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Media Technology Specialist (7343U) 24361
University of California, Berkeley
Media Technology Specialist (7343U) 24361
At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.
The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.
We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles
, our Principles of Community
, and our Strategic Plan.
The Departments of Rhetoric, Film and Media, and History of Art are three distinct and distinguished academic units in the Division of Arts and Humanities, located in Dwinelle Hall and in Doe Library. There are currently 43 permanent faculty and 11 permanent staff across the departments. In addition, each department appoints a number of temporary academic staff, including lecturers, adjuncts, and GSIs. History of Art facilities include dedicated classrooms and a Visual Resources Center, which houses a large multi-purpose academic space; Film and Media facilities include dedicated classroom space, a film and video collection, production equipment, and is a member of the Digital Media Lab consortium.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: October 15, 2021
Equipment Oversight / Technical Support and Training
- Maintains and oversees inventory of all audio/visual equipment in classrooms and conference rooms of Rhetoric and Film departments.
- Coordinates reservations and checkout of A/V equipment for off-campus use.
- Advises faculty, students, and staff on equipment needs for special events, such as conferences and film screenings.
- Maintains equipment performance and quality with minor and routine in-house repairs and calibration.
- Notifies manager of complex repair needs, suggests vendors, negotiates prices, and coordinates inter-departmental solutions with campus technology services.
- Acts as primary projectionist for department events and screenings when scheduled during work day; helps arrange for support outside regular hours. Provides training to operators (faculty, staff, students) for evening classes or special events.
- Acts as primary technical support for department events and meetings.
- Assists Media Lab Coordinator as needed with video production equipment reservations and checkout to students and faculty, when the Media Lab Coordinator is unavailable or unable to deliver equipment. Follows production equipment checkout policies as established by the Media Lab Coordinator. DML Coordinator and Media Technology Specialist will provide mutual backup.
- Conceptualizes, creates, and delivers workshops or tutorials as requested by manager and faculty for staff, faculty, and students with regard to A/V operation and presentation technologies, including standard software such as PowerPoint, Keynote, Quicktime, etc.
- Acts as a departmental Equipment Custodian and maintains records in BETS.
- Responsible for all Rhetoric and Film & Media media collections: DVDs, VHS tapes, films, laser discs, MP3 files. Must maintain organization, perform necessary repairs, and coordinate reservation and checkout.
- Develop plan for digitizing media in outdated formats, e.g. VHS to DVD.
- Consult with faculty and other interested parties re collection development; research and order necessary films, coordinate possible sharing of collection with Moffitt Media Research Center and other campus entities.
- Supervise work-study students to support collection organization and checkout.
Technology Design and Support
- Analyzes operation, performance, and quality of audio/visual equipment in departmental classroom and conference space.
- Suggests long-term solutions for equipment needs.
- Acts as liaison to campus technology service departments (ETS, ITS, CSS) and vendors.
- Responsible for research and proposals for new A/V equipment purchases for Rhetoric and Film and Media facilities.
- Stays informed on current technology involved with classroom sound, video projection, film projection, control interfaces, and media formats.
- Performs research and implementation of cinema technologies including surround sound, acoustics, color calibration, and high-resolution imagery for optimum playback quality.
- When appropriate, serves as member of planning committees for classroom development.
General Office Assistance/Equipment and Facilities
- Oversees copier maintenance, building access (including card key access), office key inventory and distribution (including new key orders)
- Coordinates rental of department space to outside groups.
- Responsible for equipment purchasing, maintenance and repair, inventory, and security.
- Places service orders, reviews and updates service warranties, processes insurance forms, and provides security for all departmental equipment.
- Serves as key operator for the departmental copier.
- Contacts facilities and vendors (e.g., Xerox) as necessary to report issues and arrange service.
- Acts as the liaison with Classroom Central to report any classroom facilities problems and follows through to ensure problems have been resolved.
- Serves as departmental safety officer.
- Maintains departmental emergency supply kit and keeps a current list of all faculty and staff, their office assignments, and contact information.
- Maintains event information, course descriptions, and personnel updates on department websites.
- Manages external communications via social media platforms, websites, and other online strategies.
- Demonstrated ability to work with others from diverse backgrounds. Thorough customer service and consultative skills to identify and implement required technology solutions.
- Thorough understanding of media production methods and equipment and ability to use this information to troubleshoot the most complex systems.
- Knowledge of intellectual property (IP) restrictions and skill to ensure that media meets IP requirements.
- Ability to assess campus or institutional needs for AV IT technology products and design services to meet those needs.
- Thorough understanding of post-production processes including internet-based media distribution solutions.
- Demonstrated effective interpersonal and communication skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate technical information to technical and non-technical personnel at various levels in the organization.
- Knowledge of computer, media, and networking technology.
- Skills to determine priorities based on knowledge of work area. Self-motivated and works independently and as part of a team. Demonstrates problem solving skills.
- Able to learn effectively and meet deadlines.
- Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Salary & Benefits
Rate will be commensurate with experience.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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