizations
- Proficiency on a Mac platform
- Experience with audio recording equipment
- Ability to communicate clearly in Spanish and English, both orally and in writing
How 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 – Regional Manager, Chicago StoryBooth.” 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.