Writer/Multimedia Content Producer

Position Information

Position Information

Department Advancement
Alternate Department Description
Criminal Background Check Standard Background Check
Motor Vehicle Background Check No
Restricted Position? No, is eligible for layoff or severance benefits.
Job Category Classified Staff
Role (State) Job Title Media Specialist III
Working Title Writer/Multimedia Content Producer
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number 02686z
Recruit Number Staff - 8428
Working Hours
Location Fairfax
Pay Band Payband 4
Salary Commensurate with education and experience.
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Writer/Multimedia Content Producer

The George Mason University Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations invites applications for a Writer/Multimedia Content Producer. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

Summary:

George Mason University seeks a Writer/Multimedia Content Producer to work on the Faster Farther fundraising campaign team. Reporting to the director of advancement communications, this position will concept, author, and produce stories and content about Mason donors and alumni for use on multiple platforms: print, video, web, mobile, and social media.

  • You are an excellent writer and versatile content producer who can blend words, video, photography, and digital content to tell great stories;
  • You can think and plan holistically from idea to execution to measuring impact on our key audiences;
  • You bring a fresh eye and a compelling storytelling style that fits Mason’s brand as an innovative, up-and-coming research university;
  • You are able to work collaboratively to brainstorm ideas, and then independently manage projects, including interviewing subjects, writing copy, collecting images or video, producing and editing content, and adapting content across all platforms;
  • You are a creative thinker, responsible, a people person, and get along well with others; and
  • You believe in the mission of George Mason University to pursue excellence and bring access to higher education to all.

Responsibilities:

Storytelling:

  • Identify and research story ideas from across the university; conceive how they can be created and delivered for multiple content platforms. Find ways to convey the emotional impact of philanthropy and how donors make a difference in people’s lives;
  • Interview donors, faculty, students, and alumni. Able to put people at ease in an interview setting in order to draw out their true story; and
  • Develop a variety of communications materials that build positive relationships with donors, alumni, and other university stakeholders.

Writing:

  • Write and edit stories and other copy for the Faster Farther website (fasterfarther.gmu.edu), Spirit magazine, e-newsletters, donor stewardship materials, reports and other fundraising communications.

Video Production:

  • Assess needs for audio and video gear, hardware and software in order to set up a small-budget in-house video production shop; and
  • Conceive, shoot, edit, and produce short video pieces (< 4 minutes), typically with quick timelines (< 3 weeks). Use video editing programs such as Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro for final production.

Photography:

  • Shoot digital images to illustrate stories for online use.

Digital Content Production:

  • Create and manage production schedules so that projects and assignments are well-managed and delivered on time; and
  • Curate and publish content across all Faster Farther campaign platforms.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, visual/media arts, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Demonstrated relevant experience producing multimedia content, with examples of prior work;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with experience writing and editing feature stories and profiles;
  • Video production: able to conceive, shoot, and produce short, compelling video pieces. Includes basic proficiency in pre-production, production (e.g. lighting, audio) and post-production (editing, voiceover, graphics, and video compression for the web). Familiar with video editing programs such as Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro;
  • Ability to work independently, manage and prioritize multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and show excellent attention to detail;
  • Ability to understand and synthesize complex materials in order to produce compelling content for a range of diverse audiences; and
  • Discretion and high standard of ethics in handling sensitive or confidential material involved with the fundraising process.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of the field of fundraising and principles of fundraising communications;
  • Experience working in teams with other content creators, designers, and editors;
  • Experience working with vendors such as photographers, videographers, printers, and web publishers;
  • Knowledge of digital photography; able to shoot excellent digital images to illustrate stories in all media;
  • Knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite and/or similar tools; and
  • Experience with content management systems, such as WordPress or Drupal.
Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 02686z at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload:

  • Cover letter explaining your fit for this position;
  • Resume with a link to online portfolio showing examples of multimedia work (video, web, photography);
  • List of three professional references with contact information; and
  • Two writing samples.
For Full Consideration, Apply by: Review of applications will begin on November 17, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.
Posting Date 11/08/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
Telework Friendly?
Mason Ad Statement

Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!

George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition.

Equity Statement

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * In 2-3 sentences, describe why you want to work at George Mason University.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * What are your salary expectations for this position?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * What is the highest level of education that you have completed?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Do you have experience working within a fundraising operation?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have demonstrated video production and post-production experience?
    • Yes, less than 1 year
    • Yes, 1 to 3 years
    • Yes, more than 3 years
    • No video experience
  6. * Do you have experience with WordPress?
    • Yes
    • No

Supplemental Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of Professional References
  4. Writing Sample
Optional Documents