Assistant Editor

Position Summary

The Met creates a variety of audiovisual content including full-length performances, music clips, behind-the-scenes segments, interviews, trailers, commercial spots and short features for marketing and social media purposes. The Met is seeking a highly organized individual to act as an assistant to our Lead Video Editor. This individual will be responsible for the organization of our digital video assets, editing short video clips for the media and marketing departments, creating batch exports, and facilitating file transfers between departments and third-party organizations.

The ideal candidate will possess excellent organizational and project management skills and display an ability to multi-task and work well with a variety of personalities. This person will have the flexibility to work evenings and weekends as schedule requires and will be able to work under tight deadlines. Knowledge of classical music and opera a plus.

Primary Responsibilities

This is a full-time administrative position within the Media Department. The Assistant Editor will work under the direction of the Lead Video Editor/Videographer and report directly to the Director of Media.Assistant Editing

Assistant Editing

  • Trafficking of deliverables to all outlets/platforms
  • Ingest of all AV material for Lead Videographer/Editor into Premiere as well as ancillary
  • materials such as audio and subtitle files, still photos, graphics, etc.
  • Organization of digital project work and media
  • Premiere editing and repackaging of a variety of content under direction of Lead
  • Videographer/Editor including performance clips, interview segments, social media posts, and behind-the-scenes features
  • Packaging of digital content including creation of text cards, graphics, logos, etc.
  • Formatting of digital content to meet technical specifications of various outlets and platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc.
  • Digital delivery of content to various platforms/outlets and marketing partners
  • Coordination with outside post-production facilities for on-line finishing (color-correct, mix, etc.)
  • Assist the Lead Videographer/Editor in setting up projects in Adobe Premiere, and with exporting from those projects, often in large batches
  • Create video clips from larger video assets
  • Record interviews through Zoom and clean up/edit final deliverables

Technical Management

  • The Assistant Editor will be responsible for managing the flow and storage of media content between on-site storage, cloud storage, and video editing software.
  • Organization and storage of assets including raw footage and finished deliverables
  • Supervision and organization of digital storage, supervision of staff use of the system, including metadata creation
  • Manage file locations and storage of large assets
  • Secure existing files in archival/backup locations
  • Deliver and transfer large files (25-300Gb) to other departments internally, and third-party organizations externally
  • Occasionally manage metadata for web assets

Qualifications & Skill Requirements:

The education and/or experience requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required to successfully perform the essential duties of this position. The physical demands and work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

  • BA degree or equivalent.
  • 5+ years experience as an Assistant Editor with proficient video editing skills including making cuts, adding/adjusting text to picture, adding/editing subtitles, cropping, and re-framing
  • Deep understanding of video codecs (H264, ProRes), frame rates, timecodes, and aspect ratios
  • Experience editing in Adobe Premiere
  • Must be highly organized with a technical mindset
  • Knowledge of archival best practices and experience with media asset management systems
  • Solid understanding of file storage systems, techniques, and troubleshooting
  • Familiarity with both PC and Mac operating systems, and ability to troubleshoot and resolve computer issues
  • Ability to prioritize when handling many requests at once
  • Experience with music editing a plus.
  • You must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to be considered for an offer of employment. The Met will be a fully vaccinated house.

Physical Demands / Work Environment

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Must work well in a team environment
  • Ability to work on tight deadlines and under pressure
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as broadcast and event schedule requires
  • Initiative to work independently and proactively
  • Must be meticulous, accurate, and detail-oriented
  • Respect for confidentiality and discretion


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Internal candidates should please contact the Human Resources department directly to apply.

The Metropolitan Opera believes that diversity is critical to our success and growth as a leading performing arts institution and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the communities we serve.

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