Part-Time TNTP Core Videographers – Multiple Locations
We are seeking part-time, seasonal TNTP Core Videographers with amateur or professional experience in videography. Video Reviewers will be TNTP employees working in Oakland, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Hartford, CT; Washington, DC; Broward County, FL; New Orleans, LA; Camden, NJ; New York, NY. These positions are available starting October 1, 2015. This role requires approximately 10-20 hours of work per week between October 2016 and January, 2017 but can be variable within the window based on business need.
Who We Are
TNTP is a national nonprofit founded by teachers that believes our nation’s public schools can offer all children an excellent education. Today we’re a diverse team from a wide range of fields, united by a fierce commitment to helping school systems end educational inequality and achieve their goals for students. We work at every level of the public education system to attract and train talented teachers and school leaders, ensure rigorous and engaging classrooms, and create environments that prioritize great teaching and accelerate student learning.
TNTP Core Videographer Role and Responsibilities
TNTP Core Videographers are responsible for video recording classroom lessons and submitting this footage to an online video platform for new and veteran teachers as part of a national research study. Videographers will be required to attend 2-3 hours of initial training as well as 1-2 follow-up meetings throughout the year. Training will be conducted virtually (through phone and webinar conferencing) and check-in meetings will be conducted via phone with central TNTP management. These check-in meetings will discuss and address logistical issues such as school access, scheduling, and technology troubleshooting.
Core Videographers will be assigned a caseload of 15-30 participants based their respective city. Videographers will video-record each participant 3 times between October 2016 and January 2017. The lessons recorded and uploaded by Core Videographers will then be reviewed and scored by trained video reviewers against TNTP Core Rubric (TNTP’s new, innovative classroom observation rubric) to help us understand the connection between classroom observation scores, reviewer content expertise, and student performance data. A Core Videographer is responsible for:
- Traveling to local schools, using personal transportation
- Scheduling visits to teachers’ classrooms in accordance with observation deadlines
- Recording with fidelity and high quality three 45-60 minute lesson cycles for each assigned participant between January and April of 2016
- Maintaining program-provided video equipment and independently trouble shooting challenges to ensure timelines are met
- Uploading lesson videos to a central server following standard protocol within 48 hours of filming
- Participating in all required trainings and check-in meetings
- Demonstrating professionalism in all interactions with program participants, school staff, and students
Successful Core Videographers are self-motivated with strong organizational skills and a track record of producing high-quality video recordings of dynamic environments. The ideal candidate must also:
- Pass a background check
- Have reliable transportation
- Be able to skillfully operate video equipment provided by TNTP
- Be familiar with uploading to online video platforms
- Have a basic understanding of lesson structure and classroom settings – education background preferred but not required
- Demonstrate ability to capture high-quality video of dynamic environments
- Possess a reliable high-speed internet connection and computer needed to upload video files (TNTP will provide necessary video recording equipment. TNTP does not compensate for Internet access or computer.)
- Act with discretion and maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
Candidates must also successfully complete all requirements of the initial training in order to continue as videographers. In the event that a candidate withdraws or is removed from training, he or she will be paid for the time invested in initial training but not for any of the subsequent follow-up meetings.
Core Videographers will be paid $20/hour for all training sessions, check-in meetings (including independent study) and completed lesson videos.
Core Videographers will be employees of TNTP, a non-profit consulting organization. For more information on TNTP, please visit www.tntp.org.
If you are interested in becoming a Core Videographer, please submit a one-page cover letter, résumé, and video sample online. Given the importance of reliable internet service for this position, please also visit www.speedtest.net, run the diagnostic, and take a screen shot of your download/upload speeds; submit this screen shot along with your application materials. In general, upload speeds slower than 5 Mbps are insufficient to efficiently upload video to our online platform and will remove your application from consideration. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis – so it is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible. Interviews and selection of candidates will take place in September.
The cover letter must specifically address the following questions:
- What skills make you a good fit for this position?
- What do you anticipate being the greatest challenge in filming a classroom setting?
The video sample may portray any professionally appropriate content and should be 10-15 minutes in length.
We will not consider applications without a cover letter tailored to this position, which can be addressed to Talent and Culture Department. Please note that an offer of employment will be subject to the successful completion of a background check. TNTP is committed to fostering and capitalizing on the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and seek individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to apply to this position.
TNTP helps school districts and states fulfill the promise of public education by ensuring that all students—especially those from high-need communities—get excellent teachers. A national nonprofit organization founded by teachers, TNTP is driven by the knowledge that although great teachers are the best solution to educational inequality, the nation’s education systems do not sufficiently prioritize the goal of effective teachers for all. In response, TNTP develops customized programs and policy interventions that enable education leaders to find, develop and keep great teachers and achieve reforms that promote effective teaching in every classroom. Since its inception in 1997, TNTP has recruited or trained approximately 37,000 teachers—mainly through its highly selective Teaching Fellows™ programs—benefiting an estimated 5.9 million students. TNTP has also released a series of acclaimed studies of the policies and practices that affect the quality of the nation’s teacher workforce, most recently including The Irreplaceables: Understanding the Real Retention Crisis in America’s Urban Schools (2012). Today TNTP is active in more than 30 cities, including Baltimore, Chicago, New Orleans, New York, and Oakland, among others. For more information, please visit www.tntp.org.
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