Current Openings

HBCU Rising Communications Manager

HBCU Rising ​is a multi-platform storytelling experience that explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played in American history, culture,and national identity, and in the ascent of African Americans. The centerpiece of the project is the feature documentary, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities (TTWAR), directed by veteran documentarian Stanley Nelson, which will air on the PBS series Independent Lens in February 2018 and is in the midst of its public screening tour. The robust companion website for the film serves as the central portal to the HBCU Rising multi-platform experience. HBCURising.com features original video and audio content, opportunities for live engagement, and the user-generated HBCU Digital Yearbook.
The yearbook ​invites visitors to view, contribute and share their personal archival and contemporary photos and videos, capturing the HBCU experience through history. A part of the HBCU project team,

Communications Manager will:

  • Manage social media accounts related to the film, including online activations, Twitter chats, Facebook live events
  • Manage film website, including posting digital media content, writing blogs,etc.
  • Manage the monthly newsletter for the film campaign
  • Solicit and curate user-generated submissions to the HBCU Digital Yearbook, and identify opportunities to share the content with the public
  • Digital Event Promotion, design promotional graphics and templates
  • In collaboration with the Impact and Engagement Team, build and maintain relationships on behalf of the project with selected organizations for marketing and promotion purposes
  • Work closely with staff and consultants responsible for Firelight Media’s overall communications and social media strategies

Required skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and social media management or production experience required
  • Knowledge of Photoshop, WordPress and Facebook/Twitter/Instagram. Familiarity with digital engagement strategies (i.e., hosting Twitter chats, reaching target audiences through Facebook algorithms, etc.)
  • Excellent written communication skills and strong attention to detail
  • Knowledge of video & graphics formats appropriate for web publishing
  • Comfortable taking initiative and generating ideas in line with project objectives
  • Ability to multi-task and work under short deadline. Comfortable working as a productive member of a team
  • Experience with/knowledge of HBCUs a big plus; interest in HBCUs required

LOCATION & TRAVEL: Option to work in NYC or Los Angeles. Some travel may be required.

HOURS and COMPENSATION: This contract position is full-time from July 1, 2017 – March 1, 2018. Salary is competitive, based on experience.

TO APPLY: Please submit brief letter of interest, resume, and writing sample to sonya@firelightmedia.org.