Video Production Aide
City of Costa Mesa, CA - Costa Mesa, CA

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Note: Part-time employees are appointed by and serve at the will of the Department Director. Employees do not contribute to the Social Security system; however, federal mandate requires new employees to contribute 1.45% of wages to Medicare and requires enrollment in an alternative retirement system. The mandatory employment retirement contribution ranges from 3.75% to 14%. As a condition of employment, all new employees are required to enroll and participate in the direct deposit program.


Under direct supervision, performs a variety of video and audio production activities.


This classification performs a variety of video and audio production activities. Work is performed under direct supervision within established procedures and policies and is reviewed by a supervisor during process and upon completion.


Applications must be completed and submitted on-line by the specified deadline. Candidates are requested to provide specific information on their education and experience as it relates to the position by completing all fields of the application. Applications may be rejected if incomplete. Do not include text or attached resumes, as they will not be accepted or reviewed in the application process. Based upon the information presented on the application, a limited number of candidates who possess qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process. The selection process may include, but is not limited to the following components: application review and evaluation, written examination or exercise, physical examination, practical exercise and interview evaluation. Please notify the Human Resources Division 72 hours in advance of the test date if you have a disability which requires accommodation for the testing process. The eligibility list will be in effect for one (1) year, unless exhausted sooner. The eligibility list established from this recruitment may be utilized to fill lower-level vacancies which occur during the life of the list.

Notifications during this recruitment will be sent by email only (regardless of the notification preference selected during the on-line application process). Notifications will be sent to the email address that is listed on your on-line application.

All employment offers made by the City are contingent upon establishing proof of a prospective candidate’s legal authorization to work in the United States and successfully passing all components of the pre-employment process which may include, but is not limited to: comprehensive background check, criminal history check (livescan fingerprint check), polygraph examination, post-offer psychological evaluation and post-offer medical evaluation (may include drug screen).

Note: The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provisions contained within may be modified or revoked without notice.

Essential Functions:

These functions may not be present in all positions in this class. When a position is to be filled, the essential functions will be noted in the announcement of position availability. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind work assignments as needed.

As a production crew member, the Video Production Aide may assume any of the following duties:

Camera/Videotape Operator - Operates a camera and videotape recorder.

Audio Technician - Sets up microphones and monitors audio levels during recording.

Editor - Serves as on-line editor and utlizes non-linear edit systems.

Teleprompter - Operates a Teleprompter.

Floor Director - acts as a liaison between the director and "on-camera" talent.

Acts as “On-Camera” Talent, writes scripts, produces and directs video production projects as assigned.

In addition, the Video Production Aide transports equipment and performs off-line editing.

Performs other duties as required.

Qualification Guidelines:

A typical way to obtain the requisite knowledge and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of this classification is as follows:


Two years of college with major coursework in broadcasting, video communications, radio/television or related field. Completed course work must include the operation of video production equipment.


One year of experience working with a variety of television production equipment in a television station or cable television production studio.


Possession of a valid Class C California Driver's License may be required. Revocation of license during employment may result in disciplinary action or reassignment.


Knowledge of cable television operations and the methods, techniques and equipment used in the design, creation and production of video programs.


Ability to operate video camera/accessory equipment and video editing equipment.

Ability to work flexible work schedules on an “as needed basis”, including some evenings and weekends.

Ability to deal effectively with community groups, City Officials, and fellow employees.

Ability to independently operate all portable and studio video equipment.

Supplemental Information:

Ability to lift, load and unload video camera and accessory equipment; walk from one location to another while videotaping; focus a camera and adjust video colors; sit for extended periods of time while editing tapes; bend, stoop, reach to access and operate production equipment. Exposure to sun.

Employee accommodations for physical or mental disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.