Job Opportunity: Video Production Specialist

Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery team in Washington, DC

Applications due by Monday, March 29, 2021

This position is located in the External Affairs and Digital Strategies Office of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) and Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC. The incumbent serves as video production, audio recording, webcasting, and video editing specialist in support of SAAM’s programs and initiatives, and reports to the senior media specialist within the department.


This is a Smithsonian Trust (non-Federal) position, with a starting salary comparable to the US Federal pay scale for Washington, DC at IS-7, starting at $49,157/year. In addition, it includes a Smithsonian Trust employee benefits package, including full health and leave benefits. While there is support for a telework-based schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic, due to the eventual need for on-site camera operation at the museum buildings, fully remote work is not possible.

NOTE: United States citizenship is not required. However, if the selected applicant is not a United States citizen, or if their education is not from a United States education institution, the selected person will have to 1) obtain an appropriate visa to work in the United States and 2) must show proof that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional US education programs; or an accredited US state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university.


Video Production and Recording

Assists in the production and recording of audio and video events, including live webcasts, using streaming and/or videoconferencing software, professional grade high-definition video cameras, lighting techniques, and digital sound recording equipment. Duties include transport, set up, operation, storage, and minor maintenance of tripods, cameras, lights, microphones and booms.

Media Asset Management

Assists on video editing, titling, and creation of visual assets such as digital images, animation, and video using imaging, animation, and rendering software. Assists on the management of digital storage, backups, and distribution of copies.

Maintenance, distribution, and technical support

Assists with maintenance of digital content, photography, media, and multimedia to format files for use on the museum’s website and various third-party social media sties on digital, web, and mobile platforms. Assists with provision of technical support to other museum departments. Assists non-technical staff members in content production and best practices around video and multimedia production.  Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge required by the position

Digital video production equipment, including for lighting, webcasting, and shooting. Digital video and image editing software. Principles of composition, lighting, lenses, and depth of field in video production. File formats for various digital media and assets. Video and multimedia design principles and production methods sufficient to provide skilled assistance to:

  • Produce and edit digital video content, including webcasts
  • Format multimedia content for the museum’s website and third-party social media sites
  • Advise non-technical staff members in content production and best practices around video and multimedia production.

Specific video and photography editing software knowledge should include Adobe Photoshop, AfterEffects, Premiere, and FinalCut Pro.

Physical Demands

The work is varied. Many activities require long periods working on a computer, but lighting and filming will require extended periods of standing, walking, setting up, lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs of equipment (e.g., cameras, lighting, tripod). Incumbent must have the ability to climb stairs.

How to Apply

To apply, send a résumé, link to your demo reel, and a cover letter which outlines your qualifications to Applications must be received by Monday, March 29, 2021.

The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity employer.