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TED-Ed Associate Editorial Producer

TED-Ed is looking for an enthusiastic, multi-talented writer/producer to work closely with the TED-Ed Production team as well as talented educators and animators around the world to create original TED-Ed Lessons. In addition to strong conceptual thinking, the candidate must have an interest in various subject matters.


TED-Ed lessons are 4-6 minute animated narratives. The goal of each lesson is to spark interest in subjects that can lead to further explorations and a lifelong passion for learning. TED-Ed animations are used in classrooms (middle school through graduate programs) all over the world, and have an audience of millions of learners online, where their main demographic is 13-35 year olds.


Requirements:

  • Ability to adapt a variety of expert-submitted topics into highly visual, curiosity-inspiring narrative stories/scripts. (These stories will ultimately be visualized by animators involved in the TED-Ed initiative.)
  • Ability to research and write original scripts that cover a variety of educational content areas (i.e.: History, Philosophy, Language arts, Science, etc.)
  • Ability to collaborate and synthesize information from various sources.
  • Excellent storytelling, proofreading, and editing skills.
  • Bachelor's degree.

Responsibilities:

  • Pitch ideas, titles, and experts for new animated videos.
  • Work with editorial team to evaluate internal and external pitches and develop a robust pipeline of content.
  • Manage many (10-25) concurrent scripts at any given time in various stages of pre-production.
  • Collaborate with experts (academics, researchers, authors, artists, etc.) to help them turn their areas of expertise into narratives that will engage and fascinate audiences.
  • Edit scripts and adapt notes, articles, and books into scripts.
  • Communicate notes clearly and efficiently to freelance script editors to aid in their revisions of educators’ drafts.
  • Work with the Production team to review designs and animations as needed.
  • Iterate with the Editorial team on elements of our production process in the spirit of constant growth and improvement.
  • Project, track and communicate the status of all projects from development to publication.
  • Brainstorm with other producers and provide feedback on scripts they are taking the lead on.

The ideal candidate:

  • Interviewer and Narrative Storyteller with a penchant for writing and directing the writing of clear, clever, and educational-objective-oriented scripts, even when the topic is complex.
  • Superb research and writing skills with consistent eye on factual accuracy.
  • A strong background in history and humanities.
  • Experience in digital media, copywriting, documentary, advertising, or other occupations that require the use of reporting, persuasion, and explanation.
  • The ability to apply creative thinking and problem solving.
  • Team player with a positive attitude.
  • A wide-ranging curiosity about instructional design, science, technology, psychology, philosophy and the arts.
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