Multimedia Production Specialist (Media Production Specialist III) (514828)

  • San Diego State University
  • San Diego, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
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Job Description


Position Summary

SDSU is on the path to becoming a border-adjacent premier research university where access and excellence converge. We are looking for a multimedia storyteller who can capture the spark behind our researchers' motivation to combat climate change, curb health disparities, engineer a solution for cleaner water, and so much more; who can profile our diverse student scholars; and who can craft compelling visual content that tells of the scientific discovery happening here and raises the profile of SDSU's existing $141 million research enterprise.

On a typical day, the Multimedia Production Specialist for Research might meet with a college communications officer to storyboard, film b-roll of a faculty member conducting research in her lab, and incorporate a collaborator's edits into a final draft of video highlighting with deep local impact.

About SDSU

San Diego State University (SDSU), located near the U.S.-Mexico border, is the top California State University campus for federal research support and is an active research public university in California. SDSU is one of the 23 universities that comprise the California State University (CSU) system. The CSU system promotes student success through opportunity and a high-quality education that prepares students to become leaders in the changing workforce, making the CSU system a vital economic engine for California.

At SDSU, students participate in transformational research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, internships and mentoring, and have access to a diverse range of student life opportunities. SDSU, a Hispanic-Serving and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution residing on Kumeyaay land, is known for its long-standing efforts advancing diversity and inclusion. SDSU takes pride in more than a century of achievement in education, research, and service. The university ranks fifth in the country for students studying abroad and in the top 10 for diversity; Forbes, Fortune and U.S. News & World Report rank SDSU in the top 25 for entrepreneurship. Renowned for its academic excellence, SDSU is home to top-ranked graduate programs and offers bachelor's degrees in 96 areas, master's degrees in 84 fields and doctorates in 23 areas, with additional certificates and programs at regional microsites. SDSU Global Campus offers online training, certificates and degrees.

This position sits within the Division of Research and Innovation and Strategic Communications and Public Affairs.

The Division of Research and Innovation (DRI) is responsible for the strategic vision, support and growth of SDSU's $141 million research enterprise. DRI encourages university and community partners to push the limits of imagination and discovery, catalyzing innovative, equitable and collaborative solutions to society's most pressing challenges. DRI is responsible for the SDSU Mission Valley Innovation District, a 1.6 million-square-foot hub of research and entrepreneurship that will create new educational experiences, strengthen university-community relationships, and inspire new discoveries, scientific advancements and technological innovations.

Strategic Communications and Public Affairs (StratComm) is housed in the Office of the President. StratComm serves as the official voice of San Diego State University and shares the Presidential vision, values and priorities while articulating a unified message about the university's unique story. Core service areas include crisis and issues management, marketing, news and media relations, social media, web and interactive communications, executive communications and visual communications, and government and community relations. The unit is housed under the Office of the President, and works with partners across the institution and auxiliaries to promote the impact of SDSU programs and achievements. Included within StratComm is government and community relations, the unit responsible for building and maintaining relationships with elected and external constituent groups, as well as advancing SDSU priorities legislatively in concert with the CSU system. This area also has responsibility for advising SDSU faculty and administrators on projects, initiatives, and strategies designed to support collaborative engagement and dialogue with agencies and community members.

About the Position

The Multimedia Production Specialist for Research is a creative visual storyteller who develops videos, photography and multimedia assets that tell the story of the amazing work of SDSU faculty - to include studying climate change, combating health disparities, developing the transportation and security technologies of the future, and much more.

Housed in the Division of Research and Innovation, and working in partnership with StratComm, the Multimedia Production Specialist for Research works closely and collaboratively with SDSU's research and innovation leadership and community to create multimedia assets that elevate the visibility of SDSU's research enterprise. The incumbent is responsible for crafting compelling multimedia content that tells the story of scientific research, scholarship, creative activities and entrepreneurship across SDSU's seven academic colleges. The incumbent is experienced in creating a narrative through visual storytelling, developing illustrative, explanatory animations and working with sources to facilitate interviews and broll that clearly convey complex topics.

Responsibilities include discovering project audiences and goals; storyboarding multimedia projects, facilitating broll and interview shoots, recording and editing videos that can achieve those goals across internal and external communications channels, to include web, social media, email marketing, media coverage and also packages and campaigns. The Multimedia Productions Specialist creates a range of multimedia deliverables, including short or long form videos, promotional brand videos, internal videos for SDSU communications, video animations, and photography for internal and external uses. The incumbent must have experience working within video production and photography editing suites and audio production software.

For information about DRI, click here.

Full-time, benefits eligible, permanent (probationary) position. This position is designated non-exempt under FLSA and is eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

This position is physically located at the SDSU Main Campus in San Diego.

Education and Experience

Entry to the first level within this classification requires a basic knowledge of and skill in graphics, still or motion photography, or television production. This knowledge and skill normally is obtained through a bachelor's degree in a related field and at least six months of experience in still and motion picture photography, including a thorough knowledge of video production techniques.

Specialized Skills
  • Must be able to work autonomously and be able to coordinate production activities, support staff, and students, being accountable for work results.
  • Must have the ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to use ingenuity and creativity to develop and execute multimedia productions.
  • Demonstrated ability to tell stories through the use of video.
  • Previous experience shooting, editing, and producing.
  • Ability to edit video on a laptop or desktop.
  • Ability and availability to attend events or perform duties outside of normal work hours (may include weekends).
  • Must have the ability to travel and attend off-campus appointments and events.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience producing and creating television quality content.
  • Experience creating content highlighting science, technology, health or other research areas.
  • Experience using animation to improve visual storytelling

Compensation and Benefits

Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources. Starting salary upon appointment is not expected to exceed $5,166 per month.

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,104 - $7,425 per month.

SDSU Vaccine Policy

In accordance with the California State University system wide policy, students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a valid medical or religious exemption in order to access campus. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated for five months after their final dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or for two months after receiving the only dose of a single-dose vaccine. Afterward a COVID-19 booster is required to continue to be considered fully vaccinated.

The individual hired into this role will be required to submit their completed vaccination documentation to the university's secure online health portal prior to beginning work. Individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption on file with the university will be required to participate in SDSU's COVID-19 testing program.

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on June 17, 2022. To receive full consideration, apply by June 16, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Rachael Stalmann at

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


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