Do you have a passion for the arts? Interested in promoting meaningful movies and helping fellow citizens discover great documentary films? The Northwest Progressive Institute (NPI) — a political strategy center that works to raise everyone’s quality of life — is looking for a Documentary Advocate. You will be part of a dynamic, passionate team committed to revolutionizing grassroots politics and advancing progressive causes through insightful research and imaginative advocacy.
We are a fast-moving, nimble, and driven team of people who believe strongly in effective activism. You will be volunteering for a nonprofit where your contributions will have a real impact. This is an unpaid, part-time, remote position with flexible hours.
Role and responsibilities
You will review nonfiction films once a month for NPI through our primary publication, the Cascadia Advocate, and occasionally highlight opportunities for our supporters and the public to interact with filmmakers at venues like Town Hall Seattle through our blogs and social media channels. The following is a sample list of titles you will be tasked with reviewing:
- Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America’s Elections
- Slay the Dragon
- 537 Votes
- The People vs. Agent Orange
- My Octopus Teacher
- I Am Greta
- Kiss the Ground
In most cases, you’ll watch a film on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or another streaming service from the comfort of your home, but occasionally there may be opportunities to go to screenings organized by the Meaningful Movies Project or the Seattle International Film Festival. In your reviews, you will offer your take on the film’s content, style, pacing, and merit, highlighting what you liked, and/or what you didn’t like. Your primary objective as a reviewer will be to help our readers get a sense of whether they should go see a documentary for themselves.
Ordinarily, you will be asked to submit a review within a week of screening a film.
Your reviews will be featured on NPI’s social media channels and in our e-newsletter, The Evergreen Connection, which is distributed by email to our supporters. You are an ideal candidate for this position if you enjoy documentary films focusing on politics, current events, and public affairs. Your writing skills should be strong and well developed.
Requirements and qualifications
You must be able to:
- Submit drafts for review and publication using WordPress
- Self-manage and work autonomously
- Keep an open mind and be receptive to editorial changes suggested by your fellow staff
- Check in regularly and report on the status of your tasks
- Express yourself effectively through email and mobile messaging
- Carry out verbal and written instructions in English
- Pay attention to detail and quickly internalize feedback
- Interact professionally and respectfully with NPI’s staff and board
Time Commitment and Start Date
This position requires a commitment of at least ten to twelve hours per month for a minimum of one year. You will be expected to attend regular team meetings, which will be scheduled with your input.
We ask that you be ready to begin your training and orientation no later than September 30th, 2021.
This is an unpaid, volunteer position. There will be no financial compensation.
As part of the NPI staff, you will be eligible for several cool benefits, including:
- Complimentary Champion Membership: You will receive all the benefits of an NPI membership at the highest level.
- Training: Haven’t been to a re:Power training? We will assist you in the preparation of your application and pay your registration fee if you are accepted to the next re:Power training held in Seattle. Whether you are interested in running for office, finding paid work managing a campaign, or simply becoming a more effective activist, you will love re:Power’s trainings.
- Travel: Each summer, NPI sends members of its staff to Netroots Nation, America’s largest annual gathering of progressives. You will have the opportunity to travel with the team to Netroots Nation. NPI will cover the cost of your airfare, lodging, and participation in the conference. And, following the general election in November, you’ll have the opportunity to get away for the weekend with the rest of the NPI staff in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Lodging and meals will be provided at no cost to you.
- Low-cost wireless service: If you’d like to save money on your wireless bill every month while enjoying the best possible coverage and reliability available from a U.S. wireless carrier, you can join the NPI wireless plan on a month-to-month basis, and pay only a minimal monthly line fee each billing cycle (if you bring your own device).
Note that all staff members receive an NPI email address and access to a multitude of useful tools maintained by NPI to carry out their responsibilities.
Students: If you are a student, NPI can help you earn course credit, if your school offers that opportunity. We are also happy to provide references for students who ably serve on NPI’s staff for at least three months.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, please complete the form below. You will be asked to enclose your resume. NPI is an equal opportunity organization. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, citizenship, or disability.