Video Production Specialist - Public Affairs/DIA (117847)

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Video Production Specialist
Public Affairs/Division of Intercollegiate Athletics

University of Illinois at Urbana-Chamapaign

Have you always wanted to create in-depth, documentary-style videos? Are you passionate about finding and telling impactful stories about the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, both historical and current?

Public Affairs and the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics (DIA) invites you to consider a position as a Video Production Specialist for our Big Ten Network (BTN) documentary team.

Our BTN producers are responsible for outstanding non-athletic storytelling aimed at alumni, fans and friends of Illinois. They have consistently generated some of the most compelling programming on the network, and they have been recognized with Midwest Regional Emmy Awards, as well as seeing their programs featured in film festivals, in Illinois classrooms, and on other broadcast outlets.

The Video Production Specialist we seek will be a key contributor and team member as we continue what has become an Illinois tradition of creating professional quality documentaries. This position will be responsible for planning all aspects of video production for short and long format programs to be broadcast on the Big Ten Network and online. In addition, this position will be a contributor (as needed) to Public Affairs' Video Service unit that produces campus and unit promotional videos for broadcast and internet use and will be a lead producer of video addenda to News Bureau press releases as needed.

If Illinois is the place you want to be, and this sounds like the work that you would love to do, we want to talk to you.

Please carefully review the following description and requirements, then show us what you can contribute to Public Affairs’/DIA’s efforts to build the Illinois brand and global reputation through video productions.


Big Ten Network Documentary Production

  • Plan and execute production (videography, audio, lighting) of short and long format programs that tell the story of the University of Illinois to a national audience.
  • Arrange and operate lighting, multi-camera directing, audio recording and videography.
  • Create graphics and animations for programs.
  • Research and acquire archival footage and photographs for use in productions.
  • Enhance and reformat archival photographs to be used in productions.
  • Assist with transfer of archival film material for use in broadcast productions.
  • Obtain rights and clearances for copyrighted material used in broadcast productions.
  • Write scripts for production and coordinate voice-over recordings.
  • Create closed captioning versions of programming for air on BTN.
  • Encode and upload video for use on Internet and DVD production/ duplication.

News Bureau Video

  • Produce video components to enhance News Bureau news releases (from complementary scientific animations to full ‘video news releases’ with interviews, b-roll, etc)
  • Meet with NB staff and unit researchers to conceive the video elements, plan the production

Public Affairs – Intra-Office

  • Assist with Video Services productions as needed.
  • Research new video production technologies and advise on department purchases.
  • Train and manage interns who work as needed to assist with productions.
  • Professionally represent Public Affairs in all interaction with campus constituencies.
  • Assist with marketing of BTN programs through all media outlets.
  • Understand campus and campus unit marketing goals and incorporate them in creative videos.



  • Bachelor’s degree in a communications, journalism or a related field.
  • Three years of experience in media/broadcasting and online delivery of digital files.
  • Experience with professional digital video cameras and common video production equipment.


  • Experience producing long-format documentaries for broadcast on national media outlets

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative suite, including but not limited to Premiere, Photoshop, and Media Encoder.
  • Eagerness to learn new editing (and other) software as technology changes.
  • Strong technical skills in HD video production, editing software, graphic design, digital file storage and online delivery.
  • Outstanding storytelling ability and creativity, especially in a long-form documentary format.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, effective interpersonal skills, and creativity in both storytelling and video effects.
  • Must have a proven ability to organize and coordinate multiple projects in a timely manner.
  • Attention to detail and the use of discretion and judgment are essential.
  • Professionalism and ability to interact with senior administrative and academic officials.
  • Must be familiar with or be willing to learn accessibility requirements for video.
  • Ability to clearly and consistently organize, manage and present complex information.
  • Ability to work independently while producing accurate work on deadline while exercising discretion and judgment.
  • Ability to work in a team-based, collaborative environment with limited supervision.
  • Ability to multi-task, often with frequent interruptions.

Environmental Demands

  • Some evening and weekend hours required.
  • Occasional travel (both domestic and international).


This is a full-time Civil Service Public Information Associate position, appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after July 17, 2019. Salary is commensurate with experience.


Applications must be received by July 17, 2019. Apply for this position using the "Apply for Position" button below. If you have not applied before, you must create your candidate profile at If you already have a profile, you will be redirected to that existing profile via email notification. To complete the application process:

Step 1) Submit the Staff Vacancy Application.

Step 2) Submit the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms.

Step 3) Upload the following:

  • cover letter
  • resume (month and year must be included)
  • proof of academic credentials (unofficial transcripts or diploma are acceptable)
  • links to up to three samples of your video production work, along with a description of your role in the production
  • An online application will require names and contact information for three references. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For further information regarding the position, you may contact Pam Steele, Public Affairs, 217-333-5010 or [email protected]. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

    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

    College Name or Administrative Unit:Public Affairs - Intercollegiate Athletics Category:2-Administrative Title:Video Production Specialist - Public Affairs/DIA (117847) Open Date:07/03/2019 Close Date:07/17/2019 Organization Name:Public Affairs




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    Posted: 7/5/2019
    Application Due: 7/17/2019
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