Video Specialist - City of Tacoma, WA

Posted By: Karen Anderson Job Postings ,
TV Tacoma has an excellent opportunity for a media creative to join our award-winning team of visual storytellers. TV Tacoma is the video production arm of the Media and Communications Office for the City of Tacoma Washington. Our mission is to inform, educate and entertain local residents in order to increase awareness of City initiatives, programs and to build pride in the community.   

The ideal candidate must:
  •  Be highly creative, innovative and passionate with a solid understanding of video production.
  • Demonstrate customer-focused, team orientated and able to prioritize assignments.
  • Demonstrate artistry in video production, lighting, and motion graphics.
  • Demonstrate storytelling and writing skills to produce quality and impactful content.
  • Solid understanding of video editing techniques and digital editing software.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Background in still photography a plus.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50lbs.
Essential Job Functions
  • Develop and Produce video content for online, television, internal communications, and documentation to include writing, videography, graphics and editing.
  • Oversee project life cycle from development through delivery.
  • Operate video production equipment for studio, field and remote productions including camera operation, video switchers, audio consoles, teleprompters, robotics, and characters generators
  • Support other TV Tacoma productions, press conferences and other audio/visual needs when required.
  • Maintain awareness of artistic and technical trends in the industry.
  • Assist in the maintenance of the TV Tacoma video library.
  • Troubleshoot and perform minor repairs of equipment
  • Work a flexible schedule, which may include evenings, weekends, occasional holidays, and overtime.

Material, Software and Equipment Used by TV Tacoma
  • Professional video cameras (Sony PDW-700, FS-5, FS-7, PMW-300)
  • Digital Editing Software (AVID Media Composer, Premier Pro)
  • Graphics Software (Adobe Creative Cloud)
  • Lighting and Grip Equipment
  • Social Media Platforms (Facebook, You Tube, Instagram, etc.)
  • Video Switchers, Audio consoles, Robotic Camera Controls
  • DSLR Cameras, Lenses and support equipment
  • Miscellaneous office software and equipment
  • Vehicle Operation
The City of Tacoma is nestled along the shores of Commencement Bay in Washington State and offers many community parks, miles of beautiful waterfront, hiking & biking trails, golf courses, museums, and a world-class zoo with an aquarium.  Tacoma also serves as a gateway to some of the most magnificent natural wonders in the world, such as Puget Sound, Mount Rainier National Park and the Olympic Peninsula.
The Tacoma area is also fortunate to have a much more affordable cost of living compared to the Seattle areas to the north; and the City of Tacoma offers a very generous program of employee benefits, which includes a great pension plan that can continue to provide income during retirement.
The City of Tacoma offers a generous program of employee benefits:
  • Outstanding working conditions and an exceptional quality-of-life environment.
  • Medical coverage for eligible employees, spouses, and dependents, including children up to age 26.
  • Vision care with VSP for employees and eligible dependents enrolled in the Regence PPO medical plan with vision benefits.
  • Dental coverage for eligible employees and their elected dependents, including dependent children up to the age of 26.
  • Deferred compensation allowing tax-deferred savings as authorized under Section 457 of the IRS Code.
  • Personal time off.
  • Paid holidays.
  • A great pension plan.

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

The preferred candidate will have:

A Bachelor of Arts in communications, journalism, broadcast, or a related field 
A minimum of two (2) years of professional television production and operations experience. 
Applicants possessing an equivalent combination of education and experience -- totaling a minimum of six (6) years -- will also be considered.
Other combinations of education and experience, which could provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform this job, will be considered.

Valid Washington State Driver's License at time of appointment and maintenance thereafter.


Knowledge & Skills


  • Principles and practices of television production and operation.
  • Operation of various types of audio and visual production equipment.
  • Technical aspects of field of specialty.
  • Operate a variety of complex electronic audio and visual equipment and other television production equipment.
  • Operate, service and make minor repairs on equipment.
  • Schedule audio and visual equipment for set-up, operation, maintenance and repair.
  • Plan and organize work.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Work independently with little direction to complete assigned projects and work effectively as a team member for multi-camera productions.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
Selection Process & Supplemental Information

To be considered for this career opportunity:
Apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter describing your responsibilities as it relates to the responsibilities of this position. NOTE: Please submit, via online link or direct download, a video sample reel that demonstrates your talents and skills through original work. For each sample please Include a slate or additional documentation of your contribution/role in the production. Applications received without the required resume and cover letter will not progress in the selection process.

Candidates who are eligible for Veteran's Preference scoring criteria must attach a copy of their DD-214 member copy 4, (proof of military discharge form) at time of applicationto be eligible for review for Veteran's Preference points, with redacted birth date and social security numbers.

Examination Process: 
This is a competitive selection process. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will have their responses to supplemental questions # 6-12 evaluated by a committee of subject matter experts, as the Experience and Training Test. These questions will be scored on the basis of information provided; therefore, it is the responsibility of the applicant to carefully list all pertinent experience and training related to this position. Please make sure you read the questions and provide complete informative answers. The evaluation committee will not have access to the candidate's application. DO NOT respond with "see resume" in lieu of answering these questions; this will result in a failing score. Providing false information will result in disqualification. Candidates must pass this evaluation in order to be placed on the eligible list for interview and hiring consideration. 

Appointment is subject to passing a background check. New employees must successfully complete a nine-month probationary period prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification. Positions in this classification are non-represented.

The Community
Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of over 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim.

Tacoma boasts the state's highest density of art and history museums, and is home to a flourishing creative community of writers, artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who each add their unique flair to the city's vibrant commercial landscape. The iconic Tacoma Dome has endured as a high-demand venue for some of the largest names in the entertainment industry.

Tacoma's natural beauty and proximity to the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier draws hikers, runners, bicyclists, and maritime enthusiasts to the area. Its lively social scene is infused with energy by thousands of students attending the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, the Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, and Tacoma Community College, as well as a number of local trade and technical colleges. Its prime location – just 20 minutes south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 30 miles north of the state capital in Olympia, and within 10 miles of the U.S. Department of Defense's premier military installation on the West Coast – only adds to Tacoma's desirability. To see a few of the great things Tacoma has to offer, view this YouTubeVideo!

When you work for the City of Tacoma you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a healthy work/life balance,  the potential for flexible schedules with some job classifications, continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives and a total rewards benefits program. We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny: 

The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, or questions regarding this job announcement, call the Human Resources office at (253) 591.5400 before 4:00 pm of the closing date of the job announcement.

Note: The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.