Visual Communications Specialist (MPS II)

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Work type: Staff
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Marketing/Communications

Working Title: Visual Communications Specialist

Classification Title: Media Production Specialist II

Posting Details

Priority Application Deadline (Posting will remain open until filled): Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 11:55 p.m.

Hiring Preference

Eligible on-campus applicants in California State University Employees Union (CSUEU) Bargaining Units 2,5,7, and 9 will be given first consideration in the recruitment.

Position Summary

Under the direction of the Director of Multimedia and Digital Communications and the Social Media Strategic Lead, the Media Production Specialist II develops multimedia and social media assets to promote Sacramento State for both external and internal audiences. The Visual Communications Specialist works to maximize multimedia quality, audience engagement, and messaging that conveys the University’s mission and value to the campus and the region.

In addition, the Visual Communications Specialist captures, edits, and shares still images and video on social media channels, through e-newsletters and magazines, on web pages/websites, in print publications, and directly for campus partners and the California State University system. The Visual Communications Specialist will also support the News and Communications team with visual asset consulting and production of photo and video assets for news stories.

FLSA: Non-exempt (eligible for overtime compensation under FLSA). This position is benefits-eligible.

CSU Classification Salary Range: $3,515 - $6,358 per month 

Hiring Range: $3,515 - $5,271 per month

Recruitment TypeRegular (probationary)

Time BaseFull-Time

Pay Plan12 month

Work Hours: 

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Ability to work some evenings and/or weekends, occasionally at off-site locations, as needed. Partial telework schedule available, at the discretion of management based on operational needs.

Department Information 

The Office of University Communications works to raise awareness and tell the Sac State story on campus, in the region, and beyond. In support of the University’s strategic priorities, we partner with campus colleagues to showcase academic success, inclusive excellence, and robust community engagement via a wide range of communication platforms. We oversee news and media relations, crisis communications, social media and multimedia, marketing and branding, and strategic publications. 

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Minimum Qualifications 

Entry to the first level within this classification requires a basic knowledge of and skill in graphics, still or motion photography, or television production. This knowledge and skill normally is obtained through a bachelor’s degree in a related field and at least six months of experience in still and motion picture photography, including a thorough knowledge of video production techniques.

Required Qualifications 

1. Demonstrated ability to produce still photos and videos using professional production equipment (e.g., digital single-lens reflex cameras, external microphones, lighting equipment);

2. Demonstrated ability to edit photos and video using editing programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Premiere, Da Vinci or Final Cut.

3. Professional-level experience in developing content and executing strategies for the use of, social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube, and Vimeo.

4. Proven organizational and project management skills, including the ability to execute multimedia and social media projects and campaigns through all stages of production while meeting goals and deadlines.

5. Exceptional interpersonal, communication, listening, and interpretive skills with the ability to interact with others in a consistently professional and mission-driven manner.

6. Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.

Preferred Qualifications 

7. Experience at an institution of higher education.

8. Professional-level expertise in communications, particularly in the use of social media to promote organizational strategies and goals.

Required Licenses/Certifications 


Documents Needed to Apply

Resume, cover letter, and portfolio. Failure to upload these documents to the online application may result in disqualification. 

About Sac State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sac State is dedicated to student successdiversity, equity and inclusioncommunity engagementphilanthropy, and campus safety.  

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.  

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Background Check Disclaimer  

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position. One variation of background check required could be a LiveScan screening, which involves submitting fingerprints at a certified LiveScan Service Center.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Out of State Employment Policy

Sacramento State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees (up)on date of hire to reside in the State of California.

As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Equal Employment Opportunity

California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States. 

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit 

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit . 

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification: 

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at . 
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Eligibility Verification  

Selected candidate must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency (i.e. H-1-B Visa). 

Note to Applicants:

Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview unless required by collective bargaining agreement.



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