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City of Torrance
Class Code: 1326

Class Designation: Civil Service

May 2006

Representation Unit: Torrance Professional &
Supervisory Association 


Cable TV Assistant Producer/Writer


Under direction, prepares program scripts for the City's government access channels; assists in program development; directs talent and crew during production of scripted programs; and performs other related duties.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Distinguished from Producer/Writer in that the incumbent is not responsible for the overall program development and supervision of subordinate staff. Distinguished from Operations Assistant in that a Operations Assistant does not write television scripts.

Supervision Exercised/Received

Receives supervision from the Cable TV Producer/Writer.  May provide technical supervision to interns. 

Examples Of Duties

  • Creates treatment and storyboards for program ideas;
  • Writes live pre-recorded and alphanumeric television program scripts in various formats such as narrative, documentary, news, promotional and public service announcements for the City's government access channels;
  • Schedules time, books location and secures talent for production;
  • Directs talent and crew during production of scripted programs;
  • Conducts off-line program edit sessions;
  • May conduct on-line program edit sessions;
  • Coordinates program ideas and program production with other City departments and other agencies;
  • Writes and produces series programs;
  • Acquires performance rights and clearances for the use of written materials and property;
  • Performs on air announcing, reporting, and voice-over.
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Knowledge of
  • Pre-production planning including program ideas, treatments and storyboards;
  • Scripting formats (i.e., narratives, documentaries, news, promotional and public service announcements);
  • Production and shooting formats;
  • Basic techniques of television production;
  • Post-production procedures including off-line and on-line editing techniques;
  • Procedures for obtaining performance rights and clearances;
  • General City operations.
  • Ability to
  • Translate written material into television script format;
  • Direct talent and crew members;
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Operate linear editing system;
  • Develop, produce and direct programs;
  • Shift priorities as departmental workload demands require;
  • Operate modern office equipment, computers and software applications;
  • Work independently and meet frequent deadlines;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, personnel from other agencies and City employees.
  • Learn and utilize new skills and information to improve job performance and efficiency.
  • License or Certificate

    Must possess a valid appropriate California driver's license.

    Education and Experience

    Any combination of education and experience that would have provided the required knowledge and skills is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:
    Two years of college coursework in journalism, technical writing or non-fiction writing, television production or a related field; and six months of experience in commercial, industrial, educational, or government script writing and producing.  Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year for year basis.

    Special Requirements

    Performance of the essential duties of this position includes the following physical demands and/or working conditions.
    Requires the ability to exert a small amount of physical effort in sedentary to light work involving moving from one area to another; requires sufficient hand/eye coordination to perform sem-skilled repetitive movements, such as data entry and the use of calculators.  Tasks require sound and visual perception and discrimintation, as well as oral communications ability.  Tasks are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environment conditions.

    Career Ladder Information

    Experience gained in this classification may serve to meet the minimum requirements for promotion to Cable TV Producer/Writer.