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Job Opening: Assistant Director, Advancement Video and Digital Outreach


Position: Assistant Director, Advancement Video and Digital Outreach
Company: Kent State University
Location: Kent OH US

Create and execute videos and other relevant digital content tools to expand alumni and donor communications and programs for the Division of Institutional Advancement. Reports to the Assistant Vice President, Advancement Communications.

Additional Basic Function – if applicable:

Examples of Duties:

Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following:

Create and execute videos to support Institutional Advancement programs and increase affinity with alumni and donors; including storyboarding, shooting and editing video content for website, social and electronic communications in a high quality manner that is consistent with the university’s image and brand.

Work with advancement communications project managers to create video marketing strategies on behalf of schools and divisions across campus for alumni and donor outreach projects.

Recommend and oversee alternative digital methods for delivering programming, volunteer training and communications including the use of webcasts, live streaming, web/video conferencing and other distance-based technology.

Support the annual planning process for advancement communications teams, including goal setting and budgeting.

Assist in developing strategies for divisional digital communications.

Create, develop or secure all assets related to video production, including music, voiceover, visual graphics, etc.

Direct talent through on-screen and voiceover performances.

Produce multiple versions of videos as needed for each platform.

Manage the division’s multiple YouTube channels.

Manage the videography data storage system, ensuring proper archiving, organization and redundancy of all video footage, projects and related media.

Maintain and service all video equipment.

Research and recommend relevant production equipment, software and services in order to take advantage of emerging technologies, trends and enhancements in the video production industry to ensure the quality of the division’s video content remains competitive.

Create complimentary motion graphics to enhance video quality.

Capture still photos for companion social and digital projects.

Provide assistance with management of outside video production projects.

Provide training/feedback sessions to campus clients regarding video projects.

Serve as a liaison to various committees across the department, division and university.

May supervise students and volunteers, and/or provide functional guidance of support staff or other employees who work on a project or assignment on a temporary or intermittent basis throughout the year.

Perform related duties as assigned.

Additional Examples of Duties – if applicable:

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in video/media, broadcast production, journalism, or related field. Two years of video production experience including directing, shooting, lighting, editing, sound recording, interviewing and project management.

Or the equivalent combination of education and experience equal to at least six years of video production experience including directing, shooting, lighting, editing, sound recording, interviewing and project management.


Knowledge Of:

Digital marketing/related fields – tools, techniques, and technology *

Higher education/fundraising

Media production applications (Adobe Premiere and/or Final Cut Pro X, After Effects, Media Encoder and/or Compressor, Photoshop and/or Illustrator, Audition and Microsoft Office Storytelling), design and editorial processes *

Skill In:

Video editing, producing, directing

Multi-media script writing


Professional camera operation

Digital sound recording

Interview set lighting

Motion graphics design

Video compression

Interviewing subjects on camera

Written, verbal and interpersonal communication

Project management

Adhering to deadlines *

Managing basic budgets set for digital projects *

Ability To:

Work effectively in a collaborative environment

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with a variety of clients within the department and the university

Manage time and resources and effectively balance multiple priorities

Be self-directed and self-motivated

Integrate storytelling, design and editorial processes with high production value *

Occasionally work evenings and weekends

Preferred Qualifications – if applicable:

Proven track record of producing successful promotional video content for clients.


Asterisk (*) indicates knowledge, skills, abilities which require assessments

Working Conditions / Physical Requirements:

Moderate work – Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Incumbent must be able to communicate with others. Incumbent may be required to travel from building to building frequently and off campus occasionally.

Special Instructions Summary:

Please include a resume and cover letter with your online application. You will find additional information about the division and a list of current open positions in Institutional Advancement, by visiting our website: www.kent.edu/advancement

Additional Information:

Must pass a security check.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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