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Program Officer, Storytelling

Job ID: 2359
Job Views: 371
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Postal Code: 20036
Job Category: Photo,Other
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: per year
Posted: 01.24.2020

Job Description

Job Description Summary

The Program Officer (PO) works in close collaboration with the entire grants team and Senior Director of Storytelling Grants, Fellowships and Programs, with the primary responsibility of Storytelling grant making for the Society. The PO is responsible for monitoring and overseeing the daily operations of Storytelling grants. The PO ensures consistency and timely grant processing for all storytelling grants, and recruits new explorers and projects from the discipline. The PO prepares reports of grant making activities, disseminates the results of these grants to interested parties, and is the liaison between storytellers, committee members, grantees, professional organizations, and internal NGS and NGP divisions. The PO organizes internal presentations by grantees and in collaboration with Impact Media, shepherds grantees among editorial units when they visit the NG campus.

Job Description


  • Reviews requests for funding within Storytelling. Identifies qualified requests based on eligibility, timeliness, project plan accuracy, talent of the candidate, viability of methodology, currency and significance of the topic, and relevance to the priorities of the lens. (50%)
  • Provides feedback to potential and repeat applicants before grant proposal submission, including improvements for project planning and design. Provides technical and specific support to grantees during all phases of grant-making process and project implementation. (25%)
  • Recruits potential explorers and projects through domestic and international professional conferences, meetings, special events, and site visits. (15%)
  • Coordinates with Impact Media and Strategic Communications to promote grantees through all NGS/NGP departments by notifying them of new grants and highlighting projects with good media potential. Communicates with grantees to identify story/media opportunities. Tracks media coverage of grantees. (10%)

Job Requirements

Minimum Education Required

Bachelor's degree 

Minimum Years and Type of Experience

5+ years of storytelling (photography, filmmaking, videography, journalism, media) related experience with a preference for visual journalism expertise.  Experience in grant making preferred.  

Knowledge and Skills Required

Excellent multitasking and interpersonal skills essential.  Oral and written communication skills are a necessity as is knowledge of MS Office.  Knowledge of Salesforce, visual media and databases preferred.  Strong understanding of science media, knowledge of current trends in scientific storytelling is helpful along with a demonstrated interest in the conservation of the earth's cultural and natural resources.



Responsibility percentages may vary depending on business needs.
National Geographic's headquarters is located in the heart of Washington, D.C. In addition to a unique and dynamic work environment, National Geographic offers its employees a comprehensive benefits package, including health and dental benefits, generous vacation and leave time, a 401(k) plan, and flexible work options. National Geographic is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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