Full-Time: Digital Video Producer/Editor, Deep Look

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Full Time
  • Digital Video
  • Experienced

The Digital Media Producer/Editor, Deep Look writes, produces, edits and occasionally shoots video segments for the KQED digital video series Deep Look. In addition to producing segments, this role directly supports the team with editing, post-production and media management tasks. The position also participates in all aspects of video production - from initial concept, research and writing, field production to obtaining third party materials, rights clearance, editing, sound design and media management.  

This position must have excellent producing, editing, A/V media production, post-production, cinematography, and writing skills. The ideal candidate is an experienced producer with a background in the coverage of science & nature, video workflow and online production. Proven collaboration skills are essential in regards to collaborating with KQED's digital video and content team members, across KQED departments and with community partners.

One of our core values at KQED is that we are better together, and that we commit to learning, growth, and holding ourselves accountable. We value the contributions of marginalized people in society — including Black, Indigenous, and all people of color,  people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ people — and we believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do, and we strongly encourage members of these communities to apply.

This role will work hybrid between working in KQED's newly renovated headquarters and working remotely. KQED requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or to provide documentation of a need for exemption.

Essential Functions:

  • Research and develop story ideas and pitches.
  • Scout locations and pre-interview subjects.
  • Perform off-line editing, sound design, packaging, transcoding, media management and other post-production duties.
  • Write scripts.
  • Produce in the field as well as on site.
  • Shoot UHD/HD video, records audio for Deep Look video productions as needed.
  • Light subjects, locations, and objects as needed.
  • Obtain additional visuals and footage as needed.
  • Secure rights clearances.
  • Produce web story pages and all assets for web publication.
  • Promote stories by strategizing with KQED social media teams to build audience for content.
  • Secure releases, information for show cue sheets and updates for show binders.
  • Prepare episode thumbnail images, animated .gifs and any other related assets.
  • Meet segment deliverables within budget and deadlines.
  • Work with animators, illustrators and composers on additional media elements as needed.
  • Provide editorial feedback on all Deep Look episodes during the production process.
  • Cultivate and maintain connections in the science & nature community and relationships with collaborators across KQED departments.
  • Help liaison with other public media science properties to foster partnership and collaboration opportunities.
  • Maintain the series' post-production workflow including media locations, archives, storage, software updates (Premiere and associated plug-ins / tools), workspace, etc., in conjunction with other digital video production staff.
  • Serve as the show's point person for implementation / use of KQED's Media Asset Management (MAM) system.
  • Improve and document media workflows pertinent to video production.
  • Ingest footage (field and acquired) as assigned.
  • Transcode, organize and prepare media files assets and projects for editing.
  • Wrap episodes and prepare exports / deliverables for distribution, social, outreach, archiving, footage requests and other purposes as assigned.
  • Upload finished product to YouTube, Facebook, and other platforms for distribution.
  • Perform sound design, including posting voice to music; direct sound mix with sound editor.
  • Verify and perform test restores on archival media and projects as needed, in coordination with Media Services.
  • Attend Deep Look production and editorial meetings, provide updates on work and feedback.
  • Perform other video duties as assigned.

Knowledge/Experience Required:

  • Minimum of 5-10 years experience as Producer or Field Producer in media, preferably public media or through other informal science institutions.
  • Experience in producing science & environment related programs strongly preferred.
  • Experience in producing high-quality video segments in an ongoing, quick turnaround release schedule environment.
  • Proven ability as a producer-editor to research topics for story development, write / co-write short format science scripts with factual integrity that move, surprise, dazzle, engage.
  • Knowledge of basic journalistic editorial principles, ethics and standards.
  • 5-7+ years experience in documentary / educational post-production, editing, sound and media management.
  • Professional expert  knowledge of Adobe Premiere, After Effects, and 4K workflows for Adobe Creative Suite a must.
  • Proven ability to edit, with limited supervision, both long and short format documentary style segments in Adobe Creative Suite (including Adobe Premiere and After Effects)
  • Experience troubleshooting edit issues, transcoding media, performing minor color correcting, sound mixing and media archiving.
  • Demonstrated ability to set up, light, record audio and shoot video for short and long format documentary style segments.
  • Demonstrated experience in field shooting, preferably with small-format equipment; 
  • Experience with a wide range of cameras, lenses and related equipment.
  • Experience with social media and web distribution.
  • Demonstrable collaboration skills and experience cultivating sources and partnerships.
  • Excellent communications skills a must.
  • Familiarity with science and environment community in the Bay Area.
  • Ability to represent KQED to the science and environment community, other institutions, and the general public at events and other public or professional appearances.

Knowledge/Experience Desired:

  • A compelling visual style and personal voice in your work.
  • Macro-cinematography experience a plus.
  • Expertise as a still photographer.
  • Experience with social media platforms such as YouTube, Instagram, FaceBook, TikTok and others. 
  • Experienced with web publishing procedures and CMS systems or blogging software (WordPress preferred).
  • B.A./B.S. degree in applicable field (documentary filmmaking, science communication, media production) a plus but not required.

Let us tell you more about our benefits:

Whether you’re single, married, have children, are in a domestic partnership or anything in between, we have you covered. Employees at KQED enjoy a family-friendly workplace offering 20 days of paid time off, 11 paid holidays, paid parental leave, family medical leave benefits, comprehensive health/vision/dental and commuter benefits as well as a 403(b) with employer match. KQED encourages diversity, openness and offers training to support personal and professional development. In addition, we are proud to offer Employee Resource Groups, wellness programs as well as free KQED membership.

The mission that drives us:

KQED is for everyone who wants to be more.     

Our television, radio, digital media, and educational services change lives for the better and help individuals and communities achieve their full potential.

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media.     

We provide citizens with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone and engage audiences to share their stories. We help students and teachers thrive in 21st-century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration- exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

We celebrate diversity, embrace innovation, value lifelong learning and partner with those who share our passion for public services.

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