Job Description

Come work at a place where you have a direct impact on the quality of life for Kent residents, business owners and visitors alike!

The City of Kent seeks an experienced producer/videographer/editor with excellent communication skills to guide and promote Kent's various programming platforms. The ideal candidate is an innovative creative professional with communication and marketing experience who thrives in a team environment.

This employee will be responsible for creating and providing oversight of content for television, social media, digital marketing, presentations and more. Under the direction of the Multimedia Supervisor, the incumbent will coordinate all aspects of the City's video productions. Responsibilities include operations, conceptualization, pre-production, direction, camera, lighting, sound, editing, motion graphics, and post-production.

The ability to work with a diverse group of people, including administration, executive leadership, staff and community members, is necessary for success in this role, as is skill in the use of Adobe Creative Cloud, Canon EOS C300 Mark II, DJI Mavic 2 Pro, Ronin and morePreferred candidates will have at least three years of professional video production experience and a BA in Communications or a related field. 
 
**A cover letter and resume are required with your online application in order for your application to be considered complete.  Uploading your resume to auto-fill portions of the application does not automatically attach it to your application.  Incomplete applications will not be considered for this position.  Please note that you cannot attach documents to your application after it has been submitted.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your online application, please call our office at (253) 856-5270 and we will do our best to assist you.**

There is one (1) full-time position available, which is represented by the AFSCME union.

An unranked eligibility list may be established at the conclusion of the selection process. This list would then be in effect for up to 12 months.

This position is open until filled with a first review date of Monday, September 19.


SALARY:

$6,412.00- $7,831.00 per month, depending on qualifications

GENERAL PURPOSE:

Under the direction of the Multimedia Supervisor or designee, the incumbent performs all aspects of Kent’s Government Access Television Channel (Kent TV21) programming, production and operation within established City policies, procedures, guidelines and all FCC regulations. The primary purpose of the City’s Government Access Program is to provide professional programming for broadcast on Kent TV21 and the City’s external Internet web site to educate and inform the citizens of Kent about City services, events, functions and the "business of government."  

Work is characterized by professional, technical and administrative duties associated with the development, planning, implementation, and coordination of the Kent TV21 programming, production and operations. Duties include, but are not limited to, serve as creative director and producer to perform all functions of video production to create and provide program content for broadcast on Kent TV21; research videotaped programs for possible broadcast; procure outside funding opportunities and partnership resources and provide direction to assigned staff, interns and/or temporary employees.

Work is performed under limited supervision. Supervisor sets the overall objectives and resources available.  Incumbent and supervisor work together to develop the deadlines, projects, and work to be completed. Incumbent is responsible for the work, plans and carries out the assignment, resolves most conflicts that arise, coordinates work with others, and interprets policies on own initiative in terms of established objectives. Incumbent keeps supervisor informed of progress, potentially controversial matters, or far-reaching implications.  Work is reviewed in terms of feasibility, compatibility with other work, or effectiveness of results.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Create, direct and produce video projects produced for and about the City of Kent; interpret project communication goals and strategy and develop proposed creative approaches and treatments that align with that strategy; work with customers to prepare outlines, write scripts; coordinate all aspects required to produce a completed video program; upon approval distribute as appropriate.

Coordinate and monitor live in-studio and live-on-tape camera production and post-production, program playback/broadcast system in order to control the programming to be broadcasted on Kent TV21; monitor broadcasting playback.

Train and oversee multimedia staff to provide back up to video and Cable TV functions including, but not limited to, taping City meetings, programming broadcast playback system, reviewing programming and troubleshooting, and assisting with field and studio productions in various capacities; coordinate with the manager and other Multimedia staff on back up staffing availability and assignments. 

Research, recommend and coordinate approved internal or external resources to provide pre-production, production, and post-production services; oversee the creative service agencies or positions, which may include script writers, actors, musicians, videographers, and post production editors.

Research program content already produced, or partner with other government/non-profit agencies and other City staff to produce new programs which focus on the City’s vision and values; meet the City’s marketing and communication goals and strategies; and be compliant with the City’s and other regulatory broadcast policies and standards. 

Assist with research to determine future needs of video, audio, and lighting equipment and software for purchase and upgrades for cable in-studio, editing, broadcast and field equipment; implement as needed; perform troubleshooting and routine maintenance in electronic equipment and/or schedule repair service.

Prepare for approval, the proposed annual work plan for the Kent TV21 and video production programs in accordance with established goals and key targets.  Research and make recommendations on resources needed and costs associated with proposed plans/projects. 

Research, develop and apply for outside funding and partnership resources, which may include, but are not limited to, grant funds, program sponsorship, and partner agencies; monitor financial resources in accordance with department and City policy.

Cross train on other multimedia functions.

Actively support the mission, vision, values and goals of the department and the City.

PERIPHERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Provide set-up services for City special events as needed.

Perform related duties as assigned.

SUCCESSFUL INCUMBENTS FOR THIS POSITION WILL:

HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF:

  • FCC broadcasting rules and regulations

  • Rules and regulations that apply to working with Public, Education and Government (PEG) Access Television

  • Copyright laws and guidelines as related to videotaped materials

  • City and Department organization, operations, policies and objectives

  • Principles of video lighting, audio technology, audio/video signals, connections cabling

  • Principles and practices of directing and producing video and/or television programming

BE SKILLED IN:

  • Developing, coordinating and producing video programs

  • Working with a wide range of cultural and economic backgrounds using tact, patience and courtesy

  • Oral and written communication skills using proper English usage, grammar, spelling and punctuation as it pertains

  • Principles of training, leading, and motivating employees and others

  • Connecting and configuring video production equipment including audio, video, lighting, computerized text generation and video playback equipment

  • Operating a variety of video equipment including digital video cameras, audio, and lighting equipment, mixers, monitors, robotics, and edit controller.

  • Operating a variety of software applications such as Adobe Creative Suite - Premier Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, Tightrope Cablecast, Tightrope Carousel, Microsoft Office Suite, and other

HAVE THE ABILITY TO:

  • Effectively deliver a message or tell a story using audio/video equipment and techniques

  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action

  • Read, interpret, apply and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures

  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with City officials, management, employees, co-workers, the public, and outside agencies

  • Work effectively with interruptions in a production environment to meet schedules and deadlines

SKILLS FOR THE POSITION MAY BE GAINED THROUGH EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION, RELEVANT JOB EXPERIENCE or a COMBINATION, SUCH AS:

Education:  

Bachelor’s Degree in broadcasting, communications, public or business administration, marketing, or a related field; and

Experience:

Three (3) years of professional level experience in television programming, television program development or operations, video production, or related field and one (1) year of lead experience.

LICENSES AND OTHER INFORMATION:

  • Valid State of Washington Driver’s License or ability to obtain within 30 days of employment

  • Subject to a background inquiry

  • Experience in Public, Education and Government (PEG) Access preferred

  • Grant writing skills and experience desired

  • Multilingual desired

MACHINES, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED:

Incumbent utilizes a full range of video production and broadcasting equipment including, but not limited to, multiple robotic cameras, audio and video mixers, edit controllers, digital video camera in-studio and field equipment, video broadcast equipment, video unattended broadcast programming equipment and software, DVC Pro, DVD players/recorders, wired and wireless microphone systems, field and in-studio lighting equipment, and character generation software.

Typical business office machinery, equipment and software used include, but are not limited to, personal computer, word processing and spreadsheet software, printers, telephone, fax machine, copy machine, calculator, and projector.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an incumbent to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to use arms, hands and fingers to handle, feel, or operate objects, materials, tools, equipment, or controls and reach with hands and arms. Frequently required to stand or sit for long periods of time, walk, lift, bend, push or pull, hear, talk normally with or without mechanical assistance. The incumbent must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds with or without assistance, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 80 pounds or more with assistance.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. 

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Regularly work in a television production environment, both indoors or outdoors. The incumbent is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; high, precarious places; outside weather conditions; and risk of electrical shock. The incumbent may be exposed to individuals who are irate or hostile.  Lift production equipment of approximately 50 pounds or more, with or without assistance.  Regularly required to work evenings and/or weekends; and is subject to on-call and call out duty.

The City of Kent is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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