Posted: Feb 7, 2024

Contract Rocky Mountain Shoot Lead

The Reel Hope Project - Minneapolis, MN
Salary: $300.00 - $300.00 Other
Application Deadline: N/A
Youth Services

*Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected]*

Contract Rocky Mountain Shoot Lead 

Contract Shoot Leads are critical in the production of each waiting child’s video shoot. This role works alongside the Videographer assigned to each shoot, but this position is not required to have any videography experience. Shoot Leads are responsible for interviewing and engaging the children and teenagers we work with - with the ultimate goal of working together to create a high-quality, personalized adoption recruitment video. Shoot Leads receive all pertinent information from The Reel Hope Project’s Shoots Coordinator in advance of each shoot. 

Contracted Shoot Leads report to their Regional Director (or the Executive Director in the interim of each regional hire). 

 Compensation: $300/shoot 

Frequency: 1-3 shoots/month 

What is covered: 

 - TRHP covers the cost of airplane travel, when required for interstate travel

 - TRHP covers the cost of rental vehicles, when required

 - TRHP reimburses the cost of all mileage (calculated from beginning of contractor’s home; in keeping with the IRS, our mileage reimbursement rate is .67/mile)

*If cumulative travel time exceeds four hours, each additional hour is compensated at $25 per travel hour. The first four hours of travel time are covered within the base pay.

 - TRHP covers the cost of lodging, when required for overnight travel

 - TRHP covers the cost of daily food based on the host city’s per diem rates for the corresponding year

 - TRHP offers a AAA benefits policy


  • Lead 1-3 shoots/month in Idaho (and potentially WY, CO, or other Rocky Mountain states)
  • Serve as backup Shoot Lead in any of our midwest states
  • Travel with regional videographers to meet waiting kids
  • Interview kids; help to engage and encourage their personalities 
  • Display flexibility and patience during interviews or activities; pivot accordingly as plans change or youth require specific accommodations; always maintain a positive attitude and focus on capturing the youth’s best side
  • Engage positively and comfortably with a wide variety of youth spanning in age (toddler to young adult), developmental level, maturity, physical and mental abilities, faith, political background, gender identity, ethnicity, etc.
  • Speak into a wide variety of footage throughout the duration of each shoot (interview, b-roll and action) i.e. creating artwork, dancing, skateboarding, jumping at a trampoline park, interacting with other people or animals etc.
  • Represent The Reel Hope Project in building relationships with location hosts, social workers and child welfare staff on video shoots 
  • Maintain the privacy and dignity of all involved; exercise wisdom and caution in modesty around youth footage
  • Coordinate all kid video shoot locations 
  • Submit a ‘shoot summary’ to the team after each shoot
  • Submit text for each child’s thank you card after each shoot


  • 3+ years of experience working with youth who have experienced trauma/loss strongly preferred; applicants with teaching, youth leadership, or special education backgrounds strongly encouraged to apply
  • Those with lived experience (adoptees, adoptive parents, foster care parents, previous foster youth, and/or family members of foster youth) are encouraged to apply
  • 2+ years nonprofit experience preferred, but not required
  • Strong interpersonal skills (able to connect well with a small team, social workers, site hosts, and foster care youth)
  • Strong commitment to protecting the privacy standards for foster care youth
  • Adaptive, flexible, and patient in high stress environments
  • Able to think creatively and anticipate needs before they arise
  • Displays hustle and reliability; able to move quickly (keep pace with youth)
  • Able to lift 25 lbs
  • Aligns with The Reel Hope Project’s Statement of Faith and Core Values 


  • Flexible schedule
  • Work with the coolest crew to support deserving kids

Interested? Send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. We can’t wait to meet you!