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City of Torrance
Class Code: 1322

Class Designation: Non-Civil Service/At-Will

September 1986

Representation Unit: Certain Full-Time Salaried & Hourly Employees 


Cable Television Operations Assistant


Under supervision, performs routine but responsible tasks related to the daily operations of the City's channels and the Community Communications subscriber channels; supervises the work of operations interns; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Distinguished from Cable Television Operations Supervisor in that the incumbent does not have overall responsibility for supervising the daily operations of the City's Cable Television facilities and channels. Distinguished from Cable Television Production Specialist in that the incumbent does not have responsibility for the planning and coordination of all aspects of cable television program production.

Examples Of Duties

  • Coordinates and monitors the activities of production personnel during field and studio productions;
  • develops and enters programming schedules into the automated program playback system;
  • establishes and maintains video tape library control systems;
  • collects and enters new and updated alphanumeric messages for the City's cable channels;
  • keeps records of equipment inventory;
  • writes cable programming schedules for newspaper publication;
  • compiles necessary information from departments to prepare announcements for the government cable channels;
  • duplicates tapes and films in response to specific requests and for playback on the government cable channels;
  • performs production duties to include technical directing, creating and producing electronic graphics, directing field and studio productions and setting up and operating camera and audio equipment;
  • provides support services for Council presentations such as operating slide projector taking photographs, and preparing alphanumeric crawls;
  • checks and ensures adequate levels of video tape stock;
  • supervises the work of operation interns and weekend on-call personnel;
  • may supervise production personnel occasionally in the absence of the Cable Television Production Specialist.
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Knowledge of:
  • Principles and techniques of television production;
  • Techniques of videotape editing including single and multisource;
  • Operating procedures, maintenance and various types of video production equipment and audio visual equipment;
  • Filing and cataloging procedures;
  • Principles of operation of automated playback system and alphanumeric display systems.
  • Ability to:
  • Utilize film and tape editing techniques such as assembly and inset editing;
  • Set up, operate and maintain video production equipment including camera, electronic graphics, audio, and teleprompter;
  • Direct multi- and single-camera productions;
  • Train, coordinate, assign and monitor the work of subordinate personnel;
  • Communicate effectively with City employees and the public;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, associates and the public
  • License Required

    A valid Class 3 California Driver's License


    Six months of full time or one year of part time experience as a production or operations assistant at a production facility (commercial, industrial, educational) or television station. Experience may include paid or non-paid.


    High school graduation or equivalent. Coursework in communications, television production or related field is desirable.