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Video Production Specialist I

Western Governors University

Western Governors University

Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2024

The salary range for this role takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to skill sets; experience and training; licensure and certifications; and other business and organizational needs.

At WGU, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their role, and compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case. A reasonable estimate of the current range is:

Pay Range: $52,800.00 - $79,100.00


If you’re passionate about building a better future for individuals, communities, and our country—and you’re committed to working hard to play your part in building that future—consider WGU as the next step in your career.

Driven by a mission to expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs, WGU is also committed to being a great place to work for a diverse workforce of student-focused professionals. The university has pioneered a new way to learn in the 21st century, one that has received praise from academic, industry, government, and media leaders. Whatever your role, working for WGU gives you a part to play in helping students graduate, creating a better tomorrow for themselves and their families.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Use creativity and artistic vision to tell compelling stories by producing videos, utilizing professional camera techniques, lighting, video editing, color grading, graphics and titles, audio post-processing, music, effects, and foley.
  • Participate in the entire video production process, including concepting, directing, shooting, interviewing, location sound capture, editing, color correction, audio post-processing, motion graphics, exporting final deliverables, thumbnails, caption files, links/embed codes, and backing up projects using studio guidelines for organization and metadata/tagging.
  • Stay up-to-date with emerging technologies and industry trends to identify opportunities for process improvement, social media best practices, platform-specific requirements, and increased video engagement.
  • Responsible for communicating and effectively collaborating with team members and stakeholders at all levels to ensure a smooth transition from initial concept to final deliverable.
  • Responsible for understanding and implementing best practices for media organization and back-up.
  • Train and assist staff in the operation of video equipment and systems.
  • Assist other departments as directed, including live-broadcast and events, podcasts, and more.
  • Assist producers with scripting, storyboarding, and planning of video productions.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:

  • Ability to continually learn and adapt in a constantly evolving media environment.
  • Ability to transform raw video footage, audio assets, still images, and graphics into compelling stories through creative editing, color grading, and sound design/mixing.
  • Proficient in the entire video production process, including concepting, directing, shooting, interviewing, and location sound capture. Understands on-set protocols and best practices for film, television, and documentary production.
  • Proficient in the entire video post-production process, including video editing, color correction, audio sweetening, basic motion graphics (titles/lower thirds) and exporting final deliverables.
  • Highly skilled at shot composition, framing, lighting, camera movement, and presentation of product features. Understands and implements the concept of “shooting for the edit”.
  • Highly skilled in all technical facets of video image capture: Sensor formats, ISO, exposure techniques, lenses, filters, follow focus, resolution, frame rates, recording formats, bitrate, camera audio/sync, color space, LUTs, and DIT/data management.
  • Highly skilled in all technical facets of video editing and color correction: advanced video and audio editing, RAW/LOG footage manipulation, resolution, frame rates, pixel aspect ratios, encoders, bitrate, delivery formats, camera audio/sync, color space, LUTS, advanced color correction, creative grading, motion tracking, and round-trip best practices between software.
  • Knowledge and experience using digital video and cine cameras: RED, ARRI, Sony, Canon, Blackmagic, etc.
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite: Premiere Pro, After Effects, Media Encoder, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Audition. Proficient in Davinci Resolve. Experience in Avid Pro tools a plus.
  • Proficient in exporting media to a variety of distribution platforms with the appropriate video format, audio format mapping, and closed captions.
  • Self-motivated with strong interpersonal skills. Has the ability to put clients and participants at ease while interviewing or capturing their best performances.
  • Knowledgeable about broadcast standards and/or FCC standards.
  • Basic graphic design skills and motion graphics implementation, such as lower thirds and descriptive titling and transitions, using Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premier, and After Effects.
  • High-level problem solving, high attention to detail, with strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.
  • Experience using industry recognized backup software (ShotPut Pro, Hedge, Silverstack, or equivalent).

Job Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 5 years of experience with an agency, in-house team, or post-production studio in video production, video editing, graphic design, motion graphics or similar, with a demonstrated focus on videography and editing.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Film/TV Production, Communications, Multimedia, or a related field.

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Physical capability to lift and transport production equipment as required. Up to 50 pounds at times.
  • Flexibility to work irregular hours, including some evenings and weekends, based on production schedules.
  • Ability to travel to production locations with some out of state travel.


The University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.