The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is recruiting a Video Producer at the associate, senior associate, or manager level (depending on years of experience, see qualifications section below) to provide global video production and videography leadership and management. The position is based at J-PAL South Asia in New Delhi, India and reports to J-PAL Global at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts (near Boston), US.
Video content plays a key role in translating J-PAL’s research into action and generating policy impact. As the Video Producer, you will shape the organization’s video production strategy and lead development and execution of new video content, including short-form 30-60 second videos for social media platforms, 2-4 minute videos explaining results of J-PAL professors’ research to reduce poverty, 2-4 minute stories of how research has led to program and policy innovations and scale-ups of effective programs, and 45-90 minute videos of J-PAL events and training courses.
J-PAL is a global research center working to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. Anchored by a network of over 160 affiliated professors at universities around the world, J-PAL conducts randomized impact evaluations to answer critical questions in the fight against poverty.
J-PAL is organized around four vertical groups: Research, which facilitates our affiliated professors in conducting high-quality randomized evaluations; Policy and Communications, which translates research into action by promoting the evidence from these evaluations to policymakers; Education and Training, which builds capacity for researchers and policymakers to produce and consume evidence; and Finance and Operations, which supports the complex logistical needs of our seven offices worldwide.
This position sits within the Policy and Communications group but works closely with all members of the J-PAL Global office, as well as with staff at our six regional offices around the world, to provide organization-wide video production leadership and support.
Video and multimedia strategy: You will shape the organization’s video production strategy, working with core communications staff to develop a strategic plan for incorporating video into J-PAL’s website and external communications and obtaining buy-in from internal stakeholders.
Video production: With content direction and support from J-PAL staff, you will lead video production from start to finish, including:
- Initial video conception
- Script writing
- Arranging filming logistics
- Post-production editing
Video editing: You will use existing B-roll from conferences and seminars to produce short 2-5 minute videos on special projects or specific researchers for J-PAL’s website and social media channels.
Project management: You will be the project manager for all internal video projects, capturing innovations in research and policy in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and other regions to be determined.
In cases in which you are not leading production -- for example, when you cannot travel to the project site for filming for funding or logistical reasons -- you will lead project management, including budgeting, recruiting and managing external vendors, and ensuring quality of final vendor deliverables.
Dissemination and analytics: You will work with the communications team to develop strategies for disseminating video content, and regularly track, report on, and respond to video analytics like viewership and audience demographics.
Communications: You manage J-PAL’s YouTube account, posting new content and working with J-PAL staff worldwide to add and update content in alignment with the organization’s strategic plan for video production.
You are also a valued member of J-PAL’s communications team, working with J-PAL Global’s Policy and Communications Director, Policy and Communications Manager, Design Manager, and J-PAL’s Executive Director, as well as associates across J-PAL’s policy, communications, research, education, and training groups, to contribute to J-PAL’s broader external communications strategy.
This position is based at J-PAL South Asia in Hauz Khas, New Delhi, India, J-PAL’s largest regional office. The position reports to the Policy and Communications Manager at J-PAL Global at MIT in Cambridge, USA, involving regular collaboration with remote colleagues.
The Video Producer will travel to J-PAL Global at MIT in October 2018 for 3-4 weeks of onboarding and training.
- 1-4 years of relevant professional experience required for the Associate level; 4+ years of relevant professional experience required for the Senior Associate level; 8+ years of relevant professional experience required for the Manager level.
- International experience, including working or studying abroad and working with international clients, is highly valued.
The tools you will be using day-to-day include Adobe Creative Suite (Final Cut Pro, Illustrator, Photoshop) or other industry standard video editing software, as well as platforms such as YouTube, Salesforce, and, occasionally, Google Analytics.
Detailed knowledge of video production skills and processes, including storyboarding, script writing, photography, cinematography, videography, layout and composition, post-production procedures, and file preparation for web is required.
- Proficiency: Adobe Creative Suite: Final Cut Pro (or other industry standard video editing software), Illustrator, Photoshop; Microsoft PowerPoint and Word
- Familiarity: YouTube; Flickr; Drupal or other CMS
- Preferred: Background in data visualization
Attention to detail: Proven ability to self-manage a time-sensitive workflow while maintaining high quality output and thoroughness and accuracy with details. Detail orientation is a critical component of the Video Producer role.
Communication: Strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to build good relationships and work within a team; ability to communicate clearly with internal and external stakeholders at multiple levels.
Vendor, project, and time management: Comfort with managing colleagues and external vendors to ensure a high-quality product and that deadlines are met. Proven ability to anticipate, plan, prioritize, and meet tight deadlines; demonstrated ability to efficiently organize and manage a high volume of work.
Creative problem-solving: Ability to find solutions to complex problems through research and creative thinking is essential.
Mission orientation: J-PAL staff are driven by our commitment to promoting evidence-informed policy to reduce poverty. Interest in and familiarity with economics, social policy, or international development is critical.
J-PAL invests in your professional development. As part of the organization, you will have opportunities to learn, travel, and grow.
Learn: J-PAL supports a culture of learning, with opportunities to attend career related conferences and events and engage in small-group discussions with J-PAL senior staff.
Travel: You will have the opportunity to travel as the need arises, often to collaborate with staff in one of our regional offices or to participate in conferences and events.
Grow: Associates join a peer group eager to collaborate, build institutional knowledge, and pass on lessons learned. You will receive one-on-one mentorship from senior staff.
The ideal candidate has experience in video production, videography, and digital communications, is creative and analytical, and is committed to J-PAL’s mission.
The candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree or a post-graduate degree in Communications, Film, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Multimedia Design, or a related field; or a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, International Affairs, or a related field, and 2+ years of demonstrated experience in video production.
Level of Language Proficiency
Proficiency in English is required.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Complete the application by attaching a single PDF (saved as “Last name, First name”) with the following materials:
- One page cover letter clearly stating your qualifications for the skills and responsibilities listed above, your international experience, and your interest in J-PAL;
- Resume; and
- Link to online or PDF portfolio.
In the application form, we will ask you to submit links to samples of your video work/film portfolio. If the hyperlink does not work, please copy and paste https://goo.gl/forms/MVCNxjXoUGRqU0Kz2 into your browser.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible. Given the volume of applications we receive, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.