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Embedded Mediamaker – POV/New York Times Interactive Documentary Project About Race (Full-Time Contract Position)

What happens when a documentary mediamaker embeds with a bunch of great journalists at a storied newspaper? The PBS documentary series POV (pbs.org/pov) and The New York Times (nytimes.com) are going to find out.

We’re seeking a documentary filmmaker, a creator, or a creative technologist rooted in documentary storytelling to work for 20 weeks at The New York Times alongside some of its most creative journalists. You’ll create new forms of documentary and interactive content with a team of Times writers, editors and visual storytellers involved in Race/Related, a newsletter and reporting project exploring race as it is lived today.

If “filmmaker” comes further down on your CV, stay with us. If you’re a YouTube creator or a film- and camera-savvy technologist who has told stories in creative ways (with, for example, code, or data, or CGI, motion graphics, or a cohort of self-replicating, story-gathering robots) and you’re excited by this opportunity, we want to hear from you.

Pitch us a brilliant project about race and ethnicity — one that publishes early and often and takes advantage of the unique opportunities that working online provides.

Over the course of this embed, you will be both producing what you pitched, and teaming up with other journalists on related ideas. Expect to be prolific. Expect to iterate and collaborate.

Applications are due by Monday, July 25, 2016 at 5 pm Eastern Time. Complete application instructions are available at pov.org/jobs.

Read the press release announcing the collaboration.

Critical skills:

  • A demonstrable and deep interest in issues of race and how the experience of race and ethnicity are evolving.
  • International-caliber documentary media-making skills (interviewing, production, post-production).
  • A talent for engaging with — or telling stories to — an audience through social media.
  • Readiness to match the artistic and creative expression of documentary with the deadline-driven, fast turnarounds of daily journalism.


  • Stipend: $30,000.
  • Dates: 20-week contract, starting Monday, August 15, 2016.  This is a contract position and not an ongoing POV staff position.
  • Eligibility: You must be eligible for employment in the United States.
  • Location: You must also be available in New York City in August 2016 for interviews and orientation. Expect meetings to take place in New York City, NY, but your stories and ideas can come from anywhere.

To apply:

Email povnyt[at]pov.org with the subject line “POV-NYT Embedded Media: [YOUR NAME]”. All proposals are due by 5 pm Eastern Time on Monday, July 25, 2016. Include the following:

  • URL/s to a set of projects (which can be linear videos, interactive projects, or any combination that demonstrates your skills) with your role/s clearly stated.
  • A resume (PDF or plain text) that addresses all of the skills required for the position.
  • A proposal of up to two pages addressing how you would use documentary storytelling, interactive media (such as social platforms, immersive viewers, code or other emerging technology), and the unique two-way capabilities of online media (e.g., social media, messaging apps) to examine how race is experienced today. We are seeking an innovative, creative idea that will go beyond what we already do and surprise us and our audience.

About POV Digital:

Since 1994, POV Digital has driven new storytelling initiatives and interactive production for POV. The department created PBS’s first program website and its first web-based documentary (POV’s Borders) and has won major awards, including a Webby Award (and six nominations) and an Online News Association Award. POV Digital continues to explore the future of independent nonfiction media through its digital productions and the POV Digital Labs, where media makers and technologists collaborate to reinvent storytelling forms. @povdocs on Twitter.

About POV:

Produced by American Documentary, Inc., POV is public television’s premier showcase for nonfiction films. Since 1988, POV has been the home for the world’s boldest contemporary filmmakers, celebrating intriguing personal stories that spark conversation and inspire action. Always an innovator, POV discovers fresh new voices and creates interactive experiences that shine a light on social issues and elevate the art of storytelling. With our documentary broadcasts, original online programming and dynamic community engagement campaigns, we are committed to supporting films that capture the imagination and present diverse perspectives.

POV films have won 34 Emmy® Awards, 19 George Foster Peabody Awards, 12 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, three Academy Awards®, the first-ever George Polk Documentary Film Award and the Prix Italia. The POV series has been honored with a Special News & Documentary Emmy Award for Excellence in Television Documentary Filmmaking, three IDA Awards for Best Curated Series and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Award for Corporate Commitment to Diversity. Learn more: www.pbs.org/pov.

About The New York Times Company:

The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT) is a global media organization dedicated to enhancing society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news and information.  

The company includes The New York Times, International New York Times, NYTimes.com, INYT.com and related properties.  It is known globally for excellence in its journalism, and innovation in its print and digital storytelling and its business model.  Follow news about the company at @NYTimesComm.

POV’s Interactive Documentary project is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY, INC. — VP, Finance and Business Affairs

American Documentary, Inc. (AmDoc) the non-profit parent organization and producer of the award-winning PBS documentary series POV seeks a VP, Finance and Business Affairs. The VP, Finance and Business Affairs is responsible for providing financial and administrative leadership for AmDoc and its two core series, POV (PBS) and America Reframed (World Channel). With the Executive Director, and with guidance from the Board, the VP will develop the overall financial strategy for the organization including short and long range planning, day to day budget management, systems management, and contract/business review. The individual will collaborate with the Director of Finance and Operations (DFO) to create and implement systems to move the strategy forward.


Financial management

  • Responsible for overall finances for American Documentary, Inc and its two series POV and America ReFramed. Work with Executive Director to create financial strategy for AmDoc. Ensure sound financial management and planning that integrates all operations of the organization.
  • Work with DFO to create, monitor and evaluate budgets and financial analysis reports.
  • Interpret financial reports for senior leadership and board members; cultivate and act as lead steward for volunteers serving on finance committee.
  • Participate in the development and preparation of short-term and long-range plans and budgets based upon broad organizational goals and objectives.
  • Work with the treasurer and Board of Directors to improve financial performance.
  • Collaborate with the DFO to ensure that financial records, reports, and policies and procedures are maintained. Conduct review of transactions and supporting documentation, e.g. grant letters and pledges.
  • Manage the cash flow function. Lead weekly cash flow meetings with the ED and DFO.
  • Review DFO’s monthly reconciliations and prepare financial statements.
  • Prepare the quarterly financial package including narrative and dashboards.
  • Make sure organization is filing appropriate annual, quarterly and ancillary reports.
  • Manage the annual budget function from development and execution to regular monitoring.
  • Work with Department heads to create and manage departmental budgets.
  • Work with auditors to prepare annual financial statements and to comply with standard auditing practices.
  • Work with development team and DFO to prepare financial documents as needed for proposals and grant reports.
  • Work with DFO to manage the IRA plan for the organization.
  • Maintain banking relationships.
  • Ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal tax laws and wage and hour regulations.
  • Ensure compliance with all state and federal 501(c)(3) requirements.
  • Work with DFO to deliver and continually update a fully documented financial policy & procedure handbook detailing all accounting processes, internal control policies, and other department activities. Update as needed.
  • With ED, manage Reserve Fund according to Board Reserve policy.
  • Evaluate and improve all financial functions regularly.
  • Make recommendations to the ED and DFO to increase efficiency and create cost savings when possible and appropriate.

Legal and Management

  • Oversee all aspects of business and legal affairs for nonprofit media organization.
  • Draft, negotiate, review and finalize all agreements, including production, acquisition and licensing agreements, as well as service and employment agreements.
  • Review grant and sponsorship contracts.
  • Review and manage outgoing contracts with filmmakers. Create efficient systems for review and completion with organizational leadership and outside legal counsel.
  • Work with EPs to negotiate deals with filmmakers and distributors as needed.
  • Help strategize on all business affairs matters across the organization.
  • Handle other general business and legal affairs matters typically required of an independent media
    organization/television strand.
  • With our attorneys, create and administer legal processes and best practices for the Company.
  • Stay abreast of current industry trends, business practices and legal changes in the field.
  • Manage contracts being offered to the organization, including with government agencies and partner organizations.
  • Write RFP’s for the organization. Manage vendor relationships and contracts.
  • Review and work with DFO to renew insurance policies (liability, property, etc.).
  • Manage special projects, including capital project funded by the City of New York.
  • Manage and collaborate with outside counsel for AmDoc, POV and American Reframed matters.
  • Review programming and collateral materials for compliance with contracts, PBS policies, FCC regulations, and intellectual property law.
  • With ED, review and respond as appropriate to issues raised by staff, independent producers, programming partners and other stakeholders.
  • Work with ED and DFO on Human Resource issues as needed.
  • Perform other duties as necessary.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required; an MBA or JD is preferred.
  • Eight years of accounting and financial management experience, thorough knowledge of nonprofit
    short-term and long-range financial planning require.
  • A minimum of four years nonprofit senior-level management team and supervisory experience required.
  • Proven knowledge of GAAP accounting principles, IRS regulations related to foundation grants,
    philanthropic practices, and non-profit law.
  • Previous experience and training in human resources, including current NY labor laws required.
  • Experience with Fund EZ, Excel software.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to work effectively with staff at all levels of the organization, outside professionals, and project partners.
  • Confident, out-going personality with an infectious can-do attitude.
  • Candidate must be tech savvy and possess a proven knowledge of current software applications.
  • Must be able to prioritize work against tight timelines, operate with a sense of urgency and perform under pressure, especially in peak periods of the year.
  • Possess experience and knowledge of current distribution deals in both the independent and public broadcasting arenas.
  • Excellent references and academic credentials.
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills; Superior negotiation and legal drafting skills and unyielding attention to detail.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage time, with exceptional organizational skills and a facility with handling a constant stream of high-priority projects.
  • Superior analytical skills.
  • Ability to independently exercise sound judgment, make sound decisions, and perform under minimal supervision on a daily basis.
  • Strong initiative to take on tasks and set own priorities and deadlines and put forth the maximum effort.
  • Ability to build effective working relationships within and outside the Company. Have established relationships within the entertainment, business affairs and legal communities.


Please email resume, salary history, and a cover letter with salary requirements to Betty Cordero at posting@pov.org. Reference “VP, Finance and Business Affairs” in Re: line. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.


American Documentary, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.