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Cable Television Staff Assistant

Salary: $16.21-$19.79 hourly / $2,820-$3,442 monthly / Range: 4918

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, provides technical support to county-wide cable television production activities, including Government Access Television; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished by its technical role in cable television activities as well as providing general staff support. It differs from the GATV Manager by the latter's overall responsibility for supervising the daily operation of cable television production activities.


1. Provides technical assistance in the broadcast, videotape, and rebroadcast of meetings of the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, and other public agencies or community groups; duplicates and distributes copies of meeting videotapes; acts as video producer/director for Government Access Television programs.
2. Operates video and related equipment used in the production of cable television and related activities, including video cameras, remote cameras, video server, DVD recorders, �" SVHS, audio mixers, studio switcher/character generator, non-linear editing system, video projectors, video editing equipment, 35 mm and digital photo cameras, satellite receiver, and teleconferencing systems.
3. Uses document-formatting software and office automation software to provide general office support, including maintaining an office supply inventory, air logs, videotape archives, usage records, and duplication records.
4. Participates in the promotion of the County's government access channel and programming, including preparation and distribution of the cablecast program guide, character generator information, and press releases; creates computer graphics for television presentations.
5. Trains, monitors, and prepares work schedules for videographers and interns, and maintains regular communication with area colleges and universities regarding internship programs.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: At least one year of technical television production experience in commercial, public broadcast, and/or cable television that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is required.

Knowledge of: videography and the basics of television and video production; video production equipment operation; effective methods for training others; and general office equipment and procedures, document-formatting software and office automation software (such as word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and presentation software).

Ability to: learn state and federal laws and regulations concerning the operation of cable television systems and broadcasting through a cable system; operate video production and related equipment; schedule the work of and train others; communicate effectively orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships; work accurately under pressure; create and maintain effective filing systems.

Desirable Qualifications: Successful completion of intermediate/advanced computer graphics hardware and software coursework and training in communications and media presentation tools for television is desirable.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Operations may require work outside normal business hours and independent travel throughout the County.

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