Roadtrip Nation is an innovative, regional-Emmy award winning production company creating life-changing experiences, documentaries, online resources and education. We are on a mission to empower people with a range of backgrounds to create their own stories and define their own roads in life! We are looking for a Director to join our team. This is a full-time temporary role lasting 6-8 months and can be fully remote anywhere in the United States, outside of the 3 week roadtrip where travel is required.

This role plays an important part in creative direction and story arc development for the roadtrip while working collaboratively with RTN’s Production Team. Our roadtrips are thematic based on our partnerships and vision, but previous experience in the theme is not necessary to be successful in this role. This upcoming roadtrip is focused on health and the changing nature and direction of healthcare in California. This roadtrip will be exploring all of the roles and pathways that are revealed as we widen the lens of what health care and public health can be.

You may be asking, what is a Roadtrip Nation “roadtrip?” For 20 years, we’ve been sending people on road trips in our green RV to conduct interviews, expanding their ideas of what their careers—and lives—could look like. We want to help people find pathways to fulfilling work, and we’ve created a public television show, written bestselling books, and developed classroom curricula to show it’s possible. Applicants must be available for three weeks of consecutive travel in 2021. This trip is currently scheduled for August 2021.

What does this position entail?

The Director is responsible for directing and facilitating short and long form documentary and video content. This role works with the Creative Directors, Producers, and other video production staff to deliver videos to Roadtrip Nation’s standards of storytelling and quality.

Collaborate with the team to concept elements of the video project including timelines, storyboard, and themes.
Successfully convey the story through long and short form videos.
Work with the team to plan, coordinate, and execute video productions, including roadtrips.
Oversee and direct camera operations, including lighting, audio, and camera operator.
Operate camera, audio, and production equipment.
Conduct documentary interviews with participants on the roadtrip.
Organize media and video projects
Edit and direct episodic documentary content from assembly to final cut.
Responsible for addressing creative director’s notes and preparing all projects for final delivery including music placement, adjusting audio and color as needed, packaging and exporting to required specifications.

How do I apply?

Please submit your cover letter and resume at https://roadtripnation.com/join-our-team.

Roadtrip Nation is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity employer. Our mission is to empower people to define their own roads in life. We started Roadtrip Nation two decades ago to find and share all the different ways to build a fulfilling life and career. We're still out on the road, asking meaningful questions about how people built a life on their own terms, and creating stories about the missteps, failures, and setbacks as well as the joys and successes that are part of pursuing a career aligned to your personal interests.

Every story and background adds richness to our culture, and we continually strive to mirror that diversity of stories on our own team. When we hire, we envision a workforce representing as many backgrounds, identities, and roads as possible. We can’t wait to hear more about your story.

Experience / Skills

What will set you up for success in this position?

3+ years Education or equivalent work experience in directing, video production and editing.
3+ years of experience with documentary, reality, or feature film editing
Intermediate to advanced knowledge of video editing platforms such as Premiere Pro, Final Cut or AVID.
Knowledge of video camera, audio and production equipment operation
Experience with basic production tasks including pre production planning, camera operation, lighting, and audio
Bilingual in Spanish - A few interviews will be conducted in Spanish. Ideally, we'd like the crew to relate, understand and have the ability to communicate in these important interviews.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.

Lifting: up to 20 lbs camera gear bags

Holding/lifting: 10lbs camera/audio gear for extended periods

COVID Safety Notice

Your health and safety and the safety of our team is our main priority. We’re continuing with our process of building out our crew for this trip, but it’s possible that deadlines and travel dates may shift as the situation with COVID-19 evolves. Roadtrip Nation has proactively addressed health and safety concerns by establishing a strict COVID-19 Filming Guidelines Manual and training our production crews on the standards and procedures therein. Roadtrip Nation commits to these guidelines for all media productions that we film.

About Roadtrip Nation

Roadtrip Nation is a mission-driven nonprofit in storytelling and education. We've been on the road for 19 years, have over 100k broadcasts on public television, and have logged 500k miles in a fleet of RVs. We make documentaries, curriculum, books, podcasts, and plan events all to help you figure out your passion in life.