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The Multimedia Specialist works with a variety of audio-visual and design equipment; creates and organizes digital media for Sanford Lab.
Open until filled.

Position Summary

The South Dakota Science and Technology Authority (SDSTA) owns and operates the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF). The Multimedia Specialist works with a variety of audio-visual and design equipment; creates and organizes digital media for Sanford Lab. Produces audio/video, photography and graphics, website and virtual content for all communications channels. The position duties are heavily weighted toward video production; however, the successful applicant will be expected to perform in other areas of visual media. Duties encompass workflows for all types of photography, video production and graphic design.

Line of Authority

The Multimedia Specialist reports directly to the Creative Services Supervisor.

Functional Responsibilities (include but are not limited to)

Videography and audio productions

  • Shoots video in industrial and laboratory settings.
  • Edits video projects.
  • Animates graphics and text for videos.
  • Records and mixes audio.
  • Creates content for internal and external audiences.
  • Sets up lighting and studio sets.
  • Maintains and cares for production equipment.


  • Shoots digital photography.
  • Prepares digital photographs for a variety of formats including websites, presentations and print materials (newsletters, brochures, flyers, posters, etc.).

Graphic Design

  • Prepares graphics and designs for print, web and video.
  • Creates content and design concepts for websites and print media.
  • Creates content for Sanford Lab social media and other online activities.
  • Creates digital artwork and illustration.


  • Organizes and catalogs digital assets.
  • Assists in event planning and setup.


The Multimedia Specialist has the following accountabilities:

  • To the Creative Services Supervisor and Communications Director for producing content that enforces the mission, vision and brand of SDSTA and SURF.
  • To the SDSTA staff in fulfilling requests for services related to the job responsibilities.
  • To the Communications Director for creating appropriate, consistent and brand-aligned content through the newsletters, social media channels and website pages.
  • To SDSTA staff and partners for providing consistent, open communication as appropriate, accepting article tips and requests for consideration, and contributing to an inclusive culture of collaboration and mutual respect.


The Multimedia Specialist has the following authorities:

  • To the Communications Department in uploading and publishing multimedia content that is reflective of SURF’s brand and mission.
  • To promote SURF and other entities under the SDSTA umbrella to worldwide media.
  • To stop work upon recognition of a condition that presents imminent danger to the health and safety of staff, the public or the environment.


Education & Knowledge

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, video production, graphic design or related field.

Experience: Shows proficiency in the following areas

  • Shooting, editing and producing video and still digital photography.
  • Creating time-lapse video and 360/VR video.
  • Use of audio/visual equipment, including projection and sound systems for public presentations.
  • Creating computer-generated animations.
  • Designing print materials, including flyers, posters, brochures and newsletters.
  • Preparing projects for print and reproduction.
  • Final Cut Pro/Premiere Pro and related audio/video software.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud programs, including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
  • Experience with live and virtual events is a plus.
  • Experience with Drupal/web design is a plus.


  • Organization—prioritize tasks, manage time, and coordinate a variety of ongoing activities.
  • Attention to detail—pay careful attention to details and complete tasks accurately.
  • Imaginative—produce creative and innovative products.
  • Problem solving—troubleshoot and solve design problems.
  • Collaboration—work with other professionals from a variety of disciplines, including Sanford Lab staff, members of scientific collaborations, media outlets and the general public.
  • Communication—convey information (in writing and orally) in a clear, understandable manner.
  • Adaptability—effectively adjust to changing priorities, demands and industry trends.
  • Safety—learn, understand and comply with the Sanford Laboratory's safety programs.
  • Accountability—meet deadlines and provide timely progress reports on work activities.

Working Requirements

  Successful incumbent will be required to: 

  • Perform limited physical labor and lifting
  • Stays current on safety and employee related training
  • Work in all types of conditions (heat, humidity, wet, cold)
  • Work evenings and weekends as scheduled
  • Proof of a valid driver’s license is required.
  • Comply with SDSTA’s safety program.
  • Act in accordance with SDSTA’s core values: Safety Focused, Care for Others, Professionalism and Being a Team Player.
  • Perform work in a typical office environment with prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Perform work in the SURF underground environment at depths up to 5000 feet.
  • Perform limited physical labor and light lifting including walking up and down flights of stairs.

Portfolio Required

  • Portfolios will be required of applicants selected for final interviews.


The South Dakota Science & Technology Authority (SDSTA) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to the development of a diverse workforce. Applicants are invited to self-identify as an individual with a disability or as a protected veteran. Forms are available on the website or upon request from Human Resources.