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University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Southern Documentary Project (10000990)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

Note for Current UM Employees

Current employees must apply internally via connectU >

Definition of Class

The Southern Documentary Project ( is looking for a new producer/director to join our team. As an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture ( our mission is to tell stories from the South, increase civic and cultural engagement, and train the next generation of storytellers enrolled in the Center’s academic programs. This is a professional position that will help steward accountable documentary storytelling in its many forms and mediums through production, collaboration, and education. In addition to making original work, this person will actively contribute to the academic mission of the Center through mentorship, teaching, committee and collaborative work, and curriculum development.


With this hire SouthDocs hopes to deepen our commitment to a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace. As an institution with a marked history of struggle with racial diversity, the University of Mississippi today realizes its unique obligation to educate and lead the state with unquestionable and unwavering commitment toward the goal of embracing all aspects of diversity (including race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religious choice, ethnicity, economic status, age and geographic affiliation.)


This position utilizes creativity to produce and direct various media products. The incumbent schedules production, directs production staff, produces high quality projects within designated deadlines and budgets, and takes an active role in academic curriculum through video production training for students both in the classroom and in the field.  

Examples of Work Performed

●    Create original documentary projects (individually and collaboratively) utilizing photography, audio, oral history, video, or mixed media. See examples of our work at
●    Ensure accountability for and ethical representation of people and places you choose to document.
●    Work directly with students in the classroom and in the field. See examples from our student documentary showcase at
●    Design and present technical and theory-based workshops or classes and provide constructive feedback related to documentary storytelling and related media.
●    Engage community partners and build long-term relationships through impact-driven storytelling and programs. See for one example of students collaborating with community partners to tell a story.
●    Lead and inspire conversations on campus and in the community through exhibitions, panel discussions, film screenings etc.

Essential Functions

These essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following. Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring department.

  1. Creates documentary projects and institutional productions.
  2. Supervises and/or directs production staff.

Minimum Education/Experience

Bachelor's Degree in Communication, Broadcasting or a related field from an accredited four-year college or university.


Two (2) years of experience related to the above described duties.


Substitution Statement:

Related experience may be substituted for education, on a basis set forth and approved by the Department of Human Resources.


Preferred Qualifications

Master of Fine Arts or other terminal degree in a relevant field.
Teaching or instructional experience in lens-based media, audio production, documentary studies, or multimedia storytelling.
Proficiency and ability to assist others using Adobe Creative Cloud suite.

Salary/Wage Information

To learn more about our pay structure and view our salary ranges, click here to visit the Compensation page of our Human Resources website. This link is provided for general pay information. Hourly rate or salary may vary depending on qualifications, experience, and departmental budget. Note: Unclassified positions (faculty, executives, researchers and coaches) do not have established salary ranges.

EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Nearest Major Market: Oxford Mississippi