Audiovisual Editing Specialist

Posted Date 4 weeks ago(5/11/2023 11:19 AM)
Job ID
Clearance Required
Other Clearance
DEA Public Trust

Position Description


XLA is looking for an Audiovisual Editing Specialist to work full time onsite at the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Audiovisual Unit in Arlington, VA (metro accessible). The Audiovisual Unit is the DEA’s principal office for providing audio and video support for Public Affairs events; developing video productions that are designed to educate and inform national and international audiences about the use, abuse and trafficking trends of various drugs; producing videos for television use with wrap around interviews and/or panel discussions; and providing videos to local, national and international news medium (e.g., newspapers, online, social media, radio, and television) for drug-related news reporting.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide audiovisual editing services in support of the DEA mission, its programs and functions. The audiovisual specialist understands the requirements of services requested by program managers and applies knowledge derived from a mastery of the methods, techniques, and practices associated with the development of original television productions to produce highly complex and large-scale drug-related audiovisual productions; independently accomplishes projects, from evaluating and expressing audiovisual requirements and overseeing audiovisual editing projects to completion.
  • Assures that production material is produced in accordance with the highest industry standards, management's needs, and in accordance with the DEA mission and objectives. Conceives, assesses, and prepares materials in support of agency audiovisual needs. Consults with program personnel and subject matter specialists to determine the objectives of the proposed project, nature of the audience to which the material will be presented, the audio and visual medium to be used, and the methods by which the materials will be most effectively presented. Works closely with other communicators, graphic artists, photographers, illustrators, writers, video/film technicians, actors and equipment contractors in developing audiovisual related materials.
  • Consults with program managers, news media personnel, and other government officials regarding the audiovisual products best suited for the intended audiences. Assists to conceive, develop, design and produce various audiovisual materials, working within agency goals and objectives.
  • Broad general guidelines and departmental mandates apply to multimedia productions, requiring judgement and creativity to use effectively within accepted industry standards and practices. In addition, complies with standard industry and federal guidelines governing specific procedures and how to achieve quality
  • The work involves audiovisual editing of existing audio video footage for broadcast production, multimedia production, and other audiovisual services. Coordinates with supervisors throughout the entire process, including evaluation of management's initial request and determination of the requirements and methodology necessary to ensure successful completion of the project.





  • Bachelor’s Degree and two years of relevant experience.
  • Must have thorough knowledge of the production of motion media products, audio and high-speed data transmission in support of agency enforcement initiatives, training activities, and other informational programs.
  • Ability to advise others on a wide range of skills, including digital video effects, non­linear editing, and other select media materials and equipment; ability to develop methods to make presentations and displays more effective.
  • Ability to answer questions and provide information to external customers in a manner that projects a positive image of DEA and is in line with the agency's mission, goals and objectives.
  • The ability to combine the use of diverse formats of media such as still and video imagery, film, and graphics.
  • Within this framework, is expected to develop and utilize resources effectively, keep managers informed of progress, trends and commitments.
  • Understands assignments in terms of objectives to be attained, cost limitations, and general policies and principles that must be observed.

Physical Demands: Work is usually performed sitting at a desk. Physical demands include the ability to lift and carry up to 75 lbs. of equipment.


Security Clearance: Must be able to obtain and maintain a DEA Public Trust. This means that all candidates must be a US Citizen.


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