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At Define American, we’re building an America that belongs to any person who calls this country home. With thousands of supporters across the country, we are building a country that embraces and welcomes all people, giving them an opportunity to practice citizenship regardless of the circumstances of their birth. For us, citizenship is not the possession of papers, or lack thereof; it is belonging to a community that loves, and having the opportunity to realize families’ dreams. And this citizenship cannot be defined by one’s bloodline and or the soil within our borders because it is created every day through the work, ideals, and values and participation of all who seek the American experience.

If you share that vision, we want you to join our movement.

We are the nation’s leading nonprofit immigration advocacy and culture change organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling and narrative change. Through media consulting and creation, grassroots organizing, and event curation, Define American jumpstarts widespread and culture change around citizenship, race, and identity in a changing America.

We are a remote-working organization, with offices in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and Louisville. Our hiring process is an intentional one, which may involve a written assessment of skills when an in-person interview cannot be facilitated.

We are an equal opportunity employer and 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. We encourage applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, and evaluate all candidates based on merit.

Supervising Producer

Define American is the nation’s leading non-profit in the immigration culture change space. Our mission is to shift the narrative around immigration in the media through the power of storytelling. In 2020, we are producing a 12-part video travel series exploring American identity, created for digital distribution. We are seeking a well seasoned producer to join our team as a contractor.

This contract position would commence in early 2020, and last through July with the potential of the contract extending depending on the production schedule. This position would focus primarily on the pre-production and in-field production of the series, with an emphasis on casting and story construction. This position would report to Define American’s Executive Video Producer and would fall under the Creative Initiatives Team. 

*Contract

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborating with the DA video team to conceptualize episodes and series arc
  • Leading casting for series
  • Management of pre-production for series
  • Management of Associate Producer/Coordinator
  • Producing episodes
  • Directing on set 
  • Troubleshooting unanticipated production issues
  • Talent management
  • Extensive travel for 12-15 weeks around the United States

 Desired Skills:

  • Minimum of 5 years experience 
  • Proven skill as a producer in the field
  • Positive, collaborative working style
  • Extensive experience in pre-production and casting for TV
  • Experience in travel TV
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Spanish language proficiency a plus
  • Enthusiasm, flexibility and a positive attitude.
  • You’ll be joining a small but mighty team, and ability to work collaboratively with others is essential 

*Please submit work samples & reel along with your resume to [email protected]

Budget and Finance Associate/Analyst

POSITION SUMMARY:

Define American is seeking a Budget and Finance Associate/Analyst to develop the organization’s budgets and oversee its implementation under the direction of the Director of Administration and People Services. The Budget and Finance Associate/Analyst will be the in-house financial expert responsible for ensuring that staff and the Board have a full and comprehensive understanding of our financial position and priorities. This position does not supervise staff.

WORK SCHEDULE: 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday 

CLASSIFICATION: Exempt

LOCATION: Louisville, KY; Los Angeles, CA; New York City; Remote option is available

SALARY: Commensurate with experience

DEPARTMENT: Operations and Administration

REPORTS TO: Director, Administration and People Services

TRAVEL: <15%

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop the organizational budget based on current goals and revenue
  • Assist departments in preparing budgets based on goals, current revenue, expenses, and past financial performance
  • Prepare Board meeting financial reports and presentations
  • Prepare initial, interim and final grant financial reports
  • Prepare ad hoc financial reports and presentations
  • Provide monthly financial analysis and recommendations to organizational leadership to ensure adherence to budget
  • Prepare program cost analysis and financial modeling, with recommendations to leadership and department heads for final decision making
  • Design and implement effective budgeting, reconciliation and reporting policies and procedures
  • Monthly reconciliation of the organization’s credit cards and bank accounts
  • Development and implementation of financial internal controls, policies, and procedures
  • Oversee annual audit
  • Other duties as assigned

 REQUIREMENTS:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting or Finance and 3 years of professional experience, or at least 5 years of financial management experience; CPA licensure is a plus
  • Experience leading an annual audit
  • Full understanding of GAAP and nonprofit accounting laws and regulations
  • Proficiency using one of the following accounting tools: QuickBooks, Intacct, Bill.com, Xero, Thomson Reuters Net Client Accounting CS
  • MS Excel Proficiency
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Experience working in fast-paced, remote environments
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to our mission and vision

 SALARY AND BENEFITS:

  • Salary is competitive and will commensurate with experience
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • 401K match
  • Cell phone reimbursement
  • Health and Wellness Program

 HOW TO APPLY:

  • Please send your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to [email protected] with “Budget and Finance Associate” and your name in the subject line
  • We will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled

 ABOUT DEFINE AMERICAN:

Define American is a leading national media and culture nonprofit organization that uses the power of stories to transcend politics and elevate the conversation about immigrants, identity and citizenship in a changing America. We were founded in 2011 by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas and named one of the world’s most innovative companies by Fast Company in 2019.

Define American proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.