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Job Advertisement: Media Assistant

4 July 2017

Job Title: Media Assistant

School/Address: The School of Biological Sciences, Life Sciences Building, 24 Tyndall Avenue, Clifton Bristol BS8 1TQ

Academic Faculty: Faculty of Science

Grade: D

Salary: £9.83 per hour

Progressable role: No

Work Pattern: Casual

Full time for 4 weeks during August / September (35 hours per week), then reduced to a flexible work pattern (of no more than 15 hours per week).


Main job purpose:

The main purpose of this position is to develop a guide which will support the use of video in undergraduate assessment. The applicant will need to research and evaluate video editing and multimedia software and produce a ‘how-to- guide’ to be used by both staff and students across the university. The position will involve creating and attending troubleshooting focus groups. The post-holder will help generate video tutorials and associated media files for learner use within the School’s virtual learning environment (Blackboard).


How to apply:

Please email a CV and a cover letter (one side of A4 maximum), highlighting your suitability for the position, to by 23.59 on Sunday 16th July 2017.

The subject of your email should read ‘MEDIA ASSISTANT APPLICATION’. Interviews will take place on Monday 24th July in the Life Sciences Building of the University of Bristol (BS8 1TQ).


Statement of Responsibilities:

  • Record and archive multimedia to be used as an open-access teaching resource online;
  • Work with academic staff to produce two online guidance documents, one for teaching staff and one for students;
  • Assist staff in the production of online video filming/editing tutorials;
  • Decide on a streamlined video production workflow within the overall aims of the project (including choosing equipment; filming; editing; sharing);
  • Conduct pilot testing and troubleshooting of your production workflow; 
  • Reproduce and prepare clearly defined documents using standard formats or templates;
  • Respond to queries from colleagues, students and/or academic staff;
  • Assist with the organisation of meetings through booking meeting rooms and be involved in the collation of information or materials to assist in the effective organisation of activities;
  • Prioritise tasks within daily routine to ensure work is completed to time and appropriate standard;
  • Solve problems by drawing upon pre-prepared materials or a simple choice of learned solutions/responses for the answers.

Communication skills

  • Receiving regular instructive guidance and/or progress reports;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff, students and members of the public both face to face and over the telephone, using tact and diplomacy;
  • Ability to integrate into new teams and different situations quickly and confidently;
  • Provide/request information from internal and external contacts in a courteous and correct manner. 

Decision making

  • Daily prioritisation of own areas of work.

People management

  • Co-operate with other colleagues in a team/work unit to contribute to the achievement of work objectives. 

Qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience

  • Good standard of education evidenced by GCSEs or equivalent, plus previous experience in a film production/editing or relevant life experience reinforced by work experience.


  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, email and the web and competent keyboard skills/word processing skills;
  • Experience of operating common office equipment;
  • Good numeracy and literacy;
  • Awareness of the basic principles or standardised work routines of the field of work;
  • Helpful and courteous approach to colleagues, students, academic staff and customers;
  • Proven ability to work effectively and efficiently both when alone and in a team.


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