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Visual Journalist (Communications Consultant 3)

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: University Relations & Marketing

Position Title Visual Journalist 
About the University

Western Washington University (Western) invites applications for the position of Visual Journalist.  This position falls within University Relations and Marketing, which supports Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities.  We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and those with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

Western, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings. Western’s commitment to and engagement with advancing diversity and inclusion can be found on the university’s Diversity Webpage.

About the Department

University Relations & Marketing leads strategic marketing, communications and community relations activities that enhance awareness, strengthen our brand and increase engagement with our many diverse audiences. 

University Relations & Marketing focuses on accessibility, diversity, and equity, applying an inclusion lens in our policies, practices, and marketing and storytelling efforts and with our partners across campus.

We support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement.

About the Position

Visual Storytelling (Video and Photography)

  • Take high-quality video and still pictures.
  • Edit and enhance digital images using specialized software and computers.
  • Anticipate what makes a good story and know how to tell it visually, along with supportive text.
  • Tell compelling stories via video, photos and text.
  • Understand stories need to have an underlying basis in WWU marketing and communications strategies that promote Western's brand.            ·
  • Consistently produce accurate informative and exciting pieces about various aspects of the University.
  • Use initiative and enterprise to independently produce compelling content.
  • Organize and maintain the University's photo library.
  • Manage use of University photographs by entities within and outside the University.
  • Ensure your strategic input to visual storytelling reflects sensitivity to Accessibility, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, a critical element in Western’s Strategic Plans.
  • Create state-of-the-art visual storytelling using strategic planning and marketing acumen.
  • Develop and create storyboards, call sheets, and shot lists.
  • Conduct interviews, create and work with scripts and directions.
  • Shoot video, recording quality sound, ensuring proper lighting conditions.

Meetings, Communication, and Team Collaboration

  • Work with visual journalism student interns.
  • Work collaboratively with clients, team members, and other campus partners.
  • Manage workload and tasks in the teams project management system.
  • Communicate regularly with clients and other university staff.
  • Respond to client emails, schedule and attend meetings and shoots, respond to phone calls and voicemails, and attend any university meetings related to the job.
  • Keep all stakeholders informed on timelines and status of projects.
  • Support and cultivate an inclusive work environment and work product that reflects sensitivity to those from diverse cultural backgrounds and social identities.


Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in visual journalism, photojournalism or related field or equivalent education and work experience, including two years of professional visual journalism work experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to capture both video and stills with DSLR or other camera.
  • Demonstrated experience editing photos and video using Adobe Suite.
  • Demonstrated media management and strong archiving skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with creative visual storytelling and a willingness to take creative risks.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work calmly and professionally in occasionally high-pressure situations.
  • Excellent communication skills in working professionally and collegially with campus partners such as writers, social media, marketing, designers, video and photo professionals – to promote Western to external audiences.
  • Demonstrated record of or commitment to supporting an organizational culture that emphasizes accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion and demonstrated ability to cultivate an inclusive workplace environment, especially sensitive to faculty, staff, and students from diverse cultural backgrounds and social identities.
  • Demonstrated video and photography shooting skills such as techniques in spatial relationships, focus, framing, lighting.
  • Conversant with transcoding files for multi-media formats including web and other digital distribution media.

All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including COVID vaccination by time of hire and Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity within 60-days of hire. Please reach out to if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge and experience with Apple Mac editing environment
  • Experience with Studio Network Solutions EVO.
  • Experience using state-of-the-art techniques to provide media needs for exhibition, publication, press release, websites, social media, research, public relations or preservation purposes.
  • Experience in design of motion graphics, layout, and/or computer-generated animation.
  • Experience flying drones for videography.
  • Experience working in project management software.
Salary Salary Range 56: New Hires typically start at $4,627/month with an excellent benefits package.
Bargaining Unit This position is part of bargaining unit PT and is covered by the collective bargaining agreement with Public School Employees of WWU.
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

To apply, please submit:

A cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, as well as your resume.

Names and contact information for three references.

A digital portfolio.

Closing Date Notes Position closes October 31, 2021

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

Job no: 498980
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Applications close: Pacific Daylight Time

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