Video Producer

Los Angeles, California, United States Full-time

Video Producer, LA

RAICES is looking for a driven Video Producer to join our Los Angeles-based team. The Video Producer will be responsible for keeping an eye on developments in immigration as well as RAICES’ own immigrant defense, litigation and social work to spot potential stories and then consider the most creative and compelling ways to bring them to life. Once a story has been approved or assigned, the Video Producer will lead production from start to finish under the supervision of the Director of Video. This will include pre-production, field production, scripting, and working with our editors in post. This position is located in Los Angeles with occasional travel.

We’re looking for someone with experience in fact-based, journalistic storytelling who is also able to think outside the box to push creative boundaries. Above all, we want the Producer to bring RAICES’ passion and conviction in fighting for the rights of immigrants to their work. 

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. We’re building a stellar creative team to produce innovative video content about our work and immigration issues that captures the public’s attention and support. Our videos are not limited to specific formats and can range from snappy updates on developing immigration news, graphic-heavy explainers, short documentaries about impacted individuals and RAICES’ staff, satirical pieces, celebrity advocacy montages, animations, field dispatches, narrative shorts, and live streaming, among others. On occasion, we may dig into longer-form and episodic work as well.

RAICES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost immigration legal services and education to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees in Texas. We actively advocate for these individuals and do whatever it takes to assist the immigrant community. With legal services, social programs, bond assistance, and an advocacy team focused on changing the narrative around immigration in this country, RAICES is operating on the national frontlines of the fight for immigration rights.

Job Description:

  • Works closely with the Director of Video to identify, pitch, and produce a range of creative videos to advance RAICES’ mission;
  • Produces multiple projects at once from start to finish (e.g., a short documentary about a client, a thank-you video for supporters, and a celebrity montage video);
  • Manages and collaborates with freelancers (DPs, outside producers, animators, editors, etc);
  • Prepares and sticks to production budgets, with oversight and support from the Director of Video;
  • Stays informed about trends in social media video and other online streaming platforms for inspiration;
  • Works both independently and collaboratively in an all-hands-on-deck team, depending on demands;
  • Works in a geographically dispersed network and collaborates with others for results in a matrixed organization; and,
  • Occasionally travels to RAICES’ Texas offices, across the United States, and potentially further afield.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field preferred, but not required (e.g. communications, journalism, film production, marketing);
  • 5-10 years of experience in video/film production, journalism, marketing, or documentary filmmaking;
  • Demonstrated track record of strong point-of-view videos and ability to go beyond traditional documentary and journalistic storytelling;
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish essential, other languages a plus); 
  • Talent and enthusiasm to report on-camera to explain developing immigrations news is a plus;
  • A self-starter hungry for information, adept and efficient at scouring resources on the web, and who can adapt a DIY approach when needed; and,
  • Experience working in immigration and/or social justice is a plus. 

Application Process:

Please provide a resume and a thoughtful cover letter that specifies why you want to work for RAICES and why you would be a good fit for this position. Please include links to three relevant work samples. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.  

RAICES is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status.