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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: May 15, 2020
The Graduate School of Journalism at U.C. Berkeley is widely regarded as one of the top journalism programs in the United States. The School offers a two-year Masters of Journalism degree to an enrollment of about 120 students at a time. All students spend their first semester in an intensive course that teaches accurate, responsible deadline reporting and writing. During their remaining three semesters, students may specialize in print, video, documentary, photojournalism, audio or multimedia. The school's emphasis is on mastering a wide variety of techniques while learning the highest standards of responsible and enterprising journalism. There are 8 permanent faculty members in the School and many working journalists who serve as adjuncts and visiting lecturers. The School employs an average of 30 temporary and career staff members.
The Investigative Reporting Program (IRP) at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism encompasses a nonprofit newsroom, an annual symposium, multiple courses and a post-graduate fellowship program, among other initiatives. Through its teaching-hospital model, students gain practical experience in breaking major stories for some of the nation's foremost print and broadcast outlets. The IRP also works closely with students to develop and publish their own work and is dedicated to promoting and protecting the practice of investigative reporting.
Develops and oversees major documentary films, podcasts and web sites and implements comprehensive short and long-range strategic electronic communications programs and projects.
Works with the leadership of the Investigative Reporting Program to develop and oversee major documentary films and other projects to completion, making sure they are on time, on budget and of the highest quality
Writes, researches and produces cutting-edge investigative narratives and configures complex material to utilize electronic communication resources to their full potential.
Supervises a diverse team of affiliated producers and directors, as well as graduate students hired to assist in projects
Responds to sensitive public inquiries submitted via the web or e-mail, ensuring tact, diplomacy, and political acumen while maintaining institutional integrity.
Consults with management and other professionals, including key stakeholders in the world of documentary filmmaking and podcasting, to develop strategic electronic communications plans, programs or projects, including new content, editorial practices and policies, innovations, and to ensure that electronic communications meet campus needs and effectively deliver the desired message.
Works with vendors, distributors, studios and agents
Establishes, facilitates and maintains strategic partnerships and relationships in the documentary film community.
Participates in film festivals and other documentary film events.
Advanced knowledge of the fundamentals of writing and editorial style, and skill to write in a clear and lively style.
Advanced knowledge of documentary film making, podcasting and other forms of digital story-telling, including skill in creating clear, easy-to-navigate, informative, accurate, well-designed, and highly functional web sites.
Advanced understanding of technical language and requirements of the assigned work.
Advanced knowledge of electronic communication media, including content management systems and/or relevant web applications used for web site production, and ability to learn campus-specific computer application programs.
Advanced technical skills in computer applications for web production, image handling, publishing and design, illustration, presentation preparation, animation, web interaction, and/or other state-of-the-art web communication capabilities.
Advanced understanding of or ability to quickly learn campus processes, procedures, and applicable rules and regulations for web communications, including knowledge of how the Investigative Reporting Program interacts with the Graduate School of Journalism and the University.
Advanced knowledge of or ability to quickly learn the campus, including its achievements, goals, objectives, vision and mission and how electronic communications can effectively convey and advance the campus message to various audiences.
Advanced skill to monitor and assess processes or services and make necessary improvements.
Advanced project management skills to complete projects within budget and time constraints.
Advanced interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen and skill in trouble-shooting and applying proactive and positive solutions.
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
Master's degree in journalism and/or equivalent experience/training.
Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
This is a part-time (20 hours per week), Contract (temporary) position, with an anticipated end date of June 30,2021.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.