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The University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH) improves the health and wellbeing of populations and communities around the world by bringing innovative research, learning, and concrete actions to today’s biggest health challenges. SPH includes four academic divisions and 33 internationally recognized centers and is home to roughly 1,400 students, 130 tenured/tenure-track and contract faculty, and 450 staff. The school is ranked #11 nationally by U.S. News & World Report, and offers more than 20 leading master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs, with its Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program ranked #2 and its Biostatistics program ranked #9.
SPH is excited to announce that we are seeking applications for our new full-time Video Producer and Photographer position.
As the SPH video producer and photographer, you will lead digital storytelling efforts that bring the school’s brand to life, engage key audiences, drive organizational awareness, and support the school’s key priorities, including our Strategic Plan for Antiracism.
As part of the SPH Communications Team, this role has significant partner-facing responsibilities and requires an individual with a collaborative mindset, commitment to inclusion, and excellent interpersonal skills. You will plan and manage all aspects of multimedia production using creative thinking, strong project management skills, editing expertise, and a knowledge of the best practices in digital media for various platforms. In addition, this person will be responsible for managing photo and video equipment and developing and maintaining a multimedia archival system.
The School of Public Health is committed to antiracism and anti-oppression in our mission and operations. In pursuit of this goal, we consider an applicant’s record working with individuals from historically marginalized backgrounds and experience identifying and eliminating systemic barriers to success in an academic environment. SPH seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce, and we particularly encourage applications from those who belong to groups that have been historically underrepresented in our discipline, including those who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color, those with disabilities, and those from LGBTQIA+ communities.
Please note: At this time, the University’s employment site is limited in how it collects applicant demographic information. Applicants are encouraged to provide their preferred name and/or pronouns within their attached application materials.
The University of Minnesota is driven to create a diverse workforce of the future where people are engaged, connected, thriving, and achieving. This position is based in Minneapolis on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. The SPH photographer/videographer may be able to work a hybrid schedule, especially if they have care responsibilities and/or disabilities, with some time in the office to demonstrate accessibility and flexibility. May be asked to work outside normal office hours to attend signature events.
Starting salary range: $65,000-75,000
Video & Photo Production — 70%
Partner with the SPH Communications Team to develop a digital storytelling strategy that aligns with the school’s content calendar, showcases the school’s strengths in all aspects of its mission (education, research, community engagement), supports key priorities and initiatives, and highlights the school’s vibrant and diverse community.
Create multimedia content for various platforms, including, but not limited to email, web, social media, and print, with excellent judgement, instincts, and knowledge of industry trends and best practices.
Lead all aspects of photo/video production: 1) Pre-Production: Partnering with members of the SPH Communications Team, you will use your creative and technical expertise to evaluate projects, develop concepts/storyboards, conduct pre-interviews/casting, and coordinate production. 2) Production: You will have proficiency with lighting, audio, camera equipment, and b-roll, as well as an awareness of the SPH style necessary to uphold the school’s brand. This position provides direction and guidance to talent and members of the SPH Communications Team during on-site production. 3) Post-Production: You will have proficiency in post-production editing, sound mixing, color correction, music licensing, and graphics treatment and effects. You will partner with the SPH Communications Team to ensure final products meet project goals and creative direction.
Create graphics for multimedia content.
Actively investigate and suggest new ways to improve multimedia engagement on all platforms, including the school’s social media channels, emails, and website.
Analyze content performance and report on activities, including key insights to shape and drive digital media strategy moving forward.
Take faculty, staff, and student portraits.
Equipment & Asset Management — 20%
Purchase and maintain photo and video equipment.
Oversee development and ongoing maintenance of digital asset archival and access.
Build and maintain the school’s online image gallery.
Manage photo/video release process.
Communications Integration & Support — 10%
Develop a solid understanding of communicating through a DEI lens, then work to embed those principles into multimedia products.
Work with members of the SPH Communications Team to support/maintain internal processes and practices, as well as develop new approaches to improve efficiency, responsiveness, and strategic communications.
BA/BS plus at least four years of professional experience in photography and video production.
A current portfolio demonstrating depth and breadth of photo and video capabilities.
Demonstrated experience with planning and organizing photo and video projects from beginning to end.
Proficiency with all studio tools, lighting, technical software, and systems.
Familiarity with all aspects of digital quality and output. File size, light and color balancing.
Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, especially Photoshop, and Premiere Pro.
Experience within healthcare or a higher education setting.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.
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