Associate Video Producer

Austin, Texas, United States | Video | Full-time

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Associate Producer (Texas)

RAICES is looking for a driven Associate Producer (AP) to join our Texas-based pod.  

As a leading voice in the fight for immigrant rights, RAICES knows that creative filmmaking and ‘opinionated journalism’ are powerful tools to challenge damaging narratives about immigration and push the public to consider new perspectives. We’re ramping up our video production to continuously inform the public on key issues, push for policy change, generate support for our work, celebrate immigrants, and support impacted communities. Our videos range from snappy updates on developing immigration news, to graphic-heavy explainers, to documentaries about impacted individuals and RAICES’ staff, to field dispatches and live streaming, among others. On occasion, we may dig into longer-form and episodic work as well.

The Associated Producer will work with our Video Producers to support the production of stories from start to finish and will be responsible for all technical aspects of video production in the field and in post. We’re looking for someone enthusiastic about the creative and technical aspects of filming, including lighting, shooting, and editing, as these are the areas where the AP will really shine. Since RAICES will be producing many types of videos on different timelines, the AP must be able to work effectively under deadline-pressure, but also bring creativity to the table for more considered, crafted feature-pieces. The AP will also oversee our Texas equipment and video archiving. 

A candidate keen to tell stories themselves, self-direct, and even report on camera in occasional SM live-streams and so on, would be a bonus and RAICES can support the development of these skills where relevant. The AP must have the flexibility to work both independently and to collaborate closely in an all-hands-on-deck team depending on demands.

We need someone who can bring the necessary technical expertise, a methodical approach to handling equipment and material, and a passion for creative filmmaking.  

This position will be based in Austin but will require regular travel between RAICES’ various Texas offices (full list available on our website) and other relevant locations, such as detention centers or further afield. That travel will often be planned but may also arise at short notice. 

Responsibilities and attributes

  • Work in a collaborative two-person Texas-based video team (Producer + Associate Producer) creating a continual  stream of engaging social media videos and features supporting RAICES’ work and mission. 
  • Provide support during all aspects of production, seeing stories through from start to finish by working with the Producer and our editors.
  • Take the lead on filming (video camera operating), lighting, and initial editing (ideally providing a string-out/rough cut for our editors to finish). Bonus if the AP has the skills to fully edit a piece.
  • Ability to direct and support RAICES staff members and clients featured in videos. 
  • Assist with storyboarding, transcribing, and selecting relevant bites with the Producer. 
  • Stay informed about trends in social video and digital storytelling.
  • Stay informed about general developments around key immigration issues and help the team keep an eye out for potential stories.
  • Provide methodical oversight and maintenance of all Texas video equipment.
  • Manage and maintain our Texas video archive.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity when working with vulnerable individuals who choose to share their stories on RAICES’ platforms.
  • Working with freelancers (DPs, outside producers, editors, etc), when necessary. 
  • Maintain close communication with the Producer and the LA-based Director of Video.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree preferred, but not required, in related field (e.g. film production, communications, journalism, marketing)
  • 3-7 years of experience in production, digital video/journalism, and/or documentary filmmaking.
  • Demonstrated track record in filmmaking, with emphasis on filming and basic editing.
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish speaking). Other languages are a plus. 
  • Experience working in immigration and/or human rights is a plus.