Story Director

Media Mobilizing Project (MMP), soon to be renamed Movement Alliance Project (MAP), is a vibrant community institution winning power in Philadelphia, organizing around technology as it intersects with race and inequality, and impacting the fight for justice across the country and around the world.

We are a hub for supporting and developing organizing strategies with poor and working people: strategies that build power for the multi-racial working class in Philadelphia; and we connect and share those lessons in Philly and local-to-locally with other communities across the United States.

Our work is rooted in the belief that storytelling is an organizing practice, and we’ve produced feature films and community media with Black, Brown, immigrant, and poor communities for 15 years. Over that time we’ve built a network of vibrant community organizations struggling for basic human rights in our city. We’ve also learned first hand that digital technologies can be part of how communities can win justice, or used to limit our human rights and freedom.

Because of our organizing, we’ve forced Comcast to expand internet access to thousands of low-income communities in Philly and around the country, we’ve helped build coalitions that ended state governance of our local school district, and we’ve helped pioneer campaigns that reduced mass incarceration and pressured our progressive District Attorney to transform prosecution in our city.

At the root of all our organizing is a clear understanding that technology can connect our people to win power, or surveil, oppress, and alienate our communities as we struggle to survive in this stage in history.

With our new Story Director hire, we are building on these past efforts, and strengthening our work using media based organizing to advance campaigns and organizing for justice and dignity.

Story Director:

Media based organizing has been central to our work since our founding. At Media Mobilizing Project we know that media and stories play a significant role in shaping struggles.

Stories are a way to bring communities together. Stories connect people through the process and act of storytelling, and through stories, people hear and see themselves and each other. A clear narrative helps us set our vision of the possible, and shape our movement’s strategic actions to get there.

In our increasingly mediated world, stories are a part of the terrain on which we fight. For us, media based organizing means pairing narrative strategy with organizing strategy, so our communities are stronger, more connected, and learn from each other. The Story Director will need to bring a sharp eye to this process and how to use story to elevate work across the organization and across the vibrant Philadelphia movement left.

The Story Director will lead Media Mobilizing Project’s efforts to use stories, narrative, and media based organizing to advance work for racial and economic justice. The Story Director will oversee and manage staff leads for MMP’s media based organizing work, including Philly We Rise and the People’s Media Record, along with directing other major organizing and media collaborations, including our new police and violence narrative project.

Organizing and Media Collaborations: Media Mobilizing Project is partnering with leading community organizations in Philadelphia to shape and craft campaigns and narrative interventions that address the nuances and root causes of crime and harm, and to impact policy debates at the intersection of public safety, criminal justice reform, and poverty.

The Story Director will help support community organizations to lift up these narratives and to bring these narratives into campaign settings that target criminal justice decision-makers. The Story Director will help communities produce their own media to tell stories at the intersection of harm, violence and mass incarceration, and work with partners to help challenge and transform how media covers issues of crime and violence in Philadelphia.

You can read more about the narrative and community organizing work we hope to undertake here.

Philly We Rise: Philly We Rise launched in 2017, following Trump’s presidential election. Through Philly We Rise we offer a resource for individuals who want to combat conservative and anti-democratic policies surrounding immigration, healthcare, labor, education, environment and LGBTQ affairs on a national and local level; and support people to connect and build a vision for a just society. Through Philly We Rise we share meaningful ways that people can take action and drive change in our communities. By highlighting protests, rallies, meetings and all the ways people are rising up for justice we encourage others to get involved in the movement, to spread awareness about lesser-known local issues.

The Story Director will expand the scope of this media infrastructure to more deeply engage, agitate, and coordinate Philadelphians to support the myriad opportunities to win concrete structural change in Philadelphia, and help build the capacity of other movement organizations to tell their stories with more clarity, power, and impact.

The People’s Media Record: Since 2005, Media Mobilizing Project has created digital media that documents, strengthens, and connects communities fighting for economic justice across Philadelphia. We amassed a collection of thousands of hours of raw audiovisual material that documents grassroots social movements. The People’s Media Record brings this material off of the “cutting room floor” and into the hands of the people. Media from our collection is available upon request for licensing, including for educational institutions, or use by individuals or organizations within the material. The Story Director will help reflect on our movement history and how engaging with that history in our storytelling can help us face future opportunities with more clarity and power.

The Story Director reports to the Executive Director and is a member of the Directors Team, which also will include our Operations Director and Policy Director.

Responsibilities:

  • Vision, along with Directors, staff, and movement partners, a narrative strategy for liberation in Philadelphia, and help to execute that vision by guiding organizing work that centers narrative and communications components in Philadelphia and beyond.
  • Facilitate a process to produce original written, audio and video pieces that lift up the narratives from local communities experiencing issues such as violence, over-policing and mass incarceration in Philadelphia and New Jersey.
  • Manage the Media and Communications staff team, including the Communications Coordinator and the Information Systems Coordinator.
  • Set direction for MMP’s media and narrative programs, and oversee media and narrative campaigns and initiatives.
  • Provide editorial guidance and ensure quality for MMP media, communications, and narrative work.
  • Lead and design trainings for media makers and ally organizations, and support other staff as trainers.
  • Work with MMP fundraising staff to raise resources and funding for MMP media programs and narrative work, including grant writing, prospecting, and donor relationships.
  • Work with other MMP Directors to set overall organizational strategy and long-term plans.

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to MMP’s mission and vision.
  • Experience in communications or media productions, particularly on issues of racial and economic justice.
  • Experience or strong interest in the movement to end mass incarceration and police accountability.
  • 2 or more years experience and confidence managing staff, volunteers and interns.
  • Well-organized, excellent time management, and attention to detail.
  • Motivation, discipline, flexibility, discretion, attention to detail, willingness to learn and a sense of humor under pressure.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to build strong professional relationships with everyday Philadelphians, elected officials, organizational leaders, organizational members, board and staff.
  • Ability to problem-solve.  Are you able to balance multiple urgent projects and manage your time?  Do you have experience finding creative solutions to seemingly intractable problems?  Can you help people with conflict inside coalitions move through towards unity? We’d love to hear about that in your application.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects and priorities and to work both independently and collaboratively. Including experience with project management/ management of long-term projects.
  • A strong team player with the ability to take and give direction.
  • Ability to attend some night and weekend meetings and events, and regular access to a car and a valid drivers’ license, and willingness to use these tools, strongly preferred.
  • Willingness to travel to cities and communities across the United States, on average of once every 3 months.
  • Desire to work in an environment that is diverse, fast-paced and community-driven.
  • Experience in managing volunteers and interns.

Salary and benefits:

The Story Director salary is $65,000 – $75,000 per year based on experience.  Benefits include health care (MMP pays 90%) and generous vacation policy, as well as ample scheduling flexibility.

MMP is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture, because we believe that communities impacted by structural racism and capitalism are best positioned to make powerful interventions to transform our society. 

MMP encourages applications from all individuals who think they might be qualified without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, caretaking status of children or elders, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.

If we contact you and want more information, our process will be for us to interview you and for us to contact your references, and we will also ask you to complete exercises demonstrating your capacity for executing this position.  Thank you for your interest!

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