Thursday, July 5, 2012

JOB: Greenpeace Video Producer - DC or San Francisco

The Video Producer position is responsible for the video production process, which includes pre-producing, writing, shooting, editing, budgeting and distributing web videos, coverage of Greenpeace actions and events, and promotional materials. With the Senior Video Producer, the two-person team also coordinates in-house technology upgrades and oversees freelance videographers as needed in various locations around the country.

The position requires proactive communications with other departments to drive relevant productions, to gather information and to schedule and produce appropriate visual and audio content in a timely and efficient manner. The Video Producer is a member of strategic planning teams that develop strategies for the use of videos in Greenpeace campaigns. The Video Producer -- working with the Senior Video Producer -- will be responsible for consistent quality and brand impact of Greenpeace video productions.


Produce content such as web videos, news packages, and promotional materials. Many projects include everything from writing, budgeting and pre-production through shooting, editing, web and news distribution, as well as post-production workflow management (for example transcribing, mastering, and asset management of source files).

Ensure high production values on all audio and video elements produced by Greenpeace USA in accordance with Greenpeace production guidelines.

Work creatively and collaboratively with the online, program, media and grassroots teams and other staff.

Think through and around video production process, developing realistic alternative strategies and approaches.

Hire and supervise external video consultants such as videographers, editors, producers, writers, and other video consultants as needed for pre- and post-production. Maintain and grow the database of external video consultants.

Write and maintain contracts with production vendors such as music licensing and stock footage companies.

Maintain and upgrade existing video production and post-production equipment.

Perform other duties as needed and directed by the Director of Visual Communications and Senior Video Producer.


The following requirements (behaviors and characteristics) have been identified as key to success in the job. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate these competencies.

Editorial Judgment - demonstrates judgment based on a thorough understanding of Greenpeace production guidelines, target audience, campaign and department objectives. Makes the right editorial decisions, taking account of conflicting views where necessary.

Creative Thinking - able to transform creative ideas into practical reality. Can look at existing situations and problems in novel ways and come up with creative solutions.

Planning and organization - able to think ahead in order to establish efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritizes and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources. Possesses strong attention to detail to ensure delivery of broadcast quality videos. Organizes equipment and completed videos in accordance with departmental best practices.

Communication - able to get Greenpeace news and promotional messaging understood clearly by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information.

Managing relationships and team working - able to build and maintain effective working relationships internally and externally. Works co-operatively with others to be part of a team, as opposed to working separately or competitively.

Resilience - manages personal effectiveness by managing emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations. Demonstrates an approach to work that is characterized by commitment, motivation and energy.

Flexibility - adapts and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups. Able to understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives on an issue, to adapt an approach as the requirements of a situation change, and to change or easily accept changes in one’s own organization or job requirements.

  • Minimum of 3 years of video production experience.
  • Complete working knowledge of the entire production process, from pre-production through distribution.
  • Strong shooting skills (including basic lighting, and use of Sony XDCAM and Canon DLSR cameras).
  • Final Cut Pro expertise and creative editing skills.
  • Knowledge of additional software including Motion and/or After Effects a plus.
  • Familiarity with all steps in preparing videos for online delivery, including understanding of codec and compression options.
  • High attention to detail and handling of post-production workflow.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects at once.
  • Ability to work well in a broadcast team environment, including talent, producers and directors, under strict time deadlines (videos are often produced and edited in the field, demanding extremely fast turnaround for news delivery).
  • Strong networking skills and familiarity with video professionals in other parts of the country a plus.
  • Willingness and ability to work varied schedules as necessary to complete projects.
  • Ability to travel to remote broadcast sites on occasion, as assigned.

Greenpeace USA values a healthy work-life balance and has flexible, family-friendly employment policies. Our competitive benefits package for full-time employees includes medical, dental, and vision coverage with low contributions from staff. We have options for pre-tax flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care costs. Greenpeace employees enjoy generous 401K matching and time off for vacation, sick, personal, and parental leave. After five years, staff are eligible for a paid sabbatical. To encourage public transportation use and biking, we offer subsidies for staff who choose to bike or ride mass transit to work. Greenpeace is committed to the growth and development of staff and fostering a creative workplace culture. For more information, check out our benefits plan.


Please send cover letter and resume to Please include the following in your cover letter: a specific explanation of your interest in Greenpeace’s mission and the available position and how you found out about this career opportunity. Please use the email subject line: Video Producer Position – YOUR NAME. Application deadline is July 20th. No phone calls please.

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