EXPERIENCE: This position requires a minimum of three years progressively responsible experience in a multilingual or multinational media, marketing working environment, where photography and A/V are significant components of the job.
JOB KNOWLEDGE: Must have strong creative skills and detailed knowledge of photo production and general knowledge of audio, video, graphic design, and other visual content creation. Must understand how online digital properties and community management function. Must have detailed knowledge of the attitudes of target audience groups, and their preferences for specific content, format, and delivery of visual communication. Knowledge of trends in regional and international communications patterns and how they affect the Albanian communications landscape is required. General knowledge of digital promotion techniques, audience analysis and analytics, and customer service standards is required. Must have general knowledge of project management, including defining project objectives, outcomes, and assessment methods. Must have general knowledge of all sources of USG strategic content: DOS guidance, functional and regional bureau digital communications materials, Mission multimedia content (e.g., ambassadorial and other speeches; public events), sources of third-party content. Detailed knowledge of legal regulations and procedural guidelines affecting use of visual and multimedia content as well as copyright and other restrictions on use of materials is required. General knowledge of U.S. foreign policy in Albania and comprehensive knowledge of the PD mission, its role in the Mission goals, and of both traditional and online engagement tools and programs used to convey U.S. foreign policy to the public is required.
LANGUAGE: Level 4 (Limited Working Proficiency) Speaking/Reading/Writing English is required. This will be tested. Level 4 (Fluent) Speaking/Reading/Writing Albanian is required.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Analytic skills: Must have strong analytic skills to identify target audiences and understand how Mission use of text, images, graphics, video, and audio can affect their sensitivities. Uses judgment and creativity in designing and creating photographic content. Must be able to perceive the emergence of new audience preferences and trends in information consumption and visual and multimedia norms, to produce targeted digital or traditional visual content in support of Mission external engagement and to plan and execute effective use of advertising.
Communication/Interpersonal skills: Must have excellent, documented visual story-telling, written, and oral communication skills to create and adapt visual, audio and printed material for dissemination in English and Albanian. Must have strong interpersonal skills to maintain Mission-wide collaboration on the creation of visual content in support of Mission public engagement. Must be able to contribute to SCC discussions of priority engagement, strategic content, and use of text and visual and audio materials and dissemination channels. Must have excellent customer relations and interpersonal cross-cultural communication skills.
Management skills: Must be able to bring together offices and agencies from across the Mission to identify and share textual, visual, video, and audio content. Must be able to identify and resolve, or seek help in resolving, problems with use of textual, visual, and multimedia content in online public engagement. Must be able to plan, prioritize, and manage multiple projects such as marketing, information, or advocacy campaigns, and oversee associated project budgets, schedules, and daily operations to produce, adapt, and disseminate time-sensitive content, in collaboration with the press and information team. Must be able to assess Mission PD capacity and determine which acquisitions (equipment, software, etc.) will meet current and future needs.
Technical skills: Must have detailed knowledge of multiple formats, digital tools, and platforms for visual content creation, editing (audio, visual, multimedia, and graphic), and distribution through traditional and digital channels. Must be highly skilled in use of photographic and video equipment, digital software and editing tools, content databases, and reporting tools. Must be familiar with audience analysis and analytic tools available in Albania. Good keyboarding, data entry skills, and excellent familiarity with electronic discovery tools, in particular the internet, and standard information retrieval practices and procedures are required.
Availability: Must be available as the Mission’s principal official photographer for high-level visits and other high-profile events such as major policy announcements. Must be available to respond to short-fuse requests for event support. Must be able to lift up to 10kg.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO): The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.