Sweidy Stata Video Fellowship

FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education)

Position Description

FIRE is seeking one energetic full-time Video Fellow to play an integral role in forwarding FIRE's mission using the canvas of video and the paintbrush of cutting edge technology.

Under the supervision of the President and Vice Presidents, the Video Fellow will be charged with the duty to create varying types of high quality video ranging from short "talking head" style pieces to longer length videos about FIRE's cases and mission. The Video Fellow will be responsible for each project from concept development to distribution strategy. Doing so will require the Video Fellow to work both independently and collaboratively while also keeping in mind certain deadlines. Some of the duties for this position will include:

Developing original ideas for video content

Researching current issues related to FIRE's mission

Interrelating with FIRE's staff to keep current on FIRE's upcoming cases

Maintaining an equipment budget

Shooting, editing, producing, directing, and writing each project

Managing project-based budgets and keeping expenses within budgeted limits

Collaborating with FIRE staff to develop marketing strategies for videos

In addition, the Video Fellow will assist with developing and executing a distribution effort for each video and for FIRE's entire multimedia efforts. This will involve making phone calls, meeting outside representatives, and assisting staff members involved with case-based publicity.

This position will require travel, and at some times business travel may be extensive or last-minute in response to unfolding stories. Work may also be required on some evenings, holidays, and weekends in order to meet deadlines and for other business needs. While this is a full-time position, FIRE expects the job hours to have some flexibility, with some periods requiring intense work hours and others being relatively quiet. Work location for this position is flexible, but the Video Fellow will be expected to report to FIRE's Philadelphia office at regular intervals. Therefore, Philadelphia-based applicants will be preferred.

This position is ideal for a candidate who is looking to gain experience in this field and take advantage of the ability to have a good amount of creative independence when constructing video content. Entry-level candidates as well as those with more experience will be considered.

This is a one-year fixed term, employment at-will, position. There is a possibility of continued funding after one year, but this cannot be guaranteed.

The anticipated start date for this position is January 2012; a specific start date is negotiable.


A successful candidate will have a good work ethic, be a self-starter, have the ability to work under minimal supervision, and have an eye for detail. Furthermore, a candidate must be able to demonstrate:

An ability to exercise sound judgment

Exceptional verbal and written communication skills

The ability to work independently

The ability to draw up project budgets and maintain expenses within those limits

Knowledge of HD camera equipment and basic lighting and audio techniques

Knowledge of DVD authoring and digital media exporting in various formats

The candidate must also prove capable in both post-production and on-location environments, be proficient in video production and editing software (i.e. Final Cut Pro, Adobe AfterEffects, Photoshop or equivalents), and be able to work on a Mac and a PC. Also, an interest in doing documentary-style work with a focus on civil liberties and First Amendment issues is required

Graduate or undergraduate certificates or degrees are not required, but will be viewed favorably. Furthermore, candidates must demonstrate knowledge of FIRE's mission and a willingness to advocate for that mission.

Previous work experience is not required, but is a plus. 

Salary and Compensation

FIRE offers a comprehensive benefits package and competitive salary structure. The benefits package includes employer-paid comprehensive health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, matching retirement contributions, and a generous paid time-off plan.

Salary will be commensurate with talent and experience.

About FIRE

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is a nonprofit educational foundation devoted to defending free speech, individual liberty, religious freedom, freedom of conscience, legal equality, due process, and academic freedom on our nation's campuses. Please visit www.thefire.org in order to gain a greater sense of our work and identity.

Working at FIRE

With its offices situated in the Old City section of Philadelphia one block away from Independence Hall, FIRE offers a relaxed yet lively working environment where the staff fights an ongoing battle to secure liberty on college campuses across the country. The Video Fellow position will play a key role in FIRE's outreach and publicity efforts. To accomplish the task of making dynamic and gripping video content for both online and traditional distribution, the Video Fellow will have to collaborate with a broad cross-section of FIRE's staff who work on many varying programs. This type of working environment promotes a culture where staff members receive a well-rounded experience that familiarizes individuals not only with FIRE's activities, but also with the moral and intellectual foundations of FIRE's work.

Application Instructions: 

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, two professional references, and a copy of their reel or examples of prior documentary work. Application material may be either emailed (preferred) or mailed to the contact below:


Attn: Human Resources

601 Walnut Street

Suite 510

Philadelphia, PA 19106