Middlebury College, c/oAcademic Affairs, Middlebury, VT 05753
The Media Production Specialist applies specialized knowledge of digital media production to support and strengthen production courses in the Film and Media Culture Department. The Media Production Specialist designs, implements, and maintains the physical and virtual spaces associated with video production and media creation in the Axinn Center at Starr Library. The Media Production Specialist provides leadership and supervision to the students that work in the equipment room and in the multimedia lab.
- Apply specialized knowledge of professional digital filmmaking practices and media creation in support of the Film and Media Culture curriculum.
- Plan and lead software or hardware focused workshops for students, faculty, and staff in the Film and Media Culture Department and other multimedia intensive courses.
- Perform system administration for the Film and Media Culture OSX server, the Xsan file system, and the associated client computers ensuring solid performance, stability, and reliability for all computer based production work. Work with LIS Technology Services, Central Systems, and Network Services to configure and deploy images, update software, and backup data.
- Build and maintain a digital archive of student work, organize and optimize content for searching. Choose file types that are consistent with best practices for long-term storage, compatibility, and “master” quality.
- Create and maintain the Film and Media Culture Department’s online resources and presence comprised of written and video tutorials on the wiki, Vimeo channels showcasing student work, and portions of the academic department website. Collaborate with faculty on course websites and social media platforms.
- Keep apprised of developments in the field of digital independent filmmaking and media creation, evaluate software and hardware, make recommendations, prepare budgets and reports, maintain relationships with vendors and secure bids, make purchases. Provide students, faculty, and staff equipment and software of the highest quality.
- Propose, design, develop, implement and maintain complex media production engineering systems to provide advance media capture, conversion, and playback opportunities for students, faculty, and staff.
- Manage the Film and Media Culture Department Equipment Room, hire and supervise student employees, create and enforce lending policies, ensure an accurate and efficient checkout/return process, care and maintain audio, video, lighting, computer and other equipment, keep inventory records, generate reports, and perform all operational duties.
- Train and supervise student staff in order to provide after hours digital media production support in the Film and Media Culture lab spaces.
- Collaborate with Media Services to provide input on the design of classrooms, laboratories, and other multimedia and presentation spaces focusing on professional audio and video standards.
- Perform as the technical expert on digital video and multimedia production for the college. Collaborate and advise Library and Information Services, College Communications, and other departments using video in their curriculum.
- Other duties as assigned.
Education & Training
Bachelor's degree in a related field required; Master's preferred.
- Minimum of 2 years experience in media production or post production.
- Experience with digital media, digital video production, digital editing, application development or other related discipline required.
- Experience with systems administration, including an understanding of client and server/storage concepts required. Experience with Xsan or related production san environment preferred.
- Experience with digital media systems engineering, including an understanding of signal flow and digital audio and video standards required.
- Experience applying specialized knowledge to people of all skill levels, preferably in an academic setting.
- Proficient with contemporary multi-media development software, including or equivalent to Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Compressor, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Avid Pro Tools, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator. Ability to master new software quickly.
- Mastery of a broad range of instructional technologies, applications and techniques preferably as they pertain to curricular needs.
- Expert knowledge of digital audio and video workflows from acquisition to delivery. A complete understanding of formats, resolutions, aspect ratios, compression guidelines, and best practices to guarantee visual and aural integrity.
- Expert understanding of current Mac operating systems and Mac server operating systems. Experience with current Windows operating system preferred.
- Proficient with current digital video production roles and concepts. Experience and familiarity with professional level audio, video, lighting, and grip equipment.
- Ability to work independently, to set priorities, and effectively manage work and deadlines.
- Outstanding interpersonal skills, ability to teach, ability to write clear, accurate documentation.
Some evening and weekend hours may be required at critical times in the semester and depending on class schedules.