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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 81-27254
School Name President's Center
Org University Communications
Posted to the Web 11/02/2017
Posted Job/Salary Grade 026
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 9 am - 5 pm
Months 12
Position Length Ongoing
Position End Date
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

The mission of the President’s Center is to support the President, the trustees, and the University’s senior leadership; advance Penn’s highest priorities; to aid the faculty, students, and staff in their teaching, research, and service activities; and to advance excellence at Penn. In addition to the Office of the President, the President’s Center includes the following units: African-American Resource Center, Almanac, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Office of General Counsel, Office of Institutional Research & Analysis, Office of Government and Community Affairs, Office of the Ombudsman, Office of the Sexual Violence Investigative Officer, Office of the University Secretary, University Archives and Records Center, Office of University Communications, and WXPN.


The Office of University Communications seeks a highly motivated, professional video producer to develop original short documentary videos. She/ he will work with departmental staff, multiple constituencies throughout the University, as well as outside vendors to conceive, coordinate, record and edit original video showcasing campus life, faculty research and strategic University priorities. Duties include but are not limited to:
* Creation of video content (including all aspects of concept development, field recording and post-production) that promotes the University of Pennsylvania. Possible subject matter includes interviews with media experts, profiles of ongoing research and event coverage.
* Collaborate with departmental, University staff and occasionally outside vendors on story research, script development.
* Upload, optimize and organize video content within video-based social media channels (Youtube, Vimeo)
* Footage logging in digital asset management system. Asset retrieval and sharing with University staff and external vendors.
* Create original content and custom edits of larger videos for use on social media.

  • Strong producing, storytelling and editing ability for the creation of short-format documentary style videos
    * Strong sense of visual storytelling (composition, lens choice, lighting, motion, etc.)
    * Bachelor’s degree in video production, journalism, or related field; three to five years of professional experience in a production environment developing short-format documentaries or video news coverage or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
    * Proven experience leading all aspects of video production.
    * Concept development experience including: story research, pitching ideas, script and interview writing, outreach and shoot scheduling.
    * Field production expertise including: location scouting, transportation, set-up/break down of equipment, camera operation, audio, lighting, and interviewing researchers, experts, students.
    * Post-production expertise including footage evaluation, editing, logging, audio mixing, motion graphic design, color correction and distribution of quality videos.
    * Expertise with Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Audition, DaVinci Resolve and Adobe Creative Suite and/ or related post-production applications;
    * Strong sense of graphic design for creation of basic logos and motion graphics
    * Ability to comply with post workflow strategies within our Digital Asset Manager
    * Ability to work with clients in a professional manner required.
    * Ability to conduct quality on-camera interviews and make interviewees feel at ease.
    * Extensive experience creating and managing complex, shifting production schedules while collaborating with other staff members;
    * High level of motivation, attention to detail, passion for technology, clear communication skills, good time management, works well in a team, takes direction well, and good problem-solving ability.
    * Proven ability to effectively manage multiple overlapping projects required;
    * Links to a strong online portfolio or examples of work must be provided to be considered for this position. Portfolio must demonstrate polished cinematography, strong editing and creative motion graphics. Please note your role with each piece in your application letter or within portfolio.
    * Must be able to occasionally work after hours and on weekends.
    * Driver’s license required.
    * Must be able to carry 35lbs
    Preferred Skills
    * Knowledge of working in a higher education or related non-profit environment is preferred;
    * Still photography experience a plus.
    * Knowledge of graphic design
    * Social media content creation
    * Experience in CatDV
    * Experience shooting S-Log3 on Sony FS7
    * Drone operation certification
    * Experience with Canon DSLRs, Canon C100 and Canon lenses
    * Ability to repair equipment and troubleshoot post production software
Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
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  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
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  2. * What is your highest level of education completed?
    • Less than high school education
    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Vocational or Technical School
    • Associate's Degree or Two Year College
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • PHD/MD/JD or equivalent doctoral degree
  3. * How many years of experience do you have related to this position?
    • 0 to 1 Year
    • 1 to 2 Years
    • 2 to 3 Years
    • 3 to 5 Years
    • 5 to 7 Years
    • 7 to 10 Years
    • Over 10 Years

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter