Videographer/Photographer/Media Producer

Videographer/Photographer/Media Producer

• Job No:
• Classification:Broadcast & Media Professional 3
• Grade:Grade 79
• Work type:On Campus, Staff Full-time
• Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
• School/Business unit:UAF Geophysical Institute
• Location:Fairbanks
• Categories: Communications/Public Relations/Marketing

Position Summary:
Join the Communications team at the UAF Geophysical Institute as a Media Producer! This position provides photography, videography, and production support to visually communicate a wide range of cutting-edge research to diverse audiences. The job has a variety of duties ranging from photographing events, to recording and producing outreach videos, documenting remote Alaska fieldwork, and more. Apply today!

10Customer Service and Other Duties: Provide customer service within each department branch, which will include greeting and assisting walk-in visitors and answering phones in a professional manner. May be cross-trained with other staff within the department and/or asked to learn processes in order to provide extended customer support. This will include accepting, reviewing and placing business card orders; accepting, verifying and fulfilling large format printing orders; invoicing customers; and operating and/or servicing printers, copiers and other office machines. Participate in monthly staff meetings and/or other communications or special project meetings. Other duties to support unit and/or project communications (including staffing of outreach and internal events).Essential 10Equipment and Technical Support: Periodically inventory all photo/video/audio equipment and make recommendations for upgrades and accessories that will advance quality and productivity. Identify equipment needs for special events and help acquire (borrow, rent, buy) special equipment as needed. Oversee or participate in administration of equipment lending programs within the department (GoPros and other cameras, 3D printers, etc.). Ensure equipment is maintained promptly when returned. Troubleshoot and help to resolve problems with media and other equipment for GI Communications team members and for GI faculty, staff and students. May be asked to perform maintenance or basic repairs on copiers, printers and other equipment in the communications department.Essential 10Lead Supervision/Training: Act as an expert resource on camera equipment and media production. Create and deliver professional development workshops in areas of expertise (audiences include other communications staff, students, faculty). Provide orientation to newly hired personnel to ensure consistent application of internal processes with media, customer service and other functions of the communications department. Provide lead supervision and mentorship to student employees. May be asked to train new employees on use of copiers, printers and other office equipment within the department.Essential 10Web and Social Media Duties: Collaborate with the Public Information team to help maintain the unit's website and social media sites. Upon request and as appropriate, review GI-affiliated websites (facilities such as Poker Flat Research Range or grant-funded project or program sites). Propose changes or make changes with permission from project/program leadership. Maintain or oversee the maintenance of the unit, department, or project YouTube channel. This includes the Alaska Science for All (K-12 education) channel, and other GI-affiliated channels as requested. May be asked to maintain or guide maintenance of the GI Instagram channel. Make recommendations for improvements to existing sites.Essential 60Content Creation/Production: Perform photography, videography, audio recording and/or sound support for the unit. Respond to requests for portrait photos and other photography. Schedule and perform the photo shoot (may include professional portraits). Conceptualize and develop plans for new photo and media products that effectively communicate UAF research and/or science topics to a variety of audiences. Collaborate with each communications branch in the unit to develop production plans and ensure the audio/visual needs for those projects are met. Serve as production expert/lead for live lectures and special events taking place on- and off-campus. Lead team responsible for video recording, sound, lighting, live web streaming, switchboard operation, photography, as well as post-event video production and distribution. Obtain model releases from subjects who are photographed or recorded on video/audio. Maintain photo model releases and/or licenses in accordance with internal policies with a goal of making them accessible to others and available upon request. Ensure video products are compliant with existing federal, state and university policies regarding accessibility, branding, and required legal disclosures and disclaimers. Ensure credits for each product are accurately and consistently provided. May be asked to develop scripts and storyboards for media projects. Provide set direction for photo and video shoots. Collaborate with each communications branch in the unit and with the Creative Director to determine if requests for photo/video/audio can be met. Create and maintain photo, video and audio archives to strategically illustrate and elevate the unit's brand and reputation. Use creativity to photograph or record subjects and/or events representing the unit's full range of research. Media products may be used in publications, press releases, social media, science presentations, research websites, performance reports, public relations activities, marketing campaigns, etc. Seek out and license photo and video assets from other organizations for use in GI products. Coordinate staged photo shoots if and when necessary to ensure adequate photo assets exist. Photos should reflect the breadth of the Geophysical Institute's research and activities. May be asked to support visits by news media, TV/movie production crews, or other relevant industries. This may require in-person support (helping find good locations for filming, handling camera equipment, or contributing ideas to a project) or may require gathering and providing assets and corresponding credits. All requests for existing GI assets should be fielded by the Communications Director or the Associate Director of Communications. May also be asked to collaborate with external vendors providing videography and production support to the GI for special projects. Monitor designated video screens throughout the building to make sure they are operating correctly, refresh/update content on a regular basis. Refresh photos on the main page of the Geophysical Institute's website at least on a quarterly basis. Develop estimates for project photography or videography for the unit, for grant-funded projects and/or for other UA units.Essential
The Geophysical Institute is a research-driven organization at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The university offers an attractive work environment and strong benefits including retirement and health insurance, generous leave policies, and tuition waivers for UAF courses. The Geophysical Institute is committed to equity, inclusion, and accountability and values the open sharing of different perspectives. We support a respectful and welcoming environment and a commitment to serving Alaska and Alaskans with strong applied science. Career growth and professional development are expected and encouraged.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, members from marginalized communities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

• Knowledge of digital camera, recorders, and lighting tools, equipment and optics and their suitability for general and specialized photography.
• Knowledge of techniques, principles and equipment for modern photography and videography.
• Cinematography skills (including editing and distribution).
• Deep knowledge and experience with Adobe applications.
• Ability to maintain professional decorum and use good judgment in a variety of settings.
• Project management, time management, inventory control and property control skills.
• Ability to lift and carry up to 50-lbs of equipment. Carrying long distances may be necessary to cover fieldwork or bush travel.
• Ability to work on a flexible schedule (on occasion and as requested by supervisor) and to travel on assignment.
• Ability to prioritize and work creatively under deadline pressure.
• Ability to be a self-starter, self-motivator, and to work independently.
• Leadership, organizational and recordkeeping skills.
• Ability to work with a team and support team objectives.
• Strong verbal communication skills, interpersonal skills (particularly when working with multicultural and multilingual audiences).
• Strong grammar, spelling, syntax, punctuation, capitalization skills.
• Ability to keep track of emerging technologies and skills in this specialized field, and to advise the department on new equipment or skill acquisition.
• Knowledge of and ability to practice UAF safety requirements.
• Ability to perform basic graphic design.
• Knowledge of offset and digital printing processes.

Preferred Experience & Education:
Four years experience working with photography and performing digital asset management.

Required Experience & Education:
Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, media or related field, and three years related professional experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Salary Information:

This position is full-time,, term-funded, non-exempt, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and New hires will be placed on the, based on education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three (3) professional references with your application, as well as a portfolio of your work, featuring photos, videos and/or other visual/audio communications you have produced.

This position will be physically located at the UAF campus in Fairbanks, Alaska. The successful finalist will be expected to report to duty at the UAF office on the first day of employment.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified.

Review of application materials will begin immediately. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient and viable number of qualified candidates have been identified.

*Applicants must be legally eligible for unrestricted employment to work in the U.S. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-7357 or at

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Fairbanks, AK

14 day(s) ago

Closing Date 2024-09-11