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Media Production Technician - Department of Technology (1766)

Recruitment: RTF0140099-01090441

Published: October 02, 2023


Carol Wong -

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Department: Technology
Job class: 1766-Media Production Technician
Salary range: $72,982.00 - $88,634.00
Role type: Temporary Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


IMPORTANT: Your application MUST include responses to the supplemental questionnaire:

Applicants must complete the supplemental questionnaire prior to starting the online application process.  Application will not be reviewed without completed supplemental questionnaire.


Why Work for the Department of Technology (DT)? DT is the centralized technology services provider in the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF). We deliver technology infrastructure and services to approximately 33,000 employees! With an annual operating budget of over $140M and approximately 260 employees, DT provides a host of services that range from Public Safety radio and wiring and Network services to Enterprise Support and the Cloud.

Benefits of Working for CCSF:  In addition to challenging and rewarding work, the City provides a generous suite of benefits to its employees.

  • Job security, pension, and robust retirement options
  • Competitive pay with consistent bi-yearly or yearly increases
  • Hybrid Work with a minimum of 20% of time spent in our office in San Francisco, California for all IT related roles
  • Generous paid time off, family leave, and more!
  • Diverse work environment in a diverse city
  • Union protections and representation
  • Career development and growth — move between departments, learn on the job, or take subsidized/reimbursed classes!

PEOPLE-CENTERED SOLUTIONS — have a powerful, meaningful effect on the community each day with people at the heart of every solution!

CLOSING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE — bring the benefits of the internet to low-income and marginalized residents!

SHINE A LIGHT ON WHAT MATTERS — join an award-winning production team at SFGovTV to help residents watch legislators or learn more about what makes this City great!

DRIVE INNOVATION — deliver new, cutting-edge technology to residents and city partners to help San Francisco serve its residents!

Role description

SFGovTV delivers the best of City Hall to your home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. SFGovTV's programming includes live gavel-to-gavel coverage of Board of Supervisors meetings and City Commissions, the latest announcements from the Mayor, and a wide variety of exciting city events, meetings, and summits. Discover San Francisco's diverse cuisines, cultures, and opinions as SFGovTV journeys through the City’s neighborhoods to uncover the hottest issues and trends.


The City & County of San Francisco’s Emmy Award Winning television station, SFGovTV, is looking for a creative and dynamic Media Producer / Video Editor.  SFGovTV and SFGovTV2, San Francisco's Cable Channels 26 and 78, provide the citizens of San Francisco access to quality government programming.  SFGovTV’s YouTube channel provides original programming and information on city events, city services and city life. Take a journey through the city's neighborhoods and experience its culture with programs that highlight the unique character of San Francisco. SFGovTV showcases the work of city departments and the people that make our city move.

In addition to the much-needed broadcasts that support open government access for citizens, SFGovTV creates and provides original content that is creative, entertaining, and informative. For example, our “Quick Bites” and “Shop & Dine in the 49” original programs which highlights the enviable food scene that our city is known for, was the recent recipient of a highly coveted Emmy Award.  Our goal to continue reaching similar milestones will require the creativity of great story tellers/video editors who deliver quality programming and elevate production capabilities. The successful incumbent will coordinate and perform production, post-production and maintenance work tasks to facilitate the creation of video programs for television, web, YouTube, and social media.


  • Operates automated on-air playback system by performing a variety of tasks including updating the cable channel automation schedule, ingesting and segmenting media for cable channel transmission, and updating interstitial graphics elements; monitor on-air and webcast audio and video signals for conformance and make necessary adjustments for optimum cablecast transmission; create and update graphic public service announcements in digital bulletin board system.
  • Sets up, adjusts, and operates broadcast control rooms for meetings, which includes testing and basic troubleshooting of robotic controlled cameras and controllers, audio sources and mixer, video sources and switcher, on-air character generator graphics, video recorders and video streaming systems, and audio and video routing systems; encodes video for streaming on the internet, adding index and updating Video On- Demand webpages.
  • Assists with both on-location and in-studio productions of live and live-to-tape video production with equipment such as cameras, cables, lights, microphones, audio mixer, video switcher, waveform/vectorscope, tripods & set design props, (backgrounds if needed); assists with syncing video sources with the switcher, adjusting set lights, preparing the set, wiring lavalier microphones with an audio mixer, titling graphics live, assisting the talent; operates camera on tripod as the camera operator; trim media on playback server and encode video programs.
  • Packs, transports, sets-up, operates, and troubleshoots broadcast quality multi-camera audio and video systems, including lights, audio feeds, robotic control cameras system, ENG camera, digital video recorders, for the remote recording, video streaming, and live transmission of City government meetings, events and other video programs.
  • Performs office and clerical functions; communicates with the general public, elected officials, and other city employees.

Work Location:

Incumbent will conduct the majority of work at the SFGovTV/Department of Technology, (City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, SF, CA 94102). However, there may be situations where the incumbent will be required to work at other sites throughout the City of San Francisco as necessary.

Nature of Work:

Candidate must be willing to work a 40-hour week as determined by the department. Travel within San Francisco may be required.

Job Appointment Type: 

Temporary Exempt (TEX) - Full Time (2 positions) are excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process. The successful candidate shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer. This position has an anticipated duration of up to twenty-four (24) months.

How to qualify



Three (3) years of broadcast production experience.

License and Certification:

Possession of a valid California driver's license


A certificate from a recognized media production program may substitute for one (1) year of the required experience.

Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in broadcasting, communications or a related field may substitute for all of the required experience.

Desirable Qualifications:

1.    Possession of a degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Broadcasting or Electronic Communication Arts or other related media fields.
2.    Approximately two (2) years (full time) of verifiable professional broadcast and/or video production work experience that requires working in studio and field production using various audio and video equipment.
3.    Experience with using character generator software and/or paint programs such as Inscriber Character Generator systems and Photoshop.
4.    Intermediate level PC computer skills including MS WORD, EXCEL, Windows 7 or similar software.
5.    Eyesight and hearing must be sufficient to be able to critically judge the quality of sound and video from A/V monitoring equipment (headphones, speakers, television monitor screens, waveform monitors, vectorscopes, VU meters, etc.) in both production, post production, and playback.
6.    Ability to work independently or collaboratively as a team member.
7.    Technical expertise with a good sense for creativity.

Special Requirement:

Criminal Justice Information Service (CJIS) Security Clearance may be required. (See Security Clearances and Background Investigations below).


1. SECURITY CLEARANCES AND BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS: Positions in this classification may require that successful candidates who become eligible for appointment may be required to go through a background investigation to determine the candidate's suitability for employment in this classification. Factors considered in the investigation may include employment history, use of illegal/controlled substances. Reasons for rejection based on this investigation may include, but not limited to: applicable convictions, repeated or serious violations of the law, inability to accept supervision, inability to follow rules and regulations, falsification of application materials and/or other relevant factors. Failure to obtain and maintain security clearance may be basis for termination.

Verification: Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point in the application and/or departmental selection process. Written verification (proof) of qualifying experience must verify that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications stated on the announcement. Written verification must be submitted on employer’s official letterhead, specifying name of employee, dates of employment, types of employment (part-time/full-time), job title(s), description of duties performed, and the verification must be signed by the employer. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which they are appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Commission Rules. Experience claimed in self-employment must be supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to the minimum qualifications of the position. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupations and total earnings must be submitted. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

What else should I know?

Compensation: $34.3125 - $41.6750 (hourly) / $71,370 - $86,684 (annually)

How to Apply:

  • Application Deadline: October 13, 2023.
  • In addition to submit your application, you MUST submit this supplemental questionnaire:
  • Your application MUST include a resume.  To upload, please attach using the "additional attachments" function.

You may contact Carol Wong via email at with questions regarding this opportunity.

Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered. Mailed, hand delivered or faxed documents/applications will not be accepted.

Right to Work:

All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.  Please be informed that the Department of Technology will not sponsor visa applications/transfers.

Helpful Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.