Multimedia Producer, iDeas Lab

Washington D.C.
competitive with excellent benefits package
Feb 27, 2019
Creative, Video
Metro Area
Full Time

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decision makers concerned with global security and prosperity.  Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of over 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.



The iDeas Lab, the award-winning creative and digital production department at CSIS, seeks a highly motivated and creative self-starter to join our dynamic and fast-paced environment as a Multimedia Producer starting in Spring 2019.

The iDeas Lab enhances CSIS's policy research and analysis with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, video, and audio. (You can see some of our latest at The multimedia producer will work closely with the department on creative projects that tell compelling public policy stories, partnering with some of the most respected foreign policy experts and researchers. This is an ideal opportunity for storytellers who are eager to bring complex policy issues to life across multiple platforms and who are innovation-driven.

The successful candidate will support the CSIS Practicum in Journalism. The tailored program hosts groups of journalism or public policy students at CSIS’s Washington headquarters five to six times per year for an intensive week of workshops that allow them to gain a meaningful understanding of global issues and the nuances of international reporting in an evolving media landscape. The program culminates in the creation of a standalone digital story with rich multimedia elements. The producer will support the planning and execution of this initiative and also mentor participants.

The multimedia producer will also work with our experts and the department on a range of multimedia projects (both videos and podcasts) covering the spectrum of CSIS’ issue areas, and contribute to long-form media-rich storytelling features (digital policy reports).

Beyond having strong experience with all aspects of video and audio production, the successful candidate will possess sharp news acumen and excellent writing/editorial skills, communication and organization skills, strong attention to detail, and the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced and innovative environment while meeting tight deadlines. Additionally, the successful candidate will be a team player while also having independent self-direction.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resumé, link to a portfolio website, and links to sample video work. Finalists will be asked for references.



  • Support the practicum in modern journalism, including the multimedia projects and mentoring students.
  • Lead, produce, and develop video projects from start to finish, including scripting, filming, editing, compiling, developing visual/audio assets, animations/motion design, and all other aspects of production for narrative policy-oriented storytelling videos.
  • Lead, produce, and develop audio projects from start to finish, including scripting, recording, editing, compiling, finding supplementary audio assets, and all other aspects of production for narrative policy-oriented podcasts.
  • Contribute to media-rich digital policy reports, including concept development and producing multimedia content.
  • Work closely with relevant departments and research programs to develop and produce multimedia for CSIS projects to suit stated goals and needs; communicating effectively with non-technical stakeholders is critical.
  • Support and mentor students with multimedia projects as part of other CSIS executive education efforts.
  • Develop and generate new ideas and approaches to our digital and multimedia work.
  • Post and curate video and audio content to CSIS website, other project sites when relevant, social media platforms, and other content-delivery networks (e.g. YouTube and a range of audio platforms).
  • Other duties and projects as needed.



  • B.A./B.S/A.B. in relevant field
  • Minimum three years of relevant experience, including previous multimedia, video and audio production
  • Knowledge and experience in applicable software and computer applications, including Adobe Creative Suite
  • Some background in journalism preferred
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills; including effectively presenting information to non-technical partners, operating in a fast-paced environment and managing competing priorities
  • Strong interest in global affairs and public policy
  • Sound judgement, maturity, and discretion
  • Strong attention to detail, initiative, and follow through skills


Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resumé, link to a portfolio website, and links to sample video work via the link provided. Finalists will be asked for references.


The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee working in an office environment.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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