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Television Specialist (5571)

Television Specialist

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: MD35
  • Class Code: 5571
  • Established: 06/04/1975
  • Revised: 12/04/1990
  • Title Changed: --


Under direction, to plan, organize, direct and perform technical and professional work in connection with the writing and production of television and video tape-recorded programs; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Plans, organizes, and performs the technical and professional work required in producing television programs, including operation of television and video tape-recording production equipment; conducts subject research and develops scripts based on the most effective method of presentation; develops approach and production methods necessary to produce continuity and required story lines; directs the technical and artistic developmental of television programs including the preparation of artwork or animation, narration, dialogue, sound effects and music as required in the production; does creative editing; may select and direct film cast, narrators or other personnel involved in a production; may do still photography and processing.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


One year of experience in the California state service performing the duties of a Motion Picture Assistant or Television Assistant.



Four years of broad technical experience in the production of television programming, including experience in television production, professional sound recording, and editing. (College level work in television, communications, or a related curriculum, may be substituted for up to two years of the required experience on a year-for-year basis.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Techniques of television production; sound recording; television photography; audio-visual principles and techniques; script writing; television staging and lighting; editing methods and equipment; basic electronic theory; television communication theory.


Ability to: Assume leadership and provide creativity in the planning, writing and directing of television production; act independently in converting ideas and concepts into an effective combination of audio and visual impression on the screen; develop innovative solutions to complex audio and visual communication problems; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; work effectively with people and situations requiring initiative, tact, and judgment; speak effectively; read and write English at the level required for successful job performance.

Special Personal Characteristics

Artistic and creative ability; willingness to travel throughout the State; and normal hearing.

Additional Desirable Qualifications

Possession of a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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