Associate, Video Production

Title: Associate, Video Production
Employment Status: Non-Exempt
Salary: $43,000
Supervisor Title: Director, Communications & Marketing
Date Revised: September 2021

Summary of Position

The Video Production Associate helps drive the visual storytelling of Meridian’s work across digital and live event platforms. A core responsibility of this job is creating engaging, visually arresting and on-brand videos with viral potential to share on social media, mobile, hybrid/virtual conferences and live events. This is a position within a fast-paced environment that includes writing short scripts and conceptualizing storyboards, filming original content – interviews, events and b-roll – editing video and creating engaging motion graphics or animations to illustrate and explain Meridian’s mission and programs to a diverse range of international and domestic audiences. The Video Production Associate role will assist the advancement of long-term priorities of the Communications Department and strategic goals of the organization. This position is located in Washington, D.C., and residency in D.C., MD, or VA is required.

Position Responsibilities

  • Create video and other mixed-media content productions for all brand touchpoints: website and social media assets, virtual and live events, organic and paid social ads, etc.
  • Produce digital-first video content using styles and techniques to optimize social media engagement, as part of integrated marketing strategies.
  • Make technical and creative decisions regarding locations, appropriate lighting, shooting angles, placement and type of microphones, other audio needs, and other production issues.
  • Pitch ideas for compelling videos that engage audiences around the world.
  • Work with a wide range and quality of audio, video and static imagery (photography to short video clips) to turn branded content into a volume of shareable videos built for individual digital/social platforms and audiences.
  • Exercise editorial judgment for selecting newsworthy or historical footage with an eye toward amplifying Meridian’s mission and brand messaging.
  • Develop and communicate visual storytelling concepts by creating mood boards, sketches, presentation decks, style guides, and storyboards.
  • Create and update branded assets using both existing templates and developing new designs for lower thirds, social media, website embeds, advertisements and other marketing assets.
  • Maintain digital archives and library of physical files for reference and institutional memory.
  • Comply with internal and data privacy standards for media and metadata tagging.
  • Coordinate with the Digital Marketing Manager in the development of marketing campaigns to promote Meridian’s brand, programs and network engagement opportunities.
  • Engage with a spectrum of internal staff and external partners, many of whom are not fluent in video, and walk them through the production process and project expectations.
  • Work with outside contractors to ensure all aspects of a production, logistics and execution are seamless.
  • Responsible for completing all organizational administrative responsibilities in a timely manner and meeting all organizational administrative deadlines.

Education/Experience

  • 2-4 years of professional work experience in Video Production, Videography, Visual Communications, Multimedia Journalism or other related fields, with an emphasis on video production for a media outlet, creative agency, think tank or international nonprofit.
  • Proven ability to creatively film, capture, curate and edit video and other multimedia content for strategic distribution across digital and event platforms.
  • Experience using creative, analytical and strategic skills in communications, content production and marketing, with ability to translate data into action plans to elevate audience engagement.
  • Understanding of branding, marketing and consumer behavior, with the ability to apply that knowledge to video production work.
  • Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position.

Technical Requirements:

  • Expertise in Adobe Premiere Pro, along with Adobe After Effects, Audition, Illustrator and Photoshop; InDesign, Bridge and other applications are a plus.
  • Solid creative portfolio including dynamic and shareable videos, creative multimedia assets among other compelling productions that tell visual stories
  • Experience with professional-grade videography and DSLR photography (Canon family technology is preferred) and livestreaming to a variety of platforms including YouTube
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams and Edge
  • Experience managing YouTube and Zoom-based productions
  • Familiarity WordPress, SquareSpace, HTML coding, CMS systems and other relevant web-based platforms; as well as Canva, Salesforce and Pardot 

 Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Expert knowledge of Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Creative Cloud.
  • Superior production and visual content creation skills, with ability to capture and edit. multimedia content for audiences across digital and social media platforms.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills for preparing scripts, and detail-oriented proofreader (AP style knowledge is preferred).
  • Photography, photo editing and general graphic design skills is a plus.
  • Self-starter and team-oriented, having the ability to work independently with overall strategic direction and collaborate with teammates to service rapid turnaround times, capture trending moments, deliver and receive feedback, all while keeping a clear, enthusiastic and proactive attitude towards content creation.
  • Strong planning and project management skills, with ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously and deliver fast turnaround on deadline.
  • Broad understanding of foreign and domestic policy issues driving today's world and news; understanding of the Washington influencer and social landscape.
  • Strong inter-cultural communication skills; maturity, cultural sensitivity, and tact suitable for working with individuals from around the world

Employer’s Statement and Rights

This position posting does not list all the duties of the job. If an offer is made, you will be presented with a detailed job description. Applicants will be evaluated based upon their demonstrated ability to perform the tasks listed above, and their education and experience. The employer has the right to revise this posting at any time. Neither this posting nor the job description is a contract for employment.

Meridian firmly believes that a highly qualified, diverse workforce is critical to our success. Accordingly, Meridian is committed to hiring, promoting, and compensating employees based on their qualifications and demonstrated ability to perform job responsibilities.

As an equal opportunity employer, Meridian promotes equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, family responsibilities, marital, veteran or military status, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Equal employment opportunity will be offered and maintained to all persons at every stage and condition of employment, including recruiting, hiring, training, upgrading, promotion, transfer, discipline, layoff, recall, and termination.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should apply here. Submit a resume, cover letter and portfolio of recent video work. Only candidates being considered for this position will be contacted. NO PHONE CALLS about this position will be accepted.

Meridian is committed to creating a diverse environment. We believe in empowering global leaders and amplifying voices of a wide variety of backgrounds to create pathways for greater understanding, shared value and respect for all cultures as connecting people has been our foundation for over 60 years. If you share our values and enthusiasm to promote non-partisan collaboration to address global challenges and opportunities, you can find a home at Meridian.