5015 Distance Learning Media Production Specialist


TITLE Distance Learning Media Production Specialist





MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Associate Provost, Access and Outreach


The Distance Learning Media Production Specialist is responsible for production of electronic media materials for all distance learning delivery systems employed by Access and Outreach. The Distance Learning Media Production Specialist has operational responsibilities for the production of audio-visual materials supporting media-based delivery systems within Access and Outreach’s programs of telecourses, BearNet Interactive Television classrooms, Missouri State Online, and other electronic delivery systems in conjunction with OPT KOZK and University Channel 24. These systems currently include ITV classrooms (two-way, compressed video for interactive classrooms), cable television, videotape distribution of credit and not-for-credit programming, and computer-related systems utilizing web-based, CD ROM, and other distribution methods. The Distance Learning Media Production Specialist creates and offers production advice to faculty, staff, and student employees in the production, postproduction, and design of audio-visual materials for the aforementioned systems and training and support for faculty for all audio/visual needs. The Distance Learning Media Production Specialist ensures that AV media materials developed within Access and Outreach meet current accessibility standards and are ADA-compliant.


Education: An Associate’s degree or the equivalent is required; an Associate’s degree in graphic design, media production, or a related field is preferred.

Experience: Three years of work experience in producing, directing, editing, and performing all technical aspects of audio and video recording for electronic media production, including live and pre-recorded studio production experience, is required. Experience with live distance learning technologies of satellite delivery, audio conferencing, computer conferencing, and two-way, interactive television is preferred. Production experience with computer-based delivery systems such as CD ROM, web delivery, and audio and video streaming is preferred.

Skills: Knowledge of signal flow for audio and video operations is required. The ability to operate video and audio equipment is required. Studio set design and construction skills are required. The ability to operate equipment in the aforementioned delivery systems is required. Computer competency is required. Effective written and verbal communication skills are required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Effort: Must be able to lift and carry equipment and materials weighing up to sixty pounds and climb ladders to a height of twenty feet. Must have visual and audio acuity within normal ranges.

Other: The scope of the position occasionally requires attendance at evening and weekend activities. Occasional travel to workshops, seminars and University events is required.


1. Supports the production and post-production of electronic materials for telecourses, Missouri State Online, BearNet ITV, and other programs as assigned by operating non-linear editing suites, video cameras, videotape recorders-DV, VHS and S-VHS, computer-based editing and captioning equipment, computer-based production equipment for digital (CD-ROM, DVD, etc.) formats, microphones (wired and wireless), television sets, video codecs, audio conferencing equipment, audio and video mixers, distribution amplifiers, and control equipment and supporting faculty and staff through remote-location production, if needed.

2. Ensures that all audio-visual equipment is operational by monitoring the equipment and scheduling routine maintenance with the appropriate unit or vendor.

3. Investigates, recommends, and specifies replacement and upgrades to audio-video systems as needed and investigates, recommends, and specifies new technologies to advance the distance learning systems of the University.

4. Facilitates utilization of audio-video materials within each of the distance learning delivery systems by producing such materials and providing training for faculty, staff, and students.

5. Supports distance learning and technology-assisted classes by designing and constructing studio sets.

6. Furthers the Distance Learning systems of the University by working cooperatively and collaboratively with other University departments and units.

7. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

8. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or other courses required by the Distance Learning Media Production Coordinator.

9. Contributes to the overall success of Access and Outreach by performing other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Distance Learning Media Production Specialist is supervised by the Distance Learning Media Production Coordinator and may supervise part-time and student employees for audio-video production systems.




Factor 1: Educational/Experience Requirements of the Job

Level 7 - 1379 Points: A combination of education and experience equivalent to a Level 7 as indicated by the Equivalencies Chart, when permitted by the Minimum Acceptable Qualifications.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 2 - 598 Points: Irregular but occasional responsibility to direct the work of student workers and/or temporary or part-time workers. At this level are jobs in which the incumbent may be asked to supervise small numbers of student workers, graduate assistants, or part-time employees, but the supervisory work is irregular or infrequent. The nature of supervision is largely confined to assigning tasks to others and does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities.

Factor 3: Skill, Complexity, and Technical Mastery

Level 5 - 1600 Points: Knowledge of information technology methods and procedures applicable to several types of work processes. Knowledge permits the employee to carry out work assignments where the objectives are clearly identified and can be accomplished by adapting precedents and established practices.

Factor 4: Budgetary Control

Level 2 - 386 Points: Individuals in jobs at this level actively document, monitor, and control expenditures. At this level incumbents may recommend minor expenditures but have no real authority over budgets.

Factor 5: Work Environment and Physical Demands

Level 2 - 50 Points: The work area is generally adequately lighted and ventilated, but may involve some discomfort such as the moderate noise from machines or occasional uncomfortable temperatures. The work may require some exertion such as frequent standing, considerable walking, frequent bending, kneeling, reaching, and stooping, and may include occasional lifting of moderately heavy objects. Work may require specific but common physical abilities.

Factor 6: Work Impact and Effect

Level 2 - 1620 Points: Work products or services impact the accuracy, reliability, or acceptability of further processes or services. Work activities may be complex, but normally involve addressing conventional problems or situations with established methods to supply departments, programs, classes, or units with information, software, or equipment they use to perform their work. Improperly performed work and/or equipment or software failures affect performance, create delays, and/or otherwise affect the welfare of programs or individuals. While improperly performed work and/or equipment or software failures have significant effects, the effects are more often inconvenient rather than severe and impact relatively few people. Improperly performed work and/or equipment or software failures are normally correctable in the short-to-medium term with relatively minor costs and delays, but emergency repairs are typically unavailable.