Producer Director and Senior Producer Director - Illinois Public Media (A1700560)

Location
Champaign, IL
Posted
Sep 13, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution



Producer Director and Senior Producer Director

(Two Positions)

Illinois Public Media

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Illinois Public Media at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois seeks two true cross-platform innovators and collaborators who are unafraid to try new things, are culturally-savvy, love to brainstorm, can critique constructively, manage cross-platform workloads with ease, and see all the possibilities for content creation at a highly-respected and flourishing public media joint licensee just two hours south of Chicago.

Ideal producer/director candidates have substantial foundational skills in their arsenal, including producing and directing studio-based TV programming, and will also have extensive experience working on field productions. However, said candidates will also be into the idea of leveraging these skills to create short, vibrant video content for multiple platforms, including the web and social media. The folks we're looking for are great with studio equipment, love the idea of grabbing a couple of DSLRs and heading out the door, and shoot and edit on their phones for kicks. They're creative thinkers who want to have fun on the job, but also want to tell powerful stories and have high standards for the work they create.

These producer/directors will be cornerstones of a growing creative team at a station coming into its own with award-winning webseries (ART/BTS, Backyard Industry) and documentaries (Ebertfest 2016: Center of the Universe, Barns: An Illinois Story), a rising statewide talk show (The 21 st ), a CPB-funded statewide news collaboration (Illinois Newsroom), and a blossoming international productions unit. Not only that - Urbana-Champaign is a vibrant, growing community that's home to the University of Illinois, which means pay is competitive and benefits, including free tuition for University classes, are A+. Interested? See the extensive position description at the link - and get in touch!

Producer Director Description:

Primary Function:

The Producer/Director creates, writes, produces, and directs primarily interstitial, promotional, fundraising, and community engagement material, as well as provides creative and production support for serial programs, documentaries, and special programming for Illinois Public Media's outlets: WILL TV, WILL AM/FM, WILL online, and various social media platforms.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  1. Plan, manage, schedule, produce, write, direct, light, shoot, and edit multiplatform content for studio and field productions. These productions include, but are not limited to: Interstitial content, promotional campaigns, fundraising campaigns, and proofs of performance, as well as providing support for program series, program specials, program elements, short/long form documentary, and other work as assigned in collaboration with various departments at IPM.
  2. Working with a core creative team, brainstorm, research, and prioritize potential campaign and program ideas with an eye toward multiplatform distribution.
  3. Coordinate with the Director of Content and Senior Producer/Director for the allocation of resources and other production activities, working with station content generators and creative teams in all aspects of the production process.
  4. Acquire necessary rights, clearances and releases for productions.
  5. Manage project budgets and follow station accounting practices, and generate production activity reports.
  6. Attend production, departmental, and staff meetings, as needed.
  7. Participate in Illinois Public Media fundraising activities.
  8. Foster and maintain relations with staff, crew, College of Media, community leaders, and clients.
  9. Other duties as assigned &/or required.


Required Experience:
  1. Two years of proven experience in writing, producing, directing shooting, lighting, and editing content for multiplatform productions, especially television.
  2. Demonstrably strong background with managing multiple projects and assignments.
  3. Strong video and audio editing competence - preferably in Adobe Premiere and Audition.
  4. Experience using Slack, Trello, Google docs, and/or other project management/productivity tools.

Preferred Experience:
  1. Familiarity with other Adobe Creative Cloud applications including: After Effects, Photoshop, and more


Knowledge

Required:
  1. Knowledge of broadcast and location production techniques.
  2. Familiarity with intellectual property rights in use of photos, music and videos.
  3. Working knowledge of studio and location lighting techniques.
  4. Working knowledge with equipment and programs utilized in video production and editing, including the Adobe Creative Suite (Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Illustrator, and Photoshop).
  5. Working knowledge with Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Outlook and Excel.
  6. Proven ability with a variety of production equipment including cameras, nonlinear editors, lights, and more.
  7. Ability to conceptualize, create, and communicate a vision for projects and programs
  8. Demonstrably strong writing skills and the ability to effectively communicate verbally as well as in writing.
  9. Ability to work under pressure to successfully meet multiple project deadlines

Preferred:
  1. Familiarity with PBS and NPR programming, PBS and NPR promotional materials and the mission of public broadcasting.
  2. Ability to shoot and edit content on a mobile device (e.g. smartphone).
  3. Demonstrated ability to work in both a team environment and independently at a high level of productivity.


Senior Producer/Director Description:

Primary Function:

The Senior Producer/Director creates, writes, produces, and directs content primarily for serial programs, documentaries, and special programming, as well as occasional interstitial and promotional material for Illinois Public Media's outlets - WILL TV, WILL AM/FM, WILL online, and various social media platforms.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  1. Plan, manage, schedule, produce, write, direct, light, shoot, and edit multiplatform content for studio and field productions. These productions include, but are not limited to: program series, program specials, program elements, and short/long form documentary, with interstitials, promotional campaigns, pledge programming, and other work in collaboration with various departments at IPM.
  2. Working with a core creative team, brainstorm, research, and prioritize potential program ideas with an eye toward multiplatform distribution.
  3. Develop proposals and budgets for programs, perform post-production accounting functions, and generate production activity reports. The Senior Producer/Director will be expected to manage projects budgets and work with the IPM business office to follow station accounting practices.
  4. Acquire necessary rights, clearances and releases for productions.
  5. Coordinate, with the Director of Content, the allocation of resources and other production activities, working with station content generators and creative teams in all aspects of the production process.
  6. Attend production, departmental, and staff meetings, as needed.
  7. Participate in Illinois Public Media fundraising activities.
  8. Foster and maintain relations with staff, crew, College of Media, community leaders and clients.


Required Experience:
  1. Five years of direct, progressive production experience in a multiplatform environment.
  2. Proven experience in writing, producing, directing, shooting, lighting, and editing television productions in studio and on-location environments. Live broadcast experience is essential.
  3. High video and audio editing proficiency - preferably in Adobe Premiere and Audition.
  4. Familiarity with other Adobe Creative Cloud applications including: After Effects, Photoshop, and more.
  5. High degree of familiarity with a variety of production equipment including cameras, nonlinear editors, lights, and more.
  6. Experience using Slack, Trello, Google docs, and/or other project management/productivity tools.
  7. Exhibited strength in the area of narrative script writing.
  8. Proven experience working under pressure to successfully meet multiple project deadlines.
  9. Demonstration of a strong background in the coordination and management of multiple projects, assignments, and direction of support personnel.

Preferred Experience:
  1. Motion graphics experience (conception and creation).


Knowledge:

Required:
  1. Knowledge of broadcast, location, and other production techniques.
  2. Familiarity with intellectual property rights in use of photos, music and videos.
  3. Strong working knowledge of studio and location lighting techniques.
  4. Strong working knowledge of equipment and programs utilized in video production and editing, including the Adobe Creative Suite (Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Illustrator, and Photoshop).
  5. Strong working knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Outlook and Excel.
  6. Strong ability to conceptualize, create, and communicate a vision for programs and projects.
  7. Demonstrably strong writing skills, and the ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.

Preferred:
  1. Familiarity with PBS and NPR programming, PBS and NPR promotional materials, and the mission of public broadcasting.
  2. Demonstrated ability to identify and secure funding for productions.
  3. Ability to shoot and edit content on a mobile device (e.g. smartphone).
  4. A good feel for graphic design, with the ability to render/create using Adobe Creative Cloud Products.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work successfully in both a team environment and independently, at a high level of productivity.


Education Requirements: Producer Director and Senior Producer Director

Required: Bachelor's degree required

Preferred: Bachelor's in Broadcasting, Communications, or a related field.

Application Procedures:

To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by October 9, 2017. The committee may begin reviewing applications before the close date but no decision will be made until after the close date. Please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter describing qualifications for the position, current resume and the names and contact information for three professional references. Please specify if you are applying for the Producer/Director or the Senior Producer Director position or both in your cover letter. For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Annetta Allison (217) 265-7648 or allison2@illinois.edu.

This is a full-time, 12-month academic professional appointment with a start date as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu



College Name or Administrative Unit: College of Media/IPM
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Producer Director and Senior Producer Director - Illinois Public Media (A1700560)
Open Date: 09/12/2017
Close Date: 10/09/2017
Organization Name: IPM Administration:General

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