The Digital Storyteller will help tell the story of select RAND research initiatives in engaging and accessible ways. This position requires a journalistic storyteller who understands and has demonstrated mastery of writing in the modern communications landscape and who can craft compelling narratives describing research and science for both expert and lay audiences. This position will reside in RAND’s corporate communications function but will work across teams—including digital, social media, and multimedia communications—and must have strong understanding of each of these channels, including how they can be integrated and used to raise RAND’s profile. This position will work on both short and narrative digital content; on corporate publications, including RAND’s annual report; and on developing content to support high-profile institutional priorities.
Some attributes required for this post include
- superior writing and editing skills, including knowledge of writing-for-the-web best practices and the ability to tailor content across a variety of channels for multiple audiences
- demonstrated interest in and experience working on public policy or research communications and an understanding of digital communications, including how infographics, data visualizations, multimedia, and interactive tools can help support compelling storytelling
- the ability to work with other communications specialists (e.g., RAND’s digital strategy and communications professionals, research communications professionals, researchers, and management) to conceive, write, edit, and produce narrative, feature-style stories; short-form video scripts; and short, journalistic-style summaries of RAND research for distribution on RAND’s web channels
- the ability to engage stakeholders and navigate organizational complexities to ensure that projects meet standards and deadlines
- the ability to formulate a project plan from conception through execution
- flexibility, ingenuity, creativity, and a willingness to learn and adapt to rapidly changing circumstances
- demonstrated editorial judgment, self-direction, and independence on multiple projects, while also working well with and within teams.
Bachelor’s degreerequired in journalism, communications, public policy, or another field with a strong communications component; advanced degreepreferred.
Specializations of Interest
Writing for the web and for video; search optimization best practices; storyboarding; and advanced experience with tools in the Microsoft Office Suite (especially Word and PowerPoint), Adobe Creative Suite, or their equivalents.
Minimum 6 years in positions similar to those described above.