Love your neighbor.

Now Hiring: Videographer

04-15-2020


Videographer Job Description

Our community is filled with stories of neighbors helping neighbors, whether through the work of NeighborLink or other local nonprofit organizations. NeighborLink has a vision to share these stories with a larger audience. Your job as Videographer is to help craft and create these inspiring stories. 

The right candidate will be passionate about creating and telling stories through video content to include but not limited to: testimonials, narratives, tutorials, how-to???s, and any other video efforts that can help bring NeighborLink's (NL) or other organizations??? mission and vision to life. This candidate will have a heart for our city and the people in it, be familiar with or proficient in all aspects of video production, and be driven to create and grow in new areas of their profession.  

Responsible to:

Director of Operations and Executive Director 

General duties and responsibilities: 

Videography - Shooting, Editing & Production 

Work alongside the Director of Operations and Executive Director to help manage all aspects of a video shoot. You???ll work with talent to create videos that tell the stories of NL volunteers and completed projects, create promotional campaigns, how-to and training videos, and more. Additionally, you will tell the stories of other nonprofit organizations working in our community. You???ll need to be proficient in using DSLR cameras for filming, current video editing software, and possess knowledge on how to solve technical problems quickly and easily. Knowledge of video motion graphics is a plus.

Outside Interactions 

Candidate should be comfortable and professional while communicating with clients, neighbors, volunteers, business partners, etc. to help set up and conduct video shoots. Candidate must be self-motivated and able to manage your production schedule and workload independently.

Content Distribution Planning & File Management 

Know how (or figure out how to) properly export video content to maximize viewer experience on platforms to include, but not limited to, YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and/or Instagram. Ability to stay highly-organized and detail-oriented is essential. We have a file naming system and organization structure in place to follow. Our team is open to continuous improvement and will take into consideration any suggestions you may have.  

General details: 

Full-time position (40 hours)

Start date: ASAP

Salary: Salary range $28,000 - $35,000 

MUST-HAVES:

Must be aligned with the goals and mission of NeighborLink to foster neighborhood development through neighbor-to-neighbor acts of kindness and service. 

Ability to operate, maintain, troubleshoot, and perform simple repairs to audio and video equipment.

Ability to effectively manage time and schedules.

Ability to configure, operate and maintain studio and/or field audio, lighting and associated production equipment.

Knowledge of professional audio and/or video editing and post-production procedures, techniques, and standards

SKILLS:

You Understand Story 

You???ll be tasked with showing up to a project where you???ll meet NL volunteers, recipients and neighbors, and our nonprofit clients and their employees and/or individuals they serve. Being able to meet people, ask good questions, and find the unique aspects of the story will be vital to create engaging work. Understanding the goal of the project in the context of the bigger picture is important. 

You???re Reliable, Flexible & Able to Work Independently

If you say you???re going to do something, you mean it. You meet deadlines, return phone calls, emails, and never miss a meeting without notice. Since you???ll be working with other nonprofits and/or volunteers, and may be looking for the best shot, the need to be available some evenings and weekends will be necessary.

You???re Self-Motivated & Driven to Succeed 

This position requires a self-motivated and driven individual that loves to meet goals. You???ll need to work efficiently and have a desire to be as busy as you can be. We want to create a lot of content over the next year. 

You Are People Curious 

You are curious about the stories of organizations and individuals, and energized by human interaction. You can show up to a place you???ve never been and feel comfortable engaging with and talking to people about a wide variety of topics. The successful candidate will be tasked with showing up in places like this with a camera or audio recorder and be able to quickly engage, connect, and invite people to share.

IF THIS IS YOU......

Please email your resume to Andrew@NLFW.org.


You can download a PDF of this job description here: Videographer Description_1.2 Final.pdf

Reflections With Robert - Mindfulness - April 10, 2020

04-10-2020

This morning I awoke to sounds of rainfall and birdsong- two of my favorite sounds of all. Not only did they remind me that spring has finally arrived but that I am fully alive as well. Then I considered how inspiring it is that a bird can joyfully sing despite the rain which keeps it grounded from flight. 

How alike the two of us are.

Over the last few months, my thinking has taken a noticeable shift. The process began last spring or early summer when I was challenged to look at the following picture and answer the age-old question, Is the glass half-full or half-empty?

Being an optimist, you can probably guess my answer. “Half-full,” came my quick reply. Close, but no cigar.

As I studied the picture of the glass, I was encouraged to delve much deeper than simply seeing the glass as being half-full or half-empty. What about the water itself? How do I feel about that? What about its source, the sink? And now that we’re thinking about it, how do I feel about the table the glass is set upon? And the house encircling all of those things? 

I’d soon come to learn this process had a name of its own: mindfulness. The dictionary defines mindfulness as “the quality or state of being conscious of something,” or even better, “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment.” I like that.

I started putting mindfulness into practice last summer on a family trip to the Ozark Mountains. Each morning I would rise, sit in peace on the porch overlooking the forested mountainside, drink my coffee, read my Bible, and simply be. To only exist and nothing more. In the moments  of silence and solitude, time, worry, fear, my schedule, breakfast, all of my achievements, and all of my goals ceased to exist. Only the trees, birds, rain, fog, the pages in front of me, and the slowly rising sun remained (okay, so the cup of coffee might have existed, too).

Have you ever been in a moment such as that? If so, you’ll likely agree with two things:

  1. Mindfulness is harder than you think.
  2. Mindfulness can change your entire perspective on the subtleties of life.

I’ve been living on the fringes of a mindful life since last summer but the depth to which I’ve plumbed has, admittedly, been rather shallow. For the most part, I reserved my mindful thinking for each morning. After about half an hour, I’d carefully put it back into the closet where it would always await me the next day. But with the advent of quarantine, everything has changed. Suddenly, I was no longer satisfied with the shallow end of the mindfulness pool. I wanted to go deeper. See how far my lungs could be pressed. And why not? It’s not like I had anywhere to go.

And so one morning, after my daily warm-up session had expired and the fog of morning began to lift, I noticed an intriguing island in the distance. Could I make it there and back again? I decided to jump in the water and give it a try. 

The island, in this case, was the next destination in the journey toward deeper mindfulness. It looked something like this: 

While brushing my teeth, I decided to be completely present in the moment. What could the moment teach me? I began with the toothbrush in my hand. How nice it is that we have such things these days. It sure beats using my finger or a stick I found on the ground, right? I placed it under the water, thankful that with the turn of a knob I could summon water to my second story bathroom. And how cool is it that I can decide how hot or how cold that water is? A hundred years ago, that would have been a rare feat, indeed. And what about the toothpaste? Didn’t people use crushed bones and oyster shells in place of toothpaste in Ancient Egypt? How weird is that? What would my wife think if I tried to kiss her after putting oyster shells in my mouth, or…ugh, crushed bones? Now that I’m thinking about her, how grateful I am for my wife and how much she puts up with me. 

As I began brushing my teeth, I thanked God for each one. How grateful I am that my teeth are all in tact and in good shape. I’ve never even had one cavity in my forty-one years on earth, a miracle in itself. 

A dentist-recommended three minutes must have passed and I rinsed my mouth out, again grateful for the water I could summon at will. My mouth was now clean and I prayed that each word spoken that day would also be clean, pure, and worthy of being said. 

I set my toothbrush aside and came back to the real world. What had just happened? Whatever it was, I was in an entirely different mood. The world seemed brighter, my stress felt lighter. I felt like a new man.

I would continue the routine over the next few days, making sure to add more moments of mindfulness as often as I could. Simple acts like getting out of bed, placing my feet on the floor, washing my hands, and pouring coffee held greater meaning. 

I loved it.

As I went about my day, I began to feel more connected to everything around me. My family. My abad. My house. My friends. I found I was less agitated and more interested in others. As I walked outside to my car, a woman across the street called, “Welcome to the neighborhood!” In the moment, I was instantly drawn to her. I wanted to cross the street, join her on the porch, and introduce myself with a handshake. Instead, I called, “Thank you! How are you holding up, being stuck indoors like this?” All things considered, she was doing good. 

So was I.

A week has passed since the neighborly exchange. I’m anxiously awaiting other interactions with the brand new neighbors I have yet to meet, but you know how that is at the moment. 

Meanwhile, I’m still practicing mindfulness throughout my days. How easy it is to notice birds, the fluttering grass, blossoming flowers, and the way the smoke wafts upward from an incense stick while living in the moment. Or, as Bernie spoke about in this week’s Bernie on a Journey, the beauty of sunlight through her windows. 

All around us, life is beautiful. The sacred can be found no matter where we turn our eyes. Even in the chaos and the unknown of the days we currently live in, we have much to be grateful for.

How good it is to pause and recognize it.


AUTHOR’S NOTE:

While beginning the process of mindfulness can be difficult during times like these, there’s never been a better time to start applying the practice to your life. Even one minute in the morning, afternoon, and evening can be beneficial. Need some tips? Here are a few simple suggestions to get you started:

  • Spend the first five minutes of your day thinking of things and people you’re grateful for.
  • If you pray before meals, don’t just thank God for the food but for the farmers and grocery store workers who helped provide it.
  • As you do a routine task - such as brushing your teeth, washing your clothes, cooking dinner, or getting dressed - consider how different the process was a hundred years ago. 
  • As you stand at your window, pause for a moment to watch a bird, the clouds, or the details of a tree.
  • As you go to sleep, think of one person who has made an impact on your life and bring to mind an occasion you spent together.

How Churches Can Use NeighborLink During Covid-19

04-08-2020


NeighborLink is joining with Associated Churches and the CityWide Movement to provide practical and mission based tools that allow your congregations to responding to one another, and your vulnerable neighbors through Fort Wayne. We’re committed to collecting the needs, providing tools for your congregations, and being the connectors between neighbors in tangible ways. 

If your church is committed to respond, then we’re committed to helping you do that. 

This document offers some ideas, tools, and information on how to work with our organizations. 

Church Mobilization During COVID-19.pdf

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