The Associate Director, Video Production for the Office for External Education's (OEE) Product Development group contributes to a growing portfolio of educational products and programs designed for OEE's target markets of corporate learners, health care professionals, and consumer audiences. This position will oversee a team of video production professionals. The Associate Director, Video Production will manage the operations of the team and coach individual contributors on best practices and innovative approaches for the production of engaging videos. Reporting to the Senior Director, Product Development, this position will model the group's service-oriented partnership mindset with a commitment to world-class quality, scalability, and learner success.
The Associate Director, Video Production is an established video professional with outstanding storytelling capabilities in a variety of styles and formats and will lead a team in continuous improvement of workflow processes and standards for excellence. The Associate Director, Video Production is responsible for overseeing all aspects of video production from pre- through post-production including, ideation, logistics and permissions, directing cast and crew, producing, filming, lighting, motion graphics creation, editing, sound design, and creating work schedules. The abilities to balance short- and long-term deadlines, give and receive feedback graciously, and work collaboratively are essential skills for this role.
This role also oversees video content reviews with key stakeholders, including assuring approval from key internal and external partners, and manages vendor resources to ensure successful on-budget and on-time delivery of video assets. This position will be responsible for informing and advising the Senior Director, Product Development on timelines, budgets, and new opportunities for process improvement and creative and technical innovation.
Manage a team of producers, post producers, video editors, co-ops and other related talent, ensuring resources are allocated according to project needs
Approve and manage relationships with outside vendors for video production and post-production
Use independent judgment to assess the effectiveness of all video content and executional direction, with an eye to educational clarity and exceptional quality
Demonstrate comfort and sound judgment in working in clinical environments with health care professionals and patients and in handling confidential patient information
Maintain accountability for video production deadlines
Ensure quality standards are upheld, and communicate any identified risks, staffing needs, industry best practices, and process or technology improvements needed
Partner with OEE Tech team, instructional designers/curricular experts, and other OEE colleagues to analyze data to improve engagement and educational effectiveness of content.
Attend scoping calls with course directors and business unit representatives to advise on program needs and technical requirements.
Oversee filming, audio recordings, and screen captures. Participate hands-on as needed.
Direct activities pre/post-production including casting, location scouting, permits, budgets, filming, editing, color grading, audio mixing, and media management. Participate hands-on as needed.
Ensure accessibility requirements and techniques are incorporated into the team's workflow
Mentor faculty and staff in the use of video media in education as appropriate for their objectives and resources
Foster a culture of continuous innovation by maintaining expertise in current and emerging technologies that support teaching and learning in higher education
Build strong and effective partnerships with HMS IT Teaching & Learning Technologies, HMS Faculty, the Office of the Vice President for Advances in Learning (VPAL) and other academic support and media production organizations across HMS and the University.
This position is based in Boston and some in-person on-campus work will be required, and flexible/remote work is an option. Any remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA*, CT, MA, MD, ME, NH, NY, RI, and VT). Individual flexible and remote work options for this role will be discussed during the interview process. *Note: Harvard employees working in California must be exempt.
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Bachelor's Degree and a minimum of 7+ years of experience as a Video Producer or Editor with a demonstrated track record in creative execution
Master's degree in the visual arts, media production, education, journalism or a related field preferred
Excellent supervisory, organizational, and communication skills, both oral and written
Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize and manage multiple competing deadlines
Demonstrated experience managing a team of media producers or creative professionals
Experience maintaining and operating a variety of video camera equipment
Excellent judgment of appropriate content for the target audience
A positive, collegial attitude and a high level of professionalism
Background in producing educational multimedia for a non-profit organization
Demonstrated experience with video production and motion graphics software, tools, and equipment
Knowledge of effective use of learning technologies and digital media to enhance the teaching and learning environment
Experience with video storage/management and video/audio hosting platforms and services
Experience with project management tools
Experience with data management and learning analytics
Requires occasional domestic or international travel; on-location planning and filming including work outside of business hours as needed
Prior experience in a fast-paced, highly creative, and collaborative environment with expectations for excellence
Familiar with accessibility guidelines for WCAG 2.0 standards
An online portfolio of media assets demonstrating innovative educational approaches with high production value and excellence in didactic video production. Cover letter requested
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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.
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.