Multimedia Specialist, Office of Communications (Job ID: 2023-3188)

Posted Date
2 months ago(4/6/2023 11:16 AM)
Job ID
Commensurate with experience.


Join one of the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tanks!  


The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.  


We bring together leading experts in government and academia from all over the world, rooted in open-minded inquiry and representing diverse points of view, who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis. Research topics cover a full range of public policy issues in economics, foreign policy, development, governance and metropolitan policy. 


With fair and transparent business practices, clear communication, mutual respect, and a collaborative atmosphere that offers both professional and personal development opportunities, Brookings offers an inclusive and welcoming workplace that values the efforts of all contributors. 


The mission of the Office of Communications is to provide the tools, strategies, products and programs to support the brand and its content, and to continually grow Brookings’s impact and effectiveness as a change agent for public policy in the United States and around the world. This purpose is realized if we help our scholars raise awareness, set the agenda and shape the debate around the public policy issues they choose to address.  


Position Location:This position is hybrid. Hybrid positions combine regular in-person presence at our Washington, DC office with the option of at least two days of remote work each week.


Vaccine Policy: Brookings requires all staff  to submit proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 to be in Brookings buildings.   


Individuals that (i) have a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination, or (ii) who object to being vaccinated based on a sincerely held religious belief, may request a reasonable accommodation. Brookings policies on masks and other pandemic mitigation measures will continue to be informed by DC and CDC guidelines.    


Ready to contribute to Brookings success? 


The Multimedia Specialist works with the Office of Communications and reports to the Director of Multimedia Storytelling. In collaboration with the multimedia team, the specialist will develop motion graphics and original animations that elevate complex ideas and data found in Brookings’ research papers. This can include graphs, maps, text elements, motion graphics templates, backgrounds, puppeted AE character animations, and more. The Specialist will also edit audio and video and have a passion for social media and how different media lives on each platform.


Motion Designer   (50%)

  • Responsible for designing, developing, building, and delivering high quality, on brand animations and motion graphics  

  • Consult with the Director of Multimedia Storytelling and sketch out storyboards for projects  

  • Develop/Create original graphics for multimedia projects; 

  • Collaborate with Brookings’ programs on ways to visualize complex data sets utilizing motion graphics; 

  • Create original graphical style treatments for new multimedia products; 

  • Consult with data visualization expert and others to develop graphics, animation, maps and other visual elements for multimedia production. 


Editor   (40%) 

  • Edit video and audio clips and packages on- and off-site; 

  • Identify and edit appropriate still photographs to use in animations; 

  • Create graphic elements for multimedia and B-roll products; 

  • Be able to record and edit audio associated with motion graphics or animation projects 

  • Assist the Podcasting team in editing audio podcasts 

  • Format clips and packages for distribution to the media and other users; 

  • Proven expertise in Adobe Creative Suite 

  • Help manage video and audio assets within shared storage environment; 

  • Assist Scholars and Communication Directors in developing creative ideas for visual interest

Other   (10%)
  • Audit existing content materials (film footage, animated graphics, lower thirds) to re-purpose for newly created assets as needed   

  • Work closely with promotions team to develop and produce multimedia products for social media platforms 

  • Work effectively with a multitude of departments and multimedia specialists (video editors, graphic designers, producers, etc.)Enter metadata for raw video and multimedia products into the Brookings server; 

  • Work with multimedia team to establish and maintain quality standards and observe Brookings style guide in multimedia production; 

  • Stay abreast of, make recommendations, and assist with the integration of new technologies for the web, in-house studio, and field; 

  • Assist with other Communications projects as necessary; 

  • Perform other related duties as assigned. 



Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications: 


Education/Experience Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience required. A minimum of two years professional work experience animating required.  Experience working with media in a fast-paced, policy-oriented environment preferred.  Experience with web-based communications a plus. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.


Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Must be a self-starter, requiring minimal supervision.  Excellent time management skills and the ability to work collaboratively to meet deadlines required.  Must possess a working knowledge of HD camera systems. Experience operating video cameras, editing with non-linear software including Final Cut Pro, After Effects, and Premier required. Other software includes Photoshop, Vantage, and Cinematize Pro. Ability to work well as part of a team.  Excellent interpersonal skills, discretion, poise, mature judgment; ability to work in a fast-paced environment.  Interest or experience in public affairs preferred, but not required. Portfolio with relevant work experience and examples required.


Additional Information: 


What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings. 


Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply. Please note: if you have applied to more than one Brookings job opening you should add a position-specific cover letter as a separate attachment. 


Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings. 


Brookings welcomes and celebrates diversity in all its forms.  We welcome applications that reflect a variety of backgrounds based on ideology, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, first generation college goers, and other factors protected by law. Brookings is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. 


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