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Extra Help Digital Media Specialist

The University of Illinois Division of Public Safety is seeking an Extra-Help Digital Media Specialist who is a creative visual thinker and who has expertise in how stories are told through digital platforms.

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Job Description

The Digital Media Specialist is a talented communication professional responsible for conceiving, creating, and producing promotional, educational, and informational video and photography products that empower campus community members to keep themselves and others safe and enhance the Division of Public Safety’s reputation as an industry leader.

This person will be hired as an Extra Help, non-clerical employee. Extra Help employees are appointed to fulfill casual or emergent needs within units. The amount of time for which services are needed is not usually predictable and payment for work performed is on an hourly basis. Extra Help employees are required by State Universities Civil Service System rules to take a 30-calendar-day break after working 900 hours. At the end of the 30-day period, you may begin another 900-hour employment cycle in a new position.

The Extra Help classification is ideal for candidates who are not currently seeking full-time employment. Scheduling for this particular position is expected to be flexible.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform all facets of video production including pre-production meetings, concept development, storyboard development, script development, filming, production, directing, editing and archiving. – 50%
  • Adapt video and photography products for use on social media and the Division’s website in a way that is compelling and meets the standards of each platform. – 20%
  • Recruit and schedule talent for video and photo shoots in accordance with department and university policies and procedures. – 5%
  • Consult and collaborate with the Senior Director of Strategic Communications on the planning and production of media projects, and produce projects as assigned. – 10%
  • Collaborate with Division staff to identify visual opportunities and develop plans to produce content. – 5%
  • Occasionally work with Division staff to meet specific video and photography needs, such as the filming of training exercises and contributing visual assets to PowerPoint presentations. – 5%
  • Establish positive relationships with colleagues and in general contribute to the work of the department. – 5%


  • One year of professional work experience in areas including non-linear video editing, motion graphics, video lighting and composition, camera operation, graphics design, audio recording, video production, social media content creation, or a closely related professional area.
  • Demonstrated photography and digital media experience.
  • Associate’s degree or higher in film/video production, cinematography, radio and television, documentary film production, photojournalism, communications, graphic design, or a closely related field to the position.
  • Two years of professional experience working in video production, digital media, photography, or related field.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Cloud, including Photoshop and Premiere.
  • Skills with Adobe Creative After Effects, Lightroom, Audition, Bridge, and Media composer.
  • Skills with video/photography production equipment including DSLR stills cameras, lenses, lighting and grip equipment, microphones, and audio recorders.
  • Thorough knowledge of video production methods, editing and technologies used in the profession.
  • Knowledge of computerized media development software and hardware, especially those required for video and web-based video.
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision.
  • Familiarity with social media best practices and standards.
  • Familiarity with video and photo accessibility standards.
Environmental Demands:

This position requires mobility and manual dexterity.

Salary and Appointment Information

This is a Non-Clerical (Technical) extra-help position not eligible for benefits. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the close of the search. Wage is anticipated at $35 per hour.

Apply Now

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Visit and complete an online extra-help application (refer to these instructions for completing the application if you need assistance).
  2. Send an email to Patrick Wade (, Senior Director of Strategic Communications, indicating your interest in the position. Please include your resume and three to five work samples in your email.