How to write a Production Assistant job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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What does a Production Assistant do?

Production Assistants, or PAs, work alongside the crew and staff during the production of a film, TV show or any other major event in the entertainment industry. The role has no set tasks as they vary from project to project, but PAs may be required to run errands, fetch meals, answer phone calls and make copies of scripts. Production Assistants often help actors memorize their lines and assist lighting technicians, camera operators or audio technicians with anything they may need.

Production Assistant job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Production Assistant job titles

  • Production Assistant
  • Junior Production Assistant
  • Television Production Assistant
  • Production Assistant (Part-Time)
  • Production Associate

Production Assistant job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Production Assistant job summary

Our online media company needs a Production Assistant to help with the conception, development and creation of online advertising videos for our clients. We’re looking for a self-starting professional who wants to get his or her foot in the door in the production business. You don’t need a lot of experience, but you must be willing to learn and apply your knowledge for our clients’ benefit. Our videos are seen by thousands of people, so quality is our primary concern.

Production Assistant responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Production Assistant responsibilities

  • Schedule voice actors and other talent for recording time in the studio as well as any follow-up time for corrections or adjustments
  • Order, reserve or rent equipment needed to complete a production or increase production value for a particular campaign
  • Assist in set design, script rewrites and other tasks assigned to you by the producer or director
  • Create, evaluate and oversee the budget for each production, ensuring we never exceed it
  • Suggest creative or practical changes to scripts or storyboards to help improve production value and save money
  • Manage the CPO’s schedule to ensure maximum time management value

Production Assistant qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Production Assistant skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Television Production or related field required
  • 2+ years’ experience in video development or production
  • Familiarity with online video advertising a must
  • Working knowledge of video equipment and software a plus
  • Ability to manage budgets and schedules effectively with minimal supervision
  • Excellent attention to detail and willingness to be creative

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