storyteller

Lake Forest, IL | Full-time

 

Karam Foundation is seeking a Storyteller to collect, craft, and share the stories of our work with the world. We are investing in scaling our Communications Team to match our ambition, and this role will be central to spreading and amplifying our impact over the coming years. 

 
 

ABOUT YOU

You are creative. You don’t depend on conventions when creating a project. You never stop thinking of different ways to communicate ideas and stories to the world. You are open to learning innovative methods of storytelling and gaining new skills. 

You connect with authentic empathy. You are deeply interested in listening to other people’s experiences, journeys, triumphs, and struggles. You are genuinely curious and know just the right questions to ask and how to ask them. You translate their stories with utmost care and trust. You know that the most powerful stories are exchanged through authentic connections. 

You are a writer. Nothing excites you more than delivering well-crafted stories from tweets and Instagram captions to video scripts and printed donor reports to longform essays. You take pride in writing content that is authentic and clear, powerful and moving. You know words matter and you are always thinking of the perfect way to deliver impactful messages to different audiences. 

You care. You are personally motivated by a love of humanity that doesn’t stop at borders. You are driven to share the stories of others in order to create a more equitable society. You want to be part of our mission of building a better world. 

You are collaborative. You carry out projects with positive energy and want to work alongside our small team and partners to get things done. 

You are humble. You know that this work is not about you. It is about the collective us. You don’t let ego, process, or dogma get in the way.

ABOUT US

We are a Syrian-led organization founded in 2007 in Chicago. We have been supporting Syrian communities in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and the US since 2011. We've developed various innovative education projects including community innovation centers (Karam House) for refugee teenagers in Turkey and a higher education scholarship program for refugee youth, as well as sustainable development and smart aid projects to address the evolving obstacles that Syrians face. 

We have built two Karam Houses, innovative workspaces in Istanbul and Reyhanli, Turkey, which defy traditional approaches to refugee education. At Karam Houses, hundreds of Syrian refugee teens learn through access to technology (maker spaces, internet, computers), expert mentorship (Syrians refugee architects and engineers), and a sophisticated design-based curriculum (developed by MIT grads) that teaches youth how to build their ideas and their community. 

We think about refugees and humanitarian aid differently and so we do things differently. We believe in investing deeply in communities affected by conflict. We are on a mission to build 10,000 Leaders for the Future of Syria by 2028.

What We’re Looking For: The Essentials

  • Excellent communicator with a track record of creating strong written and visual materials. You’ve made things you want to show and tell us about.

  • Highly collaborative and enjoys working on a team. 

  • Excited to travel and work overseas to work with our team on the ground and collect stories from the communities we serve. 

  • Experience working with traditional and digital media outlets.

What We’re Looking For: Strongly Preferred

  • Experience working on Syria and/or humanitarian crises

  • Experience working with remote teams

  • Experience with fundraising campaigns

  • Fluency in Arabic — both spoken and written.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Strategy: You will work with the Director of Communications and the Communications team to implement our communication strategy that meets organizational goals of increasing financial support, shaping the debate on refugee education, and building a movement of committed supporters. 

Field Work: You will be working part of the year with our teams on the ground in Turkey to connect with our communities of families and students. You will collect, translate, craft, edit, and share stories of impact. 

Collaboration: You will communicate and coordinate with our Communications Officers in Reyhanli, Istanbul and other locations to gather the information needed to tell our stories. You will work collaboratively across various storytelling mediums including: filming interviews/footage, editing videos, capturing photographs, etc.

LOCATION:

Our HQ is in Lake Forest, IL. We welcome (excellent) remote candidates with the understanding that we will need some in-person time at HQ. This role also requires international travel. 

HOURS AND COMPENSATION: 

Full-time, 40 hours per week. Compensation determined based on experience. 

In addition, we offer generous vacation days, flexible hours, health insurance and a comfortable work environment!

TO APPLY:

Interested candidates should fill out the application form (see right) and email a resume/CV and cover letter to karam@karamfoundation.org.

Job post application will close on July 31st. Applicants will be contacted by August 10th.

 

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