Salary Grade/Salary Minimum:
The Office of Agricultural Communications provides communications leadership, products, and services for the MSU Extension Service and the Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine and for selected organizations.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The person in this position manages and performs the day-to-day operations of Farmweek production. The major duties are to:
Work in conjunction with two full-time employees (The Electronic Media Manager and the Broadcast Producer/Videographer) to coordinate and produce the award-winning, weekly television program Farmweek that airs statewide on the Mississippi Public Broadcasting Television network and nationwide on the RFD-TV channel on DirecTV and Dish Network, as well as on the Internet.
Serve as on-camera talent and co-host of the Farmweek program.
Develop ideas for, serve as reporter for, and produce video news and feature stories on-location within the state of Mississippi for Farmweek that disseminate research-based information, visualize the work of Extension and support the University's Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine.
Produce and write the rundown, graphics, and script for each weekly program and submit to University Television Center in advance of deadline.
Operate highly technical high-definition video cameras, recorders, microphones, and light kits in the field, and non-linear video editing systems and associated software in-house.
Produce and transmit a complete, custom-length Farmweek program to MPB each week by deadline and serve as liaison between MPB and Ag Communications.
Produce and transmit a complete, custom-length Farmweek to RFD-TV each week by deadline and serve as liaison between RFD-TV and Ag Communications.
Make available the Farmweek show and Farmweek segments for posting by the appropriate department staff members to YouTube, Facebook and other social media platforms. Collaborate with Social Media Strategist to promote the show and its brand through social media.
Review the video contributions to Farmweek by other OAC staff members and outside agencies. This position will have the authority to delay the broadcast of such contributions if corrections are needed to bring them up to show standards.
Write, edit, and produce a weekly video promo for MPB and RFD-TV that promotes the following week's show.
Assist other members of the section and department with video and audio productions as needed.
Performs related work as required by the Electronic Media Manager and/or the Head of the Office of Agricultural Communications.
May be responsible for training or assigning tasks to others. May provide input into performance reviews of other employees.
Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism, Communication, or closely related field.
Three to five years experience.
Demonstrated successful experience producing and anchoring the production of a regularly scheduled broadcast television news program.
Successful experience supervising personnel in television news.
Successful experience as a news reporter for a commercial television station.
Proficiency and experience in using both Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud and associated software in video production.
A working knowledge of agriculture.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Excellent skills and creativity in production planning, script writing, videography, non-linear video editing, and audio production.
Understanding of current and evolving media technologies.
Ability to use contemporary video and audio editing software.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort:
Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 40 pounds or some standing or walking.
The ability to carry video production equipment, including camera, tripod and light kit.
Ability to drive department vehicles and rental vehicles for long distances (alone or with other department staff members) to perform job responsibilities.
Ability to work after-hours if necessary in order to meet deadlines.
No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
Work involves moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
Instructions for Applying:
All applicants must apply online by completing the Professional Application. Applicants need to submit a cover letter, resume or CV, contact information for five references, and transcripts from each college they've attended. If chosen for a interview, the applicant will need to provide a link to a digital portfolio or bring a physical one.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.