ob Title: COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST 
Department: Office of the City Manager 
Reports To: Director - Communications & Marketing 
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt 
Job Status: Full-time; Non-Classified 
Pay Grade: 108 

SUMMARY 
Incumbents provide a multimedia approach to producing and converting video content for a variety of platforms, including TV, web and social media, to include researching, writing, capturing visual content and editing stories for multiple platforms. Incumbents will broadcast public meetings, special events coverage, develop and produce television programs for the city. Incumbents will provide setup for broadcast productions throughout the city; attend events on nights and weekends, as needed; make recommendations for the purchase of video, audio, lighting systems and computer equipment production to ensure system performance and meet industry and manufacturer standards; provide technical support and assistance to the department. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 
The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed.

  • Works directly with other departments, in consultation with the Communications Director, to support video and photography requests
  • Works with Communications Team to integrate video components of strategic messages across multiple platforms
  • Works with Communications Team to conceptualize, produce, and write scripts for Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and Bulletin Board messages for the City's government access channel, as needed
  • Assists with directing in-studio and remote multi-camera programs and events; including but not limited to City Council and other live public meetings and events
  • Works with city departments on a variety of projects including but not limited to, PSAs, commercials, training/orientation, public education, and public information videos
  • Provide television studio coverage as needed during the absence of Video Production Coordinator
  • Performs digital editing and field video camera operation, and other related activities
  • Produces video projects from concept to completion which includes conducting field interviews and finished video packages, and/or performing other related activities
  • Supports still photography duties, as needed
  • Supports audio, video, staging and lighting needs upon request for city-related and/or city-supported partnership events
  • Provides video, audio and/or photography support outside of traditional work hours as needed
  • Maintains regular attendance and punctuality
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level

QUALIFICATIONS 
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. 

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices, methods and techniques of video recording, production design and development
  • Project management, research, analysis and evaluation practices and procedures

Skill in:

  • A wide variety of television production equipment
  • Producing, writing scripts and editing techniques
  • Using studio and field video cameras; aerial video system
  • Using various video production software programs
  • Using Adobe Creative Cloud applications (e.g. Premiere Pro, After Effects, Encoder, Encore, Photoshop, Illustrator)

Ability to:

  • Exhibit strong writing, videography and digital editing skills
  • Visualize and articulate strategic video concepts
  • Write and edit materials for television production
  • Lead video projects and effectively communicate, orally and in writing, project status with those contacted in the course of assignments
  • Identify, analyze and resolve complex problems
  • Work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
  • Work outdoors as needed, for video, photography and event set-up


EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE 
Associate's Degree and two years of technical experience, including some municipal government experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above. 

CERTIFICATION 
None 

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

Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. 
Typically requires: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions 

WORK ENVIRONMENT 
The work environment characteristics described here 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. 

Position is typically office or administrative work and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

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