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Video Producer – Commentator – Jet Propulsion Laboratory – La Cañada Flintridge, CA

Company: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Location: La Cañada Flintridge, CA

  • Full Time

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Job Details

Job ID: 10860

New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.

Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.


JPL’s Digital News and Media team is seeking an experienced Video Producer to develop live broadcasts and taped video packages for air on NASA TV and digital platforms including YouTube and Facebook. We are seeking an experienced live broadcast producer and video storyteller who also does on-air work and is an energetic multitasker who thrives in handling priorities and deadlines without requiring extensive oversight.

In this position, you will collaborate with videographers, editors, directors, animators, designers, newsroom writers, mission personnel and others to present content in unique and engaging ways.

On a day-to-day basis, you will research, write and oversee the production of video packages that chronicle news from our missions.

On a less frequent basis, you will develop and host live broadcasts about NASA-JPL missions and projects, particularly during major mission events such as landings on Mars.

Using excellent news judgment and keen storytelling, you will develop compelling live and videotaped content that shares the magnitude of our science discoveries and the ingenuity of our engineering with the widest possible audience.

Conduct well-researched and effective interviews in either a taped or live broadcast setting

Write scripts for live shows and web videos, ensuring they are factually correct and written in a clear and conversational style that distills complex science and engineering topics into colorful and engaging content

Gather appropriate elements including b-roll, voiceovers, soundbites, graphics and animations to ensure effective storytelling

Host live commentary shows around mission events or more informal programs about science and engineering for NASA TV and digital platforms

Develop show rundowns for live programs that provide smooth composition and effective flow incorporating on-set interviews, roll-ins of animations and pre-taped packages, and live remotes

Produce video news releases with key elements (b-roll, soundbites, visuals, graphics, etc.) for use by the media

Manage multiple productions and ensure deadlines are met

Anticipate scenarios that could occur during live shows and develop plans to address them

Contribute ideas to improve video and live show production, including staying abreast of current trends

Assist with maintaining the NASA-JPL YouTube channel


Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism or a related discipline with a minimum of 6 years of relevant experience in TV news, digital video production and reporting

Experience in one or more of the following areas: reporting, line producing, video producing, writing for video, and anchoring/hosting

Knowledge of editing systems is considered a plus but is not required

Excellent understanding of broadcast and production practices, techniques, workflows and terminology

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and step up to leadership roles when appropriate, excellent communication skills, attention to detail and accuracy, professionalism, a strong work ethic (especially under deadline), a keen sense of curiosity and a desire to inform and educate the public about space exploration and science.

Strong professional characteristics: collaborative, trustworthy, conscientious, hardworking, intellectually curious, comfortable taking the initiative when needed, with deep ownership of work; able to work well in a team setting often leading team to achieve final goals

Nimbleness in dealing with unexpected deadlines, breaking news and feedback.

Demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, multi-task and complete assignments with minimal supervision, while maintaining the highest standards of accuracy and precision

The ability to be fun, engaging, inspiring and original in your work

Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

Ability to serve as a good representative of our team at meetings with mission leadership and JPL/NASA officials

Familiarity with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, etc.) and G Suite (Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.). Familiarity with YouTube channel management

Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Skills:
Previous on-air hosting experience

A passion for space and space exploration; familiarity with NASA and JPL missions and projects

Work Authorization N/A

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