DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.
Job Title Director, Visual Content Job ID 3541 Location Loop Campus Full/Part Time Full-Time Regular/Temporary Regular
At DePaul University, we are looking for candidates who want to join us in our mission to provide access to education for all. Successful candidates welcome ideas and perspectives from colleagues and students representing a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds, religious beliefs, and experiences. We seek collaborative, open-minded and hard working professionals to work in a real world urban learning environment. Are you exceptional, yet modest and open to challenges? We seek achievers and leaders that want to bring their passion and skills to our well-respected community of approachable colleagues. Build your career with us.
The Director of Visual Content is charged with determining the best ways to tell the story of the people, places and events of DePaul through quality photography, videography and other multimedia formats. As a member of the leadership team, this position takes a proactive role in helping drive communications emanating from the Office of Public Relations and Communications (OPRC) on a daily basis, while also working closely with other internal colleagues and communicators and servicing external communicators. The Director is responsible for producing projects that utilize audio, digital photography and videography that will capture images that document, illustrate and promote the University – its people, programs, outreach, research and facilities through digital story-telling via print publications, web content, social media, multi-media, etc.
The position will assign and direct OPRC staff or outside vendors to implement the tasks of set-up, shooting, editing, production of digital photography and videography for various on-campus and off-campus events and activities.
The Director will also identify opportunities, issues, and trends in higher education that can be utilized in communications produced by OPRC to support the university's and department's goals and mission.
Responsibilities & Duties
Manages the visual representation of the organization, including still photography, video and multimedia projects for news (print, broadcast and online publications).
Leverages the university’s various communication platforms, including its social media assets, to post visuals that tell DePaul’s stories.
Directs communication efforts to promote OPRC’s visual services and content throughout the University and for use by the news media.
Ensures that the Visual Services team provides quality photographic services to the University community, news media and other entities and organizations that have expressed interest in activities of the University and its faculty, staff and students.
Works with other communications staff as appropriate to help meet their needs for photographic support of news releases and other informational materials.
Manages a searchable, up-to-date database that archives both audio and visual assets produced and/or disseminated by OPRC.
Develops and maintains a computer log of all assignments.
Works cooperatively with OPRC team members and campus colleagues in the strategic planning, preparation and implementation of high quality visual content and communications, including written content across all OPRC managed channels.
Manages the quality and work flow of audio/visual projects across departments, working with cross-departmental teams as necessary.
Counsels colleagues and external clients with visual needs for use in their communications, recommending appropriate visual techniques.
Approaches to help them communicate intended message and create desired effect.
Informs them of new capabilities and advises them regarding possible applications and media training to help them better communicate through multi-media.
Supervises a team of visual artists to ensure priority events are properly promoted and documented, and that multi-media content is ready for dissemination through various communication platforms.
Manage all aspects of assignment logistics.
Keeps abreast of new and emerging media (traditional, social and multi-media), publications and web technologies as well as new and emerging audiovisual techniques.
Researches, scripts and produces OPRC-developed videos and multi-media projects to reach internal and external audiences.
Positively position the university through development and execution of tailored public relations strategies and communications.
Produce written content across all channels including web, news channels, internal news letters, video scripts and social.
Assists in the development and implementation of broad-based communication efforts to promote OPRC’s audio and visual services to colleges and departments throughout the university and to distribute audio and visual of the University for use by the news media, social media, bloggers and other communicators, both internal and external, as appropriate.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Education & Experience
Bachelor’s degree required along with progressive professional development and continued education in the field or related fields.
Minimum of 10 years experience in directing the creation and promotion of story-telling using visual assets, such as in a news room or visual news gathering for deadline-driven outlets.
Minimum of 10 years experience with producing visuals for national media outlets.
Minimum of 10 years experience in daily journalism and visual news gathering for deadline-driven news outlets.
5+ years experience as a manager and supervisor.
5+ years experience in a college or university setting.
Desired characteristics: High degree of integrity; Problem solver; Team player; Critical thinker; Collaborative; Nimble and energetic; Thick-skinned; Resilient; Creative; Attention for details and accuracy; Media savvy; Discerning.
Supervises two staff, interns, and as appropriate, vendors.
Other Skills & Abilities Reqd
Strong working knowledge of photography or video or both, including editing and archiving software.
Ability to disseminate visual assets using a variety of content management systems and social media tools, including analytics tools.
Strong strategic and analytical skills.
Excellent communication, writing, editing and interviewing skills, including experience developing, writing and promoting content for the web, social media, traditional news media, multi-media and print publications.
Ability to write across all channels including web, news channels, internal news letters, video scripts and social.
Ability to work independently and juggle multiple requests and projects simultaneously, while working in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
Ability to develop, create, stage, and produce professional quality media and evaluate production effectiveness in meeting objectives.
Experience with digital storytelling through mixed media highly desirable.
Ability to work under pressure, respond positively to deadlines and proactively contribute to and direct team efforts.
Advanced computer skills using PC or Mac platforms with demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Creative Suite and other video editing software such as Final Cut Pro or Premier.
Strong organizational skills to independently manage and coordinate all facets of production and other projects.
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with students, faculty, staff, administrators, and members of the general community and news media.
Ability to make independent decisions, using careful judgment and discretion.
May occasionally stand for extended periods of time.
You may upload other attachments (Transcripts, Portfolios, Writing samples) in the “My Activities” tab of your profile.
Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein. The principal duties and responsibilities describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual within this position. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties that may be required.
Work is performed with limited oversight, assignments are performed under general supervision with results reviewed against goals.
Work requires regularly exercising judgment and discretion to interpret needs and make visual production decisions.
Work involves considerable ingenuity to develop and execute visual productions.
Duties will take place in a busy office environment with frequent deadlines. Many of the assignments will take place on location and will require evening and weekend hours.
Salary & Benefits Package: DePaul offers a comprehensive package including competitive pay and benefits to attract and retain the best talent in order to further the University's mission. For more information, please visit the following pages: Full Benefits Part-Time Benefits
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Internal Number: 109092748
About DePaul University
At DePaul University, we are looking for candidates who want to join us in our mission to provide access to education for all. Successful candidates welcome ideas and perspectives from colleagues and students representing a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds, religious beliefs, and experiences. We seek collaborative, open-minded and hard working professionals to work in a real world urban learning environment. Are you exceptional, yet modest and open to challenges? We seek achievers and leaders that want to bring their passion and skills to our well-respected community of approachable colleagues. Build your career with us. DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.