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Documentary Sound Recordist / Mixer

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Broadcasting, Radio, and Television

Posting Number: req7629

Department: Communications & Cyber Tech

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

Landmark Stories is a small, award-winning documentary team that believes in the power of visual storytelling. We create films that focus on the personal journey of scientists, sharing their passion, discoveries, struggles, and triumphs. We produce cinematic, character-driven short and long form documentaries about the people behind the science at the Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension (ALVSCE) at the University of Arizona.

We are seeking an enthusiastic, multi-skilled sound professional to join our team. We're looking for an individual who will possess great technical and creative skills and a strong passion for character-driven documentary storytelling. You will have the opportunity for professional development and career growth. In addition to creating stories about world-renowned scientists in a collaborative team culture, you will also have the unique opportunity to help further develop and grow our team.

Learn more about us:

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

Duties and
  • Sound Production: Independently and as part of a team, performs local and remote sound recording duties. Set up and operate a variety of audio and associated equipment. Interface with clients, talent and CALS personnel to maximize production efficiency. Manages all sound files, ingesting them into the appropriate project folders, and managing throughout the post- production process. The Sound Recordist (SR) is responsible for doing the final sound mix on all completed films. The SR is also responsible for communicating and collaborating with the story producer(s) throughout the entire pre-production, production, and post-production process to achieve the highest quality sound possible and ensure that product meets appropriate aesthetic and technical standards.
  • Planning/Technical: The SR will plan in detail before each shoot, test all technical equipment for optimal performance, decide specific equipment needs, and decide where to position equipment both on the set or location and on the human subjects.
  • Video Production: Independently and as part of a team, performs local and remote videography duties. Set up and operate a variety of lighting, camera, and associated equipment. Interface with clients, talent and CALS personnel to maximize production efficiency. Ensures that product meets appropriate aesthetic and technical standards.
  • Edit: Independently and under the direction of video producers to set up, operate and maintain video editing workstations. Completes editing duties in efficient and timely manner ensuring that all output meets appropriate technical and aesthetic standards.

Knowledge Skills or

  • Knowledge
    of broadcasting production techniques.
  • Knowledge
    of audio and video production techniques
  • Skill
    in editing audio/video content -Skill in cinematograph.
  • Ability to write and edit scripts for video productions
    * Ability to plan and manage all phases of a video production
  • Skill in production and editing.
  • Demonstrated experience in field video production.
  • Demonstrated experience in field audio production.
  • Demonstrated experience in video editing using professional editing tools.
  • Ability to effectively communicate.
  • Ability to operate a university motor vehicle.
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma, equivalent, or equivalent learning attained through experience.
  • Three to five years of Relevant Experience.
  • Or a combination of education and experience deemed acceptable by department and HR.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Film production, Journalism, English or related field
  • Experience and skills with Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects and other Adobe professional production tools.
  • Experience and proficiency with a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) such as Avid Pro Tools.
  • Experience with optimizing sound for television, digital platforms, and theatrical presentations
  • Experience in documentary post-production sound mixing and design

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.00

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Agriculture and Extension

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $16.70 to $22.58 (DOE)

Compensation Type: hourly rate



Career Stream and Level


Job Family


Job Function

Communications & Marketing

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Mitchell Riley

Sr. Producer

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume, Cover Letter, and Two Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant

* Resume

* Cover letter describing who you are, your experience and why you'd like to join our team

* Work samples are required. Please send links to 3 examples of your best documentary film sound work that you are responsible for creating.

* 2-3 professional references

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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