The Animation & Visual Effects Specialist provides key customer service support in the areas of digital media arts, including VFX, digital post-production, computer embedded systems, audio and video nonlinear editing systems, 2D and 3D animation, motion graphic design, stereoscopic presentation, motion capture technology and virtual reality workflows at Dodge College.
This position primarily supervises student digital arts projects overseeing the VFX and/or animation workflows from inception to final delivery and screening. Additionally, the Animation and Digital Effects Specialist conducts ongoing research of emerging equipment and techniques for animation, digital intermediary processes, visual effects, compositing, and online editorial finishing. Provides recommendations for enhancements, improvements, and upgrades, presenting supporting information for evaluation.
The Animation & Digital Effects Specialist coordinates seminars, tutorials and individual training sessions on the proper and safe use of post-production equipment and software.
This position also helps build and maintain the computer systems and technology used for digital arts, video, and audio production, including the render farm. Provide general support and guidance to Digital Arts faculty and students within the Digital Media Arts Center. Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's Degree in related field.
Minimum 3-5 years related professional work experience.
Working knowledge and demonstrated proficiency of post-production hardware and software, digital animation applications and rendering platforms including Autodesk Media and Entertainment animation software, Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools, Blackmagic-Design Fusion and DaVinci Resolve, Adobe CC, Nuke, and similar media content creation software.
Familiarity with computer embedded systems including hardware and software upgrades.
Demonstrated knowledge of industry trends in the field of post-production technologies, digital 2D and 3D animation, visual effects creation, sound mixing and design, and digital compositing workflows.
Ability to prioritize duties when faced with interruptions, distractions, and a fluctuating workload.
Excellent oral and written communications skills with the ability to translate technical terms into non-technical terms.
Ability to prioritize and manage time to take initiate of time sensitive projects.
Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
Excellent interpersonal skills with a diverse group of individuals at all organizational levels; including faculty, students, staff, and other members of the Chapman community.
Technical skills to learn and use enterprise and division information systems and tools.
Ability to make effective and strategic decisions, including proper recommendations for improvement.
Strong analytical skills to understand and troubleshoot digital application issues.
Experience in technology based teaching and instructing.
Related experience at a higher education institution.
Applicants for Staff and Administrator positions must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Chapman University does not sponsor applicants for Staff and Administrator positions for work visas.
The offer of employment for the final candidate is contingent upon satisfactory completion of and outcomes of a criminal background screening, and upon the acceptance of and returning to the Office of Human Resources a signed original acceptance of the Chapman University Agreement to Arbitrate.