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Videographer – Harvard University – Cambridge, MA

Company: Harvard University

Location: Cambridge, MA

  • Full Time

Harvard University

Duties & Responsibilities

The Online Course Production team consults with faculty on online course pedagogy and delivery, manages and performs the recording, post-production, and delivery of videos and live streams of lectures, supports instructors in setting up on the online classroom using Canvas, supports the use of web conferencing software by instructors, and interfaces with DCE Administration and other DCE teams to deliver effective, innovative online education technologies and AV and classroom infrastructure for DCE courses.

Videographers are individual contributors, creating the video streams and files which are a fundamental component of many online courses. It is critical for the Videographer to ensure that the course is available to view after the class is over. This position will work independently on location with complex professional equipment and responsible for their own troubleshooting, consulting as needed with production staff in the office to ensure signal quality and assistance with troubleshooting. This position is also responsible for adhering to Harvard University’s polices on recording students and guests.

The Videographer is responsible for live streaming and recording on a number of platforms throughout campus depending upon the infrastructure available in the location. These may include, the OpenCast Video System, the Zoom web conferencing platform as applied to HELIX i.e., Harvard Extension Live Interaction Experience or other technologies currently under development. The position responsible for preparing equipment; operating equipment during recording or live streaming sessions; packing portable equipment after shoots; carrying equipment to and from shoot locations. Other responsibilities will include assisting with related duties as needed between shoots, such as file uploads, inventory, and equipment and infrastructure maintenance.

The videographer is responsible for two types of live on-line classroom shoots:

Shoot One: Classrooms with an attached video control room. The Videographer will prepare and test the control room equipment at the start of their shift, operate equipment during the shoots, and shut down at the end of the shift. Equipment includes 4 joystick-controlled robotic cameras in the classroom, the video mixer, audio mixers, and numerous classroom microphones, integrated into a single operator’s control console. Responsibilities include switching and operating cameras, managing microphones and audio mix, monitoring the recording and live feeds, and providing time signals.

Shoot Two: Classrooms without an attached control room. The Videographer will pick up equipment at the department office, transport it to the shoot location, set it up, and test it before class begins. The kit will usually include a camcorder and tripod, microphone(s), a laptop for live streaming over web conference, and necessary cables and accessories. Responsibilities may include launching the web conference session, monitoring live feeds, recording on multiple devices, adjusting audio levels, and providing time signals, in addition to camera operation. At the end of a shift, the videographer will pack the equipment and return it to the department office.

This position is half-time and seasonal:
Summer: Last week of June through first week of August
Fall: September through mid-December
Spring: Last week of January through mid-May
Seasonal leaves in between semesters

Basic Qualifications

2+ years of experience in professional video at the industrial or broadcast level
Education beyond high school may count towards experience
Basic computer skills and internet use

Additional Qualifications

College-level education in video production
Control room experience
Ability to lift, push, pull up to 50lbs, as work can be physically demanding
Previous experience in University setting working with AV equipment
Ability to function well in demanding environment
Ability to communicate well with all levels of management, staff, faculty, and students

Additional Information

The Division of Continuing Education (DCE) comprises several entities serving about 30,000 students annually. The Harvard Extension School, the Harvard Summer School, the Harvard Professional Development Programs and the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement allow Harvard to serve the learning needs of students across their life. For more than a century, Harvard Extension School has made Harvard faculty and teaching accessible to a diverse community of local, national, and international students. Harvard Extension School enrolls approximately 16,000 students per year in approximately 46 graduate and undergraduate liberal arts and professional fields. More than 1,500 open enrollment courses are offered year-round with over 600 available online are offered at affordable prices to our communities across the world. Harvard Summer School offers approximately 450 courses on the Harvard Campus to 10,000 secondary school, college and adult learners and more than 30 international study abroad programs for up to 600 students each summer. The Division also includes the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement with approximately 550 active members and Harvard Professional Development Programs offering 80 short noncredit courses to almost 4,000 learners annually.

All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

Time Off: 3 – 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

Job Function




USA – MA – Cambridge


Division of Continuing Education

Time Status



55 – Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Salary Grade


Pre-Employment Screening



Majority evening shifts with potential daytime shifts (Mon-Thurs)

Half-time and seasonal:
Summer: Last week of June through first week of August
Fall: September through mid-December
Spring: Last week of January through mid-May
Seasonal leaves in between semesters

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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