Note: Due to the pandemic, hiring for this position is temporarily on hold.


About Us

The Knight First Amendment Institute defends the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age through strategic litigation, research, and public education. We aim to promote a system of free expression that is open and inclusive, that broadens and elevates public discourse, and that fosters creativity, accountability, and effective self-government.

Established in 2016, the Institute has an active litigation docket that includes cutting-edge cases relating to government transparency, surveillance, and social media. Through its research program, the Institute has published influential essays by leading legal and media scholars, computer scientists, historians, economists and others. It has also hosted major public events focused on new technology and public discourse, the First Amendment and inequality, whistleblowers and national-security journalism.

The Multimedia Content Producer

The Institute seeks an experienced, dynamic Multimedia Content Producer to create video, audio, and visual content in support of the Institute’s programs and mission to defend free speech in the digital age, and to develop the Institute’s overall multimedia and visual strategy online and in print. The Multimedia Content Producer reports to the Communications Director.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage art-direction of the Institute’s website: create content and develop web-based assets that further the Institute’s litigation, research, and public education goals; maintain site functionality and optimize user experience;
  • Produce (shoot, edit, and package) compelling video content for the Institute’s website, social media, public events, the press, and other promotions;
  • Create original photographic content, art-direct and edit other photographic, graphic, and visual content for the Institute’s website and print publications;
  • Design, create and produce an Institute podcast, developing content in partnership with the Executive Director and Communications, Research, and Litigation Directors and working with outside partners and vendors for production and dissemination;
  • Provide multimedia support: create multimedia assets for, and produce post-event multimedia content from, the Institute’s public programs and events;
  • Manage design contractors and outside visual artists, photographers, videographers and producers, and oversee the Institute’s communications interns;
  • Manage the Institute's Digital Asset Management system;
  • Cultivate partnerships with other advocacy groups and visual associations and producers; cultivate and manage relationships with the Institute’s partners in the Columbia University community, including the university’s communications team;
  • Establish and analyze key metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of multi-media initiatives in achieving targeted communications and programmatic goals;
  • Develop the Institute’s video and multimedia storytelling style and strategy; further develop and refine the Institute’s visual brand; 
  • Oversee and develop distribution and communications strategies to increase visibility and engagement with the Institute’s website, social media channels, and multimedia assets.


Minimum Qualifications
  • B.A. and a minimum of 5 years of experience.
  • Broad experience developing and implementing multi-media assets and strategies for advocacy organizations.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, oral, and written communications skills.
  • Strong project management skills.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced degree in relevant field.
  • Experience working with media, legal, and/or advocacy organizations.
  • Significant experience with video production, podcasting, and graphic design.
  • Experience with complex graphic design and production tools and technology, including Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Commitment to stay current in a rapidly changing field.
  • Significant knowledge of issues relating to the freedoms of speech and the press.
  • Understanding of or interest in the impact of new technologies on freedom of expression.

Application Process

Candidates must apply through Columbia University’s Careers website at Candidates are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible, as we will review applications on a rolling basis. 

Required Application Materials: 
  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the position, including a description of relevant experience
  • Resume
  • Two samples of multi-media work