TV Captioning: Live Voice Writer

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $30,000.00
Maximum: $35,000.00



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



3725 Concorde Parkway
Suite 100
United States


Maybe you've seen this ad before, and you're wondering what's going on here at NCI. We are growing our staff! We have new training classes starting in May, 2018. This is an in-house position in our Chantilly, Virginia, office, with a possibility of going remote after 6 months to a year. Please consider applying today. We would love to hear from you!

Last date of resume submission: April 21, 2018

Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis!

YOU: Sitting on your couch on the internet, cringing when you see bad grammar and spelling. (We cringe with you.) Perhaps you're wondering if there's a company out there that will value your English or Communications or Liberal Arts degree. (There is.) Perhaps you are looking for full-time work with benefits, at a job that either leaves your evenings free or starts late and matches your night-owl tendencies. (We offer a variety of non-traditional schedules.) Maybe you're an introvert who works best independently but at the same time wants to be part of a team providing an important service. (Extroverts welcome, too!)

OUR COMPANY: NCI is a mission-oriented nonprofit that has been around for nearly 40 years. We set the standard for excellence in the closed captioning industry, and we continue to spearhead changes that will improve the viewer experience for consumers of closed captioning.

WHO WE ARE: Captioners come from a wide variety of backgrounds. The main things we have in common are that we speak English with a native proficiency, type quickly, and have a knack for grammar, spelling, and punctuation; and we believe that televised and web-based news, sports, information, and entertainment play an important part in how our society functions, and thus, should be accessible to everyone. We use voice recognition technology to create broadcast-quality closed captioning for a variety of media outlets. And we have the coolest job you've never heard of.

WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU: We will pay for your training as a live voice writer, as our in-house training program is set up to meet our exacting standards, and we want you to make a living while you learn how to meet these standards. You will start out earning $30,000 per year with benefits; once you go through training and pass a series of accuracy tests, your yearly salary will be $35,000 per year, with plenty of opportunity to work extra hours and earn overtime pay. From there, we give raises to captioners who meet higher standards and are able to caption more challenging programs. We promote management from within the company, and as we expand, we seek out smart, motivated captioners to move into administrative positions. So if you love language and television and you are punctual and can punctuate, we invite you to learn more about the employment opportunities at NCI.

If you love news and you love the idea of providing this important service, this could be the job for you. And sports! You will have the opportunity to train to caption baseball, basketball, hockey, tennis, soccer, professional wrestling, and other sports programming.

Minimum Requirements:

An undergraduate degree, such as in (but not limited to) Communications, English, or another liberal arts discipline OR Associate's degree plus one year of related experience OR completion of training program in court reporting or captioning OR high school diploma plus three years of related work experience.

An interest in providing media access to millions of closed captioning users.

The ability to read, write, and speak English with a native proficiency.

A clear speaking voice and excellent enunciation skills.

The ability to make quick judgments and work under deadlines.

Proficiency in PC-based computer applications, with strong multitasking and troubleshooting proficiency and the ability to follow written directions Quick and accurate research abilities.

The readiness to work independently, with limited supervision.

The willingness to work a non-traditional schedule.

The willingness to work overtime, holidays, or as needed according to broadcast schedules.

The National Captioning Institute offers:

A friendly, casual work environment.

A structured paid training program.

Paid Leave/Vacation.

Medical, dental, and vision insurance.

The opportunity to provide a valuable service.

Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program through the U.S. Department of Education.


  • A structured paid training program
  • Paid Leave/Vacation
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • The opportunity to provide a valuable service
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program through the U.S. Department of Education

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

High School

How To Apply

Please email resume and cover letter to