Video Production and Editing Specialist

Wisconsin Foundation & Alumni Association

The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA)*, the private fundraising and alumni relations organization for the UW-Madison, is recruiting for a creative professional to join the marketing team.

*The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association is the “doing business as” name of the merged organization comprising the University of Wisconsin Foundation ( and the Wisconsin Alumni Association (, whose legal corporate name is registered as the University of Wisconsin Foundation.

Position Details

Video Production and Editing Specialist
Southwest Wisconsin
Madison, WI

Smart, inspired, and strategic, this visual storyteller will be working on multiple brands across a wide-range of programs all with a singular mission — advancing UW–Madison as one of the world’s greatest universities.

The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA)* is looking for a creative video production and editing specialist to join their team.

This qualified individual will create videos for university-related marketing campaigns and social accounts, while collaborating with teams across WFAA to concept, develop, and execute moments that matter, including leading pre-production, production and post-production for video and photo shoots.

Primary responsibilities include:

Video Production (75%)

  • Manage video projects from start through completion including: story development, research, location scouting, staging, recording and post-production editing.
  • Oversee original story/program concepts for video content; determine angle of story to ensure originality and creativity of final product.
  • Work with Marketing and other colleagues to develop timely and relevant content.
  • Conduct research, including personal interviews, to obtain information necessary to plan story lines.
  • Capture material for production using video equipment; determine technical and creative decisions regarding such elements as lighting, shooting angles, type and placement of microphones, audio needs, locations and use of movement. 
  • Exercise independent judgment in the editing and production of material. 
  • Ensure message cohesiveness and correct tone by assessing and adjusting visual context, narrative and background audio tracks. 
  • Serve as a liaison between WFAA and third party video production companies. 
  • Obtain appropriate clearances for location shoots and related resources. 

Digital Photography (15%)

  • Manage photo-shoots and work with contract photographers to articulate the style and direction necessary for photos intended for use in print and/or digital projects. 
  • Shoot photos for print and digital projects when no contract photographer is assigned. 
  • Manage online digital assets management system including importation, tagging, categorization and rating of new and existing photographic assets. Provide staff training as necessary. 

Media Support (5%)

  • Possess a thorough knowledge of department video and photographic equipment and train staff members on use when necessary. 
  • Oversee use, storage and inventory of department video and photographic equipment. 
  • Advise vendors and venues on audio/visual production logistics for events. 

Support a service-oriented atmosphere in accordance with WFAA mission, values and philosophy.

Strategic beliefs 

  • The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a transforming impact on students, alumni, and society; 
  • Authentic, lifelong relationships and engagement with alumni, donors and friends are fundamental to sustaining the reputation and continued success of the University;
  • Philanthropy has an essential and growing importance on the future progress of UW-Madison; 
  • The highest level of stewardship and fiduciary responsibility in financial, investment, data and gift administration is vital to maintaining trust with our stakeholders; 
  • Diverse views, experiences and perspectives strengthen WFAA and the university community. 

Organizational values 

  • We are serious about delivering results; 
  • We work together and with our campus partners as a team; 
  • We are committed to alumni, donors, volunteers and others; 
  • We are open-minded; 
  • We create a positive work environment.
  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent with formal training in video production, photography, audio/visual and office technology required.
  • Minimum of two (2) years professional experience required including minimum of two (2) years of experience in video production and digital photography
  • High language skills, intermediate mathematical skills, high reasoning ability.
  • Experience using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects and other production/multimedia programs; Microsoft Office.
  • Knowledge of video production and photography.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Ability to organize, multitask and meet very distinct deadlines while expressing a high degree of creativity.
  • Excellent oral and written skills and high degree of administrative skill.
  • Ability to consistently exercise discretion and judgment in creative endeavors.
  • Ability to interact with people of diverse backgrounds; possess strong coaching skills and a high attention to detail.
  • Ability to accommodate various interpersonal and communication styles.
  • Ability to lift up to 20 lbs.
  • Ability to work early mornings, evenings and weekends. May also require occasional travel in and out of state for video and photography shoot management and staffing.

This is a full time, exempt position reporting to the Managing Director, Creative. We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefit program, which includes a 10% 401k contribution after 1 year of service!

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