Careers

Do you believe in the transformative power of storytelling? 
Come work with us. 

The Moth helps people connect with their own power as a storyteller, and with one another. Our mission is to honor the diversity and commonality of human experience through the art and craft of storytelling. 

Our energetic team is made up of directors and producers, archivists and educators with a passion for stories and community building through storytelling.     

The Moth is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally vibrant team and strongly encourages applications from people of diverse backgrounds. The Moth seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. All positions at The Moth 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. The Moth brings storytelling opportunities to people from a variety of communities. Candidates with a commitment to supporting diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. 

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JOBS

POSITION: MANAGER, COMMUNITY PROGRAM

LOCATION: NEW YORK CITY

DETAILS:

Employment type: Full time

Job function: Partnership negotiation and fulfillment

Areas of focus: Arts, Arts Education, Performance, Entertainment and Community Outreach

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION:

The Moth is a nonprofit dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Since launching in 1997, The Moth has presented over 35,000 true personal stories, told live, without notes, to standing-room-only audiences around the globe. Renowned for showcasing a broad range of human experiences, The Moth produces approximately 600 live shows each year and has an ongoing presence in 30 cities worldwide. Additionally, The Moth runs storytelling workshops for high school students, teachers, adults and advocates from around the world through its Education, Community and Global Programs, and MothWorks which uses the essential elements of Moth storytelling at work and other unexpected places. The Moth Podcast is downloaded over 61 million times a year, and each week, the Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour, presented by PRX, The Public Radio Exchange, is heard on 500 radio stations. The Moth has also published three critically acclaimed books, most recently The New York Times Best Seller, Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying the Impossible (2019). [To really understand The Moth, we encourage you to listen to a few stories here: https://themoth.org/stories.]

COMMUNITY PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

The Moth Community Program is a national leader in the practice of storytelling as community building.  Through a variety of workshop models, the Community Program provides the space and tools for nonprofit organizations and their clients to practice the art and craft of personal storytelling.  We believe that by shaping and sharing stories in community, we can inspire confidence and self-reflection in storytellers and listeners; deepen connections within and between communities; challenge dominant narratives; and, when we share these stories with wider audiences, spark empathy in listeners around the world. [We also encourage you to listen to a few Community stories here: https://player.themoth.org/#/sponsors/the-moth-community-program.]

POSITION OVERVIEW:

Manager, Moth Community Program

Reports to: Jennifer Birmingham, Managing Director of Programs

Directly Oversees: Juan Rodriguez, Program Manager, Community Engagement

The Moth is seeking a new leader of its Community Program. This manager will have a proven track record as a community leader with a diverse array of organizational contacts and an informed perspective on how to best partner with community-based orgs across NYC and beyond.  This role will be responsible for the success of The Moth’s Community Program, including the seamless management, strategic development, program delivery, quality control and evaluation of every aspect of the Program.  Primary responsibilities involve six key areas:

  1. Manage the Community Program team
  2. Set the vision and strategy for The Moth’s Community Program
  3. Expand the Program’s visibility and reach
  4. Develop storytelling platforms and resources
  5. Develop and retain freelance instructor talent
  6. Raise the public profile of The Moth’s Community Program

VISION
Set the vision for The Moth’s Community Program

  • In close collaboration with the Managing Director of Programs - as well as regular meetings with Executive Producer and Executive Director - develop and implement the mission, vision, and strategy that supports the Community Program and aligns with the Moth’s mission and vision.
  • Strengthen and maintain effective collaborative relationships throughout The Moth, contributing to the overall growth strategy and program design of The Moth as a whole.

MANAGEMENT
Manage The Moth’s Community Program Team

  • Supervise the Community team to ensure that all related budget and administrative activities are addressed.
  • Supervise the Community team to ensure that each staff member has clarity of roles, goals, and workflows.

STRATEGIC GROWTH
Foster a community of storytellers and expand the reach of our programs and expertise

  • Assess our current partnership portfolio and evaluate opportunities for deepening existing partnerships and establishing new partnerships, with the goal to expand the Program’s current reach, including new workshop models and shareable, innovative resources.
  • Lead the effort to incorporate program participants into the overall Moth community with new initiatives and alumni engagement programming.
  • Create benchmarks and goals for the program, and with the assistance of the Managing Director, devise tools to assess progress and measure impact.

CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT
Develop storytelling platforms for Community Program participants and alumni

  • Maintain high quality of current Program events, such as showcases and keynotes.
  • Develop new program events, such as conferences and innovative new digital content for community-based storytelling work.
  • Review Community final share recordings and recommend stories for showcase, Mainstage, and podcast/Radio Hour consideration.
  • Contribute to the larger conversation at The Moth about storytelling as an art form.

INSTRUCTOR MANAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT
Develop and retain instructor talent

  • Work closely with The Moth’s Education Program to hire, train and develop a network of freelance instructors and integrate the instructors into the Moth staff.
  • Observe workshops and attend shares/slams as necessary and feasible to maintain perspective on the needs of the programs and to assess instructors and curriculum.
  • Along with the Manager of the Education Program, lead a team of stakeholders in the design and implementation of a robust instructor evaluation and support program.

EXTERNAL COMMUNICATION
Raise the public profile of The Moth’s Community Program

  • Serve as an external face for the Community Program.
  • Communicate key aspects of Program to funders, internal and external stakeholders, and the public.
  • Approve and oversee all written materials for the program’s curriculum, press releases, grants, recruitment assets, website assets, and other key external facing materials.
  • Collaborate with Development on grant writing, donor cultivation, and deliverables.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 8+ years of experience working in community outreach or a managerial role in a community based organization; minimum of 2 of those years should include direct supervision of 2+ persons
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Relentless in the pursuit of giving communities the tools and space to develop their voice and tell their stories
  • Demonstrated track record of building community and organizational relationships
  • Ease with public-speaking and communicating with outside stakeholders such as donors, board members, journalists, etc.
  • Adept at designing and revising budgets
  • Committed to building efficient systems
  • Passionate about team management and leadership, esp developing the careers of direct reports
  • Relishes working on a team: up, down and sideways
  • Ability to take initiative, keep a positive attitude and maintain a professional demeanor
  • Sense of humor and joy


HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@themoth.org with the subject line of, “Manager, Community Program”.

Application window will close at 6pm on Friday, May 31st.

The Moth is dedicated to building a culturally vibrant team and seeks a diverse pool of candidates with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.


Producer, The Moth Global Community Program

The Moth is an acclaimed nonprofit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Since launching in 1997, The Moth has presented over 35,000 stories, told live and without notes to standing­-room-only crowds worldwide. The Moth conducts eight ongoing programs: The Moth Mainstage, which tours internationally, has featured stories by Malcolm Gladwell, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, John Turturro, Molly Ringwald, Boots Riley, Krista Tippett, Rosanne Cash, Danyel Smith and Tig Notaro, as well as an astronaut, a pickpocket, a hot­dog eating champion and hundreds more; The Moth StorySLAM Program, which conducts open mic storytelling competitions in 30 cities: 27 in the US plus Sydney and Melbourne, AU and London, UK; The Moth Community Program, which offers storytelling workshops and performance opportunities to adults who are too often overlooked by the mainstream media; The Moth Education Program, which brings the thrill of personal storytelling to high schools and colleges in New York, and educators around the world; The Moth Global Community Program, which develops and elevates true, personal stories from extraordinary individuals in the global south; The Moth Podcast, which is downloaded more than 61 million times a year; MothWorks, which uses the essential elements of Moth storytelling at work and other unexpected places; and the Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour which airs weekly on 500 public radio stations nationwide. To date, The Moth has published three critically acclaimed books: The New York Times Best Seller The Moth: 50 True Stories (Hachette Books, September 2013), All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown (Crown Archetype, March 2017) — described as “wonderful” by NYT’s Michiko Kakutani and Occasional Magic: True Stories of Defying the Impossible (Crown Archetype, March 2019) which debuted at #12 on The New York Times Best Sellers List.

Overview

The Moth is seeking a dynamic professional to provide logistical, production and operational support for its growing Community Program partnerships with African and South Asian organizations. The Global Producer will handle the logistical planning and execution for the Moth’s storytelling workshops internationally and will oversee production for live storytelling events showcasing the workshop participants in the U.S. and abroad. The Moth’s Global Community work elevates personal stories in an effort to highlight world issues, dissolve stereotypes, and bridge social divides — with a particular focus on Women and Girls’ personal stories. This position, as well as the workshops and events associated with it, are currently funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This is a full-time position, based in The Moth’s headquarters in New York City,  and will report directly to the Executive Producer. Full health benefits are included.

Responsibilities

  • Plan and execute the logistic production for 12 or more annual Moth storytelling workshops and events associated with The Moth’s Global Community Program, including but not limited to: location scouting, venue contract negotiations, scheduling of audio and video crew, arrangement of onsite rehearsals, flights and hotel accommodations for tens of staff and workshop participants, and budget forecasting and tracking of the Program’s expenses.

  • Travel domestically and internationally to produce onsite Moth events and provide logistic support for workshops on the ground (approx. 2 weeks every 2 months).

  • Work closely with the Executive Producer and 3-person Community team to communicate effectively with partner contacts regarding the nature, design, and scope of planned and scheduled workshops.

  • Support Executive Producer and community partners in recruitment and selection of workshop participants. Liaise with Moth Community Workshop facilitators.

  • Track the impact of the Global Community workshops by issuing surveys and gathering feedback from the workshop participants.

  • Assist in the preparation of qualitative and statistical reports for Development Directors, Board of Directors, and current funders.

  • Contribute to the design and execution of engagement opportunities for alumni of the Global Community Program.

  • Update promotional and informational media, including web text, printed materials, and slide presentations.

Qualifications

  • A minimum of three years travel production management experience, ideally in theatre, or film.

  • Meticulous planner who delights in paying attention to details.

  • Ability to prioritize and handle logistics in a wide variety of settings with partners from diverse cultural backgrounds.

  • Experience working with community organizations in Africa and/or South Asia preferred. Please note which languages you speak.

  • Note: this is a production position. The Global Producer will not be instructing workshops or designing curriculum.

  • To apply, please complete this questionnaire and email your resume and cover letter to jobs@themoth.org with the subject line “Global Producer Application” by Friday, May 31.

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