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Solar Storyteller Media Assistant

Job Description
The Solar Storyteller Media Assistant will support the Lead Solar Storyteller Instructor in a summer youth media training program to develop youth-driven storytelling around Minnesota’s renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives. 
Media Assistants are tasked with supporting the creation, planning, coordination, and monitoring implementation of technical and artistic aspects of media and video production including educational and career support activities.


Media assistants work alongside the Lead Solar Storyteller Instructor to support the healthy development of American Indian youth ensure the accomplishment of the goals, objectives, and outcomes as required. This position reports directly to Lead Solar Storyteller Instructor, under the supervision of the Deputy Director and MIGIZI President.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with maintaining timely and accurate program records in the organizational Salesforce database

  • Assist in and contribute to preparation for youth media project projects including pre-production, story gathering and editing

  • Tailor training to meet the developmental needs of youth participants

  • Assist with the management and coordination of youth media project activities, including field trips and special training opportunities

  • Collaborate with project/program teams daily

  • Communicate as required with families of youth served

  • Collaborate with other organizational and project staff to plan and implement activities and ensure the maximum benefits for youth

  • Schedule and facilitate weekly meetings of the media team.

  • Additional duties as assigned by supervisor

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Contribute to a cooperative, collaborative, and flexible work team environment

  • Model positive behaviors to youth and staff

  • Proven ability to actively engage youth and their families/guardians in the creation and pursuit of education and career goals

  • Knowledge of American Indian values and cultural practices

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with Minneapolis / St. Paul Indian communities

  • Background or ability to work with youth in a variety of settings and on a variety of projects

  • Knowledge of sustainability and climate change

  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn principles and benefits of renewable energy, including photovoltaics

  • Minimum of one year of digital photography or videography experience using DSLR or mirrorless cameras

  • Knowledge of basic video project equipment and hardware (Camera, Tripod, External Microphone, Lightening Kit, Gimbal)

  • Knowledge of video production software (Adobe Suite, Adobe Premiere Pro)

  • Computer skills (Google Suite, MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

  • Maintain confidentiality of required information

  • Good driving record and ability to transport youth with an organizational vehicle.

  • Submit to a criminal background check as a prerequisite

  • Applicants should include a link to a portfolio of past creative works


Work Environment

Academic support specialists work primarily in MIGIZI office settings and in a field environment with youth programming. Academic support specialists provide administrative and programmatic support. A great deal of time may be spent standing and walking, and these individuals can frequently be exposed to the elements as well. These are normally salaried positions that require Monday - Friday average 40 hour work week, which can include nights and weekends.

Please send a resume and a cover letter to

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