Corporate Job Posting - Are we going to keep taking this?
Good day all,
I am back from the dead so to speak and I am posting something here that I find very offensive to all of us hard working, ever learning, creative editors and graphic designers.
The job is for the American College of Cardiology. Hmmm, a school that specializes in one particular part of the medical profession. You'll see in a moment why I bring this up and what this is all about.
You see I am quite offended that this college that is specifically for one part of the medical profession, is advertising for a position that has many specialties in our profession to be done by one individual. I guess next time I go in for surgery that I can save money by having my surgeon be my nurse, my anesthesiologist, the pharmacist and even the person who works on the electrical monitoring equipment as well.
Why do all of these businesses think that we are all in one people? I've been in the broadcast, video profession for 21 years. I have been a dubber, a cameraman, a grip, an assistant editor, a senior editor, and a manager, just to name a few. The programs that I have learned along the way are also quite extensive, but I am a professional video editor. This is what I excelle at in our profession. I am very good at compositing, color correction, audio dialogue and telling a story. I am an off-line as well as an on-line finishing editor. Sorry, but the reason I state this information will be clear in a moment. Below is the posting for what they want and how much experience they want for a one-person job.
Sr. Specialist, Video Producer / Editor - Washington, DC
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Job Id: 25787441
Company Name: American College of Cardiology
Job Title: Sr. Specialist, Video Producer / Editor
Job Status: Full-Time
Job Code: Not Listed
Healthcare / Medical
Job Function: Editing
Job Division: Not Listed
Pay Range: Negotiable
Career Level: Experienced (Non-Manager)
Job Location: Washington, DC
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Date Posted: 4/19/08
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Sr. Specialist, Video Producer/Editor
# of openings: 1
Division: Registries, Products & Publishing
Department: Digital Production Multimedia Services
Last updated: 4/7/08 4:03 PM
Pay range: Commensurate with Experience
This position requires an experienced and accomplished Producer and Non-linear Editor who will deliver video content from concept to final product for various educational and news type productions. Candidates must be able to capture the “essence of a story” through creative camera operation and effective use of lighting while recording professional grade audio.Candidates also must have proven experience directing live-to-tape multi-camera broadcasts.
Candidates will be responsible for managing field production shoots involving staff producers, camera operators, and outside talent and guests interviewees, while insuring that all equipment (cameras, lighting and audio recording gear) is in proper working condition.Strong organizational and communication skills are a must.
This position may, at times, require travel up to 25% of the time.
Candidates must be completely familiar with both SD and HD grade video cameras including shooting formats and in-camera compression standards. Additional duties include scheduling of field shoots, operation of studio cameras, teleprompter operation and audio mixing. Experience with file compression, streaming media and other web-based technologies are also highly desired.
Candidates must provide an authored DVD using Apple's DVD Studio Pro featuring their work examples slated with what role(s) they performed in each production.Demo reels should be limited to a total of 5-7 minutes.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1.Responsible for traveling and shooting “News Style” video segments for inclusion in various programs
2.Responsible for encoding video, generating title graphics and editing final video product 3.Responsible for maintaining field equipment including: camera, light kit, tripod, microphones and accessories
4.Responsible for operating studio cameras, audio mixers and teleprompters
5.Responsible for recording voiceovers both in the field and the studio
6.Responsible for learning and achieving a high level of non-linear video editing and post-production techniques
7.Responsible for dubbing to various media such as CD, DVD, and multiple tape formats; 8.Responsible for scheduling and coordinating location access for video shoots
9.Responsible for maintaining adequate supply of tapes, batteries, and digital media
10.Assists with studio lighting and technical logistics on multi-camera studio and location shoots
11.Assists with content conversion and compression to different file formats
12.Assists with other related duties such as dvd and flash production
13.Assists with all other department needs as required
14.Assists with day to day functions of a high tech AV facility
15.Responsible for learning and mastering all relevant software and hardware
1.Advanced knowledge (3-5 yrs) of broadcast or high level video production
2.Advanced knowledge (3-5 yrs) of Non-Linear and new visual editing trends
3.Advanced knowledge (3-5 yrs) of Final Cut Studio
4.Functional knowledge (2-4 yrs) of Adobe Photoshop and After Effects
5.Functional knowledge (2-4 yrs) of streaming media encoding and software
6.Functional knowledge (2-4 yrs) of Windows and Mac operating systems
7.Functional knowledge (2-4 yrs) of web technologies and file transfers
1.Excellent communication skills with a positive and professional attitude
2.Ability to prioritize and deliver on competing daily project deadlines
3.Ability to complete projects autonomously or as part of a team
4.Ability to take creative or technical direction without conflict
5.Ability to work with high profile members and guests at every level
6.Ability to handle and overcome stressful situations with composure
1.Broadcast camera news reporting experience
2.HD/HDV production experience
4.Final Cut Pro Apple Certification (Level 1, 2, and/or 3)
As you can see this is quite a joke to me and should be to all of the professionals in our industry. The only way I take this job is if it pays $500,000 or more. There are many of us out there that take what we do very seriously and it is quite unfortunate that these companies and corporations do not.
These guys really want it all! goodness!
Hey, it says "pay range negotiable". Until we have a number who's to say it's unfair? This isn't quite like the typical Craigslist ad that would list all those skills, plus demand you bring your own camera, and then say you're working for " minimum wage plus screen credit and good promotion for your reel".
I meet all these qualifications, easily. Plus, I can write or fix scripts, a skill they don't even realize they need. I wouldn't expect I'd have to do more than two of these jobs simultaneously at any one moment, though.
I'd expect for some of the work there would be at least an assistant. They don't say specifically that this applicant is to be the only person in the department, I think that's an assumption you made. Perhaps they were only trying to be really complete in describing their need for a well-rounded generalist who can handle whatever comes up. Likely they wrote the requirements down from a list made by the last person to hold the job.
It is not uncommon these days for a corporate media department to be kept very lean, with specialized freelancers brought in only for peak efforts, while a small core staff of generalists handles the day to day operational grind. That's just business.
I wouldn't get so burned up by it, until we see what princely wage they deem apropriate for such a skill set. If you really can do the work of three guys you should at least get paid like two of them. In a typical busy day I could write a script, run a prompter while floor directing, then go shoot some news, come back and edit it, direct a 3-cam live shoot, tweak something in photoshop, fix and format some powerpoint slides, light a green screen set, compress an AVI file, and generate some music or Foley effects. Around here, we call that "Monday". At least it's not boring.
As far as the point about cardiologists, well, they also start out being general practice doctors before taking the advanced specialty training in heart stuff. That's not much different really from one of us going to take concentrated courses in colorization, animation, photoshop or compositing after we've learned how to edit, is it?
It is my opinion that in our business, the days of people who just shoot, just cut, just composite, just do audio, are fading. Such super-specialists are now mostly only in the very high-end of the business, and now everybody else on the lower tiers is expected to bring more and more skills to the table these days, though they still may each have a personal specialty like animation or compositing or music, etc.
If you're one of those high-flyers who can command a great salary just to do one narrowly-defined thing exceptionally well, my hat's off to you. Really, it is, because you are at the top of the mountain, a place I'll liekly never reach.
The rest of us have to be more of a jack of trades to prosper. I like being multidisciplinary myself.
Was it Heinlein who said: "Specialization is for insects"?
I suspect many of us are capable of fulfilling the requirements. At a quick look I didn't see anything I lacked, I was commenting because the amount of qualifications required were substantial.
The sad part is that there are probably a lot of people out there who would jump at this for $50K per year. This business is too competitive. The only reason that corporations advertise like this is that they probably think that they can get it. And they probably will, although not with someone highly skilled in even half of these disciplines.
We do work in the era of the $2,000.00 regional commercial, the $200.00 day rate for you and your HD camera and the 30 minute corporate video with the $5,000.00 budget. There are a lot of technical schools and film schools that are churning out rich kids that live at home that have some skills and will gladly do lots of work for little money. Fact of life. Not saying that they are good but most of the corporate clients I work with don't even know or care what "good" is. They run on "adequate" a lot of the time ;-)
FWIW, I agree with you totally but budgets aren't going to increase any time soon in this economy. People will continue to want more for less.
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You will be asked to do a $2000.00 commercial if the client doen't know what quality production means. If they do, and understand that the commercial is more that just putting a camera on a stick, that it involves scripting, research, and that without it they'll likely be throwing airtime dollars at a dead horse, then they will be willing to pay much more, even for a regional gig. Of course, since it's still really hard to figure the real ROI on regional television commercials, you'll see those kind of requests for a little longer.
Unfortunately our industry has spent a couple decades telling clients about how expensive and specialized our equipment is, that now that it's cheap, we realize we forgot to tell them that there are skills involved too...
i don't know what the answer is...someone will take the job and probably stink at at least a couple areas there...
The software to do all that comes in one box from Adobe, so how can it take more than one person to do it? Wouldn't there be two boxes?
Welcome to the ever-heralded "democratization" of our industry.
This describes many of my job duties, most of them in fact. The American College of Cardiology is not a college, but a medical society, like ACS or AMA - it is an accrediting body for cardiologists. As such, hiring one or more in-house specialists for media production is the norm. We work with such organizations all the time.
If we professionals are worth the salaries we are paid, then we mustn't feel threatened by job postings like this.
[Tim Kolb] "The software to do all that comes in one box from Adobe, so how can it take more than one person to do it? Wouldn't there be two boxes?
Welcome to the ever-heralded "democratization" of our industry.
Tim, you hit the nail on the head with this one. To someone totally ignorant of production it all looks so easy. My job description looks something like this and I have discovered that it was a result of someone that didn't really know what they needed so that just threw it all in. It has been up to me to educate them as to what they need from me and what we need to hire out. Oft times we have to educate our employers or clients, not just get ticked off because they are ignorant.
I don't find the job description that daunting. They want a senior producer with production experience. They just listed the experience in very specific terms. I spent about 25 years doing medical communications...and as Mark said it sounds like a normal day at work.
And the American College of Cardiology is not a medical school its a professional organization. Kind of like the Bar Association for Cardiologists. They are probably doing continuing medical education for cardiologists. So if you have the requisite media skills, some medical background and maybe some experience with instructional design (or marketing communications depending on what they are trying to accomplish with the videos) you'd have a shot at the job.
Heck, they're only asking for 2-5 years of experience. How much advanced knowledge can they expect with a person with five years experience. Its a job in DC so I figure $50K at the low end of experience and $75K for someone with more experience. I'd consider applying for it if I wasn't invested in my own business and had any interest in being in DC.
Sounds like a normal day in my life. As many of you know, I left a corporate gig some months back that required all of the above plus producing live events where I had to know FOH sound, IMAG production, multi camera directing, and OH so much more. Not only that but I had to be available evenings and weekends. I worked an average 50-70 hours a week and did not have a life. But I gained invaluable experience and a stellar reputation in my community which has enabled me to start (once again) my own production company. It got me used to being a one man band. I now have a solid client list that trusts me and doesn't mind paying my rate which has enabled me to only have to have about 20 hours billable for the week to make a comfortable living.
3 years ago I would have taken this job in a heart beat. Today, no way. Do I find it insulting? Of course not, it's how I was taught you need to be in this brave new world. I tell all of the young freelancers who work for me to learn as much as you can about as many things as you can. The more you know, the more valuable you become to an employer or to a client. Breadth of knowledge and experience is what has enabled me to do what I do and not have to kill myself anymore.
It's my birthday, I'm gonna go play on my boat!!!
Higher Ground Media
"Its a job in DC so I figure $50K at the low end of experience and $75K for someone with more experience. I'd consider applying for it if I wasn't invested in my own business and had any interest in being in DC."
See told you there would be no shortage of takers on this...I have only visited DC, can you actually survive there on 50k?
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[Dan Brockett] "See told you there would be no shortage of takers on this...I have only visited DC, can you actually survive there on 50k?"
Maybe if you have an uncle you could live with :-)
Good one! ;-)
I must say that in all my years of corporate video, I have never worked staff, always as a freelancer or contractor. I have worked with some good staff producers, but never with a talented editor/camera person/sound mixer who was staff. I am sure that there are some out there but usually, we are brought in because they have nobody on staff who can actually set up a C-stand, light and shoot.
We are in the days of multi-tasking though. I have not edited for about ten years, yet lately I find myself doing quite a bit of editing. And this from a producer/writer/DP already. I am learning everything I can about Motion, re-acquainting myself with Soundtrack Pro and I suppose it would behoove me to learn DVD SP finally instead of just using iDVD. Budgets are shrinking and client's expectations are growing, not so much in quality, but in the amount of work that one person can do. They take good lighting, sound and graphics as a matter of factly, not expecting to pay much extra for it.
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I think the interesting question is in your subject line -
"Are we going to keep taking this?". Only ONE person has to take this, and I'll bet that whomever does will be very thankful.
For some of us, this might look like a job that demands too much work, under too many corporate eyes, with too little support from an organization that probably doesn't even really understand what we do.
But there are a lot of talented folks out there for whom this may be a godsend. Someone with a family who was downsized from some other corporate gig, a freelancer whose clients have cut back their budgets, a hungry young person who's ready to move up a bit -- or maybe someone who really needs medical insurance.
In the best of all worlds, three or four people might be hired for these duties. Maybe until recently, there were three or four employees who handled them....
But right now, this is reality. Are we going to keep "taking this"? You're fortunate if you have a choice.
Triangle Productions Inc
hey i work for government and yea that is pretty much what the job reqs were for me...
come to find out people wrote the quals a certain way to thin out the losers right away... i disagree with this attitude...
either way i have had to do and learn multiple platforms, media, styles etc... i love it! job security in a weird way... helped me to "see" and provide for the client before it is too late or to far along in a project... never thought i would love flash... i do! awesome! take the job don't look back... no whinning!
My guess is that job description was written with someone specific already in mind. They already have the person they're going to hire and they used his/her qualifications in the job description because they technically still have to interview other folks.