Media Technician

Fairfax, Virginia
$37,850.18 - $63,083.49 Annually
May 07, 2022
May 21, 2022
Full Time
Job Announcement

Works as part of an award-winning government cable television channel. Sets up and operates professional field and studio cameras, audio equipment, and lighting instruments to produce television programs for the government access channel and employee training network. Directs and technically directs multi-camera video productions both in a studio and remote production environments, as well as in government meeting rooms.

Illustrative Duties

  • Sets up and operates professional field and studio cameras, audio equipment, and lighting instruments to produce television programs for the government access channel and employee training programs for the institutional network;
  • Uses video and audio monitoring devices to maintain broadcast quality standards for all programming;
  • Directs and technical directs multi-camera video productions both in studio and remote production environments, as well as in government meeting rooms.
  • Constructs studio sets using backdrops, flooring, and set pieces including tables, chairs, and other elements, lighting such elements to achieve broadcast quality standards;
  • Constructs and lights studio sets in a virtual environment, using specialized lighting techniques to properly and optimally make use of green screen technology;
  • Inputs and operates character generators using computer-based graphic design software to create accurate and broadcast quality on-screen graphics.
  • Operates duplication equipment to create copies of programs for the public and staff, performing quality control to ensure accuracy of duplication, and complying with FOIA requests within the legally required timeframe;
  • Sets up and operates teleprompter in the field and studio with accuracy to enhance professional on-camera performances;
  • Provides technical advice, support, and training to users and other agency staff in the appropriate use of video production and loan pool equipment;
  • Performs basic preventative maintenance on video production equipment.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the procedures and techniques involved in producing broadcast-quality informational and instructional video programs;
  • Ability to assemble, set up and operate studio and field broadcast quality video, audio, and lighting production gear, without on-site supervision;
  • Ability to perform preventative maintenance on video equipment;
  • Ability to learn the characteristics, capabilities, and methods of operation of new equipment;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the general public.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to: graduation from high school or a GED issued by a state department of education; plus two years of technical experience in the audiovisual field. Satisfactory completion of specialized training in related technical audiovisual subjects may be substituted for the experience requirement.

Valid driver's license.

  • Two or more years of professional experience with Electronic News Gathering (ENG) single camera, field lighting equipment, field audio equipment, and non-linear editing systems.
  • Two or more years of professional experience using multi-camera systems, in a studio and on location including lights, character generator, audio equipment and teleprompter.
  • Two or more years of experience constructing and lighting studio sets using backdrops, flooring, set pieces and virtual environments.

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.
  • The appointee to the position will be required to complete a criminal background check and driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Work is physically strenuous and requires lifting and carrying of various pieces of TV equipment from 5 to 40 pounds on a daily basis and up to 60 pounds on occasion. Requires monitoring of audio levels in field and studio situations. Requires viewing images through viewfinders and monitors. Requires performing work at various heights and using equipment to reach those areas. Work is performed year round indoors and outdoors in a variety of situations. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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