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MPT Videographer/Lighting Technician

Recruitment #21-007034-0001

Introduction

Maryland Public Television, which is commonly known by its familiar name "MPT", is a public television network that comprises six television stations that broadcast throughout the entire state of Maryland as well as into the District of Columbia and parts of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. MPT is the only state-wide broadcaster in Maryland. MPT is a member of the Public Broadcasting Service.

LOCATION OF POSITION

Maryland Public Television

11767 Owings Mills Blvd

Owings Mills, MD 21117

Main Purpose of Job

Videographer/Lighting Technicians are responsible for programming lighting boards, execution and operation of lighting boards/controls in the studio and on location, and as videographers are the primary sources for capturing the video images and sound that producers use to create their programs.

This is a Special Appointment position, and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.

POSITION DUTIES

Videographer/Lighting Technician
  • Operates portable camera equipment with the objective of recording video and audio for use in production. The equipment includes video a camera and accessories, microphones and audio mixer, lights and lighting-related accessories, production equipment, and transport vehicle;
  • Works in the studio, or on location, to program and operate lighting board for productions/events;
  • Assist in the bidding process that involves studio/location lighting for productions/events for MPT or outside clients;
  • Assist the lighting director with the selection of gels, gobos, scrims, patterns, to enhance set elements;
  • Program and operate lighting board for productions/events in the studio, or on location;
  • Maintain the working operation of lights, lighting boards, and accessories and make recommendations for repair/maintenance;
  • Assist in the bidding process that involves studio/location lighting for productions/events for MPT or outside clients.
Studio/Location Production Crew
  • Perform set and lights according to what is communicated by studio supervisor or lighting director;
  • Assign dimmers and channel lights in the studio via the lighting board;
  • Instruct talent and relay information from the director during productions;
  • Operate studio camera using acceptable industry techniques operate teleprompter with speed and accuracy.
Driving
  • Drive the Maryland Public Television's state vehicles in a responsible manner.
  • Maintain log sheet for regular maintenance.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: Two (2) years of experience shooting broadcast news and or feature packages with the ability to work in a wide range of situations and locations using accompanying equipment such as lenses, mixers, tripods, lighting fixtures, and various microphones. 

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided prior to hire. 

Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Strong preference will be given to applicants that possess the following.  Include clear and specific information on your application regarding the qualification(s). 

Current documented and relevant experience within the last five (5) years of the following: 

  • Experience shooting broadcast news and or feature packages with the ability to frame scenes and follow the action on location;
  • Experience directing talent with technical and aesthetic experience with PDW 700/850 series XDCAM or similar cameras, and with FS7 or similar compact larger-sensor cameras;
  • Experience with the essentials of editing and editing equipment;
  • Experience judging the technical and aesthetic qualities of field tapes and making sound judgments in selecting shots;
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision while maintaining high standards of video production;
  • Ability to use and maintain a variety of video and audio equipment;
  • Experience in aesthetically framing shots and performing various camera techniques;
  • Experience with location lighting equipment and techniques with daylight and artificial sources;
  • Ability to analyze information and evaluate results to choose the best solution and solve problems;
  • Experience in directing on-camera talent;
  • Experience performing sets and lights;
  • Experience assigning dimmers and channel lights in the studio via the lighting board.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants are to provide a link to the demo reel by sending an email to jjones@mpt.org or provide a copy of your demo reel if you are selected for an interview.
  • This position may require a flexible work schedule including nights, weekends, and holidays.  
  • This position may require working outside in unfavorable or harsh weather conditions that might include exposure to the sun, wind, water, etc.  
  • This position may include long periods of walking, standing, climbing, and maneuvering in and around tight spaces.  
  • The selected candidate will be required to lift equipment in excess of 50 pounds. 
  • The selected candidate may be required to climb ladders and use motorized lifts in order to operate and install in-studio lights.

SELECTION PROCESS

Applicants must provide sufficient information on the application to show they meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning the qualifications, including any required documentation (diploma, transcript, certificate, etc.) must be submitted and received by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be considered.

EXAMINATION PROCESS

The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience as presented on your application and as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to submit your application online, or encounter difficulty attaching required or optional documentation, you may submit via email to jjones@mpt.org by the closing date and time. The MD State Application Form can be found online.

Please be sure to include your name, identification number (Easy ID#) and job announcement number on any documentation to ensure timely processing.

PLEASE DO NOT FAX OR EMAIL UNSOLICITED DOCUMENTATION

Paper applications, required documents, and any addendums may be mailed or faxed (410-581-4382) by the closing date and time to:

Maryland Public Television - HR

11767 Owings Mills Blvd.

Owings Mills, MD 21117

Please read the job announcement in its entirety before applying for this recruitment. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications to be considered, and to appear on the list of people eligible for hire.

Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

Maryland Public Television (MPT) is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of MPT that all persons have equal opportunity and access to employment opportunities, services, and facilities without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.