Seeking Festival Volunteers & Interns!

September 24, 2017 | 10:20 am by Mandar Apte

VOLUNTEERS & INTERNS

// Who we want:

We need driven, passionate and detail-oriented volunteers to contribute to our blog and organize our events, including our annual festival in September. You must be comfortable with ambiguity; confident in person and online; lightning-fast and error-free in your communications; hyper-sensitive about the small things but committed to the big picture; well-connected (or eager-to-be-connected) to D.C.’s creative and cause-oriented community; admirably humble with a good sense of humor; and flexible with your schedule (working on weekends or evenings may be part of the gig.)

The right people will be talented and plugged-in communicators who are obsessed with sharing, who are dedicated to storytelling and design for social or environmental good, and who are willing to create things that haven’t been created before.

In-person interviews will be arranged in downtown D.C., for the right candidates. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The positions are part-time and unpaid, but travel & food stipends are available.

// How to apply:

Review the job descriptions below and let us know why you’d be a good fit for a particular job. Send an email to Creative Director Erica Schlaikjer, erica [at] mediarisenow [dot] org, explaining:

– why you want to volunteer with us,

– what previous experiences you’ve had that make you an exceptional candidate for this position, and

– if you had to choose, what is the one problem you would want to solve through storytelling and design?

Include your resume or portfolio, with your contact information and links to all of your relevant social media profiles.

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We need a VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR to help manage our volunteer team and make sure everyone is happy and productive in their role.

Responsibilities:

Identify opportunities for volunteer support & delegate tasks
Recruit new volunteers
Organize regular volunteer meetups & orientations
Manage staffing schedules for festival events

Qualifications:

Strong communicator
Highly organized & punctual
Deadline-oriented
Extroverted and outgoing

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We need a GRAPHIC/WEB DESIGNER to help bring our brand to life through beautiful marketing collateral, in print and online.

Responsibilities:

Create flyers, postcards, web graphics, and other design collateral for our events and projects
Edit photos, as needed
Ensure brand consistency across platforms

Qualifications:

Experience with the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat)
Detail-oriented multi-tasker

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We need PHOTOGRAPHERS/VIDEOGRAPHERS to document our in-person live events, produce compelling narratives about our community, and raise our profile among supporters, partners and sponsors.

Responsibilities:

Document our live in-person events
Create slideshows, videos, and other multimedia narratives for our blog
Work with Content Manager to share and organize all digital photo and video assets

Qualifications:

Fluent in photo and/or video editing software
Excellent and well-rounded photography or video skills, represented with a portfolio
Strong communication skills
Outgoing and independent

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We need a VENUE LOGISTICS COORDINATOR to coordinate and implement all logistics for events, including audio-visual equipment, vendors, storage, signage, set-up/take-down and emergency protocol, to ensure safe, organized and fun event programming.

Responsibilities:

Determine space/venue suitability for each event
Secure venue permits, licenses, contracts or insurance, as needed
Confirm dates and times for pick-ups, deliveries and returns with hosts and vendors
Create and distribute sponsor banners and signage at all venues
Complete final site visits with each event host to review any last-minute changes
Set-up and clean-up before and after each event
Recruit additional logistics volunteers, as needed
Keep track of equipment inventory; ensure all equipment is returned in good condition
Have full understanding of emergency protocol, requirements and procedures at each event location
Remain on-site during all scheduled signature events
Attend regularly scheduled volunteer meetings

Qualifications:

Strong project management skills
Experience in event management
Established relationships with D.C. businesses and venues

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We need a PUBLICITY COORDINATOR to promote our events and projects to existing supporters, potential attendees, and influential newsmakers.

Responsibilities:

Craft, edit and distribute press releases, media advisories and event listings
Schedule and monitor interviews with festival team and special guests
Handle special requests from journalists/bloggers
Craft and send out email updates
Write and produce press kit
Collect all media clippings and maintain media results reports

Qualifications:

Experience working in public relations, marketing, communications and/or journalism
Solid writing and copy editing skills (familiarity with AP style, a plus)
Established relationships with media outlets

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We need a SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR to manage conversations and interactions in our online communities and translate them into offline relationships.

Responsibilities:

Create opportunities for digital-to-offline engagement
Day-to-day management of all social media properties: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr, etc.
Ensure that all blog content is posted in a timely matter
Use social media platforms to drive traffic to the website
Monitor and analyze Google Analytics on a daily and monthly basis
Connect with all partners and sponsors online

Qualifications:

Experience in web marketing, online community management, social media outreach, etc.
Well-spoken and -written
Highly fluent in the use of social media platforms and tools

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We need a CONTENT MANAGER to store, manage and distribute all of our digital assets across multiple platforms, databases and applications.

Responsibilities:

Manage multimedia content for our website and online libraries, i.e. Flickr and YouTube
Integrate content across platforms
Write regular blog posts for MediaRiseNow.org
Keep a calendar of proposed and confirmed events, using online collaboration tools like Google Docs & Trello
Upload speaker bios, photos and event descriptions to to website and online agenda

Qualifications:

Tech savvy and a quick learner with excellent computer skills
Experienced with various website/email content entry platforms
Fluency in PC and Mac-based applications